The final Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale of 2022 took place in Roscommon Mart on Saturday 21 May.
It’s been a positive spring for most breeds and the Roscommon sale saw a solid trade for good-quality bulls, with a high clearance rate of 82% and a top price of €5,200 hit on two occasions.
The average price came in at €3,670/head which was up €715/head on the same sale in 2021 and up €997/head on the same sale in 2020.
Crillaune River took home the senior championship for Mayo breeder Patrick Kenny and he also took home the joint top price of €5,200.
The bull came with a five-star replacement index and a five-star terminal index, with five stars for carcase weight and conformation, coupled with a 6.4% calving figure.
The October 2020-born bull is by Amperatine Majestic and out of a Ronick Hawk cow.
Reserve junior champion
The second €5,200 top price came for the reserve junior champion from Leitrim breeder Stanley Richardson.
Newtown Scooby, a March 2021-born son of Norman Inventor and out of a Index Pp-bred cow, has a five-star terminal index of €157 and a five-star replacement index of €122, coupled with a calving figure of just 2%.
He is also a double carrier of the F94L myostatin gene.
Creenagh Rodrigo was exhibited by Patrick Logan, Co Leitrim, and took the next-highest price.
Rodrigo is sired by Ampertaine Gigolo going back to a Creenagh Ian-bred dam.
The November 2020-born bull has a four-star terminal index and a four-star replacement index and went under the hammer for €5,100.
The reserve senior champion was bred by Roscommon breeder Patsy Creighton.
Aloor Ralph, a November 2020-born son of Lodge Hamlet and out of the homebred Haltcliffe Dancer cow, Aloor Kate 2, Ralph has a terminal index value of €147 and is 4.8% calving difficulty on beef cows. He was sold at €3,400.