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The South West Limousin Club held our annual Calf Championship on Saturday 21st September at Castleisland Mart. A large crowd of interested spectators attended. The calf championship was a joint event with Teagasc. Teagasc held a BTAP event, with the theme of the evening “Proven Better Farm Practices to Increase Your Profits – From Farmers”.

Members of the Teagasc’s Better Farm Program were on hand to outline the changes they have made which have had the greatest impact on increasing profit.

Club Chairman Brendan Curtin opened the event and gave an outline of the agenda before passing over to Breed Secretary Paul Sykes - MC for evening.

Alan Dillon – Teagasc/Irish Farmers journal BETTER farm advisor shared some of the key elements of the program which is helping increase profitability. These included

  • Shorter calving intervals
  • Age at first calving
  • Shorter calving spread
  • Cows with above average milk
  • Better farm management

Two members of the program Ger Dineen from Kilnamartyra, Cork and Mike Dillane from Lixnaw, Kerry shared some of their positive experiences.

Derek O’Donoghue and Doreen Corridan, with Castleview Darren as their model, explained the features to look out for when buying a bull.

Donie Ahern, who had earlier judged the calves in the calf championship shared his experience on what he as a suckler farmers needs from a bull and what to look for when buying in stock. Far too many people use price as the only decider which can have a detrimental impact on the price paid for the offspring. There is great knowledge within farmers on the type of animals pedigree breeders need to be breeding to meet their needs.

Donie sources replacement LMX heifers from the dairy herd as milk is a key component of his enterprise.

Using two winning bulls and heifers Donie outlined why he placed them in the order he did and complimented the extremely high quality of all the animals on display.

John O’Connor who played a stormer keeping everything running extremely smoothly for the calf championship explained the different cuts and value of same. I have seen this a few times but always find it extremely interesting. 

Derek O’Donoghue from Teagasc explained about the successful cow types for suckling at Derrypatrick where the Limousin cow is e very prominent.

Paul Sykes thanked everyone who participated at this event and before bringing proceedings to a close, Paul announced the results of the two competitions which we held for spectators – stock judging and guess the weight. The stock judging competition resulted in three participants reaching the same judgement as the judge, the winner was then drawn from these three entries, our own clubman Paddy Ryan was the lucky winner. The closest person to guess the weight of the Roundhill herd’s stock bull “Castleview Darren” was Sean Ryan of the Sliabh Felim herd.

Results of South West Club Calf Championship 2013

Class 1. Heifer Calf born September 2012 – 15 October 2012

Placing

Name of Animal

DOB

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Roundhill HBelladone 1396

03/09/12

Ultime Ri

Roundhill Trophie

Tim Corridan

2nd

Corcamore Honey

01/09/12

Ampertaine Commander

Corcamore Erin

Brendan Curtin

3rd

Shannon Holly 2

25/09/12

Fieldson Alfy

Shannon Tina

Sarah McElligott

4th

Castleview Hunter

10/09/12

Ampertaine Commander

Castleview Cabriolet

Sean O’Sullivan

Class 2. Heifer Calf born 16 October 2012-31 December 2012

Placing

Name of Animal

DOB

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Wood Road Hilda ET

12/12/12

W. Cerberus

Wood Road Francesca ET

Noel Fennessy

2nd

Roundhill Hunanime 1419 ET

12/11/12

W. Vantastic

Unanime

Tim Corridan

3rd

Sarsfield Hellen

14/11/12

Mas Du Clo

Sarsfield Beauty

Matt Ryan

4th

Castleview Handsome ET

12/11/12

Ronick Hawk

Roundhill Dgiroflee 1135 ET

Sean O’Sullivan

Class 3. Heifer Calf born after 1 January 2013

Placing

Name of Animal

DOB

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Roundhill Iunanime 1440

16/03/13

Elite Forever Brill

Unanime

Tim Corridan

2nd

Wood Road Irene ET

01/01/13

W. Vantastic

Ov Nadia B

Noel Fennessy

3rd

Drombanny Imelda

02/02/13

Netherhall Epic

Drombanny Eve

Pat Sheahan

4th

Knockcoolkeare Isobel

04/01/13

Neuf

Castleview Faith

Helen Roche

Class 4. Bull Calf born between 3 July  2012 – 5 September 2012

Placing

Name of Animal

DOB

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Wood Road Harvey ET

02/09/12

Sympa

Ov Nadia B

Noel Fennessy

2nd

Shannon Harrison

12/08/12

Netherhall Epic

Shannon Tequilla

Sarah McElligott

3rd

Sliabh Felim Hulk

10/08/12

Sauvignon

Sliabh Felim Aimee

Sean Ryan

4th

Roundhill Hemlock

04/09/12

Ultime Ri

Roundhill Anescoteb 914

Tim Corridan

Class 5. Bull Calf born between 6 September 2012-1 November 2012

Placing

Name of Animal

DOB

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Killonan Handsome ET

15/09/12

Haltcliffe Dancer

Baileys Aubergine

Noel Cunneen

2nd

Roundhill Half Pint

20/09/12

Ultime Ri

Roundhill Bnescoteb 958

Tim Corridan

3rd

Killonan Hawh ET

19/09/12

Sympa

Baileys Aubergine

Noel Cunneen

4th

Gortatochar Hercules

02/10/12

Netherhall Epic

Gortatochar Deirdra

Caitlin De Mordha

Class 6. Bull Calf born 1 November 2012

Placing

Name of Animal

DOB

Sire

Dam

Owner

1st

Roundhill Hallmark 2 ET

09/11/12

W. Vantastic

Unanime

Tim Corridan

2nd

Castleview Hortensia

10/11/12

Fieldson Alfy

Sophia

Sean O’Sullivan

3rd

Roundhill Iollan

03/01/13

Dollar

Roundhill Disette 1108 ET

Tim Corridan

4th

Castleview Ian 3

28/01/13

Attirant

Castleview Camelia

Sean O’Sullivan

The organising committee of this event would like to thank our club chairman Brendan Curtin, John O’Connor, Sean Ryan, Sean O’Sullivan, Donie Ahern, Alan Dillon, Derek O’Donoghue, Ger Dineen Mike Dillane, and Paul Sykes. Thanks also to the Mart. A special word of thanks to the breeders who exhibited their stock, they were a great example of the breed. Congratulations to all competitors.

 

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