Cork farmer in a league of his own at Bandon show
A Timoleague farmer scooped a basket full of awards at the Annual Autumn Commercial Cattle Show and Sale at Bandon Mart where the quality of the entry set a high standard in competition for the honours, writes Martin Ryan.
Gerard Keohane, Ballinroher, collected the 'cream' of the awards in the classes and netted some of the top prices for his award-winning stock at the sale.
Having made a clean sweep of the three prizes for Commercial cross bullocks - where he uniquely won with three different breeds, Belgian Blue, Simmental and Charolais - he added first and third rosettes for Commercial cross heifers before being awarded the top prize for the best Beef Breed Cow.
The award winning Limousin cow sold for €1,750, while he received a total of €4,240 for the winners of the Commercial cross bullock class. A Belgian Blue weighing 615kgs sold for €1,400, while the Simmental weighing 600kgs was knocked down at €1,390, and the Charolais which weighed 655kgs made €1,450.
The Belgian Blue heifer, winner of the Commercial cross heifer class weighed 600kgs and sold for €1,420 while his 595kgs Charolais placed third in the class made €1,430 at the sale.
The good growing season for grass was reflected in the quality of the entry and appearance added to by the excellent weather conditions currently benefiting farm conditions.
The trade was strong for all stock on offer with the best lots of bullocks topping €2/kg and up to €2.40/kg was paid for prizewinning heifers.
In the beef breed cow section Felix O'Neill, Knocks, Ballineen scored a double showing second and third in the class. His Charolais weighing 825kgs sold for €1,750 and a Simmental weighing 825kgs sold for €1,730.