Acknowledging farming difficulties, he said: “As ever, the industry has its challenges” — and referred to “a tough time the last few months for beef farmers”.
On beef, he said: “Things can be done, and we are doing them.” He said his department was looking for clarity on specifications, prices and bonuses, and was working on cross-border issues. “We are trying to do everything we can.” He said we need to “fundamentally change the mind-set of farmers regarding safety.” He will “help make farmyards safer from a policy and funding point of view”.
The attendance was 50,000 at the Butterfield Estate site, but heavy rain made mucky ground conditions. “Thank the car park attendants on the way out,” said show secretary, Freda Kinnarney, at the opening of the show, referring to the moving of bogged-down vehicles.
The show had been cancelled three times, and there were fears of a repeat for a while on Sunday but, thankfully, that was not the case.
Anybody I spoke to said they had a “brilliant,” “excellent” or “great” day, despite the rain, and much of the talk on the way out of the show grounds was about coming back next year.
AIB National Livestock Show winning exhibitors included the following:
J & M and N Collins (Turlough Miss Daisy 2), Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Reserve: P Gaynor (Mullaghlands Pride Swiss), Mullagh, Co Cavan.
Glenn Carter, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Reserve: Kenneth Smyth, St Margaret’s Village, Co Dublin.
Dermot McCarthy, Kilmallock, Co Limerick. Reserve: John Hurley, Arklow, Co Wicklow.
John and Jack Cooney, Bailieboro, Co Cavan. Reserve: John Hurley, Arklow, Co Wicklow.
David Boyd, Glasslough, Co Monaghan. Reserve: Dermot McCarthy, Kilmallock, Co Limerick.
Tadhg Bourke and Cyril Dowling, Kilfinny, Co Limerick. Reserve: David Boyd, Glasslough, Co Monaghan.
Mark McConnell, Castlefin, Co Donegal. Reserve: Paul Gilligan, Mountrath, Co Laois.
Patrick Hehir, Ennis, Co Clare. Reserve: Noel Dowd, Creggs, Co Galway.
Garrett Behan, Portlaoise. Reserve: Keith Vickery, Rosscarbery, Co Cork.
Christy Comerford, Castlewarren, Co Kilkenny. Reserve: Noel Sugrue, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny.
William Smith, Oldcastle, Co Meath. Reserve: Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co Laois.
David Pearson, Ballacolla, Co Laois. Reserve: Richard and Fidelma Stanley, Bandon, Co Cork.
Joe Moran, Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny. Reserve: Albert De Cogan, Castlemartyr, Co Cork.
Padraig Farrell, Athlone, Co Westmeath. Reserve: Eamonn and John McKiernan, Drogheda, Co Louth.
Bernard Hunt, Gorteen, Co Sligo. Reserve: Seamus Maher, Roscommon.
Francis Donohoe, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Reserve: John Walsh, Donegal.
John Barry Moran, Athlone. Reserve: John Lynch, Ballinalee, Co Longford.
Paddy Kavanagh, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Reserve: John Gerard Harney, Athlone, Co Roscommon.
Saoirse and Laoise Carry-Lynch, Kells, Co Meath. Reserve: Robert and Mark McGivern, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.
Jimmy and Ann Conlon, Inagh, Co Clare. Reserve: Robert and Mark McGivern, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.
Roy and Clive Stevenson, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Reserve: Roy and Clive Stevenson.
Pearse McNamee, Lifford, Co Donegal. Reserve: Pearse McNamee.
McCloskey Family, Carndonagh, Co Donegal. Reserve: Pearse McNamee.
Pearse McNamee. Reserve: Pearse McNamee.
Sean O’Brien, Donegal. Reserve: Oliver Walsh, Sligo.
John Neville, Murrintown, Co Wexford. Reserve: Patrick O’Keefe, Mallow, Co Cork.
John Lynch, Ballinalee, Co Longford. Reserve: Conor & Cheryl O’Brien, Kildorrerey, Co Cork.
Robert Walker, Croom, Co Limerick. Reserve: Arthur O’Keeffe, Mallow, Co Cork.
John Farrell, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Reserve: Liam Conway, Ballinasloe, Co Galway.
Alaster Swift, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Reserve: Malcolm Workman, Drumhirk House, Monaghan.
John and Mary Greaney, Headford Co Galway. Reserve: Michael Maher, Athenry, Galway.
John & Sean Brown, Durrow, Tullamore. Reserve: Oliver Kearns, Ballymote, Co Sligo.
N & G Fletcher, Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Reserve: Derek Brown, Belturbet, Cavan.
Declan & Joe Miley, Knockcroghery, Roscommon. Reserve: Michael O’Connor, Moone, Co Kildare.
Mary Gordon, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Reserve: Raymond Kelly, Templeboy, Sligo.
Noel & Teresa Lally, Tullamore. Reserve: Jimmy Smyth, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Brian Jordan, Duncormick, Co Wexford. Reserve: Denis O’Shea, Cobh, Co Cork.
Andrew Gilmore, Kingscourt, Cavan. Reserve: Aidan Fahy, Ardrahan, Co Galway.
Martin Murphy, Swinford, Co Mayo. Reserve: Vicky Foster, Rhode, Offaly.
Amy Watchorn, Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Reserve: Sorcha O Loughlin, Kildare.
Amy Watchorn. Reserve: Angela McCabe, Roscrea, Co Offaly.
Edel McManus, Moate, Co Westmeath. Reserve: Elaine Kirwan, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
Michael Walton, Ballisodare, Co Sligo. Reserve: Harold Lawlor, Durrow, Co Laois.
Margaret McGoldrick, Dromahaire, Co Leitrim. Reserve: David Curren, Fethard, Co Tipperary.
Mrs Marion McGee, Tyan, Co Armagh. Reserve: Christopher White, Naul, Co Dublin.
Niamh Gunning, Portlaoise. Reserve: Rebecca Healy, Tullamore.
Bernie McNamee, Moyne, Co Longford. Reserve: Slurry Safe Ltd, Ballyduff Upper, Co Waterford.
Joseph Keniry, Yougal, Co Cork. Reserve: Fergus Munday, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.
Kate Quinn, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Reserve: Neilus Murphy, Fermoy, Co Cork.