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Thursday 18 April 2019

60,000 throng to Ireland's biggest show

Winner: Breeder Gordon Richardson from Woodford Lodge, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim pictured with his Limousin senior male champion, Newtown Hardman
Winner: Breeder Gordon Richardson from Woodford Lodge, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim pictured with his Limousin senior male champion, Newtown Hardman

Caitriona Murphy

Farming spirits were high at Tullamore Show on Sunday as a crowd of more than 60,000 people flocked to the Butterfield Estate to enjoy Ireland's biggest one-day agricultural show.

Buoyed up by good weather and with the stress of the spring fodder crisis finally beginning to recede, farmers and their families spent the day relaxing and chatting with competitors and exhibitors.

Among those touring the show were ABP boss Larry Goodman and his grandson, who took time out to visit the Hereford Prime stand and assess the best beef animals in the country taking part in the AIB National Livestock Show.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney received a warm welcome from the crowd, and praised "formidable" Freda Kinnarney, Tullamore Show secretary, chairman Rodney Cox and the committee for their work in staging the event.

"I believe we may well see it becoming more than a one-day show. Your successful networking event on the night before the show may be a test of things to come," said Minister Coveney.

Lobbying in favour of the suckler cow was in full flight at the show, with everyone from the IFA to the Irish Shows Association incoming president Jim Harrison urging the Minister to promote the suckler herd in both CAP and national budget negotiations.

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"I get the message about the suckler herd," said Minister Coveney with a grin as he officially opened the show.

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"It is my job to support vulnerable sectors of our industry, but it is also my job to spend every cent and make sure we get value for our money, and help to drive forward our industry."

The show is worth in the region of €3m to the local economy in services and accommodation, and business in the trade stands appeared to be booming.

Gourmet beef burgers were the order of the day for exhibitors and visitors, while teenagers emerged from the O'Neills stand laden down with county jerseys and sportswear.

Numerous farmhouse back doors will be tidier today, courtesy of welly racks from Laois-based company washinglines.ie, while the stand selling 10 fencing posts for €10 was thronged all day.

Over in the livestock area, the competition was fierce for all classes, with hundreds of livestock producers vying for the coveted AIB National Livestock Show titles and gold medals.

Below are the main results from the show, but congratulations must go to all who competed on the day for their efforts in showcasing the best that Irish agriculture has to offer.

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