Roundhill Limousin

Why Choose Us?

Largest polled limousine herd in Ireland

In 2014, the Roundhill herd took a new direction by becoming one of the first herds in Ireland to undertake a polled programme on a large scale. Roundhill is a family run farm of 200 Limousin animals. At Roundhill, we believe polled limousin is the future. The decision was taken after studying polled genetics in Europe and the UK.

After careful consideration it was decided to cross the best horned breeding females to the best homozygous bulls available. Sires used to date are VIKING , HINZ PP, IVOIRE PP, GREENSONS HOWLETTE, IDALGO PP, KARLOS PP, LORENZO PP, JK PORTO and JK MIRO PP.

Family owned Polled Limousin Herd

Length of time / Breeding experience

The Roundhill Limousin herd was established in 1998. We selected Limousin for its easy-care qualities and combination of maternal power and carcass traits.

Breeding Policy 
At Roundhill, the main goal is the production of profitable cattle; fertile, milky cows that produce one calf every 365 days and consistently breed high performance, U grade docile cattle. It produces show-quality cattle, strong in both terminal and maternal traits, without compromising on calving ease or docility. While always respecting the fundamentals of the Limousin breed, quality, consistency and selection for all the important commercial traits are the cornerstones of Roundhill’s breeding philosophy.

Years of focussing intensely on influential cow families and strict culling has ensured that Roundhill is one of the most uniform, performance-driven and maternally powerful cow herds globally.  At Roundhill, the herd is predominantly A.I. bred. An extensive embryo transfer programme is undertaken annually to ensure rapid genetic progress.  Our main emphasis is on breeding quality, reliable, easy-care cattle, balancing terminal and maternal traits.

The cow families at Roundhill are sourced from the best available genetics in Europe, and are introduced either as breeding females or as embryos. Roundhill purchased many elite females who had already proven themselves as bull dams.

These include:-

  • Disette, the mother of Ideal 23,
  • Giroflee, the mother of Nenuphar,
  • Melodie, the mother of Ramses,
  • Belladone, the same family as Tonka and Leny the dam of Roundhill Saturn,
  • Joyeuse the dam of Baileys Iceprincess, and more recently
  • Unanime and Andrea.

Health Status

Our policy at Roundhill is to produce cattle with high genetic merit and a high health status.

Roundhill is a member of SAC’s Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS) and is accredited free of Johnes level 1 since 2009.  The herd has achieved ‘BVD Negative Health Status BHS’ with the Irish national BVD eradication programme. 

As part of our continuous commitment to maintaining the highest possible health status, a stringent herd health programme is operated and prioritised.  Cattle are vaccinated annually for BVD, Leptospirosis, IBR marker vaccine, Salmonella and for Clostridial disease in the young stock. 

Genomic Service

Genomics

The entire herd at Roundhill is genotyped. Each calf is genotyped at birth to ensure accuracy of its ancestry.
This ensures that

  • Each animal has its pedigree verified at birth.
  • Purchasers can subsequently validate all the progeny from their purchased animal.
  • Purchasers have the confidence of increased reliability of the indexes.
  • The polled gene can be identified and whether it is a homozygous or a heterozygous carrier.
  • Other major genes can be identified e.g. mh+ gene
Origin Green Ireland

Origin Green

The Roundhill herd is a member of Origin Green. Sustainability criteria have been incorporated into recently developed standards and any future review of existing standards will result in the inclusion of sustainability criteria.

Origin Green is the Bord Bia sustainability programme. It is the only one in the world which operates at a national level and which includes farmers and primary producers, processors and retailers working together and leading the way to create a better future for all involved.

Origin Green’s system of measuring and feedback helps to identify steps to increased efficiency. An increasing number of Irish farmers are recognising that improved sustainability practices are good for business too. Sustainable farming and efficient farming go hand in hand and can also preserve your farm business and the environment for future generations.

The Roundhill Herd

The two hundred head Roundhill Pedigree Limousin Herd is based in Fedamore, County Limerick. Established in 1996, it is owned and managed by Timothy, Doreen and Katie Corridan with the assistance of George Doyle.

Breeding Goals

At Roundhill, the main goal is the production of profitable cattle; fertile, milky cows that produce one calf every 365 days and consistently breed high performance, U grade docile cattle. It produces show-quality cattle, strong in both terminal and maternal traits, without compromising on calving ease or docility. While always respecting the fundamentals of the Limousin breed, quality, consistency and selection for all the important commercial traits are the cornerstones of Roundhill’s breeding philosophy.

Herd Health

Roundhill’s policy is to produce cattle with high genetic merit and a high health status.

Roundhill is a member of SAC’s Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS) and is accredited free of Johnes level 1 since 2009. The herd has ‘BVD Negative Health Status BHS’. As part of its continuous commitment to maintaining the highest possible health status, a stringent herd health programme is operated and prioritised. Cattle are vaccinated annually for BVD, Leptospirosis, IBR marker vaccine, Salmonella, and for Clostridial disease in the young stock.

Performance Recording

A strong passion at Roundhill is a scientific approach to breed progression, using a high degree of performance recording. Since its establishment, cattle at Roundhill have been and continue to be linear scored and weight recorded annually. All calving difficulties are recorded and all calves are weighed at birth. Roundhill have the largest number of birth weights in the breed database. It is a member of the ICBF data accreditation programme and the Gene Ireland Maternal programme. The entire herd is genomically tested and parentage verified.

Polled Programme

In 2014, the Roundhill herd took a new direction by becoming one of the first herds in Ireland to undertake a polled programme on a large scale. At Roundhill, polled Limousin is the future. This decision was taken after studying polled genetics in the UK, France and Germany. After careful consideration it was decided to cross its best horned female breeders with the best homozygous polled sires available i.e. Tigris PP, Hinz PP, Ivoire PP and Idalgo PP.

