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NW Open Day/farm walk

Kieran and Caroline Henry from Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo hosted the annual NW herd visit on Sunday September 25th. Kieran and Caroline run the successful Castleoye herd of pedigree Limousin cattle and the visitors were interested in seeing the way that Kieran gets the maximum return from his grass crop. Kieran and his Teagasc advisor Tom Coll outlined the way that they ensure maximum quality grass for the stock. Kieran is also very particular in his silage making and cuts it at the leafy stage to ensure maximum feed value. Tom advised farmers on testing their silage to see what the quality is like and explained that this can inform farmers on levels of concentrates needed to ensure thrive over the winter particularly for young stock.

Kieran also explained that he uses an easy calving Angus bull on heifers which he has calving at 24 months. Most pedigree farmers wait until 30-36 months before calving their heifers. This is what Kieran called his bonus calf as the heifer is ready to calve a second calf when heifers in other farms are only calving for the first time.

After looking at some of the paddocks and cattle in the fields the group returned indoors to look at some cows and young stock. Tom Coll from Teagasc then led a discussion on star ratings and breeding for the BDGP scheme.  This was a lively encounter with some speakers complaining on some aspects of the scheme and also the way star ratings don’t appear to reflect the quality of the cattle. Arthur Breden from NCBC and some of the Limousin breeders were also involved in the discussion which was very informative. There was a draw on the day for sponsored prizes and also a competition to pick the three highest maternal rated heifers from a bunch or 10 heifers.

When all the talking was finished there was tea and cakes for all with a bouncy castle for the younger folk. Overall it was a very successful venture with informative speakers discussing topics that were crucial to success in farming. Kieran was an excellent host and explained how he maximises returns from his farm. He complimented his wife Caroline and her family the Carrs on the help, advice and encouragement that they give him and explained that without this backup and support the farm would not be successful.

The North West club would like to thank Kieran and Caroline for hosting the day and also a particular word of thanks to Tom Coll of Teagasc for attending and speaking at the event. We would also like to thank all those who sponsored prizes and NCBC, World Wide sires and Natural Nutrition for having stands on display. Thanks also to the ladies who provided the refreshments on the day.  A huge thanks to all who attended and made the day a success.



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International Limousin Congress set to come west

Monday 22nd August, Glenmaddy Equestrian Centre from 4pm until late

The North West Limousin club are honoured to host an International Limousin Congress event in Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, on Monday August 22nd. This event is part of a packed International Limousin Congress schedule, which commences on the 20th August and concludes on the 27th. Congress is held every two years and is an opportunity for the host nation to showcase their Limousin cattle, country and culture to a worldwide audience. This year in excess of 250 international delegates from as far away as Australia, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Mexico, the Baltic States and mainland Europe will travel to Ireland and we look forward to welcoming them to the west of the country.

Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre is the venue for the North West Limousin Clubs event. We will welcome the international delegates along with everyone with an interest in cattle to this our showcase indoor event in the west of the country. We have a jam-packed itinerary and are confident that the display of our cattle, our hospitality and our culture will provide a great evening’s entertainment for all involved.

Commencing with judging at 4pm on the evening of the 22nd, this event incorporates our prestigious Club Calf Finals, for pedigree calves born after 1/9/15, along with five classes for older pedigree animals and three weighted commercial classes which are open to commercial exhibitors with Limousin sired cattle, all vying for a prize fund exceeding €2,000.

We in the North West club are delighted to announce that Mr. John Phillips, Wales, Chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society has agreed to select the prize winners on the day.

Other classes include; a showing class for our YMA members, a pedigree pairs class and Overall Championships in both commercial and pedigree sections.

Also on site for the evening, a number of agriculture related trade stands with specialists from all sectors within the agricultural industry, as well as food, an outdoor BBQ and refreshments.

We will round off the evening with some traditional dancing - provided by Abbeyknockmoy & Elphin set-dancers - with music provided by Limousin breeder Michael Sexton from Co. Clare.

The North West Limousin club would like to take this opportunity to thank the ILCS for the opportunity to stage this event and hope that all delegates and visitors enjoy their evening in Glenamaddy.

