Topping the Irish Limousin Society Sale at Tuam Mart on Friday (November 30th) at €5,000 was Royal County Mel - a July-2017-born son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) and Drummin Jules Et (a Wilodge Vantastic daughter).
Mel - bred by Thomas & Shane O’Loughlin - Dunboyne, Co. Meath - was purchased by Vincent McDonagh, Roscahill, Co. Galway.
Lot 26 Royal County Mel by Ampertaine Commander- Champion bull Tuam Show Nd Sale €5000 pic.twitter.com/Bgwkr6f6F3— Irish Limousin (@irishlimousin) 30 November 2018
Laurence & John Lynch - Kilmallock, Co. Limerick secured €3,600 for their second prize-winner - Portauns Magic. The fourteen-month-old son of Bavardage (AGB) and the Ulm daughter Portauns Helen, has a Replacement Index of €141 and a Terminal index of €160; he was snapped up by Peter Keane, Kinvara Co. Galway.
The Reserve Champion came in the form of Templequain Marvel - a June-2017-born bull with Trueman Jagger (LM4066); Goldies Terence and Milbrook Tanko in his pedigree. Bred by Thomas and Brendan O’Shea - Portlaoise, Co. Laois, he was acquired by Norman Connolly - Lavally for €3,300.
Second prize-winning Wood Road Mitch Et - bred by Noel Fennessy - Castleconnell, Co. Limerick - was knocked down to Anthony Ryan - Craughwell, Co. Galway at €3300. The son of Gerrygullinane Glen (LM4044) and Noel’s French donor cow boasts five-star ratings for terminal index; docility; carcass weight and carcass conformation.
Padraic Golden - Westport, Co. Mayo fetched €3200 for his first prize-winner Clew Bay Maty; he was bought by Patsy Fortune - Gorey, Co. Wexford. Fourteen-month-old Maty is a son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) and the home-bred Goldies Terence daughter Clew Bay Fiona. He has five-star ratings in terminal index; docility; carcass weight and carcass conformation.
Up next at €3,100 was son Gallaway Miller - a son of Lodge and Drumeel Tabitha who has Villy and Geant in her pedigree. Miller was bred by Michael Kiernan, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim and will now join James Gleeson's herd in Roscommon.
€3,000 and under
€3,000 was forked out for Eyrecourt Mountaineer - a 19-month old son of Queenshead Altea (S593) and Eyrecourt Jennifer. Ruth Hatten - Kilmeeney, Co. Carlow place the final bid for this third prize-winner from Patrick Bruen's herd in Elphin, Co. Roscommon.
Following hot on his heels at €2,950 was the first prize-winning Loosebeare Fantastic (S1497) son Carrowclogher Monster V offered for sale by Sean and Jack Vahey - Mayo and purchased by Martin Keane - Tuam.
Born in September-2017, Monster enjoyed a very successful summer on the show circuit and has rates five-star for terminal index; carcass weight and carcass conformation.
Behind him at €2,900 was Ammaghmore Masterpiece - a May-2017-born bull carrying Gerrygullinane Glen (LM4044); Sympa and Milbrook Tanko lines.
He was bred by Sean Garrett - Ballycastle, Co. Mayo and now dominates the pastures of a Westmeath-based holding.
Matthew Fee - Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim took home €2,700 for his Ampertaine Commander (APM) bull - Mullaghboy Major. This son of Mullaghboy Dana was purchased by Kieran Helebert - Gort, Co. Galway.
Also pushing up to this price tag was Noel Fennessy’s Wood Road Moss who has Ampertaine Commander (APM); Wilodge Vantastic and Festin in his lineage; he was secured by a Galway-based farmer.
Shanna Maximus ET - a son of Sympa (SYP) and the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Shanna Galaxy ET realised €2,600 - a figure that was paid out by Marie O’Malley - Shrule, Co. Galway; he was bred by Seamus Keady from Spiddal, Co. Galway.
The hammer fell at €2,500 for Clooncara Limousins Malone from the herd of David Cogan - Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. This third prize-winner was bought by a local farmer.
Other notable prices for bulls include:
- Lisnageeragh Mick by Ampertaine Foreman - €2400;
- Coisceim Markie by Fieldson Alfy - €2400;
- Rathnestin Morgan by Haltcliffe Dancer - €2200;
- Shanna Mozart Et by Sympa - €2150;
- Glore Magic Et by Fieldson Alfy - €2100;
- Glore Marshall Et by On-Dit - €2000;
- Beechmount Major by On-Dit - €2000;
- Clydagh Miley by Sarkley Herald - €1800.
The Champion heifer ribbons were awarded to Lisnageeragh Mary who was presented for sale by Des Joyce, Williamstown, Co. Galway.
Mary - who has Ampertaine Foreman (S1421); Rocky and Mas du Clo in her pedigree - left the ring unsold having failed to meet her reserve.
Green Hill Michelle was tapped forward as the Reserve Champion heifer; this daughter of Kilskeagh Hill 16 - bred by Mary McLoughlin, Ballina, Co. Mayo - left the ring unsold.
- Shannon Lorraine by Cameos - in-calf to GZP - €2,550;
- Shannon Maggiemay by Cavelands Jolly - €1,900;
- Shannon Morag by Usse - €2,200;
- Shannon Lucy by Day - in-calf heifer - €2,400.
Entries sold to an average price of €2,720 with a steady trade reported by a spokesperson for Tuam Co-operative Livestock Mart.
Tasked with judging the show were the brother and sister duo – Daniel and Rachel Moloney of the renowned Ardnacrusha herd who have shown Limousin cattle for years and are active members of the Limousin YMA.
Image source: Irish Limousin Cattle Society \ Website.