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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cork breeders sweep the boards at Munster Angus Club open day

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

Sheila O'Brien, Coomnaclohy, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork receiving the award for Best Small Herd & Best Heifer Calf from John McEnroe (judge), Oldcastle, Co. Meath at the recent Munster Aberdeen Angus Open Day in Carrigaline
Sheila O'Brien, Coomnaclohy, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork receiving the award for Best Small Herd & Best Heifer Calf from John McEnroe (judge), Oldcastle, Co. Meath at the recent Munster Aberdeen Angus Open Day in Carrigaline

The farm of Eustace and Deirdre Burke, Ballyginnane, Carrigaline, Co Cork hosted last month's Munster Aberdeen Angus club open day.

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The Clontead Aberdeen Angus herd is extremely well known on the pedigree circuit and a large contingent of farmers, breeders and Aberdeen Angus enthusiasts travelled from all corners of the country and braved the inclement weather conditions to view the herd.

The herd of 20 cows and followers impressed the crowd, with the renowned show cow 'Shankill Lady Helton J049' commanding a lot of attention.

The Munster Aberdeen Angus club also presented the prizes in the annual herds' competition during the open day.

John McEnroe of Liss Aberdeen Angus - one of the oldest and most prolific Aberdeen Angus herds in the country - judged the herds competition this year.

He praised the calibre of stock at each of the herds he visited in Munster and commented on the high quality cattle he saw on his travels around the region.

Small herds

In the small herd section, Tim and Sheila O' Brien, Ballyvourney, Co Cork won first prize; John and Kate Tait, Midleton, Co Cork won first prize in the medium herd section and Albert and Jennifer de Cogan, Castlemarytr, Co Cork were tops in the large herd category. Special prizes were also presented with Tim and Sheila O'Brien winning the Best Heifer Calf Award and Matthew Goulding, Tralee, Co Kerry taking home the Best Bull Calf prize. Edward Dudley, Thurles, Co Tipperary won the Best Cow Family trophy and Albert and Jennifer de Cogan won Best Stockbull.

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