Good breeding showcased in Ratheniska
A preview of the pedigree cattle exhibitions at this week's Ploughing Championships
The livestock section first introduced to the Ploughing Championships over 15 years ago has become a major event in its own right, featuring all native and imported breeds.
In addition to the breed society stands, which have become much larger over the years with an abundance of statistics and information now being offered to the visitors, the live exhibits form a very important part of the exhibition for each of the breeds. Side by side with the breed societies, suppliers of farm services, equipment and treatments for the livestock producer, now add to the variety and range of informaton available. All the main breed societies will be present and here is a brief guide to what you can expect over the three days.
The highlight of the opening day for Charolais breeders will be the announcement of winners and presentation of the awards in the ICCS suckler herd's competition for a prize fund of €3,500 for the winner and runner-up towards the purchase of a pedigree Charolais bull or heifer in a society sale within the next three years.
The competition attracted a lot entries over the past few months, which resulted in a number of herds being selected for on-farm visits. The judge's decision was not an easy one, with some exceptional commercial Charolais herds with varying systems battling it out.
Livestock from both herds will be represented on the stand - No 113 in the Livestock area - over the three days and there will be an opportunity to win a five star maternal Charolais heifer on display at the stand. The pedigree cattle on the stand have been drawn from the top prize winners from the National Calf and Heifer Championships, held before a huge crowd who saw progeny from all the major Charolais sires in France, UK and Ireland compete on the day.
The Society is also launching it's yearbook at the Ploughing and this includes photos and reports from the National Calf and Heifer championships, summer shows, sales, and semen available from the office.
Information will be available on the Charolais autumn sales season which kicks off on Thursday October 22 with an evening, unhaltered female sale in Golden Vale Mart, Tullamore while the Society's bull sales commence on November 7 in Tullamore and the annual bull sale in Ennis takes place on Saturday November 21.
The final show/sale and the biggest of the year - the Christmas Cracker for females and males - is at Elphin on Saturday, December 5.