Entries open for Limousin suckler herd competition

LIMOUSIN SUCKLERS RI Farm
Neil Acheson discusses sponsorship of the 2019 Limousin Commercial Herd Competition with committee members Joan Gilliland and Connor Mulholland. (Photo by Julie Hazelton)

THE NI Limousin Cattle Club would like to invite commercial herds using Limousin bulls and genetics to take part in their 2019 Suckler Herd Competition. All herds must have a pedigree Limousin stock bull or be predominantly using Limousin AI within their herds.

This year’s competition will be sponsored by Animax and judged by Chris Johnston, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone. Chris is keen to get judging underway week beginning Monday August 12 to ensure all judging is completed before the Limousin suckled calf shows and sales commence at the end of September at the following marts – Armoy, Ballymena, Camlough, Clogher, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Hilltown, Keady, Markethill and Swatragh.

The Club will award the top three competitors in the following two herd groups: Small Herd (up to 50 suckler cows) and Large Herd (50+ suckler cows).

Plaques and Animax products will also be presented to first, second and third for the following categories; Best Young Heifer, Best Young Bull, Best Group of Calves and Best Stock Bull. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Club’s Annual Prize Giving and Dinner Dance on Saturday November 23 in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim.

A club spokesman said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight and reward these herds and we look forward to seeing some of the best local commercial Limousin herds across Northern Ireland.”

Entry forms are available from the Club Secretary Shirley Fleming by email at nilimousincattleclub@gmail.com or telephone 07881 435042. The entry fee will be £20 and entries will close on Friday August 2.

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