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Shorthorn steers now delivering the sort of results associated with continental cross breeds

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Setting high standards: Some of the super shorthorns in Tommy Staunton's Herd in Co Galway

Setting high standards: Some of the super shorthorns in Tommy Staunton's Herd in Co Galway

One of the prolific Shorthorn cows in John Clarke's Doon Herd

One of the prolific Shorthorn cows in John Clarke's Doon Herd

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Setting high standards: Some of the super shorthorns in Tommy Staunton's Herd in Co Galway

Producing U-grade beef from Shorthorn steers may appear far fetched to many finishers to be achievable, but John Clarke has proved it possible with the progeny from his herd in Roscommon.

He has achieved a daily live weight gain of 2.1 kg, carcase weight of 380kg at 15 months of age and a kill out of 59pc.

It all adds up to a performance more akin to what is targeted from continental cross breeds by the majority of the best beef farmers.