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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 – Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Brendan Smith and RDS president Dr Tony Scott presented the 2009 RDS Champion of Champions Awards this afternoon in Ballsbridge.The Awards continue an RDS involvement in cattle breeding which began with the first Spring Show on the lawn of Leinster House in 1831. Following on the success of the first RDS Champion of Champions in 2006, the Awards have now grown to include all the major cattle societies and are now recognized as one of the most prestigious events in the cattle breeding calendar. Each breed Champion of Champions received a cheque for €1,000, an RDS silver medal and their breed’s RDS Spring Show trophy.

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Minster for Agriculture Brendan Smith presents John Lynch with the RDS Champion of Champions Award for the Limousin breed with Dr. tony Scott, RDS.

John and Stephen Lynch of Ballinalee, Co. Longford were the Irish Limousin Cattle Society Award winners for Ballinascraw Classic. Ballinascraw Classic had a very successful show year winning numerous awards over the summer months including, Athlone, Strokestown and Swinford. RDS President, Dr Tony Scott congratulated the winners and said that the RDS was delighted to continue its involvement in Irish Cattle breeding through the RDS ‘Champions of Champions’ Awards.

Male and Female of the Year:

This competition is designed to encourage and reward Limousin breeders for promoting and marketing Limousin cattle at agricultural shows throughout the summer months. The competition which is run on a points basis with points being awarded for first, second and third, Reserve Champion and champion at selected shows. There were three categories for competing animals :

  • Male of the Year – for male animals born after 1st September 2007
  • Junior Female of the Year – for females born on or after 1st September 2007
  • Senior Female of the Year – for females born before 1st September 2007

This year for the second time there was an RDS Champion of Champions Award. This award was presented to the animal gaining the highest points in the three categories above. The winner was presented with a cash prize, silver medal and perpetual cup at an awards ceremony in December 2009.

Senior Female of the Year:

Ballinascraw Classic was selected as the 2009 Senior Female of the Year and Limousin Champion of Champions as the animal with the highest number of points from the annual summer showing competition
organised by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society. Owned and bred by John and Stephen Lynch from Ballinalee Co. Longford this female needed no introduction to success on the show scene as she had already been the 2008 Junior Female of the Year. Classic has an enviable breeding combining Ronick Hawk and Greensons Gigolo, two outstanding sires. Classic had a very successful summer winning championships at Longford, Athlone Swinford and Strokestown along with being the Reserve Female Champion and Overall Reserve Breed Champion at Tullamore show.

Ballinascraw Classic - Reserve Overall Champion

Ballinascraw Classic

When one takes her pedigree, her BLUP figures combined with both her looks and achievements to date Ballinascraw Classic is indeed a very worthy recipient of both Senior Female of the Year and the Limousin RDS Champion of Champions.

Junior Female of the Year:

The 2009 Junior Female of the Year went to Milbrook Celine from the renowned Milbrook herd of William Smith Oldcastle Co Meath. This Greensons Gigolo daughter from the highly successful show cow Milbrook Ulla has an impeccable pedigree. Celine was in tremendous form during the summer show season, after being crowned the All Ireland Female Derby winner all eyes were on the Tullamore show and once again Celine stepped forward to take the Overall Breed Champion. In September the National Ploughing Championships played host to the Limousin National Show and once again Celine won her class and then went on to take the Reserve Overall Champion being placed second to her own mother Milbrook Ulla!

Millbrook Celine

Millbrook Celine

There is no doubt that Milbrook Celine will make for formidable competition in the 2010 show season.

Male of the Year:

The recipient of Male of the Year for 2009 was Woodroad Donald from Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell Co Limerick. Donald is sired by the very successful Sympa and by a dam OV Nadia B who has continuously bred a line of successful show and sales cattle including four All Ireland Champions. Woodroad Donald was also shown in the All Ireland Derby where he was placed second in a very strong class and considering he was one of the youngest bulls shown. In total Donald won six shows including Junior Male Champion and Overall Reserve Male Champion at the National Show.

Wood Road Donald

Wood Road Donald

To crown a very eventful year Woodroad Donald was sold at the October Premier Roscrea sale for the top price of 9500 to Peter Alexander Mains of Mause Blairgowrie

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