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April '09

Semen now available from our new bulls Baileys Duncan, Rosemount Ash, Westside Bob and Lisnagranchy Carlo.

March '09

Tarot bull makes the top price of €4,600 at the recent Interbreed sale at Kilkenny Agricultural Mart . Milburn Cassivs scooped the Overall Championship and top price for Mr. Richard O' Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway

March '09

Belvin Ultimatum leads the way at Calgary Bull Sale 2009 for Owen O' Neill making the top Angus price of $20,000. Ultimatum is out of Owen's donor cow Belvin Lady Blossom 64'04 by Belvin Rebel. He had a very successful show season in Canada in 2008 and sold to the well known breeders Flint & Flint of Dalrene Angus. It is likely that he will be shown at the forthcoming World Angus Forum at Spruce Meadows in July 2009. Go to the embryo page to see further details on his tremendous dam.

Oct '08

Sylvain daughter wins Overall Charolais Female Champion at Beef Expo 2008 in Kilkenny. Ballydavis Champion from the herd of Kathleen Hargroves was first in her class and went to be Female Champion. She crowns a very successful show year as she also had done very well at the National Charolais Show held in Ck-on-Shannon in September and several other shows throughtout the country.

September '08

Sylvain son creates a stir at the annual Palgrove Bull sale in Australia. Palgrove Champagne and sells for the cracking price of $50,000 making him the top selling Charolais bull in Australia for 2008. The first 24 Sylvain male and female calves sold in Australia have averaged in excess of a whooping $16,000.

April '08

Sylvain daughter wins her class at the Sydney Royal Show for the Palgrove herd of David and Prue Bondfield. Palgrove Appeal 33 won the 9-12 month class

March '08
Mike Scanlon recently sold a 5 week old Liseron calf for €520. He is very pleased with the quality of calf from Liseron and intends using more of him this year.

March '08
Sylvain makes huge impression in Australia
Sylvain made the headlines at the recent All Stars Sale at the Palgrove Charolais sale where 9 weanling daughters sold to a top price of $33,000 and averaged $16,000. David Bondfield of the Palgrove herd is extremely pleased with his Sylvain progeny having bought the exclusive rights for Australia following a visit to Bova in June 2006. The Palgrove herd consists of 1200 registered breeding cows and is probably the largest charolais herd in the world.

February '08
Delfur T-Bone arrives at Bova AI. We are looking forward to introducing this new Simmental sire to the Irish market. He has excellent muscle, structure, style and has a desirable colour. We are very grateful to Douglas Barr for giving us the opportunity to acquire him for our stud.

January '08
We at Bova AI are pleased to launch our new website. We will endeavour to update this website on a regular basis so as to keep you up to date.

January '08
The first calves from Bj's No Limits have arrived in Canada. They have so far pleased BJ Scheirlinck who is impressed with their muscle, size and correctness.

November '07
Pictured below is Owen O' Neill and Paddy Gernon following the export of 70 pedigree Limousin heifers to Poland. Many thanks to Liam Williams, Donal Callery, PJ McNulty, Larry Brannock, Michael Sexton, Patsy Connolly and James Hannon, who supplied heifers to this trip.

November '07
Bj's No Limits has been named Reserve Junior Champion at the recent Agribition Show in Canada. This is a remarkable achievement for a young bull who was in stud from January to May and then on to work at the renowned Youngdale herd where he served over 35 heifers.

November '07
Congratulations to John Lynch, Longford who had the Champion Limousin with a Pacha 19 son at the recent Ck-on-Shannon Show and Sale. Ballinasraw Baron later sold for €5,100 to John Dermody, Kilkenny.

September '07
Congratulations to the Hargroves, Laois who won the National Female Calf Class - April/May 2007 class at the recent National Charolais Show in Ck-on-Shannon with Ballydavis Champion - a Sylvain daughter.

August '07
Congrats to Cathal McCormack who sold a 10 month old Belvin Patriarch bull calf to Northern Ireland for €5,000. Also well done to Mathew Goulding and Denis Twomey on their good show results with Belvin Patriarch heifers.
August '07
Du Storduer Flanuer commercial heifer calf sells for €1,850 - a March calf by SFL was sold by Tom Hickey at the recent Cappamore show- picture below

July '07
Pacha 19 bulls from the herd of John Lynch recently won the pairs class at Athlone show

June '07

Capan 12 semen rights have been sold to Profit Sires, UK. A deal has been done with Richard Pearce which gives Profit Sires exclusive access to Capan 12 (DUA) for the UK market. DUA is classified EX - the first Br. Fr. in Ireland to do so.

 May '07
Embryos from Belvin Lady Blossom 64’04 (pictured below)have finally landed in Ireland. They represent an excellent way to get into top class genetics from the leading sires in North America. We also have embryos from the dam of Bj's No. Limits with Hoff Limited Edition -call Owen for details 087-2775071.

April ‘07
BJ’s No Limits semen has now arrived in Ireland. He is already causing quite a stir following our success with Belvin Patriach. We are grateful to BJ Scheirlink for allowing us the opportunity to acquire EU rights on this exciting new Angus sire.

