Belgian Blue trade on rise as more consumers discover breed's quality
'Beef Ur Blues' is the main focus for the Belgian Blue Society at Ratheniska this week. The campaign features a display of butchers and beef heifers ready for slaughter next week at Clonmore Meats, Killeshin, Carlow.
Tom Brennan, proprietor of Clonmore, has a preference for Belgian Blue crossbred heifers because he says they deliver on meat tenderness and bone out second to none. He also maintains that the docility of the breed improves the quality of the meat.
Today will see pedigree Belgian Blue animals compete in the livestock ring at Ploughing, with all class winners going through to the championships tomorrow.
Many of the bulls competing this week will go forward to the Society Sale on October 26 at Roscrea Mart, so this is a great opportunity to pre-select your bull prior to the sale.
Trade is picking up for Belgian Blue bulls, according to the society, as both exporters and Irish beef producers compete for Belgian Blue weanlings.
Meanwhile, the inaugural Premier Molasses Belgian Blue Young Handlers Championship will take place tomorrow.
The young handlers competing have been exhibiting in the Belgian Blue ring throughout the show season and will be scored on their ability to exhibit in the show ring, knowledge of the breed and husbandry.