Farm Ireland

Monday 18 December 2017

Cattle section set to cause stir with tempting prizes on offer in 47 classes

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

With 47 classes in all, the cattle section of Iverk Show will be bustling from early morning.

The dairy section includes classes for dairy Shorthorns and Friesians and the highlight will be the Maid of Glanbia Dairy Heifer Class, which has a prize fund of €1,500.

This class is open to yearling dairy heifers of any breed, from Friesian, Shorthorn, Jersey, Ayreshire and Montbelliarde and first prize will be €700 and the Glanbia Perpetual Cup.

Dairy breeders will also be vying for the €1,200 Price Waterhouse Coopers Dairy Cow Champion prize and the Merck Sharpe & Dohme Junior Cow Class, worth €1,200.

In the beef section, there is a plethora of top classes, including the AIBP, Waterford €2,000 competition, the Allied Irish Bank Charolais Classes, the Ulster Bank Pedigree Beef Inter-Breed Champion and the Bank of Ireland Iverk Champion and Reserve.


There are 19 competitions in the sheep section, with classes for pedigree Beltex, Texel, Charollais, Suffolk and Zwarbles sheep.

The commercial classes include the best pair of butcher lambs over 52kg, best pair of butcher lambs under 50kg and best ram of any age, exhibited by a non-pedigree breeder.

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There will be plenty for equestrian riders and breeders at the show, with 36 ridden and in-hand show classes and 20 showjumping classes.

Topping the billing in the show ring will be the Nissan Irish Draught Colt Foal Championship, the Iverk Show Society Broodmare and Foal Team Championship and the Gain Colt Foal All-Ireland Championship.

Caitriona Murphy

Indo Farming