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Irish Limousin among the best in Europe

In late February 2005 four pedigree Limousin cattle left Ireland destined for a European Limousin show in Paris.   The show was the brainchild of Jean Luc Kress of KBS Genetic and featured pedigree Limousin cattle from France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Holland, Poland, Luxembourg and Ireland.   The judging took place at the show in Paris on Monday 28 th February. 

The judge for the event was Mr. Jim Goldie of the Goldies Pedigree Herd from Scotland.   His was one of the herds destroyed during the FMD in 2001 but since has assembled one of the leading herds in the U.K. He has sold since restocking 38 young bulls to average 4,812 stg.   The most prestigious event he has judged prior to the Limousin show in Paris was the Smithfield Primestock Show in London.   He is also a breeder of pedigree Charolais cattle and Texel sheep.

The first Irish animal into the ring early in the morning was in Section 2 (females born 2 nd August 2003 – 15 th November 2003) and this fell to Sliabhfelim Ursula from the Sliabh Felim Herd of Sean Ryan, Cappamore, Co. Limerick.   Ursula was born on 12 th September 2003 and sired by Nenuphar.   She was a very successful show calf in Ireland having never being beaten during the 2004 show season in her age group.   Ursula was also ‘All Ireland Calf Champion 2004 ’ for females born in September/October 2003.   This very powerful young heifer caught the judges eye and he had no hesitation in awarding her first prize again in Paris.

‘Sliabhfelim Ursula’ with Sean Ryan, Cappamore

As the show progressed Section 6 (females born 1 st July 2002 – 5 th October 2002) was the next class for an Irish animal.   Ardlea Tammy from the Ardlea Herd of Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois again no stranger to the show rings being Reserve Senior Female Champion at the National Limousin in 2004.    She was born on the 3 rd October 2002 and sired by Lino who is one the stock sires for the Ardlea herd.   This very elegant stylish heifer was again put in first position by the judge.   The day got better and better for the Ardlea herd when in the afternoon Ardlea Tammy was crowned Reserve Junior Female Champion of the show.

‘Ardlea Tammy’ with Kevin Bohan, Ardlea Herd

In section 8 (born before 1 st November 2001) the French born but Irish based cow Raquette from the Ardnacrusha herd of Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare was competing.   Raquette was born on 31 st July 2000, sired by Nickel and bred by Serge Lajudie in France.   She has a super show record being Paris Champion 2004 and Overall Champion of Irish National Limousin Show 2004.   She was in an extremely strong class of mature cows and was placed fifth on the day.

The honour of the final Irish animal into the ring fell to Ballynerrin Vertigo in Section 11 (males born after 1 st January 2004) from the Ballynerrin Herd of Jim and Ann O’ Neill, Co. Wicklow.   This very stylish young bull was also a prizewinner in Ireland being placed Reserve Male Champion at the National Limousin Show 2004.   The judge again had no hesitation in placing Vertigo top of his class.   Ballynerrin Vertigo was offered for sale at the post show sale on the Monday evening.   He was sold for 6,300 euros to the French breeder Gaec De L’Esparance.   It was a super finale to an amazing day for the Irish Limousin breed.

‘Ballynerrin Vertigo’ with Paddy Smullen showing and Jim O’ Neill owner.

Three first prizes, Reserve Junior Female Champion and some of Irish genetics sold to a pedigree Limousin herd in France was a remarkable achievement.   The quality of the cattle, their presentation and the showmanship of the exhibitors got praise from everyone present at the show. 

In summary the Irish Limousin Cattle Society would like to congratulate the four Irish breeders, organizers, sponsors and supporters for a tremendous achievement. Their endeavors have helped put Irish Limousin on the European stage.

A delighted owner Tom Bailey commented ‘We’re pleasantly surprised and delighted as this is new terrority for us.  The achievement of Reserve Overall Limousin by our heifer to the Overall Interbreed Champion is fantastic.  We’re delighted with the reception we have received from the personnel in Balmoral Show who made every effort to accommodate us.  A special thanks also to the Northern Ireland Limousin Club for their welcome and hospitality’

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