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Strong competition at this years Ashbourne Meats Limousin Cow Carcass Event 

Entry to the 2015 Irish Limousin/Ashbourne Meats Cow Carcass Competition was just short of the 300 mark. Cows were slaughtered over three days and results were announced on Tuesday 3rd February with the presentation of prizes at the Ashbourne Meat factory in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. This annual competition is open to pedigree cull cows and commercial Limousin cross cows. It is aimed at rewarding breeders for producing high quality cows and focuses on developing a sales outlet between Limousin breeders and Ashbourne Meats. 

Limousin is known as the carcass breed due to its ability to consistently deliver good confirmation, high kill out rates, lean carcasses and a very impressive meat to bone ratio. What has the Limousin breed to offer the consumer? Quite simply plenty of quality, tasty lean meat. 

A premium price per kilo was awarded to cows provided the required spec was achieved (carcass weighing over 350kgs, fat score less than 5 and grade higher than R-). The price paid for top grade E cows was €4/kg, reducing to €3.90/kg for U grade and €3.80/kg for R grade. A 10c/kg premium was payable for all cows with a pedigree cert. A healthy prize fund totaling €2,000 was up for grabs for the top seven cows in the pedigree and commercial sections with the first prize winner in each section receiving €400. 

Henri Hoffman judged this year’s competition. Henri, the French purchaser of these cows trades cow beef to buyers in Paris through the Rungis market. As Henri previously explained Irish bred cows have a stronger selling point than the French cow with some buyers in this market due to their grass based diet.  

The prize winning carcasses from both sections were displayed for all attendees to see ahead of the presentation of awards. Also on display were carcasses grading E to O on the EUROP grading system. The difference in confirmation between E and O grade carcasses was vast. 

Galway breeder Michael Stephens scooped the top spot in the commercial cow section with a cow grading U+4- and weighing almost 554kgs deadweight. Michael also picked up the overall prize and was awarded the John O’Grady Memorial Trophy for doing so.  

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John and Michael Stephens pictured with their first prize Limousin commercial cow carcass and overall winning carcass of the competition

Garreth Behan came out top in a very competitive pedigree cow section. Garreth’s cow had a very impressive deadweight of 600kgs and graded E-4+. It proved to be a very successful day for the Laois breeder with a total of three placings in the two sections, as he achieved 5th place in the pedigree section and 6th place in the commercial section – not a bad day’s work!  

Photo 1.1 1st prize LM with Garreth Behan E-4+ 600kgs

Garreth Behan pictured with his first prize pedigree Limousin cow carcass 

Pedigree Cow Section Winners  1st Garreth Behan  2nd John Culbert  3rd James Good  4th Ivor Stephens  5th Garreth Behan  6th John McInerney  7th William Smith  

Limousin Commercial Cow Section Winners  1st Michael Stephens  2nd Dovea Genetics  3rd Patrick McKeown  4th Michael Stephens  5th John Cleary  6th Garreth Behan  7th John Culbert     John O'Grady Memorial Trophy Winner – Michael Stephens  

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Mary O’Grady presenting the John O’Grady Memorial Trophy to John and Michael Stephens, also pictured Nóirín O’Grady, Éabha Stack, Síle Stack and Cian Stack 

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated and assisted in this event.



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