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The South West Limousin club held a very successful field evening in Castleisland Mart on Saturday 31st of July. The main attraction of the field evening was the club calf championship, with in excess of forty calves on display.

Pat Sheahan (Drombanny herd) our club Chairman got proceedings started and then introduced the MC for the evening – Doreen Corridan of the Roundhill herd. Judge for the evening was Kevin Bohan of the Ardlea/Elite herd. We all like to try our hand at judging at sales/shows but Kevin added a different element by telling us why he came to his conclusions. He went from class to class explaining and with the help of a very clear microphone no one was in doubt as to his placing of the calves. Doreen asked all the relevant questions and kept the large crowd entertained by her line of questioning. Kevin pointed out all the features to look for when looking for replacement heifers – good width, good width of hips, good top-lion, 4 good legs and a nice head. In a male he emphasised the importance of width and legs. He also likes a good top lion, length and roundness.

A stock judging competition was also held on the night. Sean O’Sullivan of the Castleisland herd provided us with five heifers. Prizes were given to the top three from two categories under and over 18.

Sean O’Sullivan also gave us the vet’s perspective on Limousin cows. Most importantly they are easy calving and are good mothers. He stressed the importance of nutrition before calving.

Another interesting feature of the night was a commercial section, comprising of calves from Limousin dams – displayed by Jason Fitzgerald and Sarah McElligott. Owen O’Neill of the Bova herd displayed a lovely Tarot bull calf out of a Shorthorn cow. These calves showed the potential to be had by using limousin cows. Jason explained why he uses Limousin – they are great mothers, easy calving and when crossed he has very good calves that are very docile. He calves his cows in April/May and finds the cows are easy to get in calf off grass.

John Carroll from Teagasc was also on hand and gave an insight into what the market is looking for. He explained that an animal with shape from shoulder to rump was the ideal and that Limousin cross are giving what is required. He reiterated the point that the most important thing in a weanling was Shape – shape – shape.

As well as performing the MC role Doreen informed us of the importance of the information we give to ICBF on the Suckler Welfare Form. For example if a cow has a difficult calving it is important that this information is fed into the system, as it is used to keep the records of all animals up to date.

Darragh O’Meara and Sean Ryan generously shared their grooming expertise with their combined grooming display. While Darragh groomed – Sean explained what he was doing and the reasons why. Even seasoned show campaigners learned from the demonstration. Darragh took a risk by selecting a calf at random (an October born bull) and it was very interesting to see the difference a professional grooming makes. Bobby and Pauline O’Connell of the Ballybrown Charalois herd generously brought their clipping crate all the way from Limerick for the evening.

Sean and Darragh then turned their attention to the YMA. Each of the participants was given a calf to show and was given instructions on the best practice when showing. The young members who took part were Cathal DeMordha, Patrick Mahon, Jack Cuneen, Eoin McEligott, Orla Curtin and Clare O’Leary. They all enjoyed their time in the lime-light and each went home with a plaque and a rosette.

As the evening drew to a close and we all got hungry the barbeque was very welcome. John O’Connor cooked delicious food and had plenty of liquid refreshments to suit all taste buds.

Next up for the South West is Cappamore show on the 18th August. This year the all-Ireland Heifer and Bull derby is taking place in Cappamore.

Thanks to Kevin, Jason Fitzgerald, Sarah McElligott, Owen O’Neill, Darragh O’Meara, Sean Ryan, Bobby and Pauline O’Connell, John Carroll, John O’Connor and his team, all at Castleisland Mart, John McInerney, Paul Sykes and all in the Limousin office.

Ann Curtin, PRO South West Limousin club

Results

Results of the South West Club Calf championship held in Castleisland Mart on 31st July 2010

Class 1: Heifer Calf Born Between 1st July and 30th September 2009

Placing

Animal Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Castleview Eclipse

Neuf

Castleview Caramel

John J. O’Sullivan

2nd

Corcamore Erin

Neuf

Castleview Bramble

Brendan Curtin

3rd

Drombanny Eve

Nelson

Roundhill Adissette 899

Pat Sheehan

Class 2: Bull Calf Born Between 1st July and 30th September 2009

Placing

Animal Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Castleview Easy

Fieldson Alfy

Castleview Rosaleen

John J. O’Sullivan

2nd

Sliabh Felim Eddie

Mas Du Clo

Sliabh Felim Susie

Sean Ryan

3rd

Drombanny Edgar

Castleview Virulent

Drombanny Candy

Pat Sheehan

Class 3: Heifer Calf Born Between 1st October and 31st December 2009

Placing

Animal Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Roundhill Eleny 1186

Tistou

Roundhill Timotei

Timothy Corridan

2nd

Roundhill Eleny 1188

Tistou

Roundhill Timotei

Timothy Corridan

3rd

Shannon Emily

Wilodge Vantastic

Stone

Sarah McElligott

Class 4: Bull Calf Born Between 1st October and 31st December 2009

Placing

Animal Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Shannon Eubank

Cloughhead Lord

Shannon Verona

Sarah McElligott

2nd

Carrig Enda

Celestin

Carrig Audrey

Jerry Costello

3rd

Roundhill Epic

Ramses

Roundhill Bdisette 957

Timothy Corridan

Class 5: Heifer Calf born after 1st January 2010

Placing

Animal Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Roundhill Fnatte 1215

Panda

Natte

Timothy Corridan

2nd

Roundhill Fnatte 1217

Panda

Natte

Timothy Corridan

3rd

Shannon Fizz

Ronick Hawk

Shannon Violet

Sarah McElligott

Class 6: Bull Calf born after 1st January 2010

Placing

Animal Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Roundhill Falcon

Ibis

Melodie

Timothy Corridan

2nd

Roundhill Fescape

Rocky

Roundhill Profane

Timothy Corridan

3rd

Bova Friar

Bova Pontium

Bova Violet

Owen S. O’Neill

Class 7: Any Calf born after 1st July 2009 open to Club Members who have not competed in Club Calf Finals in the last three years

Placing

Animal Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Garrahadoo Elma

Milbrook Tanko

Garrahadoo April

Noel O’Sullivan

2nd

Windyhill Ester

Nenuphar

Sessile

Gerard Sexton

3rd

Garrahadoo Edwina

Milbrook Tanko

Garrahadoo Nellie

Noel O’Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three nice hindquarters

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MC Doreen Corridan speaking with Jason Fitzgerald about his commercial limousin cows and calves

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Sean Ryan explains as Daragh O’Meara expertly grooms Saran Mc Elligott’s Cloughead Lord Bull  Shannon Eubank, (1st in Oct to Dec class)

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Owen O’Neill’s Tarot calf out of a shorthorn dam

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John Carroll from Teagasc explains why farmers should be using Limousin

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Sean O’Sullivan, Ann Curtin, Sean Ryan, Pat Sheahan, Sarah Mc Elligott, Doreen Corridan, Kevin Bohan, Michael Quirke and John Carroll

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