Farm Ireland

Saturday 25 November 2017

Record set at Limousin dispersal

A Limousin dam and her two 10-month-old offspring sold for the record price of €18,300 at the dispersal sale of one of the original founding Limousin herds in the country.

Thomastown Georgina, one of the top dams in the herd, sold for €8,400 at the sale at Roscrea Mart while her August 2015-born twin heifer calves went on to fall to new owners at €3,000 and €6,900 respectively.

Breeders from all over the country and beyond packed the ringside at the North Tipperary sale centre for the dispersal sale of more than 150 animals from the herd, which was established as one of the first breeders of ­Limousin in the country almost four decades ago.

John Downey, whose mother Mary established the Thomastown Limousin herd in 1977, has been using the best available AI bloodlines to build the herd over the years, with the herd operating as a closed herd for more than 20 years.

It is understood that owner John Downey is in the process of changing his system of farming to dairying with plans to establish a 120-cow herd to replace Limousin on the farm.

Breeders travelled from Northern Ireland and the UK to purchase, many of them understood to be buying for the establishment of new herds, with demand resulting in 100pc clearance at an average price of €2,839.

Paul Sykes, secretary of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society, said that demand was consistent throughout the sale with the scale of the sale and quality of animals on offer a huge attraction for potential customers. He said it resulted in steady demand throughout with the first lot on offer selling for €2,300 and the last lot fetching €2,700.

The top price was paid for a heifer from the herd with September 2015-born Willodge Cerberus daughter, Thomastown Karolina, making €8,800 while her dam, sired by Thomas Fabiola, sold for €5,500. The top price Karolina was purchased by a West Yorkshire breeder who also paid the top price of the sale for maiden heifer Thomastown June 2 at €7,000.

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Second highest price was €8,000, which was paid for Thomastown Hayley, a first-calver with the auctioneer's hammer falling at the end of a brisk round of bidding and the heifer finding a new home in the Royal County Limousin Herd of Shane and Tommy O'Loughlin at Batterstown, Co Meath.

Individual bloodlines within the herd were keenly sought after. While Hayley sold for €8,000, her autumn-born heifer calf after Willodge Cerberus went for €5,000.

There was a good trade for all weanling bull calves on offer, with a September 2015-born Willodge Cerberus son selling for €3,000.

There was strong emphasis by buyers on the star ratings of the animals.

The focus by buyers on the EuroStar indices was very clear in the bidding. While 13 animals with five stars sold for more than €5,000 each, there was a consistent pattern with lowest prices paid for animals with one and two stars.

There were a number of sales at €5,000-€5,200 and a further sizeable block of the stock on offer sold for between €4,000 and €5,000 each including a mix of maiden and in-calf heifers.

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