Not a hard slap, because I’m well aware that the six-year-old champion bull is probably worth more than myself.
No. I simply wanted to rub shoulders with the big guy.
I wanted to look him in the eye in the hope that, one day, some of the good fortune surrounding him might rub off on me. There’s no harm in dreaming.
Albert de Cogan’s Aberdeen Angus bull, an All-Ireland champion on three occasions, a European gold and world silver winner, was there on show on Sunday, to take one final bow.
One last public appearance before moving to pastures new, namely Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Angus herd.
Saturday was the day for future Rosemead Koronas to flex their muscles in the cattle show.
Shankil Lady Melton, shown by Eustace and Deirdre Burke from Carrigaline, claimed the big beef cattle show prize on Saturday, namely the All Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship.
This five-year-old cow was on show with her bull calf, born in the second week of March. Skankil Lady Melton was purchased as a calf in 2010 and, word has it, that a year later, the Burkes were offered a substantial sum to part with her.
They stayed loyal to their Aberdeen Angus, and on Saturday at Cork Summer Show Skankil Lady Melton did her part by taking the All Ireland title.
The reserve champion was Kerins Kemi, shown by Bernard Kerins, Co Sligo.
The Aberdeen Angus competition judge on Saturday was Albert de Cogan, and I asked him about the quality of stock on show.
“There were some terrific cattle on show, some good young stock and some terrific mature cattle as well. The winning cow is a very well balanced cow, with a super head and great locomotion. The reserve was also a terrific animal. She is a two-year-old heifer who I feel has a good future ahead of her in the show ring.”
On Saturday, I also met the President of the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association, John Tait. He said, “There was a great show of cattle here today, we had 60 Aberdeen Angus cattle from all over Ireland. It was a very successful day.”
Another highlight of the day was the competition for the supreme champion, open to all the class winners from the day’s beef competitions.
After much deliberation, the title went to a 27-month-old Limousin bullock shown by Robert and Mark McGivern from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.
Purchased in Scotland by the McGiverns as a yearling, this was the Limousin’s first show outing this year.
I spoke to a delighted Mark McGivern after the win, and mentioned my surprise at a bullock winning the overall prize.
“Yes, it would be unusual for a commercial animal to win, it can be hard to take on the purebreds. But we have been very lucky with him. He won all before him last year, he was unbeatable, so we are just absolutely thrilled.”
Supported by Cork County Council and sponsored by Ulster Bank, the 2015 Cork Summer Show attracted farmers, breeders and competitors from 18 counties.
Of course, the Cork Summer Show isn’t just about the livestock and bloodstock. It’s a wonderful day out for people of all ages and of all walks of life.
I had three of my own children there and they certainly found plenty to keep themselves occupied.
There was non-stop music and a fun fair and amusements area, with rides like The Waltzer, and Superbob, to thrill the child and empty the wallet of the parent in no time.
The horse and pony competitions were also popular with the younger members of the household.
Food, as always, played a big part at the Cork Summer Show, and there were plenty of trade stands showcasing farm machinery and equipment.
Billy Bubbles and his magic show, was a big hit on Sunday morning.
If the smaller creatures in your life had their fill of Albert de Cogan’s Rosemead Korona, and were looking for smaller creatures to admire, Rumleys Open Farm had a petting farm set up where you could view miniature donkeys that were only fit to carry a leprechaun, and miniature pigs that would fit into the leprechaun’s pocket.
Two of the most important elements for any event on the agricultural calendar are location and weather.
As for location, I don’t believe you can get better than Cork Show, where the stewarding was also top notch.
And it was blue skies and sunshine all the way last weekend, with the only rain coming as the curtains were coming down on Sunday evening.
The attendance was estimated over 60,000, 10% up on last year.
“The show provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great food, music and entertainment alongside an incredible showcase of breeding and farming,” said Gerard Murphy, Chairman of the Munster Agricultural Society.
He paid tribute to the working committees of the Society and over 200 volunteers and employees.
Winning livestock exhibitors included the following.
champion, Shankill Lady Melton, Eustace and Deirdre Burke. Reserve: Kerins Kimi, Bernard Kerins.
Goulding Lomax, Matthew Goulding. Reserve: Mercury Lord Jet, Shane and John Murphy.
champion, Glenn Carter. Reserve: Jimmy and Linda O’Donovan.
champion, Philip Salter. Reserve: Philip Salter.
champion, Ricky Barrett. Reserve: Jerry & Diarmuid Murphy.
champion, Geelan Coote. Reserve: Tom Roycroft .
champion, Helena Fitzgerald. Reserve: Richard and Fidelma Stanley.
champion, Bobby O’Connell.
Reserve: James Brown.
Reserve, Frank Buckey.
champion, Liam Fitzgerald. Reserve: Liam Fitzgerald.
champion, Dynamite Doolitte, Robert & Mark McGivern.
Seamus Leahy, Ballyquirke Goats, Newcastle West, Co Limerick
Pat Whyte, Killrossanty, Co Waterford (Black Faced Mountain)
Whitechurch and Kilmeen qualified for the national finals.