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
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.
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.