THIS year’s Irish Moiled Cattle Society’s members’ photographic competition was judged by ROI Director Tom Hourigan, who farms his herd of Caherline Irish Moiled cattle at Caherconlish, County Limerick.
Due to the new online entry format of the competition this year, there was a larger number of entries from members. Tom thanked everyone who took the time to send photographs, commenting on how high of standard was, making it a difficult task to judge.
Tom judged the individual classes with his first prize winners of each of the classes going to public vote on the Irish Moiled Cattle Society facebook page to choose the overall champion and reserve champion photo.
Congratulations to James and Ciara White of County Wexford for winning champion photo with their senior male class winner, Beechmount Nordic, a five year old bull bred by Robert Boyle of County Down, also congratulations to N & M Moilies of County Tyrone for winning reserve champion with their senior female class winner, Glassdrummond Ch-erry 58th, a seven year old cow bred by Sam Smiley of County Down.
The Scenic/Novelty winner was Alastair Christie from County Antrim with an outstanding photo of his Irish Moiled cattle standing along a hedge captioned “Line of Duty”.
Judge Tou Hourigan commented: “When judging this year’s competition, I looked for animals that were more of a terminal animal within the breed, while also paying due regard to the breed characteristics.
“The senior male winner Beechmount Nordic, while being a predominantly white bull, it was impossible to ignore this bull’s quality, a well-developed bull all round.
“The senior female winner was Glassdrummond Cherry 58th, a typically marked cow with length and a very nice udder.
“The junior male class winner was Curraghnakeely Clover, a lovely typically marked young bull. The junior female class winner was Curraghnakeely Pandora 0490, again a typically marked animal, looking forward to seeing her in her prime.
“The winner of the scenic/novelty class was a photo captioned ‘Line of duty’, it must have taken quite some time to arrange a photo like that.”