Why this Westmeath Limousin herd is making waves
Kilcastle Limousin bloodlines continue to create waves on the market with pedigree bulls that stand apart making headlines for the herd of Alan and Paul Kelly, Maymount Farm, Moate, Co Westmeath.
They bred Kilcastle Julius, which 18 months ago sold for €12,000 to become the first Irish-bred bull to be exported to Spain.
And they produced another price topper for the breed, when their Junior Champion of the Limousin Show and Sale at Roscrea, Kilcastle Lenn, sold for €12,600 to cross the Irish sea, to the renowned Brontemoor herd of Richard Priestley based in Cracrop Farm, Brampton, Cumbria.
The 14-month old, son of Haltcliffe Dancer (HCF) and the Wilodge Tonka dam Killcastle Gem has five star ratings in terminal index, docility, carcass weight and carcass conformation.
The well bred young bull not only won the admiration of show judge, Richard Priestley - who described him as "as an outstanding young bull - to be awarded Junior Champion of Show.
He also showed enough for Mr Priestly to take out cheque book in the sales ring and outbid the competition to secure the bull for his own herd.
The Brontemoor herd consisting of 90 pedigree and 20 commercial Limousin cows, has enjoyed much success - most recently at the BLCS sale in Carlisle where a homebred bull Brontemoor Laidlaw sold for 11,000gns.
Next in line was the Reserve Senior Champion Clonbonny Legend, winner of the All Ireland Junior Champion and Overall All Ireland Male Champion at Tullamore Show as an eight-month-old bull last August, bred by Tony Hartnett, Athlone and purchased by Peter McKay Newtownards, Co Down for €6,900.