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Top 1% EBV Limousin bull joins Cogent Signature Beef

Cattle breeding company, Cogent, has added a breed-leading Limousin bull to the Signature Beef range, which brings together an almost unparalleled combination of genetic potential and show ring performance.

Gerrygullinane Glen began his life in County Mayo with his breeders, Gerard Walsh and Anne Marie Clarke, but was spotted by Christine Williams of the Wilodge herd during a judging trip to the Republic.

Judging the bull to be her breed champion at Bonniconlon Show, he went on to repeat the feat at Ballina, and later took the reserve junior championship at the All Ireland Limousin Calf Finals at Tullamore Show.

As the judge at Bonniconlon, Miss Williams described Glen as the 'must have' bull which she went on to purchase for an undisclosed five-figure sum for the renowned Shropshire-based Wilodge herd.

"At less than eight months old, Glen was one of the youngest animals in the class at Bonniconlon," says Miss Williams. "But he stood out to me for his tremendous growth and power and that indefinable X-Factor."

Describing the bull as exhibiting extreme muscularity, impressive testicular development, spring of rib and standing four-square on very correct legs, she says his exceptionally chilled temperament has proved to be the icing on the cake.

Her observations are corroborated by Glen's Estimated Breeding Values, which rank in the Limousin breed's top percentile for important growth and carcase traits. This includes 200 and 400 day growth rates of 52 and 93 respectively, muscle depth of 7.1 and a huge Beef Value of 46 - all of which are in the top one per cent.

It is a combination of these EBVs, his superb appearance and his outcross pedigree which attracted Cogent to this bull, and they are marketing his semen from this month.

"His sire is the Ronick Hawk son, Machermore Augustus and his dam is Derrygullinane Daisy, whose back pedigree includes Mas Du Clo and Genereux," says Cogent's beef specialist, Boomer Birch. "These bloodlines have not been brought together in an AI sire before, so we are particularly excited to be working with them."

Describing the bull as 'modern, clean, stylish, very correct and full of breed character', Mr Birch says he will do a tremendous job on any herd rearing beef, whether they are pedigree Limousin or cross-bred animals.

A video of Gerrygullinane Glen is available on HERE . Please call Cogent for more details. Tel: 0800 783 7258.