Almost a clean sweep for Cork at stock judging final
Macra na Feirme members from Carbery and Muskerry won three of the four top prizes at the finals of the Macra/Ornua dairy stock judging competition at the Irish Holstein Friesian Association Open Day in Wicklow on July 6.
Patrick Deasy of Ballinascarthy Macra finished second overall while Clive Osborne of Donoughmore Macra won the top prize in the under 23 category with Christopher McCarthy from Kilmeen Macra finishing second.
The overall winner was Edel O'Connell of Tralee IT Macra na Feirme who won the U23 title last year.
The dairy stockjudging competition takes the form of an academic test followed by the score-marking of a pen of heifers and a pen of cows.
Competitors are also interviewed on their overall grading of the animals and must answer questions on the technical aspects of dairy farming.