Show season dates confirmed
Twenty-nine rural agricultural shows will host qualifying rounds for the final of the €3,500 Nutrias Animal Feed Beef Bullock All-Ireland Championship 2016 at Strokestown Agricultural Show on Saturday, September 10. The overall winner will take home €1,000 and there is also prize money for the exhibitor of each of the qualifiers.
Twelve cattle championship finals announced by the Irish Shows Association will also be among the highlights for the 2016 season.
Eleven shows have been allocated qualifying rounds for the €1,200 All-Ireland Pedigree Suckler Type Heifer Championship at Claremorris Show on Sunday, July 31.
Bonniconlon Show, Co Mayo will host three All-Ireland Finals on Monday, August 1 - the €2,200 All-Ireland Junior Commercial Calf Championship; the €2,200 All-Ireland Senior Commercial Calf Championship; and the VK Agri recycling All-Ireland Simmental X Heifer Championship.
Twenty finalists will qualify for the €1,600 All-Ireland Suckler Heifer Championship at Swinford Show on Saturday, August 20.
The Greenvale Animal Feeds All-Ireland Beef Heifer Championship will be awarded at Strokestown Show and the Beef Bullock or non-Pedigree Beef Heifer All-Age Any Breed final will be one of the attractions at Tinahely Show on Monday, August 1 where the €2,000 Derek Rothwell Memorial Young Stockperson of the Year Championship will also be decided.
The €2,000 Swinford Young Stockperson of the Year takes place at the Co Mayo Show on Saturday, August 20 while Oldcastle Show will feature the Oldcastle Beef Bullock Championship on Sunday, July 17, and the Munster Pedigree Beef Bull Calf Championship Open to all Beef Breeds will be held at Dunmanway Show on Sunday, July 3.
More details of all of the championships can be had by contacting the show secretaries or the Irish Shows Association.