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RATHLYON DAVE (Lot 29) Res All-Ireland Jnr Bull Champion Mohill Show 2011 Maternal brother to Lots 5, 14, 18, 19, 27, & 28

RATHLYON BELGIAN BLUES Major Reduction Sale

SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER 2011 @ 12 NOON

Castlemore, Tullow, Co. Carlow (Sale signed 1 mile from Tullow on Carlow Road)

Tel/Fax: 00 353 41-9881288

Milltown, Termonfeckin, Co.Louth, Rep. of Ireland

For Myles & Sinead McDermott 086-2535099


RATHLYON BELLE - LOT 7

RATHLYON BONNIE - LOT 8

RATHLYON DARLING -LOT 2

RATHLYON ELKIE -LOT 21


GENERAL NOTES HEALTH STATUS Pre-Sale Movement Tested Export: Animals purchased for export will be export tested post sale VIEWING AND INSPECTION: All sale animals will be available for inspection prior to the sale, however a phone call before calling would be much appreciated. Telephone: Myles McDermott 086-2535099 TELEPHONE NUMBERS ON DAY OF THE SALE: Michael Taaffe (086) 2545132 Brian Taaffe (086) 8626530 MOVEMENT PERMITS: It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to complete their details on Movement. Permits and forward completed Permits to BAndon SETTLEMENT: Settlement in full is due immediately at the close of the sale and should be made at the auctioneers office. TERMS: Cash or Bank draft. Cheques to be advised to Bank of Ireland, Main Street, dunleer, Co. Louth. MOTORISTS PLEASE NOTE: Sale signed 1 mile from TULLOW on CARLOW Road.

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Although the oldest cow in the herd, Toffee would easily pass for half her age. She was shown once as a calf and was Reserve All Ireland Calf Champion in Limerick (2002). She is a very fertile cow and has flushed consistently well for us. She is extremely correct and functional with great muscling. Her dam Acajoe Van Terbeck was the top cow in the famous Van Terbeck herd when Toffee was purchased as an embryo. Toffee’s half-brother Ronaldo Van Terbeck stood in AI (Haliba) in Belgium. Toffee is sold pregnant carrying a bull calf by the stock bull Rathlyon Calvin (Lot 30) and is due to calve at the beginning of February. Her progeny have consistently commanded top prices.

RATHLYON TOFFEE-LOT 1


This superb dappled white and black heifer has everything. She is tall and powerful with great legs and style. Furthermore, she has a fantastic pedigree. Her dam Bringlee Bronwyn (by Colibri) is a big, powerful, correct cow out of Bringlee Sandy. Her sire is Empire d’Ochain, who has made a tremendous impact in our herd. Bringlee Sandy is probably the most famous cow in the U.K, with an illustrious show career and numerous sons in AI in Britain and Belgium (e.g. Blackstar, Dynamite, Dandy, Volkawagon etc.) Darling is a very good flusher and has given 15 embryos to date. She is left open for flushing. (Darling has 3 sisters in the sale today; Rathlyon Destiny (Lot 6) Rathlyon Dolly (Lot 15) and Rathlyon Elkie (Lot 19)

RATHLYON DARLING -LOT 2

RATHLYON BRONWENDam Lot 2 Jointly owned with Sean O’Neill’s SEACLAN Herd, Co.Limerick


This powerful, tall, correct blue and white heifer calf won at Tullow Show and the National Show in Tullamore recently. Like her half-sister Rathlyon Emer (Lot 4) she has tremendous breeding potential. Her maternal half-brother Rathlyon Alister sold at the premier sale in Roscrea (2008) for € 9,200. Evita’s dam Rathlyon Wispa is also in the sale ( Lot 16 ). Her sire Empire d’Ochain has class stamped all over her. Evita comes from a good flushing line.

RATHLYON EVITA -LOT 3

RATHLYON WISPA -Lot 16 & Dam Lot 3


This stylish black and white heifer calf won in a class of 12 heifers at Mohill Show recently. She also placed third in the All-Ireland Female Calf Championship in Tinahely earlier this year. Physically she has everything. Genetically, she is by Empire d’Ochain and out of Roontje ET van de Wolvendreef. Need we elaborate further. She has two other full sisters in the sale today; Rathlyon Charlene (Lot 10) and Rathlyon Debbie (Lot 11). Her full brother Ringfort Cormac is currently at stud in Dovea A.I. station. She comes from a terrific flushing family and has great breeding potential.