April '07
Many thanks to Dairy Daughters, UK on their recent order of a substantial quantity of Blackisle Belomond semen. Benlomond is a British Friesian from the excellent Laura family that has performed so well for A. Mann.

March ‘07
Bova is pleased to hear the excellent reports from Andrew Gayle, Dorset Cattle Breeders, UK whose clients have been delighted with their calves from Bova bulls. Andrew has just received a further substantial shipment of semen to satisfy demand and we look forward to increased sales into the UK.
March ‘07
5 week old commercial Flanuer calf (SFL) sells for the remarkable price of €1,200.
March '07
Pictured below is Owen O’ Neill Jr at the National Hungarian Beef Expo on April 26 th following an invitation from the Hungarian Charolais Society. It is hoped that following meetings with various different societies that a further shipment will occur in the near future.

February ‘07
Following a recent visit from the Hungarian Charolais Herdbook, Bova AI is happy to announce the recent export of semen to Hungary for use by Charolais breeders there. We would like to thank Zoltan and Marton. Whilst in Ireland Zoltan, Marton and I took the opportunity to visit the Castlemartin Charolais Stud. I would like to thank Mr. Jim Kelly and in particular Des Dunne on taking the time to show us their herd.

February '07
The first Sylvain calves in New Zealand are meeting with excellent breeder satisfaction. One of the initial users -Stuart Bryant -commented on ease of calving, structure, style and balance. Breeders in New Zealand are very happy overall with Sylvain according to Geraldine Hassall who is marketing the semen there on behalf of Bova.

January ‘07
Navarin has been confirmed as the leading bull for pedigree registrations in 2006. One suspects his trait leading docility, muscle and style have contributed to this notable achievement. Will Pacha 19 take over from him in 2007?- well he definitely would have if we had been able to satisfy the huge demand following his first calves this Autumn. We will keep you posted on semen availability.

November '06
An exciting new Limousin bull has just arrived in Bova. We are delighted to annouce the arrival of Tarot - a French Proven Limousin bull purchased from Fred Bossoutrot where he had been Senior Herd Sire. We have been extremely impressed with the 70 or so progeny of Tarot that we have seen. We also viewed his dam and his sire Prince B. Majeste his dam is a beautiful cow - very feminine, correct, lovely udder and great Limousin character.

November '06
Pictured below is an Ozymandias commercial calf that fetched the excellent price of €6,200 at the recent National Winter Fair at Ck-on-Shannon. This follows on from previous successes for Oliver McGowen when he sold another Ozy calf for €3,400 and several other Bova sired calves for top money.

September ‘06
Sylvain sired the Senior Heifer Calf Champion at the recent National Charolais Show at Ck-on-Shannon. Congratulations to the Royal herd of Mr. Kevin Foley.

August ‘06
Sylvain won the Male Championship on his first show outing in Ireland before an appreciative audience at Tullamore National Livestock Show. He attracted much positive comment and many admirers. Having come straight from our AI unit, Sylvain showed his class to the huge crowds at Tullamore.

August '06
Bova completes its first import of live cattle from the UK since the opening of the borders in May ‘06. Many thanks to A. Mann of the noted Blackisle herd for allowing us purchase 2 outstanding toung bulls by Parbury Venue. The Mist and Laura families are behind the bulls Cardow and Benlomond respectively.

June '06
Bova would like to thank Palgrove Charolais, Australia on their recent purchase of the exclusive rights in Australia for Sylvain. Following an extensive recent visit to both the UK and Ireland David Bondfield felt that Sylvain was the most complete bull he had viewed. He also very much like the progeny of Sylvain. David runs a herd of 1200+ pedigree registered Charolais. We wish Palgrove all the best and look forward to hearing about their Sylvain calves in due course.
March '06
A first for Bova is the shipment of Charolais semen to Mexico to Advento Guerra La Paz. Following a visit to their National Show in May ‘05 the shipment was sent this week. Semen from Sylvain, Oniraloin and Nebuleux was consigned to Mr. Guerra for his extensive ET and AI programme.
Bova also exported Sylvain, Rock, Oniraloin and Nebuleux to the US. We are grateful to Tom Jernigan, Larry Addkitson and Larry Ludeke for this purchase and wish them success in their Charolais breeding programmes.

October '05
Many thanks to Bailey Limousins on purchasing Bova Altesse -an excellent Navarin daughter- for €17,500. This is believed to be an Irish record for a Limousin weanling heifer. Navarin continues to impress in Australia where his temperament, muscle and style are pleasing breeders who have used him. Lets hope for more favourable climate conditions there as drought is severely affecting farming at this time.

October '05
Pacha 19 has arrived and is creating a lot of excitement. Pacha 19 has settled in well in his new home here at Bova. He comes to us having spent the last number of years being senior herd sire at the famous Bossoutrot herd in France. Having badly injured himself as a weanling he was nursed back to working condition. We thank Fred for affording us to opportunity of spreading his genetics here in Ireland. Here's hoping that despite injury he can make a significant contribution to Limousin breeding here.