THE NI Limousin Cattle Club ran its annual pedigree herd competition from July 7-11 this year and received entries from 31 pedigree herds across all six counties.
With the objective of the competition being to find, in the opinion of the recognised judge, the best pedigree Limousin herds and individual pedigree Limousin animals owned and managed by club members, Paul Sykes and his wife Mary from the Cavelands Herd, County Mayo, were invited to undertake the task of judging this year’s competition.
Paul will be well known to NI breeders for his role within the Irish Limousin Cattle Society for over 12 years. Both Paul and Mary were completely overwhelmed by the hospitality they received during their visit to the Province and Paul spoke with great admiration about the herds they had judged and had this to say: “It was a privilege to be asked to judge the NI Limousin Club herd competition and the 31 herds visited over five days were an excellent example of the Limousin breed.
“The underlying theme of the five days was the commitment by the breeders to produce quality cattle which meet the requirements of today’s market.
“Every herd owner has to be commended on the knowledge of the breed and their use of genetics to progress their own breeding programme. At the end of judging it was easy to understand why the Northern Ireland Limousin breeders have been so successful both in and outside the Province.
“On behalf of my wife Mary and myself I would like to sincerely thank all the herds visited for their kind hospitality, likewise many thanks to the club officers for their help, particularly the NI club secretary Tara Williamson for the diligent manner in which she organised the logistics of the competition.”
The NI Limousin Cattle Club would like to thank Paul and Mary Sykes for taking the time to judge this year’s competition, Bank of Ireland for its sponsorship and continued support and all the club members who entered. The much-coveted pedigree herd competition plaques and shields will be distributed to winners, by the committee over the coming weeks.