On Sunday the 16th of July breeders from the South West club area converged at West Kerry Agricultural Show, Dingle, for the Club Calf Finals of 2017. Having run the competition at different venues in Limerick and North Kerry – Dingle was chosen as an ideal site, making the compute a little easier for our breeders who come from this beautiful part of the country. Dingle show is very conveniently held in the mart grounds on the outskirts of the town. Our club chairman – Micheal O’Sullivan is a native of these parts and approached the show committee for permission to host the finals in conjunction with the show. Management and staff at the mart were very accommodating and allowed us to use a number of pens within the mart.

We were delighted with the number of calves presented for the finals, a total of 33 were entered. It was great to see a number of first time exhibitors competing at the calf finals. The show itself was a hive of activity with the beautiful sunny day bringing a huge crowd to enjoy the jovial atmosphere and the excellent Limousin cattle!

John McInerney (judge) and Micheal O'Sullivan (South West club chairman)

John McInerney (judge) and Micheal O’Sullivan (South West club chairman)

John McInerney undertook the judging duties, John is a highly regarded cattle judge and an acclaimed breeder. His Drummin herd (run in conjunction with a dairy herd is based in Bunratty, Co. Clare), is at the fore-front of Limousin breeding in Ireland. Last year at the International Limousin Congress (ILC), John sold two home-bred heifers for a combined total of €26,700, these heifers Drummin J-Lo Et and Drummin Kailee Et, are full sisters with back-breeding to the renowned females Drummin Cliona Et and Drummin Peach. The McInerney family farm was one of the highlights that congress delegates visited during the ILC.

Having judged the calves, John commented: “A very good line-up of calves – with excellent stock in each class. The females were tremendous – I have no doubt they will in time make outstanding cows. I would like to thank the South West club for inviting me to judge here today and I wish all breeders continued success.”

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Older heifer Calves

Placing Calf nameDOBSireDamOwner
First Roundhill Lnora 1696 Et30/08/16Bavardage/AGBRoundhill Enora 1182Tim Corridan
SecondLiscarn Lynn01/05/16Ampertaine Commander/APMLiscarn Helen EtMicheal O’Sullivan
ThirdGreenacres Linda28/08/16Kaprico Eravelle/S2106Greenacres GlendaSeamus O’Brien
FourthBallyduhig Lilly07/07/16Gleanasmole GoochBallyduhig IsibealBrendan O’Halloran

 

September to November Heifer Calves

Placing Calf nameDOBSireDamOwner
FirstRoundhill Langel 1698 Et02/09/16Netherhall Jackpot/Lm4054Netherhall GalaxyTim Corridan
SecondKnockcoolkeare Lady Nadia B07/11/16Gamin/ZGMWood Road Fate EtMicheal Roche
ThirdShannon Laurel13/09/16Tomschoice Ironstone/Lm2116Shannon IcequeenSarah McElligott
Fourth Alannahs L 10303/11/16Alannahs FionaonAlannahs DaisyFergus Fitzgerald

 

2017 born heifer calves

Placing Calf nameDOBSireDamOwner
FirstKnockcoolkeare Mistic21/02/17Glorieux/XGLCastleview GailMicheal Roche
SecondBallybrown Masie06/01/17Achile/AHZRoundhill Iondine 1496Bobby O’Connell
ThirdCeann Sibeal M 25303/01/17Gamin/ZGMCastleview IcicleMicheal O’Sullivan
FourthCeann Sibeal Muireann10/01/17Liscarn KilkennyCeann Sibeal IsabailMicheal O’Sullivan

 

Older bull calves

Placing Calf nameDOBSireDamOwner
FirstCoolfern Leinster30/04/16Chaumeil/S1427Coolfern IndigoTom O’Leary
SecondRoundhill Lilora01/05/16Roundhill HamletRoundhill Friviere 1259Tim Corridan
ThirdKnockcoolkeare Luke Skywalker02/05/16Glorieux/XGLWood Road Ingrid EtMicheal Roche

 

August and September born bull calves

Placing Calf nameDOBSireDamOwner
FirstRoundhill Linehan Et09/09/16Netherhall Jackpot/Lm4054Netherhall GalaxyTim Corridan
SecondSliabh Felim Leo27/08/16Chaumeil/S1427Sliabh Felim JennySean Ryan
ThirdCoolfern Longmire12/08/16Elderberry Galahad/EBYCoolfern CrystalTom O’Leary
FourthShannon Limo26/08/16Gamin/ZGMShannon IvySarah McElligott

 

December 2016 & 2017 born bull calves

Placing Calf nameDOBSireDamOwner
FirstGortatochar L-61622/12/16Achile/AHZRoundhill Ileny 1506Caitlin DeMordha
SecondCeann Sibeal M 25410/01/17Liscarn KilkennyCeann Sibeal InisMicheal O’Sullivan
ThirdCeann Sibeal Micheal23/03/17Liscarn KilkennyArd Na Caithne DaisyMicheal O’Sullivan
FourthCeann Sibeal M 26312/03/17Liscarn KilkennyCeann Sibeal EimearMicheal O’Sullivan

 

Thank you

The South West Club would like to thank the Management & Staff of Dingle Mart, especially Neilus McAuliffe, mart manager and Bridie Flahive, office manager. Thanks also to the secretary & organising committee of West Kerry Agricultural show.

Thanks to John McInerney for making the two and a half hour journey from Bunratty to Dingle to judge the classes.

We wish to congratulate and thank all breeders who exhibited calves at the show.

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Thumbs Up! Well done and congratulations to all breeders and organizers at the SW club calf finals 2017

Thumbs Up! Well done and congratulations to all breeders and organisers at the SW club calf finals 2017

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