Large entry to beef bullock event shows pulling power of the event

Kathleen Duffy and Caitriona Murphy

The drawing power of Virginia Show for exhibitors of top-quality commercial cattle is once again borne out by the large entry to the Liffey Meats €2,000 Champion Beef Bullock Competition this year.

Entries are confined to beef bullocks with not more than four permanent teeth, in order to reflect current market trends in which attention is focused on conformation rather than sheer size.

Liffey Meats' involvement in the show every year gives an incentive for farmers to produce the type of quality beef cattle necessary for the lucrative European market.

Other fiercely competitive classes are the Champion Non-pedigree Male and Female Weanling of the Show. Sponsored by Gunne Carnaross Mart, these classes are open to calves born this year. The maximum weight for male entries is 400kg and 350kg for female calves.

For Simmental cattle breeders, the highlight of the show will be the finals of the North East Simmental Championship. Top stock from the north east of the country will be drawn to the east Cavan town to compete for the John Morton Memorial Cup.

The North Eastern Charolais Club is also holding the North Eastern Charolais Club Junior Championships at the show this year. There are five classes, with €200 worth of prize money on offer in each class. Exhibitors are limited to counties Cavan, Monaghan, Meath, Westmeath, Longford, Louth, and Dublin.

Meanwhile, classes will also be available for a wide variety of tried and trusted cattle breeds, including Holstein Friesian, Shorthorn, Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, Aubrac, Charolais, Limousin, Salers, Simmental, Belgian Blue and all commercial cattle.

Visitors to the show will have an opportunity to talk to the owners of all these breeds and discuss their merits for the future production to feed world markets. Breed society members will be on hand to discuss traits with potential buyers, breeders and users.

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Finally, the Commercial Champion of the Show, sponsored by Lisgrey House, will receive the Jack Love Cup, and the AW Ennis Interbreed Champion will also be selected at the Virgina Show.

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