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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Clare-bred bull tops the trade

There was a full house and plenty of buyers at the Limousin Society's bull show and sale in Roscrea

Martin Ryan

John McInerney and his daughter Jean with the Junior Champion bull, Drummin Jameson, sold for the top price of €9,500 at the Irish Limousin Society Bull Show and Sale at Roscrea.
John McInerney and his daughter Jean with the Junior Champion bull, Drummin Jameson, sold for the top price of €9,500 at the Irish Limousin Society Bull Show and Sale at Roscrea.
Karl O'Connell, Summerhill, Co Meath exhibitor, with Clonmahon Jewel the winner of Class 11 and Eddie Daly.
Elaine Clancy, Mullagh, Ennis with 'Moloskey Jack' winner of class 10 at the Irish Limousin Society Show and Sale at Roscrea
Michael Wycherley, Bandon, James Wycherley, Carrignafear, Co Cork and Anne Hester, Catlerea. Co Roscommon at the Limousin Show and Sale in Roscrea
Ms. Teleri Thomas, Clongriffin Enfield Co Meath with Keltic Jacko, the Senior Champion Bull at the Irish Limousin Society Show and Sale at Roscrea.

A Clare-bred bull, Drummin Jameson - the Junior Limousin Champion of Show -topped the trade when he sold for €9,500 at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society first bull Show and sale of the season at Roscrea Mart on Saturday.

The excellent 16-month old bull, bred and exhibited by John McInerney, Clonmoney West, Newmarket on Fergus, out of Drummin Cliona by Wilodge Vantastic was aptly introduced by auctioneer, George Candler as having as "many stars as you'd find in Hollywood". He attracted keen bidding from all corners of the packed ringside.

Such was the attendance at the sale that the spacious ringside was filled to capacity and the overflow stretched out into the lairage from where customer bids were relayed to the auctioneer.

The strong trade, with several UK breeders competing with the home buyers, reflected the interest shown by the large attendance with a clearance of 83pc at an average of €3,773 which was an outstanding start to the season.

Second highest price was paid for the reserve Senior Champion of the Show, locally bred, Sheehills Jet, exhibited by John Searson, Sheerhills, Roscrea, sold for €8,000.

Four stars

The bull was bred out of Sheehills Dawn by Ampertaine Elgin with a three star Terminal Index and four stars for Replacement within the breed and ranked four star for both indexes under all breed assessment.

Closely in line was Class 6 winner, Ernevalley Jaguar, exhibited by Eddie Lynch, Loughduff, Co Cavan and sold for €7,800. He was bred out of Sarkley Gertrude by Bavardage.


The Senior Champion of Show, Keltic Jacko, sold for €7,800. Bred out of Cwmpedran Beauty by Wilodge Fastrac, he was one of four bulls entered by Ms Teleri Thomas, Clongriffin, Enfield, three of which took rosettes, including second prizewinner, Keltic Jammydodger, which sold for €5,500.

The reserve Junior Champion was Greenhill Krack, exhibited by John Greene, Larahirl, Lifford, Co Donegal and sold for €5,600.

Several of the bulls on offer topped €5,000 before the fall of the auctioneer's hammer. These included Trevor Masterson's 'Galbally John' - a second prizewinner in his class, from the Enniscorthy herd - which sold for €5,500; third prizewinner, Ardlea Jena, exhibited by Daniel Tynan, Mountrath which sold for €5,100 and Clonagh Jack The Lad exhibited by Garrett T Behan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise which sold at €5,000.

Judge spot on with selections

Customers for bulls at the Roscrea sale gave  the ‘thumbs up’ to the selections of judge Jonathan Watson.

The Senior Champion and Reserve, Junior Champion and Reserve sold for €7,800, €8,000, €9,500, and €5,600 respectively at the top of the sale, while several of the class prizewinners were also among the highest price bulls.

Mr Watson runs the multi-breed pedigree Tweeddale herd, at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, with his uncle Brian

Redhead. The farm is home to a 100-strong Tweeddale Limousins herd, while the more recently established smaller Charolais herd has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of Charolais cattle in England for 2014.

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