McInerney lifts Limousin banner champion
JOHN McInerney has developed an uncanny knack of landing a major Limousin prize against the odds. In October 2008, the Newmarket-on-Fergus Limousin breeder proved that small producers also could scoop national honours when his four-year-old cow, Drummin Veronica, scooped the coveted prize of Overall Limousin Champion at the Beef Expo in Kilkenny.
John recently took over as president of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society, which has 2,200 breeders nationwide, despite serving on the council for just one year and the fact he never held an office in the Clare Limousin Club during his 10 years as a member.
The 40-year-old father-of-two, who runs a 70-strong dairy herd at Clonmoney West, Newmarket-on-Fergus, joined the association in 1994 when he purchased a pedigree cow and calf from long-time Kilrush breeder, Liam Williams.
His father, Michael, had a Friesian dairy herd and slowly over the years, John started to build up a small Limousin herd without taking it too seriously.
In 2000, John adopted a new approach and started to cull any Limousin cow he felt wasn't up to the required standard.
Drummin Peach was the foundation of the herd and was the dam of the award-winning Drummin Veronica by Moustic and her full brother Drummin Candy Man who was judged Junior Male Champion at Roscrea Premier Sale in 2007.
John has a strict breeding policy of using a 100pc AI on all his cows and only uses sires with high reliability, top growth rates, high docility and proven maternal abilities, together with good muscle and skeletal indices. The herd consists of sires such as Mas Du Clo, Navarin, Lino and Scorboro Regius.