On Sunday 3rd October the North West Limousin Club held an open day on the farm of Tom & Marion Feehan Cross, Kilmeena ,Westport, Co. Mayo.
The Cross herd which is over shadowed by the famous Croagh Patrick mountain was founded in 1990. Tom & Marion decided from the start that this herd was going to be based on quality. In the early years a number of breeding females were purchased at sales throughout the country and then a very strict breeding programme of only using the top AI sires was implemented.
Over the years Tom & Marion visited Limousin events both at home and abroad with the view to acquiring more knowledge of the breed and specific blood lines.
Subsequently more animals were purchased from both France and the UK and then in more recent years a stock bull Grahams Apache was purchased in partnership with Michael Philips. Apache is in the top 1% of the breed for easy calving and five stars for most traits, indeed on the day some very promising progeny by this sire were on show.
Tom addressed the crowd and was very frank and open with his reply to any questions asked.
The Cross herd policy is to ensure that conformation,functionality,size and docility are kept to high standard . Any cattle that were failing in any of these traits were culled out of the herd . Tom believes that the only way to cull is by slaughter as it means the animal is no longer in the system and can’t continue to produce poor quality.
Alan Nolan addressed the crowd and discussed the importance of maternal traits and replacement females in the suckler herd. Alan also agreed with Tom on the importance of producing quality to ensure maximum profit.
The large attendance on the day were impressed by the quality of the herd and Tom’s knowledge of blood lines and the breed.
Hospitality was excellent on the day and Marion Feehan and her good neighbours provided a wide array of food to all present during the event.
The day finished with a stock judging event, the results as follows:
The North West Limousin Club would like to thank the following sponsors of the prizes for their kind generosity, Connaght Gold Co op, Powerful Genetics, Tom Feehan & Michael Philips and the Irish Limousin Cattle Society