This is your final opportunity to purchase a pedigree Limousin bull or heifer at the last Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale this spring.
The sale takes place on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, at Roscommon Mart at 1.00 pm with 61 bulls and 8 heifers catalogued.
You will have the opportunity to bid at the mart as well as online with LSL – you will need to register in advance with Livestock Live. Also, you can view a catalogue by clicking here.
Prospective buyers will be able to view the bulls at Roscommon mart on Saturday morning from 9.30 to 12.30 by prior appointment only. You can book your viewing spot with Roscommon Mart at (090) 6626352.
The society will conduct the sale adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. You can view videos of the bulls on offer in the coming days on the society’s Facebook page here.
41 bulls catalogued have a 5-star terminal index; 20 of those bulls also have a 5-star maternal index.
43 of the bulls catalogued have a 5-star index for carcass weight. All the bulls have a 5-star index for carcass conformation.
31 of the bulls catalogued have a 5-star maternal index; of these, 20 of the bulls also have a 5-star terminal index.
14 of the bulls have a 5-star index for daughter’s milk.
26 of the bulls catalogued have a 5-star docility index. The focus on breeding docile Limousin cattle over the last 30 years has totally changed the reputation of the breed for all to see.
One of the main reasons Limousin is the number 1 breed in Ireland is calving ease. With such a high percentage of farmers having off-farm jobs, the calving ease figure is one of the first questions farmers ask when purchasing a bull.
4 of the bulls have a predicted calving ease of less than 2.5%. This is extremely low and would be perfect for suckler or dairy herds.
A further 9 bulls have a predicted calving ease figure of 3% or less, so again, very suitable for suckler or dairy herds.
A further 19 bulls (32 in total) have a predicted calving ease figure of less than 3.7%, which is below the breed average.
Gestation – suitable for dairy farmers
With the huge growth in Limousin bulls being used in the dairy herd, driven by the phenomenal prices Limousin-cross-dairy suck calves are making, this is an opportunity to purchase an easy calving, short gestation bull.
Four of the bulls catalogued have a predicted gestation PTA score of fewer than 3 days (~282 on dairy cows).
A further 30 bulls have a predicted gestation PTA score of < the breed average (~284 on dairy cows).
Range of sires
The bulls at Roscommon are by 40 different sires, so you have a great opportunity to source terminal, replacement, easy calving, or short gestation bulls – whatever suits your cows.
The most popular sire is Ewdenvale Ivor with 5 sons;
- Lodge Hamlet with 4 sons;
- Ampertaine Foreman, Cloughhead Umpire both have 3 sons;
- Ampertaine Gigolo, Ampertaine Missouri, Cameos, Cavelands Jolly, Cross Liam, Goldies Jackpot, Grangeford Jojo Et, Keltic Handsome, Mereside Godolphin and Ronick Hawk with 2 sons.
The following sires all have one son at the sale:
- Ampertaine Elgin;
- Ballinascraw Mufasa;
- Castleview Gazelle;
- Copperdoor Ivor;
- Derrygullinane Kingbull;
- Drummin Goliath;
- Elderberry Galahad;
- Gerrygullinane Glen;
- Laurel, Loyal;
- Milan Livingstone Et;
- Millington Leslie;
- Queenshead Altea;
- Raffertys Immanuel;
- Roundhill Saturn Et;
- Sarkley Herald;
- Tomschoice Ironstone;
- Tomschoice Lexicon;
- Whinfellpark Lomu;
- Woodview Gregory.
All bulls are:
- From herds that participate in CHeCS accredited Jones herd testing, fertility tested from high health status herds.
There are 8 females catalogued (1 scanned in-calf)
Two of the females have a 5-star maternal index, 4 have a 4-star maternal index.
Four of the females have a gestation index that is less than the breed average.
All females are:
- From herds that participate in CHeCS accredited Jones herd testing