Crowds beef it up at expo
A crowd of 5,000 enthusiastic spectators and interested buyers turned out to witness the display at Beef Expo in Cillín Hill Mart in Kilkenny at the weekend.
More than 600 pedigree and commercial cattle were exhibited in the 13 separate breed championship classes that were held throughout the day.
The Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith opened the event and congratulated all of the participants. He said that he was delighted to provide significant funding to events such as the Beef Expo.
"The cream of the country's cattle are here competing for prestigious titles," he said. "I am pleased to see such high quality cattle on display and hope the event leads to the development of a significant export market for our breeding animals."
A key feature of the event was the fact that all the animals present on the day were available to buy.
Happily for both the minister and the breeders that attended, business was reported to be brisk. A large contingent of buyers travelled from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden for the event, and many of the breed societies were reported to be doing "huge business" with both stock and embryos being sold and contracted on the day. The overall male interbreed champion was a Limousin bull owned by John Connell, from Oldcastle, Co Meath. The female interbreed champion was awarded to a Charolais heifer from Martin Ryan's Goldstar Herd in Thurles, Co Tipperary.