Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

GAA forecaster pajo set TO be guest at ploughing

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

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.

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It will feature six quality young bulls which qualified during the summer and highlight the type of animal entered in the autumn Simmental sales.

Also on display will be Tullamore's Simmental champion Raceview Beauty Matilda, exhibited by Peter and Marion O'Connell.

She will be joined by Barry Gallagher and Kieran McGee's commercial Simmental champion from Bonniconlon Show.

Upcoming Simmental sales include the Premier Pedigree Show and Sale at Roscommon on Saturday, November 2 and the commercial breeding heifer sales at Ballymote on Saturday October 5, Tullamore on Monday, October 7 and Gort on Thursday, October 17.

Irish Independent

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