With Free Admission for all spectators, the event is set to suit all family members.

North West YMA 2016

The North West Club YMA team selection Event was held in Roscommon Mart on Friday 20th of May.

Master Judge for the Evening was Richard O Beirne from the Milburn Limousin herd based in Tuam Co Galway. He was ably assisted by John McInerney of the Drummin Limousin Herd based in Newmarket on Fergus Co Clare. Both of the Judges are highly regarded breeders who have had many years of success in both the Show and Sales rings and have a vast amount of experience & we are very grateful to them for imparting some of their wisdom to the Young members.


The results of the competition were 1st Christopher O Connor, Elphin. 2nd Owen Hester Castlerea. 3rd Michelle Tarpey, Elphin & 4th Jack Vahey, Castlebar. These four were selected on the night to represent the North West club in the National finals in Roscrea, in July.


Many Thanks to the Judges for giving their time, to those who supplied cattle for the competition and also those who helped on the evening. A special word of thanks to Shane in the Limousin office, & To Maura Quigley & all in Roscommon Mart for the use of the Venue. We wish the team the best of luck at the National Finals in July.  

North West club visit to UK

A noisy group of 30 north west limousin members left from Knock for Liverpool airport on Friday June 5th for the annual UK Limousin trip and herd visit. After a quick and uneventful flight the group was met by their bus at John Lennon airport and made their way north on the M6 arriving at the famous Whinfellpark farm at 3pm. This farm is outside Penrith and is a wonderful spectacle. It is owned by Messrs Jenkinson and ably managed by Nick Scolfield estate manager and Iain Scott the farm manager. The farm is home to the 100 cow Whinfellpark pedigree Limousin herd and also has over 2000 ewes, a large arable enterprise and a driven shoot.

Some of the best known and most valuable Limousin bulls of the last 10 years have been herd sires on the farm including Dolcorsllwyn Fabio, Cerberus and Lowerffryd Empire. During the farm tour we were shown offspring off all the different bulls and Colin Souter pointed out the advantages of each. Colin and showed us the show team which was being prepared for the Cumberland show the following day. The herd and farm is a credit to the team working there and they have an obvious pride in their work. We travelled around the farm for a couple of hours and saw hundreds of acres of perfect pasture, and miles of perfect stone walls. Indeed there was not a thistle, nettle, dock or flagger to be seen a big difference from home !

We stayed in the Travel Lodge in the centre of Carlisle and early on the Saturday morning we took the complimentary bus out to the Cumberland Show at Carlisle Racecourse. This is a regional show and had a good range of exhibits and plenty of trade stands. The venue was excellent and we saw a good show of 25 Limousin Cattle. The champion was shown by Stephen Illingworth of Glenrock. Two of the North West young members competed in the Young Stockpersons section with Jack Vahey and Conor Gunn both winning a rosette. Thanks to Colin Souter of Whinfellpark and Stephen Illingworth for loaning the lads their cattle for the class.

Sunday morning we left Carlisle at 9.30 and made our way up the Pennines for a visit to the Saunders limousin herd of Adam Watson and family of Slaggyford, Brampton. This is a hill farm with a 40 cow pedigree limousin herd and a large sheep enterprise. The quality of the stock was excellent and the passion for and knowledge of the breed was evident. After a tour of the farm we were treated to a magnificent spread of food to cater for all tastes. The ladies must have spent the entire week cooking and baking. After leaving Watsons we made a scenic journey back down south before joining the M6 and returning to Liverpool.

We spent the Sunday night in the premier inn beside Liverpool airport and walked to the plane for the 8am flight on the Monday. All returned safe and sound to Knock with good memories and looking forward to the 2016 trip.