RATHLYON EMER -LOT 4

EMPIRE D�OCHAIN -Sire Lot 4


A real gem of a blue and white heifer. She is tall, long and muscular with good function. She is by Y-Black van de Wildebeek out of what was arguably our best breeding cow to date, Rathlyon UBeauty. Barbara is dam of Rathlyon Edna (Lot 20). Barbara showed well as a calf, winning first prize and overall champion in Tullow and was third in the All-Ireland Breeding Heifer Championships in 2009. Her full brother Rathlyon Bruce was All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion in 2009. Like her dam and sisters she is an excellent flushing heifer. She has produced 53 good embryos to date. She is sold open for flushing.

RATHLYON BARBARA - LOT 5


This powerful, scopey black and white heifer showed very well for us as a calf and was first in Tullow Show. She is a full sister to Rathlyon Darling (see Lot 2) and possesses many of the same qualities. Her dam is Bringlee Bronwyn, a daughter of the famous Bringlee Sandy by Colibri. Her sire is Empire d’Ochain who has done a fantastic job in our herd. Bringlee Sandy is probably the most famous cow in the U.K, with an illustrious show career and numerous sons in AI in Britain and Belgium (e.g. Black star, Dynamite, Dandy, Volkawagon etc.) As one might expect Destiny is also a very good flusher. She has given 11 embryos to date. She is left open for flushing.

RATHLYON DESTINY –LOT 6


This blue and white heifer oozes power and correctness. She is dam of the Reserve All-Ireland Senior male calf Champion 2011 Rathlyon Enrico. She is by Blak du Baty d’Eprave and out of a home bred cow Rathlyon Ursuline. Ursuline sold in our last sale for € 8,200. Belle was a first prize winner in Rathdowney in 2009. Belle’s descends from a very prolific flushing line. Her grand dam Plaisante de Beemont was imported from Belgium and classified 100 for legs and feet and 94.7 for muscle. She yielded 22 embryos in her first flush, resulting in 17 pregnancies. Ursuline had 47 embryos produced before she was 2 years old. Belle has produced 44 good embryos to date. She is left open for flushing.

RATHLYON BELLE - LOT 7


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Bonnie is a stylish black and white heifer with great length, muscle and function. Her dam Roontje ET van de Wolvendreef had two full brothers in AI in Belgium (Eklkehard and Jop van de Wolvendreef) and weighed over one tonne when sold as a store cow last year, aged 11. Like Roontje and her maternal half- sisters Rathlyon Charlene (lot 10) and Rathlyon Debbie (lot 11), Bonnie is a very good flusher. She has yielded 30 good embryos to date. She is breeding extremely well to a range of sires. Recently her son Rathlyon Eclipse by Empire achieved one of the highest linear scores ever recorded in this herd. She is left open for flushing.

RATHLYON BONNIE –LOT 8

BLAK DU BATY D’EPRAVE -Sire Lot 8


This tall, stylish dark blue heifer has real class. Her dam Bringlee Baroness is huge and a full sister of the BBG sire Blackstar. Her maternal granddam Bringlee Sandy is probably the most famous show cow in the British Herd Book and has numerous sons in A.I. Dinah’s sire Barbier is a real balanced bull with lots of muscle. Dinah descends from a very prolific line of cows and has produced 6 embryos to date. She is left open and ready for flushing.

RATHLYON DINAH –LOT 9

BARBIER -Sire Lot 9


Charlene is a tall, elegant black and white heifer. She has great function and balance. Her sire Empire d’Ochain has done a fantastic job on our herd. Charlene’s full brother (Ringfort Cormac) is in AI in Dovea. Their dam Roontje ET van de Wolvendreef was a very powerful, correct full sister of two A.I bulls in Belgium, Elkehard and Jop van de Wolvendreef. Roontje weighed over one tonne when sold as a store cow after flushing last year, aged 11. Like Roontje, Charlene is a very good flusher. She has produced 20 good embryos to date. She is sold in calf carrying a bull by Important de La Hasse (23/3/11). She is a full sister to Rathlyon Debbie (Lot 11) and Rathlyon Emer (Lot 4), Emer won first prize in Mohill Show and third prize in the All Ireland Senior Heifer Calf Championship in Tinahely this year.

