Councillor Paddy's bull is among the greatest
While people sometimes suggest that politicians have a talent for bull, Cllr Paddy Kavanagh has proven he can mix it with the best of them as he showed off his prize winning Parthenaise bull at his farm in Drumgoold.
The bull, yearling 'Drumgoold Innis', has managed to not only win his own category but also scoop overall awards at two of the biggest agricultural shows in the country.
Paddy had no expectations when he brought the bull to the Tinahely and Tullamore shows, and was delighted to see him perform so well.
'I didn't expect him to do so well really,' said Paddy. 'I'm only about two years breeding, so I'm still learning. There's a fair bit of work involved, but my sons Patrick and Cathal give me a hand leading and getting him ready in the build-up to the shows and we were delighted to win it. To win his own class was a massive achievement, but to win the overall award was something else. He's a good animal though and hopefully this will get my name out there that bit more as a breeder.'
A French breed, Paddy says that the Partehnaise have grown more popular in Ireland in recent years as a result of their good maternal instincts. Paddy and 'Drumgoold Innis' plann to hit one more show at Cappamore where they were hoping to make it three wins from five shows before heading to the Ploughing Championships in September.