South East Limousin Club Calf Finals and Open Day at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny Sunday 26th August 2012.
A very well organised event and friendly atmosphere saw a steady attendance all afternoon at the SE Limousin Calf Finals and Open Day kindly hosted by Cillin Hill. There was a fine display of both haltered and unhaltered pedigree Limousin. Also on view was a display of crossbred heifers and bulls.
Judge Michael Pat Murphy was kept busy all day. In the show ring the Champion Bull went to John Kenny’s Carrefour General with Reserve to Tomriland Gemini, bred and exhibited by Noel Kenny.
Elite Gisele from Edward Tynan’s herd was crowned Heifer Champion with Tommy Daly’s Fairymount Havana Reserve Champion.
In the unhaltered classes top honours went to the Ardlea and Ballyquirke herds.
Well know beef commentator John Shirley from the Farming Independent was on hand to highlight the commercial aspects of beef breeding. He said world beef prices were at long last at realistic levels but in order to maintain high beef prices producers must maintain
- a customer focus
- ethical production methods
He said the Limousin breed and limousin breeders were ideally placed in this regard, Limousin is a super breed both from a maternal and terminal perspective and breeders were encouraged not to loose focus on easy calving.
In selecting heifers for breeding the two things you are looking for are
- Ability to calve
- Production of a good calf/weanling
- Farmers want a live calve with thrive.
Limousin is an ideal suckler cow type with length, a good pelvis, square shoulders, good feet and milk. In selection for breeding apart from functionality John always looks for length and loose skin.
Norman Stanley thanked all the exhibitors, organisers and Kilkenny Mart. All in attendance then partook in an excellent barbeque.
The next event on the South East calendar is a breeding heifer sale in Roscrea on Saturday the 29th of September.
South East Limousin Calf Finals Results
Ably judged by Michael Pat Murphy from Cork the results from 13 classes and a sizeable entry were as follows.
Class 1 Unhaltered Bull born on or between 1 Sept 2011 and 31 Oct 2011
1st Edward Tynan, Elite Galaxy, 1/9/11, Wilodge vantastic
2nd Emer Byrne, Ballyquirke George, 16/9/11, Sympa
Class 2 Unhaltered Bull born on or between 1 Nov 2011 and 31 Dec 2011
1st Oliver Byrne, Ballyquirke Guy, 2/11/11, Grahams Samson
2nd Edward Tynan, Elite Guinness, 24/11/11, Sympa
Class 3 Unhaltered Heifer born on or between 1 Sept 2011 and 31 Oct 2011
1st Dan Tynan, Ardlea George, 13/10/11, Emerson
2nd Oliver Byrne, Ballyquirke Gem, 2/10/11, Tistou
3rd Dan Tynan, Ardlea Ghost, 28/9/11, Wilodge Cerberus
Class 4 Unhaltered Heifer born on or between 1 Nov 2011 and 31 Dec 2011
1st Oliver Byrne, Ballyquirke Grace, 3/12/11, Mas Du Clo
2nd Dan Tynan, Ardlea Ginger, 15/11/11, Casmir
3rd Oliver Byrne, Ballyquirke Gentille, 25/11/11, Wilodge Cerberus
Class 5 Unhaltered Heifer born on or after 1 Jan 2011
1st Dan Tynan, Ardlea Helga, 2/1/12, Emerson
2nd Emer Byrne, Ballyquirke Heidi, 22/1/12, Milbrook Dartangan
3rd Oliver Byrne, Ballyquirke Heather, 1/2/12, Queenshead Altea
Class 6 Bull Calf born on or between 1 Sept 2011 and 31 Oct 2011
Sponsored by Connolly Redmills
1st John Kenny, Carrefour General, 5/9/11, Wilodge Cerberus…..Champion Bull
2nd John Kenny, Carrefour Gulliver, 11/9/11, Elite Popsi
3rd Thomas Swaine, Farmleigh Gussy, 17/9/11, Wilodge Vantastic
Class 7 Bull Calf born on or between 1 Nov 2011 and 31 Dec 2011
Sponsored by Central Auctions Roscrea
1st Noel Kenny, Tomriland Gemini, 26/11/11, Ideal 23…..Reserve Bull
2nd Dan Tynan, Ardlea Genial, 18/11/11, Emerson
3rd Dan Tynan, Ardlea Guy, 19/11/11, Casimir
Class 8 Bull Calf born on or after 1 Jan 2012
Sponsored by Kilkenny Agricultural Society
1st Edward Tynan, Elite Happy, 2/2/12, Proctors Commander
2nd Dan Tynan, Ardlea Hector, 23/1/12, Casimir
3rd Frank Byrne, Asheburn Hercules, 29/3/12, Baileys Darwin
Class 9 Heifer Calf born on or between 1 Sept 2011 and 31 Oct 2011
Sponsored by Dovea Genetics
1st Edward Tynan, Elite Gisele, 1/9/11, Wilodge Vantastic…..Champion Heifer
2nd Edward Tynan, Elite Galway, 3/9/11, Emerson
3rd Frank Byrne, Kilcara Gaga, 3/9/11, Netherhall Epic
Class 10 Heifer Calf born on or between 1 Nov 2011 and 31 Dec 2011
Sponsored by Ardlea Limousin
1st Noel Kenny, Tomriland Gabby, 5/11/11, Tatoumh
Class 11 Heifer Calf born on or after 1 Jan 2012
Sponsored by Ballyquirke Limousin
1st Tommy Daly, Fairymount Havana, 4/1/12, Emerson….Reserve Champion Heifer
Class 12 Special Class for Club members who have not competed in last 3 years
1st Thomas Swaine, Farmleigh Gussy, Bull, 17/9/12, Wilodge Vantastic
2nd Thomas Swaine, Farmleigh Giggles, Heifer, 16/9/12, Wilodge Vantastic
3rd Frank Byrne, Kilcara Gaga, Heifer, 3/9/11, Netherhall Epic
Class 13 YMA
1st Ciaran Byrne