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Sunday 4 December 2016

Cavan breeder takes top award at Athlone beef heifer championships

Published 06/07/2016 | 02:30

An excellent commercial beef heifer took the top award in the Kepak €1,000 All Ireland Super Beef Heifer Championship at Athlone Agricultural Show, writes Martin Ryan.

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The winner, Pebbles, was exhibited by John Daly, Arva, Co Cavan, and competed against eight other finalists in a championship which was judged by Tim and Michael Hannon of Adare, Co Limerick.

Show chairman Michael Flanagan described the quality of animals in the championship as "simply outstanding".

"The commercial beef producers have really become very professional at their job. They are now producing some outstanding animals. This was an exceptionally good class - one of the best I have seen," he said.

There was an excellent entry in the livestock classes where the overall standard was very high, with Limousin dominating as overall champion.

Co Clare Limousin breeder Donal Moloney from Roo West, Ardnacrusha continued on a winning streak when Ardnacrusha Jaguar was adorned with the coveted sash.

The 18-month-old Limousin bull continues to sweep the board in the show rings.

It has won the reserve champion title at Cork Summer Show, the overall male champion at Balmoral earlier in the month and added the championship rosette from Charleville on the previous day to his success at Athlone.

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Gareth Behan, from Ballyfin, showed the overall champion in the Simmental ring with the award going to his Clonagh Darling Eyes, by the sire, Banwy T-Rex, the multi champion of the National Livestock Show, Tullamore.

Billy Dunne's heifer Erril Invincible took the top award in Belgian Blue for the Errill, Co Laois breeder.

Meanwhile Noel Farrell, Moate, Co Westmeath, showed the champion Hereford, with the award going to his 11-month-old bull Brocca Martin.

The Ryan Family, from Cabra House, Thurles continued their winning streak in the Charolais classes with their six-year-old cow Goldstar Falkland winning the breed championship.

In the Angus ring, Conor Craig (15) from Edgeworthstown, Co Longford - together with Amanda Bogan - showed Millbawn Laura to win the breed championship. Conor, son of Martina and Derek Craig, has become an experienced livestock showman and is now a regular at agricultural shows around the midlands.

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