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Rare Angus breed prove they are no ‘flash in the pan’ for Tipperary farmer

The sceptics told John Lanigan he was on a loser when he began breeding Red Angus cattle 20 years ago, but his persistence has paid off and two bulls from the herd are now listed in the top 20 of the ICBF’s Active Bull List.

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Angus with a difference: John Lanigan pictured with the grandmother of his top rated bull, Mikado. She is now in her ninth lactation.

Angus with a difference: John Lanigan pictured with the grandmother of his top rated bull, Mikado. She is now in her ninth lactation.

The grand mother of Mikado on the farm is in her tenth lactation.

The grand mother of Mikado on the farm is in her tenth lactation.

John Lanigan with the grand mother of Mikado on the farm near Urlingford now in her tenth lactation

John Lanigan with the grand mother of Mikado on the farm near Urlingford now in her tenth lactation

The Red Angus breed is considered gentle-natured, easy to work, and delivers a high quality carcase

The Red Angus breed is considered gentle-natured, easy to work, and delivers a high quality carcase

Some of the Holstein Friesian dairy herd on John's farm where they have replaced sheep and beef animals.

Some of the Holstein Friesian dairy herd on John's farm where they have replaced sheep and beef animals.

John Lanigan with some of his Red Angus Herd on the farm near Urlingford on the Tipperary-Kilkenny border.

John Lanigan with some of his Red Angus Herd on the farm near Urlingford on the Tipperary-Kilkenny border.

The Lanigan Red Angus herd genes come from one of the breed’s most highly rated sires

The Lanigan Red Angus herd genes come from one of the breed’s most highly rated sires

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Angus with a difference: John Lanigan pictured with the grandmother of his top rated bull, Mikado. She is now in her ninth lactation.

AS they graze on fresh spring pasture in the bright April sunshine on John Lanigan’s farm close to the Kilkenny-Tipperary border, his Red Angus herd is oblivious to having a special niche for the breed in this country.

More than two decades ago, after an exhaustive search through Canadian sources, John tracked down the gene for the Red Angus deep into the United Stated, only to be advised that “they are a flash in the pan (that) were never going to get anywhere”.


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