THE Irish Shorthorn Society enjoyed record entries in dairy shorthorn classes at the 2012 Tullamore Show, with a number of exhibitors venturing into the competition scene for the first time.
Interest in the breed is continuing to grow, with several dairy Shorthorn bulls now available by AI from Dovea Genetics, Progressive, and ABS Ireland.
The Shorthorn stand at the National Ploughing Championships features the progeny of these bulls to highlight the breed's merits to dairy farmers.
The stand also focuses on the breed's beef qualities and visitors are being given the chance to win a dairy Shorthorn heifer in the annual raffle.
A selection of pedigree beef Shorthorns from the show circuit are on display along with a number of Limousin x Shorthorn heifers.
The society is also sourcing new dairy Shorthorn genetics for 2013 and more information on these bulls will follow in coming months.
There was a noted increase in demand for beef Shorthorn bulls last spring, for crossing with continental breeds and breeding replacements for the suckler herd.
Upcoming beef Shorthorn sales include Ennis on October 6, Castlerea on October 13, Carlow on October 27 and the Shorthorn Society Premier Sale on November 17 in Roscommon Mart.
For further information on beef and dairy Shorthorns in Ireland, visit the breed website at www.irishshorthorns.com