The South West Limousin Club held a joint event with Teagasc in Kilmallock mart on Friday evening 31st August 2012. The theme of the event was “Suitable bulls for changing markets: How to improve your herd and increase profits” which attracted a crowd of over 200 interested spectators. The packed agenda included an introduction to the New ICBF indexes, Animal cuts and value of same, the Derrypatrick suckler Herd, Commercial display, a stock Judging competition and our club Calf Championship.
Club chairman Brendan Curtin opened the event by welcoming the large crowd to Kilmallock. He then outlined the agenda for the evening before handing the Master of Ceremonies’ responsibility to Breed Secretary Paul Sykes.
First speaker was Pat Donnellan of ICBF – who gave an outline of the New ICBF indexes, he also produced a catalogue containing the new indexes of all the cattle on display and the same information was also reproduced on A3 sheets and attached to the pens containing the cattle. Pat presented and explained the new Terminal and Maternal indexes with class winner Roundhill Gailleo ET in the ring and his indexes projected onto the screen. Pat’s colleague Chris Daly gave a demonstration of ICBF’s new weight recording service.
Our club secretary John O’Connor gave a comprehensive outline of the different cuts of meat, the parts of an animal they come from and the value of same. Having a heifer in the ring and seeing the different cuts projected onto the screen proved an effective combination.
Denis Minogue of the Derrypatrick herd spoke on their experiences with their suckler cows and calves including the pregnancy rates, milk yields, daily weight gain and weaning weights.
Teagasc’s Derek O’Donoghue spoke about the value a good quality bull places in the herd to increase profits.
In the stock judging section the audience was given five minutes to appraise four breeding heifers. The competition was divided into two categories – under and over 16 years. The winner of the over 16 category was Mr. William Geary while the winner of the Under 16 category was Paul Barrett. The winners were presented with their prizes by Society President John McInerney.
We are very grateful to Teleri Thomas, well renowned cattle judge and owner of the Keltic Limousin herd based in Enfield, Co. Meath, for judging our calf championship. Teleri commented on the excellent standard of the calves on exhibit. The top four of each class of calves was displayed in the ring and Teleri explained to all how and why she came to her placings, which proved to be very interesting and insightful.
On display were a number of commercial cows with calves at foot organised by Mike Clohessy and Doreen Corridan. These were all of a very high standard. Also on show were a number of outstanding commercial weanlings which gave a very real performance indicator of the value of the Limousin cow as the ideal suckler dam.
Irish Limousin Society President John McInerney bought proceedings to a close.
We would like to thank the following people: Teleri Thomas, Pat Donnellan, Chris Daly, John O’Connor, Derek O’Donoghue, Denis Minogue, The Cattle Exhibitors, Kilmallock Mart Management and Staff (especially Denis Kirby and Margaret), Donal Moloney, Paddy Ryan, Sarah Allen, Richard and Michael Bateman, Orla and Maeve Curtin, the Catering Staff at Kilmallock, Paul Sykes and all in the Society Office and John McInerney.
This event could not have happened without a lot of planning and a proactive organising committee. The organising committee were Brendan & Ann Curtin, John O’Connor, Sean Ryan, Doreen Corridan, Sean O’Sullivan, Sarah McElligott, Pat Sheehan and Derek O’Donoghue.
The South West Limousin Club in conjunction with Castleisland Mart will hold a Limousin heifer sale on Wednesday October 10th, 2012.
Results of Club Calf Championship 2012 – South West Club