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The Limousin Society Young Members National Finals and Workshop was held in Mountrath Mart on Saturday August 3rd. The Young Members Association is for 12-25 year olds and helps young breeders to learn about judging and showing Limousin cattle. A large crowd of spectators and supporters watched over 30 competitors battle it out in the various competitions. The day started with Kevin Bohan of the Ardlea Limousin herd and ILCS National President giving a very informative talk on how to describe and judge an animal.

The competition started with the young members judging two sets of four cattle and placing them in order from 1st to 4th. Then the master judge Kevin Bohan ably assisted by Austin Finn and James Wycherley listened to the competitors who explained the reasons for their placings. The third part of the competition was the showing section where each competitor had to show a calf chosen at random in the show ring. This section was judged by Paul Hannon who gave very good tips to the handlers at the end of the section.

The top four competitors when all the points were totted up will represent the ILCS in an international competition at Cappamore Show on August 17th where they will compete against teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Rachel Maloney from the Ardnacrusha herd in Co. Clare tied in first place with her team mate Cathal O’Meara. This was remarkable as Rachel is only 13 and is the first u-16 to win a place on the national team.    

Five of the Limousin club regions had teams competing for the interclub all-Ireland title. This title was retained by a very strong team from Clare. Indeed three of the Clare team were selected for the irish team with Declan McHugh Representing  the North East narrowly edging out the fourth Clare competitor Elaine Clancy for the final spot on the team

Inter Club National Team Competition
1st  Clare   ( Rachel Maloney, Cathal O’Meara, Sean Moroney and Elaine Clancy)
2nd North West  (April Higgins, Emma Lawrence, Christipher O’Connor and Dylan Bourke)
3rd North East  ( Declan McHugh, Liam Smith, Eleanor Reilly and Niall Carroll)

U16 individual Competition
1st Rachel Maloney (Clare)
2nd Orla Curtin ( South West)
3rd Eamon O’Donovan ( South West)

Open individual Competition and the Irish Team
1st Tie Cathal O Meara and Rachel Maloney both representing Clare
3rd  Sean Moroney   Clare
4th Declan McHugh  North East

We also had an open competition for those not on club teams. This was divided into an under 12 and over 12 section.

U 12 open result (cattle judging only)
1st Kate Kenny   South East
2nd Michael Wycherley  Cork
3rd Maeve Curtain  South West

O12 open result
1st David Byrne   South East
2nd Conor Gunn   North West
3rd Colin Kenny  South East

The Limousin Society would like to thank everybody who contributed to a competitive but very informative day. Thanks to Mountrath Mart for giving us the use of their fine facilities and a special thanks to the ladies in the canteen for the refreshments. Thanks to Ardlea and Ardnacrusha for providing the cattle, Kevin Bohan, James Wycherley, Austin Finn and Paul Hannon for judging the competition. Also thanks to Michael Gunn compeer and scoring co-ordinator on the day and also Thomas Swaine, John Connell, Brendan Curtain and Jennifer Moran and anyone else who helped on the day. A special thanks to the parents and chauffeurs who arranged transport for the competitors.

We wish the team all the best in Cappamore and hopefully they can use home venue to their advantage and win the competition for the first time. 
 

Competitors on the day

Competitors on the day

Kevin in Stockjudging workshop

Stock judging worksop

National Team for Cappamore with judges and Trainers

National team for Cappamore with judges and trainers

Showing Judge Paul Hannon

Showing judge Paul Hannon

Showing Section of Competition

Show section of competition

Stock Judging Phase of Competition

Stock judging phase of competition

 

 

The Irish Limousin YMA is open to all interested in Limousin cattle aged between 12 and 25 years. Application forms are available from the society office at 025-85036 or from:

YMA Co-ordinator
James Wycherley,
Lislevane,
Bandon,
Co. Cork
Telephone: 086 0740427

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