Cavan breeder takes top award at Athlone beef heifer championships
An excellent commercial beef heifer took the top award in the Kepak €1,000 All Ireland Super Beef Heifer Championship at Athlone Agricultural Show, writes Martin Ryan.
The winner, Pebbles, was exhibited by John Daly, Arva, Co Cavan, and competed against eight other finalists in a championship which was judged by Tim and Michael Hannon of Adare, Co Limerick.
Show chairman Michael Flanagan described the quality of animals in the championship as "simply outstanding".
"The commercial beef producers have really become very professional at their job. They are now producing some outstanding animals. This was an exceptionally good class - one of the best I have seen," he said.
There was an excellent entry in the livestock classes where the overall standard was very high, with Limousin dominating as overall champion.
Co Clare Limousin breeder Donal Moloney from Roo West, Ardnacrusha continued on a winning streak when Ardnacrusha Jaguar was adorned with the coveted sash.
The 18-month-old Limousin bull continues to sweep the board in the show rings.
It has won the reserve champion title at Cork Summer Show, the overall male champion at Balmoral earlier in the month and added the championship rosette from Charleville on the previous day to his success at Athlone.