All members of the North East Limousin Club have had another active year. Our club AGM was held in January. The following outgoing officers were re-elected for the year with one change being John Quinn taking position as Vice chairman
Chairman: Ian Stewart
Vice Chairman: John Quinn
Secretary: Mark Richardson
Treasurer: John Connell
Our Club Calf Championship took place in Mullingar in July with a good turnout of quality cattle on the day. Congratulations to all who won prizes. On behalf of the club members we wish to thank all who sponsored classes and compliments to Joe Henson for his efforts towards the success of the show.
The All Ireland Bull and Heifer Derby Finals took place in Virginia Show on 20th August in what turned out to be a success showcasing the top quality Limousin cattle on the island of Ireland. Congratulations to William Smith on his success with Champion All Ireland Heifer for 2008 Millbrook Baby. Our thanks to all who sponsored and in particular to Ray Carolan for the excellent organisation of the show and to the Virginia Show Committee.
The Annual Weanling and Heifer sale took place at Carrigallen Mart in September. The trade was mixed with some top prices on the day. Our thanks to Stephen Shannon and John Morrow for organising the event and to those who sponsored classes.
Over the course of the year we held 5 meetings at the lakeside Manor Hotel, Virginia, Co. Cavan. There was
a strong presence at all averaging 42 per meeting. Our first meeting took place in February incorporating 2 guest speakers on the night. First speaker gave a brief presentation regarding topics that were in the pipeline for 2008. Our second speaker Joe Burke from Bord BIA gave a very good talk on issues regarding:
The Beef Market and cattle supply prospects.
The Live cattle exports for 2008
Achieving higher prices by having a unique product.
And an outline of the livestock events for 2008.
In October we held our final meeting of the year with the presence of guest speaker Paul Sykes (New Breed Development Officer.) Paul gave an excellent presentation outlining his new job role, his history and present status with Limousin cattle and future prospects for the breed going forward. On behalf of the club we wish Paul the very best in his new role and look forward with him throughout 2009.
In relation to the herds competition we congratulate our winners:
Small Herd: 1st Brian Doyle
Larger Herd: 1st Roger Mc Carrick
I would like to congratulate all club members who exhibited cattle at the Beef Expo, Society sales and shows throughout the year and achieved top prizes at all events.
Not to go unmentioned, we must highlight and commend Ray Carolan on his achievement as this years recipient of the Irish Limousin Hall of Fame Award 2008
Finally on behalf of all club members, I would like to thank all those involved in the Society for their support throughout 2008 and wish all breeders every success for 2009.