GAA forecaster pajo set TO be guest at ploughing
Pajo, Ireland's most famous Simmental calf, is to make a guest appearance at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska.
The Castleblaney calf that became an internet sensation and GAA match forecaster will be out and about during the next three days meeting his fans, according to Simmental society secretary Peadar Glennon.
However, while Pajo meets his adoring public, the main focus for the Simmental society will be on the potential returns that commercial farmers can achieve by using the breed.
"We will be highlighting the potential returns in a well managed suckler system when using Simmental as a terminal and maternal breed by featuring a selection of animals from the farm of Séamus Allen, Dunhill, Co Waterford," explained Mr Glennon.
"Séamus is achieving a gross margin of €1,546/ha with a young bull finishing system.
"All bulls are finished under 16 months and are returning super carcase weights, grading very well with good fat cover.
"Séamus runs a closed herd replacement policy and calves his heifers at two years of age. Surplus heifers are sold as breeding females to mostly repeat customers."
The pedigree highlight of the week will be the Norbrook-sponsored Ploughing Bull Class which will take place today at 2.30pm.