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On Friday the 16th August 2013, the Cork Limousin Club held a field event on the farm of Michael and Bernie Burke, their son Colm and daughters Michelle and Laura at the Kilcronat Herd, Ballynoe, Co. Cork.

The Kilcronat herd was founded in 1995 when Michael purchased 8 heifers from the Loughane herd. With the use of AI, these heifers became the founding females on which the herd was established, with Loughane Gretchen being one of the key breeders, constantly breeding quality heifers and bulls. Ai sires used were Hortensia, Malbiu, Epson and Jue, with Hortensia being the bull of choice. With the expansion of the herd, saw the purchase of three stock sires since 2003.

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On the evening, progeny from these sires were grouped in three separate paddocks around the farmyard. During the tour Michael discussed the pedigree of the different groups and the impact the stock sires, in shaping the herd.

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The first of these stock sires was Roundhill Smurf, purchase in 2003 from the Roundhill Herd in Fedamore, Co. Limerick. An Ideal 23 son out of French dam Beresina, this bull has left a significant stamp on the herd, breeding stylish correct and docile cattle, with numerous females being retained with the herd.

2008 saw the purchase of a second stock sire, Millburn Bodybuilder from the Millburn Herd in Tum Co. Galway. A Mas DuClo son out of French dam Olympe, proved himself to be a terminal sire, producing offspring with size and excellent temperament.

2010 saw the purchase of the current stock sire, Castlepooke Diarmuid from the Castlepooke Herd in  Donraile, Co Cork. A Lino son out of Castleview Alexandra (a Ronick Hawk daughter), Castlepooke Diarmuid has proven himself to be exceptional easy calving, while breeding exceptionally quite progeny. The first females retained within the herd will be calving this autumn.

Since 1985 the herd has expanded to a base of 50 breeding females with all progeny being sold directly off the farm, females being sold for breeding and bulls being supplied into the dairy and suckler sectors.

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As part of the evening, an YMA stock judging event took place, whereby attending members were asked to judge a pen of four heifers and a pen of four bulls (which were pre-judged by Clive Jennings).

Winners of the YMA stock judging event were:

1st Bryan Mangan, Conna, Co. Cork

2nd Bertog Hawe, Mallow, Co. Cork

3rd Shane Healy, Newcestown, Co.Cork

4th Liam Cronin, Mallow, Co. Cork

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Winner of the senior stock judging event was:

Edel Dunne, Lismore, Co. Waterford

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The Cork Club would like to express their gratitude to;

Michael & Bernie Burke and their family Colm, Michelle and Laura for hosting the event.

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Limousin Office, for their on-going support at such events.

 

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