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Monday 24 July 2017

Moydrum Angus herd continues its winning streak

Michelle Farrell, Curraghroe, Co. Roscommon showing one of the bulls from their Dillon Herd at the Irish Angus Cattle Society Show and Sale at Tullamore.
Michelle Farrell, Curraghroe, Co. Roscommon showing one of the bulls from their Dillon Herd at the Irish Angus Cattle Society Show and Sale at Tullamore.

It was a three-in-a-row in senior championship titles within a year for the popular Moydrum Angus herd. Show judge Joe Moran handed the coveted red rosette for the Champion Heifer at the show to Michael and Oliver Flanagan for 13-month old, Moydrum Madonna, to continue a winning streak for the herd.

It was also a hat-trick championship achievement for the sire bull, Ballyshannon Eric, the multi-All Ireland Senior Male Champion award winner, who is producing some great stock from mating with the Moydrum females.

The Champion heifer was bred from Moydrum Frauline Star in the Moydrum Castle Pedigree Herd in Co Westmeath by the sire, Ballyshannon Eric and sold for €3,000 the top price paid for a heifer at the sale.

Michael Flanagan is also one of the pioneering members behind the success of the promotion of the Angus breed as director of the Irish Angus Producer Group. He agreed Ballyshannon Eric is breeding exceptional stock. "He is a very good bull for using on average cows with very consistent results," he said. "Moydrum Frauline Star is also a very good dam. She is out of a heifer that I purchased in the UK and cost me around €15,000," he said.

Last December, Moydrum Lu Lu, bred from Moydrum Heather by Ballyshannon Eric was Champion Female at the Angus Elite Show and Sale at Carrick-on-Shannon before topping the sale at €6,500, and was also Supreme Angus Champion Queen at Athlone Agricultural Show.

In March 2015, Moydrum Liverpool out of Moydrum Frauline Star by Ballyshannon Eric was judged Champion Male at the Angus Premier Show and Sale at Tullamore and sold for €3,000.


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