Limousin weanling heifers sell to a top price of €8,800 at dispersal sale

Monday saw the dispersal of one of the country’s oldest established pedigree Limousin herds and the trade didn’t fail to disappoint, according to Paul Sykes.

Sykes, the Secretary of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society said the dispersal sale of the Thomastown herd contained some very good bloodlines consisting of the perfect balance of quality and temperament.

“The dispersal sale was of an exceptional herd, it was one of the first established Limousin herds in Ireland, having been established in 1977,” he said.

He added that there was a steady demand for the stock on offer, with the trade remaining strong from start to finish in Roscrea Mart on Monday.

The strong trade, he said, was driven by new buyers, established breeders and purchasers from Northern Ireland and the UK.

It was a good strong trade throughout. The first lot on offer sold for €2,300 while the last lot made €2,700.

Some of the stock on offer at Monday’s sale – Source: Irish Limousin Cattle Society

Limousin sales highlights

Sykes continued to say there were 122 cattle on offer, with the average price from the sale sitting at €2,839.

The top price heifer, he said, went to a September 2015 born Willodge Cerberus daughter, making €8,800. Her dam, sired by Thomas Fabiola sold for €5,500.

Another set of twin heifers out of an On-Dit sired cow bred after the Limousin bull Ampertaine Elgin made €3,000 and €6,900, while their dam sold for €18,300.

Sykes also said a Sympa-sired cow sold for €8,000, while her autumn-born heifer calf after Willodge Cerberus went for €5,000.

The society’s secretary added there was a good trade for the weanling bull calves on offer, with a September 2015 born Willodge Cerberus son selling for €3,000.