North West Herds Competition Results 2014

1st  Cross ( Tom Feehan)
2nd Bovinion ( Tom Finnerty)
3rd  Castleoye  (Caroline Henry)

1st  Derrygullinane (John Joe Walsh)
2nd Lisnacrann ( Micheal Oliver)

Best bull calf:
Derrygullinane Icbull

Best heifer calf:
Bovinion Josie
Best Group of Calves:



North West Herds Competition 2013


1st Gerry Walsh

2nd Michael Oliver

3rd John Jennings


1st Donie McKeon

2nd Tom Finnerty

3rd Des Joyce

Best Bull Calf Bovinion Hendrix

Best Heifer Calf Derrygulllinane Haya

Best Group of Calves Bovinion




North West Club Report 2012

We am pleased to report that the North West Club had another successful year. We held our AGM on the 10th of January 2012 and the following officers were elected

Chairman Pat Bruen, Secretary Des Joyce, and Treasurer Richard Hegarty.

Chairman Pat Bruen thanked Michael Fox for his term as secretary, he expressed sincere gratitude on behalf of all club members and the committee for the enthusiasm and high level of professionalism with which he carried out his duties.


During the year the club held three meetings which were well attended.

The first meeting had Michael Maxwell who outlined the potential for heifer exports to Kazakhstan and Russia, the second speaker was John Gayer MRCVS on cow fertility.

Paddy McCarthy Connacht Gold and PJ Healy Natural Nutrition spoke on nutrition at the second meeting. Ross Evans from ICBF attended the final meeting to discuss the new €uro Stars and the Gene Ireland Bull Breeder Program.

UK Trip:

Our annual trip to the UK was a huge success. First was a farm visit to the Roughley Herd followed by the Royal Welsh Show. The weather was lovely and the standard of stock on view second to none. Limousin took the interbreed championship with Ironston Dumandy. Everyone enjoyed the trip immensely and special thanks goes to Michael and Anne Marie Gunn for organising a great trip.

Shows and Sales:

Our summer shows were well attended with great displays of stock at each show, some of which went on to be very successful at the National Show in Tullamore.

At the Athenry and Roscommon spring sales club members enjoyed considerable success achieving top prizes and prices. The club was also well represented at the Roscrea premier sales.

The newly established September commercial weanling heifer sale held in Balla mart proved to be a great success with demand exceeding supply and highlighting the good demand for LMx stock.

Some club members decided in conjuction with Roscommon livestock mart to stage a pedigree female sale, this sale which was held in late October recorded a good clearance rate with some notable prices paid for quality lots.

Open Day:

The club held an open day on the farm of Michael Philips, Gurteen in Sligo. There was a great turnout and the day was very informative as well as a nice social occasion. Michael displayed some lovely quality stock out of Grahams Apache and Casimir. The club would like to thank the Philips family for their help and hospitality.

Finally the North West Limousin Club would like to thank the society and council for their efforts during the year. The club is well represented by Michael Gunn and Tom Finnerty on council.

We wish all members and their customers good success with their Limousin cattle in 2013 and extend our sympathy to all members who lost loved ones during the year.

Pat Bruen and Des Joyce




North West Club Herds Competition results:

Small Herd

  • First  John Walsh
  • Second  Michael Oliver
  • Third  Padraig Golden

Medium Herd

  • First  Richard O’Beirne
  • Second  Tom Finnerty
  • Third  Donie McKeown

Best Young Bull  Derrygullinane Glen

Best Young Heifer  Bovinion Giselle

Best Group of Calves  Derrygullinane Herd




Wilodge Herd secures new Irish sire for the future

Christine Williams from the famous Wilodge Herd recently announced the arrival of future junior herd sire, Gerrygullinane Glen, who was purchased privately from Gerard Walsh and Anne Marie Clarke of the Gerrygullinane Limousin herd, Knockmore, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Gerry Walsh Bull sold to WilodgeSired by Marchermore Augustus, a son of the highly acclaimed Ronick Hawk, he is out of the home bred dam Derrygullinane Daisy who was shown successfully as a calf with back breeding to Mas Du Clo and Generaux. This bull has five star terminal and maternal traits and also scores in the top 1% for muscle in Ireland.

Gerrygullinane Glen had a successful showing season in 2012, culminating in the Limousin and overall supreme pedigree championship at both the Ballina and Bonniconlon Agricultural Shows and was also a class winner at the All Ireland Limousin Calf Finals at Tullamore Agricultural Show where he went forward to win the reserve junior championship on that day. He was also named best young bull in the North West Limousin Club’s herd competition.

