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 <450kg Exhibitor Animal Sire
1st Donal McGowan Carrockmore Maximus
2nd Martin McLaughlin Ballinloan Jagerbomb
3rd Stephen Brady Derryguillane Kingbull
4th William R Gubbins Squid Wilodge Joskins

Commercial Limousin heifer sired by Carrockmore Maximus, Donal McGowan

Commercial Classes
Class 2: LM sired bullock showing no permanent teeth Exhibitor Animal Sire
1st Mary Tarpey Jagerstorm Ballinloan Jagerbomb

Jagerstorm sired by Ballinloan Jagerbomb, Mary Tarpey

Commercial Classes
Class 3: LM sired X-bred heifer <460kg (Mega Moo) Exhibitor Animal Sire
1st Eoghan Breslin Coco Elite Ice Cream
2nd Pearse McNamee Quick Silver Hatcliffe Dancer
3rd Luke Barrett Star Ballinloan Jagerbomb
4th Ciaran Lynch Powerhouse Italic


Commercial Classes
Class 4: LM sired baby beef heifer showing no permanent teeth Exhibitor Animal Sire
1st Gareth McGuinness Merciana Ampertaine Elgin
2nd Ryan Greene Ruby Rocky
3rd Aidan Clarke Wilodge Joskins
4th Ryan Greene Rocky


Commercial Classes
Class 4: LM sired breeding heifer with no more than 2 permanent teeth Exhibitor Animal Sire
1st Ryan Greene Ruby Rocky
2nd Aidan Clarke Wilodge Joskins
3rd Martin McLaughlin Elite 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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