RATHLYON CHARLENE-LOT 10


Debbie is a powerful, correct, white and blue heifer. She is a full sister of Rathlyon Charlene (Lot 10) and Rathlyon Emer (Lot 4), out of Roontje ET van de Wolvendreef (a very powerful, correct full sister of two A.I. bulls in Belgium, Eklkehard and Jop van de Wolvendreef) and by Empire d’Ochain. She has been flushed once successfully. Debbie is sold in calf to Victorieux du Chene (VDC; 7/3/11) and is due in early December.

RATHLYON DEBBIE-LOT 11


This muscular, correct blue and white heifer has a power packed pedigree (Cubitus x Black du Baty x Baron x Seduisant). Brona has been flushed once successfully. She is in calf to our stock bull Rathlyon Calvin (lot 30). She carries a bull calf which is due at the end of March 2012. What a prospect this calf should be. Her dam Ross Vivienne had an illustrious show career and was National Champion in 2006. Brona’s sire Blak du Baty d’Eprave (BYU) breeds extremely meaty well conformed cattle. In the Rathlyon herd we have tremendous results when crossing BYU daughters with large structural bulls e.g. Empire d’Ochain.

RATHLYON BRONA-LOT 12


Dara is a smart, white heifer with great size, muscling and function. Her dam Rathlyon Yoko is also in today’s sale (Lot17) and has proven to be a very good brood cow to date. Dara’s sire is the great Tin Tin de My. Dara’s dam was imported as an embryo out of one of the best brood cows in the van Terbeck herd in Belgium. Dara like Yoko is a good flusher and has given 11 good embryos to date. She sells open for flushing.

RATHLYON DARA-LOT 13

TIN TIN DE MY -Sire Lot 13


This fancy black and white heifer displays great definition and function. She is a daughter of what was arguably our best breeding cow i.e. Rathlyon U-Beauty and Empire d’Ochain. Eden’s full brother Dave was Reserve All- Ireland Junior Bull Champion in Mohill recently and also sells today (Lot 29). Her half-brother, Rathlyon Bruce was All Ireland Junior Bull Champion in 2009. Eden has also got 3 half-sisters in today’s sale Rathlyon Barbara (lot 5), who has given 53 embryos to date, Rathlyon Dora (Lot 19) and Rathlyon Fern (Lot 27). Eden’s half-sister Connie has given 115 embryos to date in five flushes. Eden comes from a prolific line of flushers and is ready for flushing now.

RATHLYON EDEN –LOT 14


Dolly is a very stylish black and white heifer with great size and function. Her dam is Bringlee Bronwyn (by Colibri) out of Bringlee Sandy, who is probably the most famous cow in the U.K. with an illustrious show career and numerous sons in AI in Britain and Belgium (e.g. Blackstar, Dynamite, Dandy, Volkawagon etc. Her sire is Royal Show Champion Ballygrange Alex. She has three maternal half-sisters in today’s sale, namely Rathlyon Darling (Lot 2), Rathlyon Destiny (Lot 6) and Rathlyon Elkie (lot 21). Dolly comes from a great flushing family and has herself given 20 good embryos to date. She is sure to make a great brood cow and is left open for flushing.

RATHLYON DOLLY -LOT 15

RATHLYON BRONWEN -Dam Lot 15

BRINGLEE SANDY -Gdam Lot 15


Wispa is a powerful, correct cow with a wonderful breeding history. Her first natural calf Rathlyon Alister by our stock bull Stephen was Reserve Champion at the Premier Sale in Roscrea (2008) and sold for â‚Ź 9200. She is also the dam of Rathlyon Evita (Lot 3) who was a first prize winner in the National Livestock show at Tullamore this year. Wispa has a good flushing history. She is sold carrying her 2nd calf, a bull by our current stock bull Rathlyon Calvin (Lot 30) and is due to calve the first week of March.

RATHLYON WISPA -LOT 16

RATHLYON EVITA-Lot 3 & Daughter of Lot 16 1st National Livestock Show Tullamore 2011


This white cow is very muscular and has bred a lot of nice quality cattle to date. She has been a very consistent good flusher and has produced 58 good embryos to date. Her sire Orpheon du Pont de Messe, a son of Radar Van Terbeck was one of the most sought after bulls for pedigree breeding in Belgium. She was imported from Belgium as an embryo and is out of Nimf van Terveck one of the best brood cows in the Van Terbeck herd. Yoko is the Dam of Rathlyon Dara (Lot 13) and of the twins Rathlyon Eva (Lot25) and Rathlyon Eve (Lot 26). She has had one natural calf to date and is left open for flushing.

