Limousin breeders in for a treat
Commercial farmers are the target audience for the Limousin Cattle Society at the 2013 National Ploughing Championships, with all commercial animals being exhibited at the show this year.
The popularity of the breed continues to grow, with 2,500 pedigree breeders producing 9,000 calves in 2013, according to the society.
Following 12 months of financial and physical difficulties, the group is hoping to cheer Limousin breeders and buyers up by offering €7,500 in bull-purchase vouchers in weekly Limo 500 Cash Back competitions throughout autumn.
Visitors to the society's stand this week will have a chance of winning one of three €500 vouchers, redeemable at the October Premier bull sale at Roscrea Mart.
Paul Sykes of the Limousin Society will be joined by other society personnel, office staff and Limousin Council members to deal with any queries in relation to the breed over the next three days.
"We are conscious of the ever-changing demands of the Irish market and this is the most important event of the year to meet our customers and hear what buyers on the ground need," remarked Mr Sykes.
Early 2013 saw the spring sales get off to a flying start, with an average price of €4,162 recorded at the March premier bull sale. Twelve bulls were exported, including three bulls destined for the Netherlands.
The Limousin Society had a fantastic result at the new-look Balmoral Show when Irish breeder William Smith and Milbrook Ginger Spice won the breed championship and went on to be crowned the Interbreed Champion for the second year in succession.