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Saturday 21 October 2017

All roads lead to Roscommon

Tom Reynolds and handler John Chidgey from Leitrim with the female champion 'Knockadrinan Blackbird P599' at last weekend's Aberdeen Angus calf show in Tullamore. Photo: Edward Dudley
Tom Reynolds and handler John Chidgey from Leitrim with the female champion 'Knockadrinan Blackbird P599' at last weekend's Aberdeen Angus calf show in Tullamore. Photo: Edward Dudley

Martin Ryan

A large turnout of beef producers from all over this country and many from overseas are expected at Roscommon Mart over the next two days for the annual beef showcase which has become firmly established as one of the major livestock events in the region.

The Winter Fair is promoted by the Commercial Cattle Exhibitors Society and is an unique event combining both business and social.

To-morrow (Wednesday) at the Winter Fair for commercial beef animals will be dedicated to the showing of livestock as producers compete for the top awards in the various classes with all eyes on the line out for the championship expected to include some of the finest livestock in the country. The awarding of the rosettes and trophies will set the scene for the commercial sale of the animals on Thursday.

This usually attracts many visitors and buyers from Wales, Scotland, UK, Italy, in addition to beef producers from all parts of this country.

There is always an extensive trade stand area, beef breed demonstrations, educational and advisory exhibits and practical demonstrations of livestock adding to the range of interests on offer.

On the social side the annual dinner dance incorporates the societies prize giving ceremony and the Hall of Fame award presentation to members who have given their time, expertise, and commitment for the betterment of the society.

Over the years it has also become a tradition to auction of such items such as embryos, semen, agri vouchers etc and donate a percentage of the proceeds to charity.

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