Buoyant trade has been reported for home sales in recent weeks by Clare Pedigree Limousin cattle breeders’.
The Irish Cattle Limousin Society hosted its Athenry sale on April 16th with Maghera Ronan selling for €5,500 and Brickhill Prince for €4,500. They were owned by Tulla’s Pat Mulconry and Cratloe’s Michael McInerney respectively. Average resting was reported to be at €3,647 which was up substantially in recent years.
Speaking to The Clare Echo, John Shannon PRO of the Clare Limousin Society for over 20 years outlined that an increase in home sales had been very optimistic across the county. He said the sales achieved by Mulconry and McInerney were regarded as top prizes in Athenry.
Within the past fortnight, breeders have observed a rise in home sales, the Corofin man stated. This is as a result of restrictions on mart attendance and the desire of buyers to be able to see the animal in the flesh stressing the importance of visibly assessing potential stock, “choosing the sire is a crucial decision,” he explained. “It is the principle animal on the farm and it needs to be of good confirmation and genetically well bred”.
Local breeders have enjoyed “excellent business” in recent times according to John. Home sales particular relating to pedigree bulls was described as “very buoyant”. Clare alongside Mayo is one of the most densely populated counties for limousin breeders, he said.
Among the impressive recent sales in the county include Belharbour’s Derek Daly selling seven bulls in a ten day period while Sean Lyons of Ruan has sold 23 bulls in recent months.