Included in the catalogue is Ardlea Tammy, which will carry the 17th National Limousin Champion’s sash on Saturday.
At the excellent national show of more than 100 pedigree Limousin cattle, watched by thousands at the Ploughing Championships, Ardlea Tammy added the most coveted prize in Irish Limousin showing to her previous titles of Senior Female of the Year 2005, Junior Female Champion at European Show in Paris 2005, and Female Champion and Reserve Overall Limousin Champion at the National Livestock Show in Tullamore 2005.
The October 2002 born cow was shown with her bull calf at foot last week to win the senior cow class, senior female championship, and overall female championship before being crowned overall champion.
Show judge Ms Teleri Thomas said the champion was “very feminine, in excellent condition, rearing a very good calf, a truly amazing female that I’d love to have in my own herd”.
A home bred heifer, Ardlea Tammy is a daughter of herd stock sire Lino, and her dam is a French imported cow, Lilas. The reserve overall Limousin champion was Pacha 08, having won his second in a row male championship at the Ploughing for the Donal Moloney and Jim O’Neill partnership. A November 1999 son of Jacky, he was bought in France in 2003, having been a former Paris champion before winning on Irish soil. The reserve male championship went to Liscarn Astrix, shown by Phillip Dunne, Bailieboro, Co Cavan — a May 2005 born son of Ocean, out of a French imported dam Pouponne. It was a tremendous achievement on Phillip’s exhibiting debut at a national show, also taking the reserve senior male title with Liscarn Astrix, which will look for a new owner shortly at the Autumn Premier Show and Sale in Roscrea on October 10.
Last week’s reserve female champion, Pelletstown Vanessa, shown by Roger McCarrick, Drumree, Co Meath, is a February 2004 daughter of a herd stock sire out of a homebred dam, Pelletstown Naomi. Also the Reserve Senior Female , this heifer is heavy in calf to Ronick Iceman.
Other major prize-winners included Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare, showing the junior male champion, Ardnacrusha Brian 3; the Connell brothers of Oldcastle, Co Meath, showing the reserve junior male champion, Carrickmore Avenis; Dan Tynan showing Ardlea Anable, the junior female champion; and Tom Bailey, Batterstown, Co Meath showing Baileys Aubergine, the reserve junior female champion, and also the best three animals owned by the same exhibitor.
The best pair was shown by Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co Clare Band the best three by the same sire were the Pelletstown Newman group.
The runners up special prize went to Ollie Byrne, Gowran, Co Kilkenny.