His full sister Gerrygullinane Fabulous also has had a remarkable showing career with 12 first prizes and a third place in the All – Ireland Limousin Finals in Tullamore 2011.

Commenting on the purchase Christine Williams said: “Glen was purchased off the back of being fortunate enough to judge him at Bonniconlon Show in Ireland where I was particularly impressed with his muscling, locomotion, growth for age and abundance of style and character.” Although we have used Ronick Hawk in the herd in the past with great success, this dam line presents an outcross for the Wilodge herd.”

Glen is now resident at the Shifnal base of the Wilodge herd with the intention being to collect semen from him in 2013.




North West Club Open Day 2012

The North West Limousin club held an open day on Sunday 14th October on the farm of Michael Philips, Doon, Gurteen, Co. Sligo - home of the Doon West Limousin herd. Read more >>>





SMALL HERD: IMG_0632 NW Herds Group

  • 1. Michael Oliver
  • 2. John Walsh
  • 3. Tom Walsh


  • 1. Richard O’Beirne
  • 2. Donie Mc Keon
  • 3. Tom Finnerty

Best Heifer 2010: Tom Walsh tag no. 100  Alfy x Samson

Best Bull 2010: Richard O’ Beirne tag no. 606 Sympa x Dauphin

Young Stock: Richard O’Beirne “ Millburn Herd




North East and North West Clubs Combined Dinner Dance

Saturday November 19th, Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon Music by Gobsmacked. Tickets €30 which includes a four course meal and free raffle. Special overnight accommodation rate at Bush Hotel for the night

For tickets and more information contact Michael Gunn 086 3122897, Pat Bruen 086 2654512, John Connell 087 7623252, Dermot Rowe 087 6630211





The North West Calf Finals were hosted by Swinford Agricultural Show on Saturday 20th August. This annual event which rotates throughout the club area saw a large entry of calves forward. The competition consisted of six classes, three classes of bulls and three classes of heifers, with the six 1st prize winners competing for an Overall Champion. The winner of the Overall Championship being awarded with a new trophy The Michael Dale Perpetual Cup presented by the club in memory of Michael Dale who had been a great stalwart of the North West Club and who had promoted both the breed and the club throughout the province and country along with representing the North West Club at Council level. With 35 calves entered in there was no doubt that breeders were anxious to be the first recipient of such a coveted award. Read more >>>




North West club trip to Carlisle July 2011

The North West Limousin Club are organising a trip to the UK  national Limousin show to be held on July 30th 2011. The British limousin society are holding an open day at the Haltcliffe herd of Messrs Ridley on the day before the show ( July 29th) Read more >>>




North West Club Limousin Open Day on the farm of Tom Feehan Cross Kilmeena Westport Co. Mayo on Sunday October 3rd at 2pm

On Sunday 3rd October the North West Limousin Club held an open day on the farm of Tom & Marion Feehan Cross, Kilmeena ,Westport ,Co Mayo.

The Cross herd which is over shadowed by the famous Croagh Patrick mountain was founded in 1990. Tom & Marion decided from the start that this herd was going to be based on quality. In the early years a number of breeding females were purchased at sales throughout the country and then a very strict breeding programme of only using the top AI sires was implemented. Read more >>>




North West Club YMA 2010:

The North west Limousin club held a very successful YMA competition in Ballina show on Sunday July 11th. The Young Members Association (YMA ) is open to everybody between 12 and 25 and tests and improves their knowledge of cattle and showmanship. Read more >>>



North West Limousin Club Calf Finals 2010:

Enniscrone Show Co Sligo on Saturday 28th August will host the Northwest club calf championships. There will be six classes, three male and three female for calves born after the 1/9/2009. The calves will be divided into equal classes after the entries have been received. This competition is one of the highlights of the showing season in Connacht and has attracted over thirty entries in previous years.     