RATHLYON YOKO –LOT 17


Dympna is a powerful correct black and white daughter of Rathlyon U-Beauty who has probably been our best breeding cow to date. Dympna’s sire Ballygrange Alex displays tremendous scale and correctness and has numerous sons in AI in Britain and Belgium (e.g. Blackstar, Dynamite, Dandy, Volkawagon etc.) and had an illustrious show career in the UK. Dymphna comes from a really good flushing line and has been flushed once successfully. Her maternal half-sister Barbara, at 4 years old (lot5), has produced 53 good embryos to date. Another maternal half-sister Rathlyon Connie by Gitan has given 115 good embryos in 5 flushes. Dympna is sold open and ready for flushing.

RATHLYON DYMPNA -LOT 18

BALLYGRANGE ALEX -Sire of Lot 18


Dora is a very correct blue and white heifer by the Royal Show Champion Ballygrange Alex and out of what is arguably our best breeding cow to date, Rathlyon U-Beauty. She has three half-sisters in the sale today; (Rathlyon Barbara (Lot 5), Rathlyon Eden (Lot 14) and Rathlyon Fern (Lot 27). Her half-brother Rathlyon Dave (lot 29) was Reserve All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion this year. Her halfbrother Bruce was All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion in 2009. She comes from a very good flushing line and has been flushed once yielding seven embryos. She is left open for flushing.

RATHLYON DAVE -Lot 29 Maternal brother to Lot 19

RATHLYON BARBARA -Lot 5 Maternal sister to Lot 19


This stylish dark blue and white heifer is a real eye-catcher. She has size, power and correctness. She is a daughter of Rathlyon Barbara (see Lot 5) and by Empire d’Ochain, one of the best bulls used in this herd to date. Edna comes from a really good flushing and show line and is sure to make a great brood cow.

RATHLYON EDNA –LOT 20


Elkie is a tall, long muscular blue and white heifer with great style and appearance. Her dam Bringlee Bronwyn is breeding consistently well and has three other pedigree daughters in today’s sale; Rathlyon Darling (Lot 2), Rathlyon Destiny (lot 6) and Rathlyon Dolly (lot 15). Elkie is by Important de la Hasse, one of the most promising bulls we have used in recent times. Elkie’s grand dam, Bringlee Sandy, is probably the most famous cow in the British herd book with numerous sons in AI (e.g. Blackstar, Dynamite, Dandy, Volkawagon etc.) Elkie’s family are very prolific flushers and she has tremendous breeding and show potential.

RATHLYON ELKIE – LOT 21

IMPORTANT -sire of Lot 21


Edel is a striking, long white and blue heifer with great definition and function. She is out of one of our finest cows Rathlyon Angel who sold at auction for â‚Ź 6800 and by Barbier that great son of As de Trefle du Vanova. Angel flushed successfully. Edel is sure to make a fantastic brood cow and also has show potential.

RATHLYON EDEL -LOT 22

BARBIER -Sire Lot 22


A cracking white heifer with a tremendous pedigree. She is out of Rathlyon Angel one of the finest cows ever bred who sold at auction for € 6900. Fiona’s sire is the hugely successful Fabroca bull Important de la Hasse. She has an equally impressive maternal half-sister in today’s sale (Rathlyon Edel; Lot 22) What a breeding/show prospect.

RATHLYON FIONA –LOT 23


This powerful, correct blue and white heifer is a full sister of our senior bull Rathlyon Calvin (Lot 30). She is out of Rathlyon Tiffany, one of our best and most muscular breeding cows to date and by the famous Dafydd d’Ochain who is renowned for his correctness and vitality. Three of Elma’s full brothers have sold for €7400, €6000 and € 5900 to date. Her pedigree suggests easy calving and fecundity. Tiffany flushed well for us and Elma has to be a great breeding prospect.

DAFYDD D’OCHAIN-Sire of Lot 24


Eva is a powerful dappled black and white identical twin of Rathlyon Eve (lot 26). She is out of one of our most consistent donors, Rathlyon Yoko (see Lot 17) and by the Dafydd son Giga du Bois Remont. Her half-sister Rathlyon Dara by Tin Tin de My; (lot 13) also sells today. Note the top lines and definition of these three sisters. Eva’s grand dam Elancée du Vanova was All-Belgian Champion and one of the best cows we’ve ever seen. A super pedigree to buy into.