Roundhill’s polled programme is progressing exceptionally well. It now has a large group of impressive heterozygous polled males and female. The oldest of these is eighteen months.

Performance Recording

A strong passion at Roundhill is a scientific approach to breed progression, using a high degree of performance recording. Since its establishment, cattle at Roundhill have been and continue to be linear scored and weight recorded annually. All calving difficulties are recorded and all calves are weighed at birth. Roundhill have the largest number of birth weights in the breed database. It is a member of the ICBF data accreditation programme and the Gene Ireland Maternal programme. The entire herd is genomically tested and parentage verified.

Polled Programme

In 2014, the Roundhill herd took a new direction by becoming one of the first herds in Ireland to undertake a polled programme on a large scale. At Roundhill, polled Limousin is the future. This decision was taken after studying polled genetics in the UK, France and Germany. After careful consideration it was decided to cross its best horned female breeders with the best homozygous polled sires available i.e. Tigris PP, Hinz PP, Ivoire PP and Idalgo PP.

Roundhill’s polled programme is progressing exceptionally well. It now has a large group of impressive heterozygous polled males and female. The oldest of these is eighteen months.

Breeding Programme

Years of focusing intensely on influential cow families and strict culling has ensured that Roundhill is one of the most uniform, performance-driven and maternally powerful cow herds globally. Milk, fertility, soundness, udder quality, docility and breed character continue to be priorities for females.

The cow families at Roundhill are sourced from the best available genetics in Europe, and are introduced either as breeding females or as embryos. Roundhill purchased many elite females who had already proven themselves as bull dams. These include:

  • Disette, the mother of Ideal 23
  • Giroflee, the mother of Nenuphar
  • Melodie, the mother of Ramses
  • Belladone, the same family as Tonka and Leny the dam of Roundhill Saturn
  • Joyeuse the dam of Baileys
  • Iceprincess, and more recently
  • Unanime and Andrea

These proven cow families have been developed and form the basis of this herd.

At Roundhill the herd is predominantly bred by A.I. An extensive embryo transfer programme is undertaken annually to ensure rapid genetic progress. The main emphasis has been on French genetics with the aim of balancing terminal and maternal traits.

Showing

Roundhill exibits at local and National shows. It is a lovely way to share its passion for cattle breeding, socialise with fellow breeders, meet commercial farmers and benchmark its cattle. Some successes to date include; Junior Champion Tullamore with Roundhill EGiroflee 1164, Reserve Junior Female Tullamore with Roundhill GMelodie 1336, Senior Bull Tullamore with Castleview Darren and All Ireland Junior Heifer with Roundhill Hunanime 1440.

It is extremely satisfying for Roundhill to see its cattle and genetics perform well for other breeders. What a pleasure it was this year to see Roundhill IOndine 1496 win Junior Heifer of the year for Bobby O’Connell, and Baileys Iceprincess, daughter of Roundhill VJoyeuse 820, win senior heifer of the year for the O’Connell brothers.

Roundhill is an active member of its local South West Club, and hosts the YMA event each year. Roundhill enjoys coaching the YMA team. For the past two years, the team has won the national title, and formed part of the national team who went onto win the Anglo-Irish YMA

Bull Sales

Roundhill’s bulls are sold at society sales with considerable success each year. At premier sales in Roscrea in the recent past:

  • Roundhill Grimaldi, Senior Champion was sold to the Chytodden Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Gailleo, Junior Champion, to the Killerton Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Fame & Glory, Reserve Senior Champion, to the Monkey Puzzle Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Fortune, Reserve Senior Champion, to the Cruisank Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Falcon, Senior Champion, and Roundhill Hotshot Reserve, Senior Champion, to the Clougherney Herd, Northern Ireland

Many of Roundhill’s bulls are sold to Irish commercial farmers. Roundhill strives to fulfil customers’ needs by producing excellent quality, fertility tested, functional, high performance, high index, high health status bulls with a strong emphasis on calving ease and docility. It has been rewarded over the years with numerous repeat sales to both suckler and dairy herd-owners.

Biennial Female Sale

In conjunction with the Castleview Herd, Roundhill holds a biennial heifer sale. Roundhill’s policy is to only sell females at this sale. Many foundation females as well as many show champions have been sold at this sale. The next sale will be on 10 September, 2016, in Roscrea Mart.

Bull Sales

Roundhill’s bulls are sold at society sales with considerable success each year. At premier sales in Roscrea in the recent past:

  • Roundhill Grimaldi, Senior Champion was sold to the Chytodden Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Gailleo, Junior Champion, to the Killerton Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Fame & Glory, Reserve Senior Champion, to the Monkey Puzzle Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Fortune, Reserve Senior Champion, to the Cruisank Herd, UK
  • Roundhill Falcon, Senior Champion, and Roundhill Hotshot Reserve, Senior Champion, to the Clougherney Herd, Northern Ireland

Many of Roundhill’s bulls are sold to Irish commercial farmers. Roundhill strives to fulfil customers’ needs by producing excellent quality, fertility tested, functional, high performance, high index, high health status bulls with a strong emphasis on calving ease and docility. It has been rewarded over the years with numerous repeat sales to both suckler and dairy herd-owners.

Biennial Female Sale

In conjunction with the Castleview Herd, Roundhill holds a biennial heifer sale. Roundhill’s policy is to only sell females at this sale. Many foundation females as well as many show champions have been sold at this sale. The next sale will be on 10 September, 2016, in Roscrea Mart.