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Saturday 29 April 2017

In-demand Blues on show

Demand for Belgian Blue stock bulls soared this year as breeders enjoyed one of the best years ever, according to the Irish Belgian Blue Cattle Society.

"The Irish AI stations also saw major growth in the demand for Belgian Blue semen across the beef and dairy market," said society member Mary Duggan. "This looks to continue with a great demand in the market place for Belgian Blue cross-bred calves."

To showcase the breed's potential to farmers, the society will have a display of both pedigree and commercial crossbred cattle at its stand in Athy.

Tomorrow is show day for the Belgian Blues, with four pedigree Belgian Blue classes taking place. These include the Irish Junior Bull Final, Breeding Heifer, Bull and Heifer Calf competitions.

The Junior Bull class is an Irish Belgian Blue final and the bulls entered in this class will be presented for sale at the upcoming Premier Sale on Saturday, October 16 at Roscrea Livestock Mart. Catalogues for this sale will be available at the Belgian Blue stand during the Ploughing Championships.

Judging begins at 1pm, but there is no need to worry if you miss the classes on the show day as the animals will be on parade each day, accompanied by a commentary on the show stock.

Belgian Blue society members will be available on the stand every day to discuss the merits of the breed with interested visitors.

Meanwhile, the society's new website has been launched and can be visited by logging on to www.ibbcs.com. Further enquiries can be made by emailing belgianblue@eircom.net or phoning 0504 43870.

Irish Independent



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