NORTH Kerry can claim another national accolade thanks to the outstanding animal husbandry of one Ballyduff family.
All-Ireland glory sealed the reputation of what is the best Aberdeen Angus herd in the country in Kilmore, Ballyduff; where the Goulding family have been nurturing the breed for the past 27 years.
This week the Gouldings won three of the four All-Ireland titles for the herd at Virginia in Co Cavan.
Among the titles won by the herd were the All-Ireland Junior Cow, All-Ireland Bull and All-Ireland Heifer Champions; consolidating the herd's growing reputation as the best in the land.
"We were absolutely delighted," Matthew Goulding said. "We started breeding pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle in 1995 after the purchase of some very carefully selected genetics sourced from leading herds across Europe. The progeny of our herd in fact is sought internationally and we've sold cattle and embryos to breeders in countries as far away as Denmark, Spain, Germany and the UK."
Matthew said the success of the herd was down to the family's 'relentless' efforts to make every generation better than the last and by keeping a close eye on the changing demands of the market.
Unlike most animal species in Kerry, not least humans, the summer has proved a good one for the Aberdeen Angus, Matthew said:
"Aberdeen Angus beef is a worldwide brand and the breed is renowned for its ease of calving, hardiness and ability to survive in difficult conditions like the conditions we are experiencing this summer."