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Jim_Parkinson 2Jim Parkinson with the help of his wife Audrey and two daughters runs 100 suckler cows, of which 30 are pedigree, on 75 Hectares at New Inn County Tipperary.

 

Jim moved to Tipperary from Kerry with his parents over thirty years ago establishing a dairy farm. Shorthly afterwards Jim and his father travelled to Naas to buy a bull but instead returned with two heifers one from Martin McCullaghs Millpark Herd and the second from Roger McCarricks Pelletstown Herd. These went on to be the foundation stock for his Marlhill Herd. The Marlhill Herd has produced many excellent cattle over the years.

Stock sires have included Elite Popsi and Pelletstown Adolf by Pelletstown Newman. Females include the exceptional dam Millpark Anna, Marlhill Elma, Marlhill Karina, Marlhill Naomi, and Marlhill Tess who with Thomas Bailey went on to be National Limousin Champion. Currently standing at Dovea AI is Virginia Andy bred by Leo McEnroe, sired by Elite Popsi out of Marlhill Naomi who goes back to Millpark Anna. Virginia Andy carrying Jim’s genetics was Limousin champion at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland.

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Unfortunately Jim suffered a TB outbreak in 2004 attributable to badger disturbance caused by road building resulting in the loss of some dams however thankfully many excellent dams and dam lines remain. At that time Jim also exited dairying and switched to suckling. His commercial sucklers are first and second cross Limousin from British Fresian cows. Jim believes in this type of cow. These Limousin cross cows are medium sized structurally good R grading cows with milk. They consistently produce a top quality calf. As with his pedigrees Jim’s breeding ethos is for quality combined with easy calving.

Jim’s current stock bull is the homebred Marlhill Craig with excellent back breeding, he is quite and easy calving. His offspring have weight, shape and docility.

Jim mainly sells his pedigrees from home. His marketing of commercial cattle is very flexible depending on which market is giving the best returns. Limousin offers him this flexibility in that it is such a balanced breed it meets the requirements of all markets.

Heifers are sold for breeding or as weanlings or for slaughter, the bulls are sold as weanlings or taken to slaughter. His stock is always in demand with Tipperary Mart looking for him to bring weanlings and ABP Cahir looking for finished young bulls and heifers. A number of factories including Ashbourne Meats would be active for his cull cows. Due to the national increase in young bulls there is a shortage of quality steers and Jim has been approached to supply some steers for grass. Again this highlights the range of market options available for Limousin.

The last commercials sold from the farm was a batch of 19 weanlings sold at Tipperary Mart last September before prices really started to move up, good weights and prices were achieved.

Category

Number

Average Weight (kg)

Price (€)

Bulls

4

518

1190

Bulls

4

523

1170

Bulls

1

500

1030

Heifers

2

430

965

Heifers

2

462

1000

Heifers

2

427

1020

Heifers

2

400

880

Heifers

1

465

1000

Heifers

1

420

975

 

 

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