Thursday 29 September 2016

Beef breeds take the big prizes in Cork

A Limousin heifer from Clare won the top acolade at last weekend's Cork Show

Martin Ryan

Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

Daniel Moloney of Ardnacrusha Co. Clare winner of 'Young Handler of the year' with Heffers Crunchie and Kitkat pictured at the Cork Summer Show 2016. Photo: Clare Keogh
Daniel Moloney of Ardnacrusha Co. Clare winner of 'Young Handler of the year' with Heffers Crunchie and Kitkat pictured at the Cork Summer Show 2016. Photo: Clare Keogh
Ciara MacNamara and her sister Abbey MacNamara of Ennis with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD and their award winning heiffer at Cork Summer Show 2016.
Noleen Jones and Alice Jordan of Co. Wexford with their award winning ram at Cork Summer Show 2016.
Martin Ryan from Thurles pictured with the champion Charolais at Cork Summer Show. Photo: O'Gorman Photography

Beef breeds dominated the quality stakes at the two-day Munster Agricultural Society Summer Show at Cork where the females swept the boards in the breed championships.

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Six heifers were joined by one bull in a superb line out of quality breed championship winners for the Supreme Beef Interbreeed Championship set a challenging task for the Welsh judge, Ken Jones who awarded the top acolade to 17-month old Drummin J-Lo, a Limousin heifer from the herd of Co Clare breeder John McInerney, Clonmoney West, Newmarket-on-Fergus..

Other breed champions in the final line up included a Charolais Goldstar heifer, from the Ryan Herd at Thurles; James Browne, Glanworth, Simmental heifer; and Henry Dudley's Hereford bull from Dovea, Thurles.

The Intrerbreed beef reserve went to a fine Angus heifer, Mogeely Miylo 291, born in January 2014 and shown by long time breeder and exhibitor of Angus, Albert de Cogan, Kilnamuckey, Castlemartyre. He had earlier pulled off an unique double, when his Angus Bull, Weddlerieblackof, which vied with the heifer for the breed championship was awarded the Reserve Angus Championship.

Three breed champions contested the Dairy Interbreed Championship in which, for the first time in the show ring, a black Jersey from Ricky Barrett's herd at Adamstown, Ballinhassig took the honour against Noel and Michelle Murphy's champion Friesian from Coolowen, Blarney and the Shorthorn Champion exhibited by Glenn Carter, Clonakenny, Roscrea.

The Jersey Supreme Champion - with yield of 7,500 kgs at 3.85pc protein - is out of a purebred Jersey by a three quarter bred sire.

Ricky's 6-year-old, Julie, added her own rosette to the family's show success when she won the Young Handlers (Dairy) on her first day parading the show ring.

A Limousin claimed the honours again in the Munster Agricultural Societies All-Ireland pedigree beef heifer calf championship. Donal Molony, Roo West, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare took home both the champion and reserve honours and his son Daniel added the Young Handler award.

Watching the livestock classes from the ringside was former Ayrshire breeder, Dick Young, Farmer's Cross, vice-president, Munster Agricultural Society who first attended the event as a 5-year-old, and hasn't missed the show in more than three quarters of a century.

As a young student at Gurteen Agricultural College, in the 1940's, he made the journey to the show by tractor from the North Tipperary college, a trip which took him three days.

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