THIS year’s 150th Balmoral Show will kick-start the busy show season ahead for cattle breeders.
Irish Moiled classes will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at 10am. Judging the breed classes this year is Valerie Orr. Originally from Northern Ireland, a Society Director and previous exhibitor of Irish Moileds at Balmoral, Valerie will be making her way back from Scotland. Anyone interested in the breed please stop at the cattle lines and have a chat with the breeders.
The Irish Moiled, an indigenous cattle breed to Ireland, is renown historically as a dual-purpose animal of medium size, easy kept and ideally adapted to the natural pastures of Ireland, thriving on poorer quality forage, browsing on willow, ash, ivy and rushes.
As well as making an ideal suckling cow with an abundance of milk rearing a calf each year, Irish Moilie beef is highly sought after. Irish Moilie beef has a fantastic flavour, is richly marbled with a buttery, melt in your mouth texture and it also reaps the added advantage of being nutritious and healthy with higher levels of Omega 3 as the cattle are grazed on pastures all year round making their diet predominantly grass-fed.
Another date to mark on the calendar will be the Irish Moiled Members’ Day and Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 23, at ‘Flavours of Fingal County Show’ held at Newbridge Demense, Donabate, County Dublin.
Newbridge Demense, owned by Fingal County Council, is the perfect setting for the society’s Members Day and AGM as this is the home of the Newbridge herd of Irish Moiled cattle which are kept on the land at Newbridge House and their 18th century working farm which is located in the beautiful parklands of the estate. Newbridge House and farm are committed to the preservation of many native Irish and rare breed animals.
Everyone is welcome to come and ‘Mingle at Fingal’ as the Irish Moiled Cattle Society has incorporated its Members’ Day on Saturday, 23rd, alongside Fingal County Council’s Food Festival & County Show.
The day will begin with a ‘members welcome’ by society Chairperson Robert Boyle at 10.30am at the Irish Moiled Cattle Society Stand located beside the cattle lawn. It will be a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in Irish Moiled cattle to come along and watch breeders from all over the Republic of Ireland showcasing the very best of their stock on the cattle lawn at 2pm when judging of the Irish Moiled classes will get underway by well-known breeder Nigel Edwards. Nigel is a Director and past Chairperson of the IMCS who runs the very successful Curraghnakeely herd of Irish Moiled cattle in Fermanagh.
If there is anything further you would like to know about the breed there will be a full team of directors and breeders on hand willing to give help and advice. Throughout the day there will be lots to do for all the family such as taking part in the Irish Moiled Cattle Society questions and answers competition with prizes to be won, having the opportunity to sample some of the delicious Cloonconra Irish Moiled cheese between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.
Visitors can also enjoy all the other sights and sounds of this jam-packed agricultural show which offers the best of Irish food, and a wide variety of events and activities such as cookery demonstrations, livestock competitions, dog shows, arts and crafts activities and much more, all within the setting of the Farm Parklands and beautiful historic walled gardens of Newbridge House… it really will be the ultimate farming experience!
The Annual General Meeting will take place at 5pm at the marquee beside the cattle lawn, refreshments will be available.
The Flavours of the Fingal County Show is a two-day event with the Irish Moiled Cattle Society incorporating its Members’ Day on Saturday, June 23, but also on Sunday, June 24, the Flavours of Fingal County show continues with a small display of Irish Moiled cattle to view.