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The success of the Irish Limousin Young Members Association in 2007 led the foundations for further development and growth of the YMA in 2008 at both National and International level. With much of the associations activities focused in the summer months, first up was the North West Limousin club to hold a clipping and grooming demonstration evening at the herd of Richard O’Beirne in Co. Galway. Richard being an expert in preparing animals for shows & sales, the evening was extremely informative for all who attended. Other clubs also participated in the training of their young members by organising YMA calf handling classes at various summer shows including; Barryroe & Bantry Shows Show for the Cork club, Corofin Show for the Clare club and Limerick Show for the South West club.

The YMA national workshop is traditionally the showpiece of the association and 2008 was no different. In previous years this event took place at Charleville and Cappamore shows. However it was felt that the young breeders would benefit more from an event which was specifically focused on YMA teaching and learning. Accordingly, it was agreed that the workshop be held on-farm. This was duly organised James Wycherley and the officers of the South East Limousin Club at the herd of Dan Tynan, Mounthrath, Co. Laois, by kind permission of manager Kevin Bohan.  The day began by demonstrations of how to prepare animals for transport to the show and how to properly load and unload the animal in the livestock trailer. Again this was very clearly explained by Richard O’Beirne, with the help of breed Development Officer Paul Sykes.

Also in attendance on the day was Ricky Barrett a former Champion handler of cattle from the Holstein Friesian YMA circuit. Ricky gave a demonstration on etiquette at the show especially in the show ring. He covered many issues in his demo but emphasised the importance of being correctly dressed for showing with a white coat, clean pants and shirt & tie, and also the importance of watching the judge all the time while in the show ring and watching for instructions. It was very clear that the YMA members were listening to Ricky’s advice from the.

Addressing the important aspects of stock judging and examining animals for their best attributes was ICBF linear scorer Ger O’ Brien while Richard O’Beirne was again on hand to go through the best practice for clipping and grooming animals in the superb facilities on the farm.

After the tutorials there was an opportunity for the YMA members to put their learning’s into action with a stock judging and handling competition. In the junior section it was honours even with both Cathal O’Meara, Co. Clare and Jack Lyons, Co. Cork realising equal points. The senior  competition had an added edge, as it was the basis for the selection of the Southern Ireland team for the annual Anglo-Irish YMA competition.  In the end it was Sharon Rothwell, who topped the group, with Tom Hickey, Mark Barrett close behind and it was this trio who went forward to represent Southern Ireland along with Michael O’Grady as substitute representative.

The final took place at the Moira Calf Show in Do. Down excellently organised by the Northern Ireland Limousin Club. The competition itself focused on two main areas:

(i) Stock Handling, where participants are required to skilfully show an animal in a show class type situation.
(ii) Stock Judging, where participants must use all their knowledge to judge 4 animals in similar placing to the master judge, Trevor Masterson – participants must also give their reasons for their judging placings.

Taking top honours in the individual competition was our own Tom Hickey with a total of 137 points, followed by William McElroy, Northern Ireland in second and Richard Priestley, UK in third. Tom gave a very confident performance in all aspects of the competition. In 2007 Tom was awarded the endeavour award at the competition for showing the most potential and he clearly learned from any mistake to claim the top title in 2008. In the team competition the Northern Ireland team who won the day with 377 points followed by team UK on 361 points with our team very close on 358 points. 2008 will see the competition continuing with another Southern Ireland team taking part in mainland UK.

Our thanks go to all who were involved in the Limousin YMA in 2008, especially the YMA coordinator James Wycherley. Also to the officers of the South East Limousin Club for organising the national workshop and to Dan Tynan and Kevin Bohan for their hospitality on the day. 

The large attendance at the YMA workshop at the Ardlea herd of Dan Tynan

The large attendance at the YMA workshop at the Ardlea herd of Dan Tynan

Ricky Barrett presents Sharon Rothwell with the cup for the senior section Stock judging and handling at the YMA workshop. Also picture is James Whycherly.

Ricky Barrett presents Sharon Rothwell with the cup for the senior section Stock judging and handling at the YMA workshop. Also picture is James Whycherly.

Ricky Barrett presents Sharon Rothwell with the cup for the senior section Stock judging and handling at the YMA workshop. Also picture is James Whycherly.

Joint winners of the junior section of the stock judging competition at the YMA workshop were Jack Lyons and Cathal O’Meara.

 

 

 

The Irish Limousin YMA is open to all interested in Limousin cattle aged between 12 and 25 years. Application forms are available from the society office at 025-85036 or from:

YMA Co-ordinator
James Wycherley,
Lislevane,
Bandon,
Co. Cork
Telephone: 086 0740427

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