Saturday 1 October 2016

Traditional breed dominates in Ballinrobe

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

Nora and Noel O’Dowd, Creggs, Co Galway, who won the Overall Champion with their Shorthorn Cow in the Cattle section at Ballinrobe Agricultural Show, are presented with rosette by Seamus Macken, Show chairman, alongside judge Niall Faughnan, Mohill. Photo: Michael Donnelly
Nora and Noel O’Dowd, Creggs, Co Galway, who won the Overall Champion with their Shorthorn Cow in the Cattle section at Ballinrobe Agricultural Show, are presented with rosette by Seamus Macken, Show chairman, alongside judge Niall Faughnan, Mohill. Photo: Michael Donnelly

A superb roan Shorthorn cow took the cream of the rosettes when the traditional dual purpose breed dominated to produce the Overall Champion for the well-known 'Creaga' herd at Ballinrobe Agricultural Show, Co Mayo.

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From a top class showing of entries judge Frank Faughnan, awarded the overall Interbreed Championship of Show to Nora and Noel Dowd's superb roan Shorthorn cow from the Creaga herd, which had already picked up the rosette for Champion of the breed at the earlier judging of the classes.

Recipient of the 2009 Hall of Fame Award for his dedication to the Shorthorn Breed, Noel says they pride themselves "that quality is never an accident, it is always the result of intention, effort and execution" which is part of family's undeniable attention to their Shorthorn breeding.

Always harbouring a love for the traditional breeds of Shorthorn and Angus, Noel purchased his first pedigree shorthorn in 1994 for what was then the princely sum of 1,000 guineas, from the renowned Flagmount herd.

A black Angus Heifer judged Champion of the breed, was exhibited by Bernard Kerins/ Anthony Scanlon, Ballymote, Co Sligo, while the reserve to the cow in the Shorthorn class was exhibited by Shane McGreal, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

The Commercial Champion of Show was won by Derek Forde, Corrandulla, Co Galway, with the Ronan Brothers, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo showing the reserve.

Top honours in Charolais went to John Walsh, Ballina, Co Mayo who showed the overall Champion of the breed, while the Reserve Champion came from the herd of Patrick Finlay, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

The Michael Dale Memorial Cup for the North West Limousin Club Calf Championship was won by Donie McKeon, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Neenan Brothers, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo showed the Simmental Champion, and Kieran and Paul Mullarkey, Ballinfull, Co Sligo the reserve.

The Young Stockperson was won by Siobhan Brennan, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo.

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