Three herds based in the South West came together on Saturday 12th September in Roscrea Mart to host a heifer and embryo sale. This sale was the eighth Genetic Advantage sale on behalf of the renowned Roundhill, Castleview and Ballybrown herds. With strict Covid guidelines adhered to the sale was also conducted online by Martbids from the Farmers Journal.
Following on from last month’s dispersal sale of the Millburn and Royal County herds, it was obvious that the appetite for quality Limousin breeding females is strong with a 100% clearance.
On offer were 39 breeding heifers many of which were four & five star from proven high index sires e.g. Bavardage, Ampertaine Commander and Ionesco. A large number of the lots were in calf to 5 star bulls such as Kaprico Eravelle and Usse.
The Roundhill herd had 17 heifers on offer and from this yard came the sale topper ROUNDHILL PUNANIME 1945 ET at €9,500. Punanime was destined for the show circuit this year, however she may get the chance to shine next year as after a flurry of bids she was knocked down to Bobby O’Connell of the Ballybrown herd. Punanime is bred from proven award winning genetics, her sire is the legendary champion breeder Elite Ice Cream while her dam Roundhill I Unanime 1440 was the Junior All Ireland heifer of 2014.
Thomas Doherty invested in three incalf Roundhill heifers to add to his herd based in Clare. Thomas’ first acquisition was ROUNDHILL NEWTOWN, a daughter of Grenache and the Hinz dam Kgiroflee 1635. This October 2018 heifer is in calf to Kaprico Eravelle. She has a five star Replacement Index of €164 and a Terminal index of €133. Newtown realized €5,400.
Thomas also purchased two Bavardage daughters for €4,200. First of these girls was ROUNDHILL NGIROFLEE 1925, this December 2018 born heifer is incalf to Kaprico Eravelle. Her dam has Hortensia and Lino in her sire stack. Ngiroflee 1925 has five star ratings across the board.
The third heifer heading to the Doherty homestead is ROUNDHILL NBELLADONE 1884, a October 2018 daughter of the Lino dam Roundhill Ebelladone 1156 sold incalf to Loyal. This heifer has a Replacement index of €122 and a Terminal index of €140.
Michael Egan chose the very stylish Roundhill James Bond daughter ROUNDHILL N LENY 1838 for his herd which is based in County Mayo. N Leny 1838 is incalf to the the polled bull Viking PP. Multi starred N Leny realized €4,200.
Four thousand euro was top call for the Doudou daughter ROUNDHILL NGIROFLEE 1883. Born in October 2018 this heifer is incalf to Kaprico Eravelle. Her dam has Attirant and Lino in her back pedigree. Local farmer David Talbot acquired Ngiroflee 1883.
Heading to Donegal is the Bavardage daughter ROUNDHILL NGIROFLEE 1885, the pick of Lee Graham. Multi-starred and incalf to Viking, Lee paid €3,800 for this almost 2 year old heifer.
Heading to the opposite end of the country is the Doudou daughter ROUNDHILL NORA 1869. Due to calf down next month to Viking, this heifer was snapped up by the Moore family from Co. Kerry. The hammer fell at €3,700.
Also incalf to Viking is ROUNDHILL NORA 1918, this lady was purchased by Roscommon based Adrian Kelly for €3,700. Nora 1918 has Bavardage, Vermeil and Goldies Terence in her sire stack.
The Draperhill herd acquired ROUNDHILL N NORA 1827 for €3,600 for their herd based in Dromara, Co. Down. Nora 1827 is a daughter of Roundhill Hamlet (a Roundhill Saturn son) and the Vermeil daughter Knora 1602. Nora 1827 is incalf to Kaprico Eravelle.
ROUNDHILL N UNANIME 1864 ET, an incalf daughter of Doudou and the imported French cow Unanime sold for €3,600. Unanime 1864 has five star ratings in almost all traits. She is incalf to Viking. She was purchased by Allen Fitzgerald for his Westmeath based herd.
At the same price and also by Doudou was ROUNDHILL NROMANCE 1906. This heifer’s dam G Romance 1338 is by Attirant. She sold incalf to Peter Dickenson from Wicklow.
Returning to her birth county of Limerick is ROUNDHILL NRIVIERE 1889. This daughter of Cameos was the choice of father and son team Pat and Ronan Liston for their Kildimo based herd. Nriviere has Attirant and Nelson is her back pedigree. She is incalf to polled bull Viking. Her purchase price was €3,200.
Fermoy based Dan Cashman acquired ROUNDHILL NJOYEUSE 1867 for €2,600. Njoyeuse 1867 is a daughter of Doudou. She is incalf to Dimoiwii.
Bound for Ballyhaunis is the Bavardage daughter ROUNDHILL N LENY 1840. This incalf heifer was purchased by Donal Byrne for €2,500. January 2018 born N Leny is incalf to Kaprico Eravelle.
Joseph O’Brien from Meath acquired ROUNDHILL NONDINE 1915 for €2,500. Nondine 1915is a daughter of Doudou she is incalf to Dimoiwii.
The yearling Doudou daughter ROUNDHILL PLENY 1955 sold for €2,400. This heifer was purchased by the Ballynagerragh herd of Neil Megarry which is based in Antrim.