Strong end of year demand for best of pedigree breeding
Drummin Limousins have enjoyed one of their best ever years and the Co Clare herd, based in the shadow of Bunratty Castle, was one of the Irish Limousin Society host farms for the International Limousin congress.
Run by John and Paula McInerney, and their family Jean and Eoghan, the Drummin Limousins have an abundance of the best breed qualities. They have bred at least nine National Limousin Show All Ireland Calf Champions and in 2016 won a basket of championship and class rosettes on the agricultural show circuit.
The herd's top result was taking home €26,700 for two homebred heifers from the elite breed sale at Kilkenny, held in conjunction with the international congress.
The multi award winning Drummin J-Lo ET topped the sale, when the September 2014-born daughter of Wilodge Vantastic and the legendary donor dam, Drummin Cliona ET, was purchased by Michael McNally, Cookstown, Co Tyrone for €16,200.
Meanwhile, demand for Irish Angus heifers peaked at the recent Elite Irish Angus Show and Sale at Carrick-on- Shannon where interest in quality lots exceeded expectations. John Appelbe, was rewarded for the long journey from Clonakilty when his September 2015-born heifer, Carrigroe Mrs Dunbar, topped the sale.
Auctioneer, Francis McGowan's hammer fell at €8,300 on the bid of a Northern Irish breeder for the classy heifer, bred out of Carrigroe Fire Cracker and by the sire, Nightingale Dunbar.