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Excellent choice of sires at upcoming Tullamore Limousin sale

Following the successful premier Limousin sale at Elphin last Saturday, which saw a clearance of 71% and an average of €4,243, the focus now moves to Tullamore this Saturday, March 20th.

20 bulls and 3 heifers are catalogued for the online-only sale, which will take place under Covid-19 guidelines at 1pm. You can view a catalogue by clicking here.

Prospective buyers will be able to view entries at the mart from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm by prior appointment only. Contact Tullamore Mart on (057) 932 1196 to book your viewing slot.

Sourcing a top-class terminal bull
  • 18 of the bulls have a 5* terminal index; 11 of the 5* terminal bulls also have a 5* maternal index.
Sourcing a top-class maternal bull
  • 13 of the bulls have a 5* maternal index, 11 of the 5* maternal index bulls also have a 5* terminal index.

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Calving ease

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.

Three of the bulls have a predicted calving ease of less than 3%. This is extremely low and would be perfect for suckler or dairy.

A further 6 bulls have a predicted calving ease figure of less than 4%, so again very suitable for suckler or dairy.

Furthermore, 5 bulls have a predicted calving ease figure of less than 4.5%.

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Docility

12 of the bulls catalogued have a 5* docility Index. The focus on breeding docile Limousin cattle over the last 30 years has changed the breed’s reputation for all to see.

There are bulls from 18 different sires catalogued:

Sires represented in the catalogue: 

The bulls that will be at Tullamore are from 18 different sires. Hence, you have a great opportunity to source terminal, replacement, easy calving, or short gestation bulls, suitable for suckers and dairy herds.

Lot Sire
1 Castleview Gringo Et
2 Gstaat
3 Engy
4 Ronick Hawk
5 Hamac
6 Lodge Hamlet
7 Ampertaine Commander
8 Usse
9 Ampertaine Foreman
10 Tomschoice Lexicon
11 Keltic Handsome
12  Telfers Munster
13 Ampertaine Elgin
14 Telfers Munster
15 Doudou.Td
16 Doudou.Td
17 Indigo
18 Galbally John
19 Gerrygullinane Glen
20 Tomschoice Ironstone

 

All bulls are:

  • From herds that participate in CHeCS accredited Jones herd testing;
  • Fertility tested from high health status herds.

Pedigree heifers

The 3 pedigree heifers on offer are by Ashbrook Johnny B Good, Corcamore Lorcan and Lodge Hamlet.

Limousin females have been shattering all records at both pedigree and commercial sales of late. This sale provides the opportunity to source a quality breeding female.

Why use Limousin

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Limousin, number 1 cross on all main breeds

This is the Limousin Society’s newest statistic and clearly shows that Limousin is the Number 1 cross on all the main breeds. 56% of calves born to Limousin mothers were Limousin-sired.

Breed % females that had a Limousin sired calf
Belgian Blue 45%
Blonde D’Aquitaine 34%
Hereford 32%
Simmental 31%
Charolais 28%
Angus 28%
Aubrac 19%

 

Number 1 beef sire

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The following table highlights Limousin is the number 1 beef sire across both beef and dairy cows.

Breed % calves registered to beef sires
LM 26.24%
AA 25.92%
CH 19.75%
HE 16.97%
SI 4.72%
BB 2.64%
SA 1.12%
SH 1.06%
AU 1.04%
BA 0.52%

 

Maternal

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Limousin is the number 1 Suckler dam, 35% (or over a third) of all suckler cows in Ireland are Limousin. The next highest breed is over 15% behind Limousin.

Breed of Dam No of calves registered % of calves registered
LM 298,901 34.66%
CH 168,188 19.51%
AA 117,617 13.64%
SI 89,953 10.43%
HE 86,237 10.00%
BB 38,063 4.41%
SH 30,224 3.51%
SA 19,897 2.31%
BA 7,375 0.86%
AU 5,807 0.67%

 

Gestation

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With the huge growth in Limousin bulls being used in the dairy herd driven by the phenomenal prices Limousin suck calves are making, as well as the better kill-out of dairy-cross-Limousin compared to other breeds, easy calving and, in particular, the reducing gestation length are contributing to this trend.

Limousin is far and away the continental breed of choice for the dairy farmer.

Total % of continental-sired calves out of the dairy herd

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Breed % sired calves X dairy
LM 48.24%
BB 16.34%
SI 15.60%
CH 11.04%
AU 5.42%
SA 2.60%
BA 0.76%

 

Limousin sale Tullamore

Join a winning team – book your appointment to view bulls at Tullamore mart and bid for your new stock bull or breeding female at LSL Auctions.

Bidding will be only with LSL Auctions – download the app today and register to bid at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society upcoming sale this weekend.

*All data quoted above is from ICBF

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