Friday 30 September 2016

Best in Show: Thousands turn out for Tullamore Show's 25th

Thousands celebrate agricultural life at the Tullamore Show’s 25th birthday bash

Claire Mc Cormack

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Lisa Dowd from Cregg's Galway with her Dad Noel who won the 'Champion Stars of the Future' Class with her short horn bull at the Tullamore Show in Offaly.
Lisa Dowd from Cregg's Galway with her Dad Noel who won the 'Champion Stars of the Future' Class with her short horn bull at the Tullamore Show in Offaly.

Sitting in the middle of the livestock section shepherding over his prize winning Beef Shorthorns, Noel Dowd looks a very proud farmer.

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And he has every reason to be after claiming six rosettes at the Tullamore Show - three first place, two second and his 15 month old bull was named 'Beef Shorthorn Star of the Future Champion'.

One of his winners has previously claimed seven All-Ireland winners. She is just six years old.

However, his proudest moment on the day was watching his young daughter Lisa, showing their pedigree herd in the ring.

"I get great pride out of it, she is the backbone of the operation, she has been showing since she was seven years of age," he said. "She is going from strength to strength, it's great to see lots of young girls involved today, because the daughters can do just as good as any son," he said.

Speaking to the Farming Independent, Lisa (29), said she was delighted to take up the mantle.

"I love it, my show family is like a second family. It's not really about the competition, it's about the the characters you meet. There is so much comradery but you have to have a fire in your belly for the competition to believe in what you have, believe in your cattle. I have the want to win," she said.

With continued growth in the niche beef markets, a new Shorthorn beef scheme was launched at the Tullamore Show by the Irish Shorthorn Society and the newly formed Shorthorn Marketing Company.

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