RATHLYON EVA –LOT 25

GIGA - Sire Lot 25


Eve is a powerful dappled black and white identical twin of Rathlyon Eva (lot 25). She is out of one of our most consistent donors, Rathlyon Yoko (see Lot 17) and by the Dafydd son Giga du Bois Remont. Her half-sister, Rathlyon Dara by Tin Tin de My; (lot 13) also sells today. Note the top lines and definition on these three sisters. Eve’s grand dam Elancée du Vanova was All-Belgian Champion and one of the best cows we’ve ever seen. A super pedigree to buy into.

RATHLYON YOKO-Lot 17 & Dam Lots 25 & 26


This gem of a blue and white heifer is surely one of the finest in today’s sale. She has great conformation and a very strong pedigree. Her dam Rathlyon U-Beauty is arguably our best brood cow to date. Her sire Greystone Jackpot was structurally one of the biggest and most correct bulls ever in A.I. At 152 cms, he weighed 2350 kgs. Fern is maternal half-sister to Rathlyon Dave (Lot 29), this year’s Reserve All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion and Rathlyon Bruce All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion 2009. Her sister Rathlyon Barbara (lot 5) also sells today.

RATHLYON FERN –LOT 27


Chief is a very big meaty blue and white bull. He is a son of Rathlyon U-Beauty probably our best brood cow to date. He is a maternal half-brother to Rathlyon Bruce, (All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion 2009), Rathlyon Dave (Reserve All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion 2011; Lot 29), Rathlyon Barbara (lot 5) and Rathlyon Fern (lot 27). His sire Tamhorn Sumo, by Affute was one of the finest bulls to come out of the UK and showed successfully, winning numerous championships including the Royal at Stonleigh. Chief should produce heavy well conformed weanlings.

RATHLYON CHIEF –LOT 28


This stylish black and white bull has size, power, correctness, mobility and great genetics. He is a son of Empire d’Ochain and out of Rathlyon U- Beauty (by Artaban de St. Fontaine) who was arguably our best brood cow to date. Dave showed well this year and was Reserve All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion at Mohill recently. His half-brother Rathlyon Bruce (by Y- Black) was AllIreland Junior Bull Champion and Overall Male Champion at Tullamore in 2009. Dave is fertility tested and has served heifers.

RATHLYON DAVE-Lot 29 Res. All-Ireland Junior Bull Champion Mohill Show 2011

EMPIRE D’OCHAIN -Sire of Lot 29


This blue and white gentle giant embodies all that is good in modern Belgian Blue breeding. He is tall, long, mobile, and well muscled throughout. He was our obvious choice of stock bull for 2011. His mother Rathlyon Tiffany, by Ubidet d’aux Houx was one of our best and most consistent breeding cows. She sold earlier this year as a store cow weighing 980kgs. Calvin’s sire is the famous Dafydd d’Ochain renowned for vitality and function who crossed really well with Tiffany. Three other full brothers of Calvin have sold for € 7400 (Rathlyon Bruce; private) , €6000 and € 5900 (Premier Sale in Roscrea 2011) to date. His pedigree suggests very easy calving. Calvin’s first pedigree calf (Rathlyon Fintan) was born in April and shows great potential. White in colour, he has the style, power and correctness of his sire.

RATHLYON CALVIN –LOT 30

RATHLYON FINTAN -Son of Lot 30


A very nice white and blue bull with size, great muscling and good legs and feet. He is out of Rathlyon Toffee (lot1) in today’s sale and by Empire d’ Ochain. This cross has worked really well for us with numerous full brothers of this bull producing quality weanlings for the export market.

RATHLYON TOFFEE-Dam Lot 31


RATHLYON BRONWEN-Dam of pregnancies carried by Lots 32, 33 & 34

HEROS DU PEROY-Sire of pregnancy carried by Lot 33

ADAJIO DE BRAY-Sire of pregnancy carried by Lot 34


due date 6th January 2012


BOREHARD CANTONA –Sire pregnancy carried by Lot 35

RATHLYON YOKO –Lot 17 & Dam of pregnancy carried by Lot 36


RATHLYON DARA-Lot 13 & Dam of pregnancies carried by Lots 38 & 39


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RATHLYON EMER (Lot 4) -1st Mohill Show 2011 - 3rd All-Ireland Class Tinahely Show 2011

RATHLYON EVITA (Lot 3) 1st National Livestock Show Tullamore 2011

RATHLYON BARBARA (Lot 5) - 1st & Champion Tullow Show 2009 - 3rd All-Ireland Breeding Heifer Championship 2009 - Dam of Lot 20

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