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Sunday 4 December 2016

Top class entry at Roscommon fair

Martin Ryan

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

The Champion Charolais at Roscommon Winter Fair was entered by Robert & Mark McGivern and shown by Cathal O'Meara who is pictured above with Martin O'Connor
The Champion Charolais at Roscommon Winter Fair was entered by Robert & Mark McGivern and shown by Cathal O'Meara who is pictured above with Martin O'Connor

There was an outstanding entry of quality stock for the 19th National Winter Fair which attracted entries from all regions of the country to Roscommon Mart for the two day annual event.

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Organised by the Commerical Cattle Exhibitors Society Ltd, there was keen competition for the top stock, but several of the top award winners carried the 'not for sale' tag.

The highest price of the sale was €3,000 paid for a Charolais Cross heifer exhibited by John Clyne, Rathcline Road., Lanesboro, Co Longford.

A calf weighing less than 325kgs sold for €2,720 and Pat Rosengrave, Ballyline, Crusheen, Co Clare received €2,650 for a Charolais bullock with not more than two permanent ­teeth.

Females

The trade was strongest overall for the females on offer with several lots sold for in excess of €2,200 and numerous lots not placed in the awards exceeding €2,500 in the sales ring.

Among the males on offer at the sale, the prices ranged up to €1,900, which was paid for two lots, a third-placed prize winning Limousin exhibited by Maxwell Brothers, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co Roscommon and an unplaced animal.

The tops of the males sold from €1,400.

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The award for Young stockperson, Intermediate Class aged 12-15 years went to Aidan Kinahan, Cush House, Kilfinane, Co Limerick and the Senior Stockperson Award was won by Eleanor O'Reilly, Castlerahan, Co Cavan.

RESULTS

Charolais Champion: Robert and Mark McGivern, Ballinbrittig, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork

Charolais Reserve Champion: Shane Giltinane, Ballymacave, Croagh, Co Limerick

Simmental Champion: James McPadden, Garr, Rhode, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Simmental Reserve Champion: Gerry Lenihan, Rathlee, Easkey, Co Sligo

Belgian Blue Champion: Maxwell Bros, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Belgian Blue Reserve Champion: Erwin Stanley, Rahendrick, Ballacolla, Co Laois

Limousin Champion: Derrick Forde, Cahermorris, Cornadulla, Co Galway

Limousin Reserve Champion: Michael Martin, Hall Rd, Moate, Co Westmeath

Hereford Champion: Seamus Neary, Troyswood, Co Kilkenny Hereford Reserve Champion: Mervyn Lang, Drumkeelwick, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim

Blonde Champion: Oliver Walsh, Rhue, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

Blonde Reserve Champion: Eamonn O'Brien, Ivy Hse, Brize, Claremorris, Co Mayo

Aberdeen Angus Champion: Fergal Flanagan, Kilmacumsey, Elphin, Co Roscommon

Aberdeen Angus Reserve Champion: Michael & Niamh Barron, Grange, The Rower, Co Kilkenny

Overall Calf Champion: Marie McCormack, Tonlagee, Tang, Ballymahon, Co Westmeath

The Champion Charolais at Roscommon Winter Fair was entered by Robert and Mark McGivern and shown by Cathal O'Meara who is pictured with Martin O'Connor

The winner of Class 5 and Reserve Champion Belgian Blue was won by Erwin Stanley pictured with judge Tommy Fitzgerald and a represtative of the sponsor Greenvale.

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