Farm Ireland

Saturday 21 April 2018

Limousin breeders in for a treat

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Commercial farmers are the target audience for the Limousin Cattle Society at the 2013 National Ploughing Championships, with all commercial animals being exhibited at the show this year.

The popularity of the breed continues to grow, with 2,500 pedigree breeders producing 9,000 calves in 2013, according to the society.

Following 12 months of financial and physical difficulties, the group is hoping to cheer Limousin breeders and buyers up by offering €7,500 in bull-purchase vouchers in weekly Limo 500 Cash Back competitions throughout autumn.

Visitors to the society's stand this week will have a chance of winning one of three €500 vouchers, redeemable at the October Premier bull sale at Roscrea Mart.

Paul Sykes of the Limousin Society will be joined by other society personnel, office staff and Limousin Council members to deal with any queries in relation to the breed over the next three days.

"We are conscious of the ever-changing demands of the Irish market and this is the most important event of the year to meet our customers and hear what buyers on the ground need," remarked Mr Sykes.

Early 2013 saw the spring sales get off to a flying start, with an average price of €4,162 recorded at the March premier bull sale. Twelve bulls were exported, including three bulls destined for the Netherlands.

The Limousin Society had a fantastic result at the new-look Balmoral Show when Irish breeder William Smith and Milbrook Ginger Spice won the breed championship and went on to be crowned the Interbreed Champion for the second year in succession.

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At Castlewellan, Irish Limousin breeders won three of the four derby classes, and at Tinahely, the National Senior, Intermediate and Junior Heifer Championships were won by Milbrook, Elite and Templequain Limousins.

More than 150 animals entered the 2013 National Limousin Championships at Tullamore Show, where judge Richard Bartle of the renowned Dinmore Limousin herd in Herefordshire remarked on the tremendous quality of the animals, saying it was "as good a show as I've seen anywhere".

More recently, the Irish Limousin Cattle Society hosted the Anglo Irish YMA finals at Cappamore Show on August 17. Five teams from Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland went head to head, and the Scots eventually emerged victorious.

Meanwhile, the autumn sales season will begin on Monday, October 28, with the Premier bull sale in Roscrea.

This will be followed by a sale in Tullow on November 20 and a Premier heifer sale in Roscrea Mart on Saturday, November 23.

Irish Independent

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