Limousin is an ancient breed of highly muscled beef cattle which originated in France and then spread word wide.
The International Limousin Congress, held every two years, began with a banquet in Athlone, Co Westmeath, on Saturday.
It is being attended by over 300 delegates from 20 countries and will continue until next Sunday when there will be a closing banquet in Kilkenny.
The congress, which aims to showcase worldclass cattle, will include a one-day technical conference in Grange, and a nationwide travel programme. Breed views, research, market and technical information will be exchanged at the various open days and visits to some of Ireland’s leading limousin herds.
Today, the delegates will visit the Drummin Herd, Bunratty, Co Clare, and the Northwest Limousin Clubs’ Cattle Show and social evening at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre, Co. Galway.
A visit to Ardlea Pedigree and Commercial Herd in Raheen, Portlaoise, Co Laois, is arranged for tomorrow and on Thursday the Roundhill Herd in Fedamore, Co Limerick, is scheduled for a visit.
Kilkenny will be the focus of the following two days of the congress with the National Limousin Show at The Hub, Cillin Hill on Friday.
A parade of Champions, the Anglo Irish Young Members Association final and the Irish Limousin Cattle Society’s elite sale will be held at the same venue on Saturday.
The society says that with farm profit harder to achieve each year it is becoming vital that farmers become aware of any opportunity to increase their income.
It says limousin cattle can definitely play a role in achieving increased profitability in all livestock sectors.
Paul Sykes, chief executive, said the society is immensely proud to be hosting this worldclass event in Ireland.
“The congress will showcase the very best Ireland has to offer — our rich diverse countryside, our culture and our outstanding limousin cattle,” he said.