The South East Limousin Breeders Club ran a very successful open evening on the farm of Seamus Cullen Newtownmountkennedy Wicklow on Saturday July 27th.
Compliments must go to Shay and the club for the excellently organised and laid out event. Shay had all his cattle catalogued and numbered.
Yearling heifers were lined up in one shed while in another bulls were penned to one side and near to calve cows on the other. Out in an adjoining field were cows with calves at foot. The catalogue detailed pedigree and euro stars for each animal. Shay also had on display information on AI sires used by him.
A strong attendance freely inspected the stock and could discuss their findings over an excellent barbeque. The attendance included prominent breeders, some new breeders and also commercial suckler farmers.
Shays Ballinahinch Herd has been breeding top class Limousins now for 25 years, the herd displays good functionality and comprises excellent blood lines. One outstanding feature is the excellent level of docility within the herd.
Shay in describing his breeding focus said he always put an emphasis on docility and functionality while at the same time having milk, growth and muscle while preserving easy calving. This was definitely evident in his cows where muscle complemented plenty of milk.
Shay is very pleased with stock sire Ballynerrin Remy (S776) an Ideal 23 son. Shay also uses some top genetics available from AI and very much tries to pick bulls that will suit his cows. AI sires presently being used include Nenuphar, Ultime, Fieldson Alfy, Sympa and Ozeus.
As part of the evening the South East Club organised a stock judging and a bull weight competition. Four very nice yearling heifers were used for the stock judging. Trevor Masterson was the master judge selecting an Ultime heifer out of a home bred Sympa cow first with an Ozeus second. The winners were Martin O’Toole, Lisa Fogarthy, Oisin Cullen and Ciaran Byrne. Kevin Bohan was winner in the bull weight competition with 792kg.
Special thanks to Shay, Rodagh and Oisin, neighbouring breeders Noel Kenny and Cocly Byrne, and both David Swaine and Emer Byrne from the South East Club for an excellent evening.
Click here for a full catalogue of the Ballinahinch stock on view at the open evening.
See below for some photos