John Murphy of Ballinasloe Co. Galway put his Limousin herd to auction at Roscrea Mart on Saturday, with one cow in particular making a very nice price indeed.
There was a lively trade all in all, with prices ranging from €1,300 up to tops of €7,600. The sale was made up by a big group of established Limousin breeders and some first time pedigree buyers.
The best price of the day went for a really nice Pedigree in-calf cow, Eyrecourt flower. She is a 7 year old daughter of Sympa and sold for the price of €7,600. She was bought on the day by Patrick Gill, for his Kilskeagh Limousin herd based near Athenry Co. Galway.
The man who bought her, although happy was hopeful of a lower price.
“I thought it was a bit dear but sure what could I do”, said Patrick Gill.
He said she is due any day now to her fourth of fifth calf to Queenshead Altea. He plans to continue breeding the lovely cow for the coming years.
“I just liked her….I had heard of the breeder before”, he added.
That wasn’t the only good price on the day though with an in-calf heifer, two years old, making €7,000. Due to calf in December to Queenshead Altea. She is called Eyrecourt Kloe and is a daughter of the above Eyrecourt flower. She was purchased by Joe Moran of the Cappaduff herd in Claremorris Co. Mayo.
Some other prices on the day included:
Lot 36: Eyrecourt Kerstina: 2 yr Fieldson Alfy daughter - €4,000
Lot 69: On Dit son, Eyrecourt Leo - €3,500
Lot 34: Eyrecourt Golden: sold with heifer calf, due in April - €3,400
Lot 59a: Eyrecourt Lovell: born Dec 2016 - €3,300
Lot 49: Eyrecourt Iona, with bull calf and back in calf - €3,200
Lot 3: Eyrecourt Glory, with bull calf and due in May - €3,100
Lot 13: Eyrecourt Gina - due to Queenshead Altea, sold with bull calf for €3,100
Lot 33: Eyrecourt Heat Wave, Incalf to Wilodge Cerberus - €2,800
Lot 58 Eyrecourt Field, Sympa daughter and in-calf to Wilodge Cerberus, - €2,800
Lot 66 Eyrecourt Laron - €2,800
Lot 44 Eyrecourt Kitty by Sympa – €2,750
Lot 22 Eyrecourt Josephine by On-Dit – €2,700
Lot 50 Eyrecourt Invocie by Malibu – €2,700
Lot 14 Eyrecourt Inisheer by Neuf – €2,650
Lot 4 Eyrecourt Hazel by Nenuphar – €2,600
Lot 43 Eyrecourt Katie by Fieldson Alfy – €2,600
Lot 45 Eyrecourt Katrina by Sauvignon – €2,600
Lot 51 Eyrecourt Idol by Neuf – €2,600
Lot 52 Eyrecourt Inishmore by Malibu – €2,600
Lot 55 Eyrecourt Haven by Epson – €2,600