A large crowd descended on Des and Sharon Joyce’s Lisangeeragh Limousin farm on the 24th of June for the North West YMA workshop and team selection. Good cattle, excellent refreshments and a large number of eager young members led to a very successful evening.
Teleri Thomas from the Keltic Limousin herd based at Enfield Co Meath was the master judge for the evening and she started by giving all competitors a talk on the basics of judging. She showed the youngsters the different parts of the cattle and told them the correct names for each part. Teleri then judged two young bulls and compared the two cattle to let the competitors know what they would be expected to do later on in the competition.
The 12 YMA competitors aged from 12-25 then judged two sets of four animals and were awarded up to 100 marks depending on how their decision matched that of the master judge. The second section in the competition comprised of each competitor giving a short presentation to the master judge describing the cattle and explaining their judging. The third section was the handling section where the competitor had to show an animal in the show ring. Marks here were awarded for control of the animal, ability to show the animal to its best and style/appearance.
The results of the main competition resulted in a win for April Higgins from Ballindine Co Mayo. Michelle Tarpey from Elphin Co. Roscommon was a close second. Eoin Hestor from Castlerea came fourth with Conor Gunn from Elphin coming fourth. This four were selected on the night to represent the North West club in the All-Ireland finals in Mountrath, Co. Laois in July.
While the judges were listening to the reasons another 15 young/novice competitors were judging cattle and given a presentation on the basics of judging, grooming and showing a beast by Des Joyce and Michael Oliver. When the competition was over we had a raffle for some sponsored prizes including grooming sets sponsored by John Gormely of Elphin veterinary supplies and Limousin merchandise sponsored by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society. All 25 competitors were given some prize as a reminder of their visit to Williamstown.
Other prize winners on the night included Michael Shally adult stock judging, Evan Shaughnessy u12 stock judging, David Phillips u16 stock judging, April Higgins best reasons, Christopher O’Connor best handler.
Donie McKeon chairman of the club brought the evening to a close by thanking all who helped in any way especially Des and Sharon and family for making their farm available and providing the food and refreshments, Teleri Thomas for judging and also those who supplied calves for the competition and those who helped on the evening. A special word to the limousine office and Elphin Veterinary supplies for their generous sponsorship of the raffle prizes.