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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Reilly’s choice of champion tops Athenry Limousin sale at €9,100

€9,100 Drumline S 1185 – bred by James Hannon, Bunratty, County Clare – swept the boards at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society’s premier show and sale in Athenry Mart on Thursday, April 13th, 2023, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

Snapped up by Dovea Genetics, pre-sale judge, Elanor Reilly, Co Cavan, tapped out the Tomschoice Lexicon son, out of Sympa dam, Wood Road Jasmine ET, as supreme male champion earlier that morning.

Born in October 2021, the bull boasts a five-star rating on both his replacement and terminal index, along with five stars for carcass weight, carcass conformation and docility.

On his heels at €5,400 was Keltic Sam Tan, property of Longwood, Co Meath breeder, Teleri Thomas, a bull also by the aforementioned Tomschoice Lexicon, which featured as part of last week’s AI bull quiz.

The bull, which was born in September 2021, is out of Keltic Nest, going back to Keltic Handsome, Ampertaine Foreman and Ampertaine Commander on his maternal side, while he has Kaprico Eravelle, Wilodge Tonka and Haltcliffe Vermount on his paternal lineage.

Third on the price table was Reilly’s choice of reserve champion, in the form of Carrickmore Scoobydoo ET, from the Connell brothers in Co Meath.

September-2021-born Scoobydoo is by Ampertaine Foreman and Baileys’ Iceprincess, which makes him a full brother to €38,000 Carrickmore Maximus, semen of which is available to purchase through Seamus Nagle’s Bull Bank.

He is also a half-brother to the €30,000 Carrickmore Schumacher ET, which sold privately in Carrick-on-Shannon in October of last year, as reported by That’s Farming.

Scoobydoo has a replacement index value of €105 (4-stars), a terminal index value of €155 (5-stars) and 5-stars for carcass weight and conformation.

€5,100 and under

The Keltic Limousin herd returned to the ring to offer September-2021-born Keltic Septembergold for sale, where Thomas secured €5,100 for the Lexicon son out of Keltic Fieldsofgold, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter.

According to his latest ICBF genetic evaluation, he has 5-stars on both the replacement and terminal index while also carrying 5-stars for carcass weight, carcass conformation and 4-stars for daughters’ milk.

Also reaching the €5,000 mark was Ruan Sudo, a May 2021 son of Milan Marciano, himself by Wilodge Tonka, out of Roan Marcella, a Liscarn Johnny daughter, from the herd of Sean Lyons, Ruan, Co Clare.

He carries two copies of the profit gene, four stars within the breeds on the replacement index (value of €115), three stars within the breed for terminal (value of €133), five stars for carcass weight and four stars for carcass conformation.


Fellow Clare-based breeder, John Moroney, secured the next highest price of €4,600 with Ballykinncurra Showman, an October-2021-born son of Fest Noz, out of home-bred dam, Ballykinncurra Madonna, herself a Wilodge Cerberus daughter.

Showman carries two copies of the profit gene and boasts a five-star replacement index within and across the breed, with a value of €132, a five-star terminal index within and across the breed, with a value of €151, five-stars within and across the breed for carcass weight and five stars within the breed for daughters’ milk and three stars’ across the breed for this trait.

Frank Philbin from Pontoon Road, in Castlebar Co Mayo, put his October 2021-born Lodge Hamlet son, Clydagh Soney, under the hammer at €4,600.

Soney, out of Clydagh Gabby, herself a Sympa daughter and going back to Ronick Hawk, has a replacement index of €101, with a three-star rating within the breed and four-stars across the breed, a terminal index of €153, with five-star rankings within and across the breed, four-stars within the breed for carcass weight and five-stars across, and a five-star rating for carcass conformation.

Other bull prices
Price Exhibitor Animal Sire Dam
€4,500 Sarah McElligott Shannon Silver Gamin Shannon Kisandra
€4,000 Martin Hansberry Skehana S Max Mereside Godolphin Windfieldroad Kmax
€3,800 John and Stephen Lynch Ballinascraw Sheldon Aughakilmore John Ballinascraw New Year’s Baby.
€4,600 Des Joyce Lisnageeragh Samson Lisnageeragh Ken Lisnageeragh Lady
€4,500 Michael McInerney Brickhill Serene Ampertaine Majestic Brickhill Leah
€4,300 Teleri Thomas Keltic Seamus Tomschoice Lexicon Keltic Nia
€4,100 Des Joyce Lisnageeragh Shay Lisnageeragh Ken Lisnageeragh Mary
€4,100 Teleri Thomas Keltic Simba Tomschoice Lexicon Keltic Nia
€3,900 `Brian Frawley Ballylin Scout Whinfellpark Lomu Ballylin Niamh
€3,800 Kevin Crowley Lavalla Seamus Queenshead Altea Lavalla Pauline
€3,800 James Hannon Drumline S 1188 Drumline Macron Drumline N 1057
€3,700 Michael McKeown Currane Sparky Loyal Currane Noreen
€3,700 Sarah McElligott Shannon Silver Bel Orient Shannon May 2
€3,600 Kevin Crowley Lavalla Sean Mereside Godolphin Lavalla Grace
€3,400 Patsy Creighton Aloor Shay Brooklands Marco Aloor Nules
€3,300 Michael McInerney Brickhill Saffron Loyal Brickhill Pearl
€3,100 Diarmuid O’Riordan Glenashrone Savea Ronick Hawk Castleview Nariene
€3,100 Michael McKeown Currane Samuel Fieldson Alfy Currane Nadia
€3,100 Martin McConnon Maythorn Seth Queenshead Altea Maythorn Nelly
€3,200 Brendan Curtain Corcamore Simba Ionesco Corcamore Kylie
€3,000 Michael Roche Knockcoolkeare Selectabull Claragh Neymar Knockcoolkeare Peach
€3,000 John Moroney Ballykinncurra Sambuca Ampertaine Majestic Thomastown Kate 2
€3,000 Patrick Logan Creenagh Suprise Tomschoice Lexicon Creenagh Niamh
€3,000 Declan Waldron Glore Star Wilodge Cerberus Glore Kerri
€3,000 Patrick Logan Creenagh Sammy 2 Erebos Creenagh Phyllis
€3,000 Martin McConnon Maythorn Tanko Cameos Maythorn Haribo
€2,900 Patrick Logan Creenagh Sugar Babe Creenagh Nemo Creenagh Noelle
€2,900 Declan Walron Glore Sandy Claragh Neymar Glore Maisie ET



  • 88% clearance rate;
  • €4,000: Ave. bull price;
  • €9,100: Top-priced bull;
  • 4 bulls: €5,000-5,999;
  • 9 bulls €4,000-4,999;
  • 19 bulls: €3,000-3,999;
  • 2 bulls:  €2,000-2,999.
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