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Congratulations to the Irish Young Members team of Rachel Maloney, April Higgins, Owen Hester and Aidan Kinahan who retained the Anglo-Irish YMA title on Saturday 21st November. The Irish YMA team had waited 17 years to claim this title last year, but now go on to make it two in a row for Ireland. Let’s hope they can make it a hat-trick of wins next year when Ireland host the YMA Anglo-Irish event on the 27th August as part of the week long International Limousin Congress 20th - 28th August 2016.

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Irish Team wearing their Jackets sponsored by Clippers Ireland.

This annual event was established by the Irish and British Limousin Cattle Societies, to help promote and encourage young breeders. This year’s event was hosted by England at the English Winter Fair in Staffordshire. The Irish team fought off competition from England, Scotland and Wales to win the title. Well done to Aidan Kinahan who was placed second in the individual competition. 

In order to represent Ireland these team members previously had to compete at their regional club events before competing in the National final staged at Roscrea mart earlier this year. Two of this Irish team represented the North West club (Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Galway region) with one member from the South West club (Kerry, Limerick region) and the fourth member represented the Clare club.

The competition comprised of three elements: cattle judging, providing reasons to a panel of three judges and cattle handling in the show ring. Marks were allocated for each of the three categories with the highest weighting going to reasons.

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Irish team in action

Four heifers and four bulls were brought into the show ring for the judging section. Each competitor had to judge the animals and submit a completed judging card to the judges. Their judging was then ranked against that of the master judges Mr. Duncan Hazard, Mr. Michael Kermode and Mr. Michael Gunn. These three judges officiated over all three stages of the competition. The next stage of the competition saw each participant present their reasons for placement to the panel of judges in an interview style scenario.

For the showing section each young member was allocated an animal at random, they had to parade and stand these animals in the show ring to be assessed by the judges. The standard of competition in this section was extremely high and proved to be a great spectacle for the audience.

In the individual competition top place went to Harriet Wilson representing England, followed in second place by young Aidan Kinahan from the South West. This was a remarkable achievement as this was Aidan’s first time competing in both the Irish and Anglo Irish events and considering that Aidan is only twelve years old. Aidan was actually deputising for his sister Shanon, the very well-known and successful young show lady who finished second overall in the Irish YMA final in Roscrea earlier in the year but unfortunately was unable to travel to Stafford. Third place went to Stephanie Dick representing Scotland.

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society are extremely proud of their team, not just for their achievement at the weekend and last year when they won the same event at Antrim Show but also in the professional and courteous manner they conduct themselves. Indeed congratulations are due not just to the winning team but the total Irish YMA membership plus all the other international teams. The most satisfying aspect of the YMA is the friendships that have emerged both nationally and internationally. This friendship has also passed onto the families of the participating young members and continues to nurture. The overall standard at this event was extremely high and all the competitors were a credit to themselves, their parents and the breed.

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Irish Team After Winning with Judge Duncan Hazzard.

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society would like to acknowledge the tremendous effort put in by the coordinators, mentors, parents and all who contributed along the way to this fantastic result.

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