Enniscrone will also have classes for older Limousin cattle in addition to the calf classes.  For entries or schedules please contact Joan Quinn 087 6474290




North West Limousin Club latest news May 2010:

The North West Limousin Club held its AGM in January and its outgoing officers were re elected with Tom Finnerty remaining as Chair and Michael Fox as Secretary. Tom Walsh is still in charge of the purse strings while Michael Gunn is PRO and travel officer. Donie McKeon and Pat Bruen are now the YMA coordinators.  Read more >>>




North West Limousin Club forthcoming Trip to Royal Welsh Show 2010:

The North West Limousin Club are planning a trip to the Royal Welsh Show on July 19th. The trip will also include visits to two top Limousin herds. The flights are arranged on a group booking basis from Knock to Birmingham. We have provisionally booked 50 seats on the flight and accommodation for 50 in the Premier Inn in Hereford. We also have a coach arranged in the UK to bring us on our travels. The trip will cost €200. This includes return flights, all coach travel and two nights accommodation.  Due to high demand and limited places we need payment in full by February 19th. Seats will be allocated in order of money received. Read more >>>




North West Limousin Club Report 2009:

During the year we held 4 Club meetings which were all well attended. We had Dr Ross Evans of ICBF as guest speaker at our 1st meeting. His presentation was informative and gave an insight into the reasoning behind their thinking. He did say things would accelerate as more data became available.We also had Richard Collins and Paul Sykes at later meetings. Read more >>>




Irish Limousin Open Day - Gerry Walsh, Ballina, Co. Mayo:

A large crowd attended a superb open day on farm of John & Gerry Walsh Derrygullinane, Knockmore, Ballina, Co. Mayo, on display were Pedigree Limousin stock from Derrygullinane Herd featuring a number of specific cow families and their extended progeny which included an elite group of 2008 / 2009 calves within this group were calves from an embryo programme which produced some excellent calves, of which a number have been successful at many local Agricultural Shows. Herd has won the North West Limousin Club Small Herds Competition in 2007 & 2008. Read more >>>




North West Limousin Club Herds Competition Results 2009:

The 2009 herds competition saw a large entry, which resulted in the services of three judges being required. The North West area was judged by Mr & Mrs Peter & Pat Alexander From The Mains of Mausse, Blairgowrie Scotland. The Alexanders operate an extensive beef and sheep enterprise and have invested heavily in the Limousin breed both for their suckler dams and their terminal sires.Read more >>>




North West Limousin Club Report 2008:

Throughout the year the club held 4 meetings which were well attended. Two official sales were held in Roscommon and Athenry in spring, and anautumn sale in Carrick on Shannon. On the shows scene classes were supported well over the summer culminating in the North West calf finals at Ballinrobe show. This was a tremendous success with over 40 Limousin cattle entered, congratulations to all who attended in particular the prizewinners. Read more >>>




North West Limousin Club Herd Competition Results 2008:

The 2008 herds competition which was judged in July and August had the largest amount of entries since it began in 2006 . The herd size categories were small herds 5-12 breeding females , medium herd 13-30 breeding females , large herd plus breeding females . Points are awarded for genetic indices ,health & condition of cattle ,docility ,knowledge & interest of both your own herd and Limousin breed and conformity  to breed type . Read more >>>




North West Limousin Club Herds Competition Results 2007:

The second herd competition which is judged on a club basis over the summer & autumn months was another tremendous success.  The herd size categories were divided into small herds 5-12 breeding females, medium herds 13-30 breeding females and large herds 30 plus breeding females.  The judges awarded points on a number of areas including genetic indices, health & condition of cattle, docility; knowledge & interest in own herd, Limousin breed and conformity to breed type.  This year saw special prizes for best bull calf, best heifer calf and best group of calves born in 2006. Read more >>>




North West Limousin Club Herds Competition Results 2006:

The first ever Limousin Herd Competition was organised by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society on a regional basis. The competing herds were inspected in July by competition judge, Mr Matt Ridley of the famous Haltcliffe Limousin Herd in Cumbria, England. This competition was judged on the quality of the herds, genetic indices of the animals and the knowledge/interest of the herd owners. Read more >>>





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