Kerry gold - the five-year-old Limousin remains the top choice beef breeding sire
A pedigree Limousin bull, bred in north Kerry, is the most popular bull with beef breeders nationwide.
Five-year-old Castlevew Gazelle tops the ICBF sire usage ratings for the second consecutive year. He holds a 50pc lead over his nearest rival on the Top 10 Beef Breeding Bulls listings.
Bred by Castleisland-based vet, Sean O'Sullivan, in his Castleview Pedigree Limousin herd, the bull was snapped up by the NCBC before he got to public viewing at a pedigree sale at Roscrea.
"When Rose Goulding (NCBC) saw him she liked him and offered to buy him for the centre. I withdrew him from the sale. He has done very well for them," said Sean.
"He was a small calf at birth, but he had very good breeding from the dam and grand dam and he has turned out to be very easy calving," he added, describing him as a "once in a lifetime" bull.
He is out of Castleview Camelia and by the sire, Ampertaine Commander. He has an index of five stars for replacement and four stars for terminal, across all breeds, replacement value at €152 and 65pc reliability.
Ms Goulding said that she was very impressed by the bull when she saw him on the farm where he had been bred. Her judgement has been strongly supported by his popularity with breeders since he came into the AI service.
"He is bred by a very good sire and also has excellent breeding on the dam side. He was light at birth which is good for easy calving and he is quiet - he ticked all of the boxes," she said.