Pictured above: Eoghan Breslin and family with the Overall Commercial Limousin Champion of the Show – an Elite Ice Cream-sired heifer, Coco

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society’s 50th Anniversary Extravaganza took place last weekend at Carrick-on-Shannon Showgrounds. The event, which was held over three days, not only drew crowds from the four corners of Ireland, but witnessed a large delegation from both the UK, Europe and in particular France – the home of the Limousin breed.

The commercial show kicked off on Saturday morning, October 1st, consisting of five classes, with Chris Pennie from the UK in charge of the judging. After some deliberating, it was Eoghan Breslin’s Elite Ice Cream-sired heifer, Coco, that was tapped out as Overall Commercial Champion of the Show. Prior to this, she was first in Class 3 – Limousin-sired heifer under 460kg – a class stacked with stylish Limousin-sired animals.

Coco would go on to be the chosen ‘Mega Moo’ heifer. Donal Moloney, who drew the lucky number picked Coco ahead of other stylish Limousin heifers that were on offer as part of the Mega Moo raffle, with Eoghan receiving €10,000 in return.

The Overall Reserve Commercial Champion was awarded to Gareth McGuinness for his Ampertaine Elgin-sired heifer – Merciana. This heifer was also placed first in Class 4 – Limousin-sired baby beef heifer showing no permanent teeth – earlier in the day.

Merciana: Sired by Ampertaine Elgin and exhibited by Gareth McGuiness

Other Results
Commercial Classes
Class 1: LM sired X-bred bull <450kgExhibitorAnimalSire
1stDonal McGowanCarrockmore Maximus
2ndMartin McLaughlinBallinloan Jagerbomb
3rdStephen BradyDerryguillane Kingbull
4thWilliam R GubbinsSquidWilodge Joskins

Commercial Limousin heifer sired by Carrockmore Maximus, Donal McGowan

Commercial Classes
Class 2: LM sired bullock showing no permanent teethExhibitorAnimalSire
1stMary TarpeyJagerstormBallinloan Jagerbomb

Jagerstorm sired by Ballinloan Jagerbomb, Mary Tarpey

Commercial Classes
Class 3: LM sired X-bred heifer <460kg (Mega Moo)ExhibitorAnimalSire
1stEoghan BreslinCocoElite Ice Cream
2ndPearse McNameeQuick SilverHatcliffe Dancer
3rdLuke BarrettStarBallinloan Jagerbomb
4thCiaran LynchPowerhouse Italic


Commercial Classes
Class 4: LM sired baby beef heifer showing no permanent teethExhibitorAnimalSire
1stGareth McGuinnessMercianaAmpertaine Elgin
2ndRyan GreeneRubyRocky
3rdAidan ClarkeWilodge Joskins
4thRyan GreeneRocky


Commercial Classes
Class 4: LM sired breeding heifer with no more than 2 permanent teethExhibitorAnimalSire
1stRyan GreeneRubyRocky
2ndAidan ClarkeWilodge Joskins
3rdMartin McLaughlinElite Ice Cream


The Irish Limousin Cattle Society would like to congratulate all exhibitors in the commercial show. Again, a special thanks to FBD, the title sponsors, Univet, Munster Bovine, ABP, and Progressive Genetics, and the individual class sponsors for their support in running this show.  The society also thanks Chris Penny for his part in judging the show.

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