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Saturday 3 December 2016

Strong trade for Limousins

A Co Kerry bred bull fetched the top price of €4,600 at the society show in Tullamore

Martin Ryan

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

Megan Searson, Sheehills, Roscrea with Sheehills Jumbo Overall Champion at the Irish Limousin Bull Show and Sale at Tullamore on Saturday.
Megan Searson, Sheehills, Roscrea with Sheehills Jumbo Overall Champion at the Irish Limousin Bull Show and Sale at Tullamore on Saturday.
Barbara Hennessy, Tanderagee, Longwood, Enfield with the reserve Champion Tanderagee Jaffa and Pat Feehily, judge, at the Irish Limousin Society Bull Show and Sale in Tullamore.
Doreen Corridon, Fedamore, Co Limerick with Roundhill Kingston winner of the class for bulls born November 25, 2014 to January 13, 2015 at the Irish Limousin Bull Show and Sale at Tullamore

Limousin bulls met with a steady trade at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society show and sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday where a clearance of 86pc reflected the level of demand.

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"Very satisfactory with a good overall trade" was the summary of society secretary, Paul Sykes as most bulls were on their way to new homes.

The top price was paid for Co Kerry bred, Shannon Jetro, exhibited by Sarah McElligott, Asdee, Listowel sold under the hammer of auctioneer, George Candler to Tony O'Keeffe from Co Offaly for €4,600.

The winner of the first class in the show ring for bulls born March 2014 to September 6, 2014, he was out of the home bred Shannon Filly and by Roundhill Saturn and carries five stars for both Terminal and Replacement under both Limousin and all breed indexes.

Shannon JJ from the same herd, was placed third in the class for bulls born November 25, 2014 to January 13, 2015 and sold for €2,700 adding up to a good day out for the trip from the Kingdom.

Show judge, Pat Feehily selected 18-month-old, Sheehills Jumbo, bred and exhibited by John Searson, Sheehills, Roscrea, winner of the class for bulls born September 6, 2014 to October 1, 2014 for the coveted Champion of Show rosette.

The quality bull was bred out of home bred dam, Sheehills Dawn by the sire, Ampertaine Elgin and sold for €4,100 the third highest price of the day.

The reserve champion rosette went to Tanderagee Jaffa bred and exhibited by Malachy Hennessy, Longwood, Enfield and sold for €3,200.

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The bull was bred out of Tanderagee Francis and by sire, Castleview Gringo and carried five stars for replacement under both the Limousin and all breed index and four and five respectively for terminal traits.

Other strong prices included €3,900 for Roundhill Jman from the herd of Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, Co Limerick who also received €3,400 for Roundhill Java.

Tullyridge Jacob exhibited by Brendan Crawley, Castlerea sold for €3,600, while Thomas Swaine, Enniscorthy parted with Farmleigh Junior for €3,200 and sold a second bull, Farmleigh Jenson for €3,000.

Kevin Crowley from Ennis received €3,100 for Lavalla Joe and Noel Kenny, Roundwood, Ashford received €2,900 for Tomriland Jeepers.

Champion Heifer was Mullaghboy Irene exhibited by Matthew Fee, Mullaghboy, Corrawallen, Co Leitrim. In calf to Castleview Gazelle, she sold for €1,850.

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