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Saturday 25 November 2017

Pedigree Charolais heifer for raffle at the Ploughing

Lisnagree Libby, bred by Jim and Catherine Geoghegan to be raffled in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital
Lisnagree Libby, bred by Jim and Catherine Geoghegan to be raffled in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital

Charolais breeders, Jim and Catherine Geoghegan, have donated a heifer from their Lisnagree Herd for a Ploughing Championships raffle in aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

The Geoghegans, from Streamstown, Mullingar lost their first grandson, Conor Greene, to illness last year and they hope to raise a handsome cheque to hand over to the Children's Hiospital at the end of the Ploughing.

The heifer will be on show at the stand beside the cream of champions from their recent national show in Elphin along with prize winners from summer shows around the country all year and a selection of commercial Charolais.


Farmers visiting the Irish Angus Cattle Stand are being reminded to bring their herd number with them to qualify for participation in a free draw for a voucher worth €3,000 being offered by Tesco Ireland in recognition of their 19 years association with the breed.

The voucher can be used against the purchase of a bull or heifer at the Irish Angus Elite Show and Sale in Carrick-on-Shannon which takes place on December 10.

The society will focus the presentation at their stand on the benefits from participation in the Irish Angus Producer Group and explain the opportunities that exist within the Certified Irish Angus Beef Scheme for farmers who wish to commit to the production of Certified Irish Angus Beef.

Featured on the stand will be the All-Ireland Champions from the recent All-Ireland finals held at Strokestown, plus a selection of pure breed junior bulls and heifers, some for sale, including a senior stock bull and the two newly crowned champions of the Aldi/ABP/ Irish Angus All Ireland Bull Calf Championship.

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The winners of the five €1,000 burserys sponsored by the Hereford Society is association with Slaney Foods and Lidl will be announced at their stand where they will also launch the National Calf Show 2016.


The emphasis at the Simmental Cattle Society stand will focus on the maturity of the breed for calving down at 24 months of age as a key profit driver for breeders to target. With breeding heifer sales just getting going the Society will also be highlighting the quality of replacement heifers that will be on offer at its upcoming sales in Ballymote on Saturday October 1, Tullamore on Monday October 3 and Gort on Thursday October 20. The Commercial exhibit will focus on returning higher margins to the suckling sector from both the male and female progeny. Slaughtering young bulls at under 16 months and weights of 400+ kgs continues to be one of the highest returning sectors and young bulls will be on display that will highlight the advantages the Simmental has in this system.

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