Another active year has been had by all members of the North East Limousin Club.
Our Club AGM was held on 11th February in the Lakeside Manor Hotel. The following officers were elected for 2009.
Chairman: Dermot Rowe
Vice Chairman: Jimmy Mc Hugh
Secretary: Mark Richardson
Treasurer: John Connell
Over the course of the year we held 4 meetings at the Lakeside Manor Hotel, Virginia, Co. Cavan. There was a strong presence at all with an average of 45 per meeting. Our first meeting took place in February incorporating two Guest Speakers on the night. First speaker Andrew Cromie of (ICBF) gave an informative presentation discussing topics on:
- Euro star Index
- Gene Ireland Programme
- Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme.
Our second guest speaker Rose Goulding of (Goulding Genetics) gave a very good presentation covering topics on:
- Various bulls on offer though Goulding Genetics
- Beef Capacity v Maternal Traits
- Breeding Program
- Weight for Age.
Our second meeting held in June was made entertaining and informative by the presents of two guest speakers on the night. Paul Sykes (Breed Development Officer) gave an overview on a selection of bulls viewed by council members on their trip to France. Followed by this Donal O’Connor of Pedigree Cattle.ie gave an introduction on his new business venture, business background and services offered to the breeders going forward.
We held our final meeting of the year in November with the announcement of the Herds Competition results on the night. In relation to the competition, I would like to thank all breeders who participated and to the Campbell’s for there time and efforts in judging the various herds. Entrants for the competition were three fold to that of previous years which indicates that the Limousin Breed is continuing to grow stronger than ever with in the club and our society. Judges were highly impressed by the standard of top cattle throughout the Club region.
Congratulations to all winners:
Large Herd 1st Pelletstown - Rodger Mc Carrick
Small Herd 1st Gortermone - Brian Doyle
Large (novice) 1st Longwood - Michael Mc Guane, 2nd Begsrieve - Dermot Rowe
Medium (novice) 1st Carwin - Ray Carolan, 2nd Liscarn - Philip Dunne, 3rd Powerful - Philip Crowe
Small (novice) 1st Killmactransa - Jimmy Mc Hugh, 2nd Kilcloon - Seamus Goggin, 3rd Keeltown - Brendan Hanley
Best Young Bull: Rodger Mc Carrick - Pelletstown Dazzler
Best Young Heifer: Jimmy Mc Hugh - Killmactransa Diamond
Best Group of Calves - Philip Dunne Liscarn Herd
On the 19th August at Virginia Show our Club held its YMA handling classes.This proved a great success with a strong participation of enthusiastic young members. Thank you to those who took part and who helped make this event an enjoyable occasion.
Our Club Calf Championship took place in Trim on 6th August. Despite the harsh weather conditions on the day, exhibitors remained determined to strive on with a large turnout of good quality cattle on the day. Congratulations to all who won prizes and to Stanley & Mark Richardson of the Newtown Herd who were awarded Overall Calf Championship with “Newtown Emma”. On behalf of club members we wish to thank all who sponsored classes and compliments to Club officers and
members for much effort towards the success of the show.
The Annual Weanling and Heifer sale took place at Carrigallen Mart in September. The trade was up on the previous year 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.
This years Ploughing Championship in Athy proved another great success for our club members with the top spot going to William Smith for the Overall National Limousin Champion “Millbrook Ulla” followed by “Millbrook Celine” – a winner at the Limousin Derby Finals in Clogher. I would like to congratulate all club members who exhibited cattle at the Ploughing Championships, Society Sales and Local and National Shows throughout the year achieving top prizes at these events.
Congratulations to Stephen Lynch of Ballinalee who qualified to compete for top spot in the Anglo YMA competition. Stephen will be one of the qualifiers representing the Irish team on a trip to compete against other counterparts in the UK. This stockperson championship 2009 will be staged at Borderway Mart Carlisle on 17th December.
To conclude I take this opportunity on behalf of all Club Members to thank all those involved in the Society Office – Paul, Colette, Kathryn and Marie for all their continuous help and support throughout 2009.With this
in mind, it must not go unmentioned - credit due to our Secretary - Paul Sykes who has worked relentlessly throughout his role in the society in particular the past 12 months to developing, promoting and strengthening the Irish Limousin Breed both here at home and across the waters.
Finally I would like to wish all breeders every success in the forthcoming year 2010.