Max­imus a gla­di­a­tor in the ring

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

THIR­TEEN-month-old Car­rick­more Max­imus Et has set a new Ir­ish record for the Li­mousin breed af­ter sell­ing for €38,000 at the so­ci­ety Premier Show and Sale at Cen­tral Auc­tions Mart, Ro­screa.

The Co Meath-bred bull — Ju­nior Cham­pion at the Na­tional Show in Tul­lam­ore last Au­gust when he was only 10 months old — recorded a re­mark­able achieve­ment by match­ing the price paid for his sire six years ago when the auc­tion­eers ham­mer came down to a frenzy of ex­cite­ment at €38,000.

Bred by John and Karol Con­nell, Old­cas­tle, he was ac­quired by a syn­di­cate com­pris­ing of the Goldies, Hare­stone and Tweed­dale herds of Messrs. Goldie, Bar­clay and Wat­son, UK.

Max­imus has a very im­pres­sive pedi­gree. His sire Am­per­taine Fore­man, who sold in Carlisle for 38,000gns in 2012, was bred by James McKay of the renowned Am­per­taine herd based in Maghera, Derry.

His dam Bai­leys Ice Princess was bred by Tom Bai­ley at Bat­ter­stown, Co Meath and also en­joyed a tremen­dous show­ing ca­reer, win­ning the Na­tional Over­all Li­mousin Cham­pion ti­tle in both 2015 and 2016 and she was also Bal­moral Cham­pion in 2015.

It was also a very suc­cess­ful week­end for Ed­die Lynch, Lough­duff, Co Ca­van who showed the Re­serve Ju­nior Cham­pion, Erneval­ley Mitch ET, an em­bryo son of Sarkley Ger­tude and the afore­men- tioned Am­per­taine Fore­man.

The June 2017-born bull came to the ring with five star rat­ings in Re­place­ment in­dex, Ter­mi­nal in­dex, Car­cass weight and Car­cass con­for­ma­tion and was the first of two bulls from Ed­die’s yard to com­mand a price of €9,200. Mitch was pur­chased by re­turn­ing cus­tomer Jonathan Wat­son of the Tweed­dale herd, Ber­wick upon Tweed, Northum­ber­land, UK.

His sec­ond bull to com­mand €9,200 was Erneval­ley Madi­son ET, also a son of Am­per­taine Fore­man while his dam Halt­cliffe Franc is a daugh­ter of Clough­head Um­pire.

At 15 months old, Madi­son has five star rat­ings in Ter­mi­nal In­dex, Car­cass weight and Car­cass con­for­ma­tion and was pur­chased by Dovea Ge­net­ics as an ad­di­tion to their wide se­lec­tion of Li­mousin sires.

Se­nior Cham­pion of the show, Am­magh­more Monty, bred by Sean Gar­rett, Bal­ly­cas­tle, Co Mayo, and car­ry­ing an ar­ray of stars, sold for €5,600 to Paric Fallon, Cur­raghroe, Co Roscom­mon.

Re­serve Se­nior Cham­pion Tem­ple­quain Mer­cury, was bred by bred Thomas O’Shea, Port­laoise, Co Laois and pur­chased by the Tom­ri­land herd of Noel Kenny based in Ash­ford, Co Wick­low for €5,000.

The Fe­male Cham­pion of Show award went to Clon­town Lady Albha, an ex­cep­tional heifer ex­hib­ited by Stephen Tre­anor, Scot­stown, Co Monaghan.

Lady Albha is a daugh­ter of Pow­er­house Italic (LM2090) and the Ron­ick Hawk daugh­ter Kin­cor­ragh Imax with sev­eral awards to her credit from the Sum­mer round of agri­cul­tural shows, sold for €7,000, bound for Stu­art Lit­tle­wood’s Holling­reave herd based in Newmill, Hud­der­s­field.

The bulls achieved a clear­ance of 63pc record­ing an av­er­age of €4,009 which was boosted by the record price for the Ju­nior Cham­pion. Fe­males sold to a clear­ance of 68pc at an av­er­age of €2,729.

Car­rick­more Max­imus Et, which sold for €38,000 at the Li­mousin Premier Show and Sale at Ro­screa

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