Category Archives: Herds Competition

Donie dominated North West Limousin Show Team competition

Congratulations to Donie McKeon who has won the 2017 North West Limousin Show Team Points Title.

He finished on 93 points and was well ahead of the chasing pack, which was headed up by Michael Gunn on 62. Jack Vahey took the third place prize with 57 points.
Michael Oliver won the prize for “Best Single Animal” and John Moore won the prize for “Best Pair From Breeder not in the Top Three”.
The Full Table, showing the points from each Show, can be viewed and downloaded below

Revamped North West Limousin Herd Competition announced

The North West Limousin Club is delighted to announce a revamped Herds Competition which includes extra categories and aims to maximise participation.

The competition is confined to paid up members of the North West Limousin Club, which caters for breeders with a herd number in counties Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo and Galway. Membership costs €20 for the year.

The 2017 Herds Competition includes a number of individual competitions where the breeder does not have to enter the entire herd. We expect to have the competition between mid August and mid September; date and venue TBC.

The three size categories are (categories may be subdivided depending on entries)

Small herd Best herd with five or less Cows.
Medium herd Best herd with between six and twelve Cows
Large Herd Best herd with over 13 Cows
Overall North West Limousin Herd of the Year – selected from the winners of the three categories
Novice prize Best herd any size that is competing in the Competition for the first time

Special categories are as follows:

A) Best Group Of Calves Born After 1/9/16 (Confined To Herd Competition Entrants)
B) Best Group Of Heifers Born Prior To 1/9/2016 (Confined To Herd Competition Entrants)
C) Best Progeny Of One Sire (minimum 3 Calves) (Confined To Herd Competition Entrants)
D) Best Cow Family (three Generations Minimum) (Confined To Herd Competition Entrants)
E) Best 2016 Heifer,
F) Best Cow,
G) Best 2016 Bull,
H) Best Bull Born Before 1/1/2016
All herds in the competition are automatically eligible for any of the special categories. The last four categories listed above (E,F,G,H) are open to any eligible breeder to enter individually. (i.e. no need to enter the entire herd).

Entry fee is €30 for small herd and €50 per medium or large herd. Individual entry for a category prize is €20. The closing date for entries is June 1st 2017 and the Entry Form can be downloaded here: NorthWestEntryForm2017

Note: If entering the Herd competition all pedigree Limousin cattle must be presented to the Judge for inspection. If entering an individual bull, heifer or cow (Sections E,F,G,H) then only that animal needs to be presented.

2014 North West Limousin Herd Competition Results

The Results from the 2014 North West Limousin Herd Competition were as follows:

Best Small Herd

1st Derrygullinane Herd (John Joe Walsh).
2nd Lisnacrann (Micheal Oliver).

Best Medium Herd

1st Cross (Tom Feehan).
2nd Bovinion (Tom Finnerty).
3rd Castleoye (Caroline Henry).

Best Bull Calf Born in 2013

Derrygullinane Icbull.

Best Heifer Born in 2013

Bovinion Josie.

Best Group of Calves

Derrygullinane Herd.

2013 North West Limousin Herd Competition Results

The Results from the 2013 North West Limousin Herd Competition were as follows:

Best Small Herd

1st Gerry Walsh
2nd Michael Oliver
3rd John Jennings

Best Medium Herd

1st Donie McKeon
2nd Tom Finnerty
3rd Des Joyce

Best Bull Calf Born in 2012

Bovinion Hendrix

Best Heifer Born in 2012

Derrygulllinane Haya

Best Group of Calves

Bovinion

2012 North West Limousin Herd Competition Results

The Results from the 2012 North West Limousin Herd Competition were as follows:

Best Small Herd

1st. John Walsh.
2nd. Michael Oliver.
3rd. Padraig Golden.

Best Medium Herd

1st. Richard O’Beirne.
2nd. Tom Finnerty.
3rd. Donie McKeown.

Best Young Bull

Derrygullinane Glen

Best Young Heifer

Bovinion Giselle

Best Group of Calves

Derrygullinane Herd

2011 North West Limousin Herd Competition Results

The Results from the 2011 North West Limousin Herd Competition were as follows

Best Small Herd

1st. Michael Oliver
2nd. John Walsh
3rd. Tom Walsh

Best Medium Herd

1st. Richard O’Beirne
2nd. Donie McKeon
3rd. Tom Finnerty

Best Heifer Calf Born in 2010

Owner: Tom Walsh. Tag No. 100, Alfy x Samson

Best Bull Calf Born in 2010

Owner: Richard O’Beirne. Tag No. 606, Sympa x Dauphin

Young Stock

Richard O’Beirne “Millburn Herd”

2009 North West Limousin Herd Competition Results

The 2009 North West Limousin Herd Competition saw a large entry, which resulted in the services of three judges being required and our area area was judged by Mr & Mrs Peter & Pat Alexander from The Mains of Mausse, Blairgowrie Scotland.

The Alexanders operate an extensive beef and sheep enterprise and have invested heavily in the Limousin breed both for their suckler dams and their terminal sires.

Similar to 2008 the weather proved to be poor however the judges were not deterred and carried out their task in a very proficient and humoured manner. It was very encouraging to see the increasing number of people joining this competition. This is a chance for breeders to display their cattle in a competitive manner without having any inconvenience, the cattle are judged in a relaxed manner out in the fields in their own surroundings.

Breeders also enjoy the experience of discussing breeding and comparing opinions with the judges. One very encouraging fact of the 2009 herds competition was that each of our judges purchased animals either during or subsequently after the competition, which in itself was a testament to the quality of animals on display.

The judges spoke highly of the quality of the animals and were surprised that more people were not going out to shows to display and promote their herds. We would like to sincerely thank all our judges for both giving their time and carrying out their task in such a professional and detailed manner.

Likewise we would like to extend our gratitude to the breeders for their excellent hospitality and also to everybody who helped to escort and transport judges, these are all factors that have made the herds competition such a success. We look forward to the 2010 competition – good luck to all.

Best Small Herd

1st John Walsh – Derrygullinane
2nd Padraig Golden – Clew Bay

Best Medium Herd

1st Donal McKeon – Milan
2nd Tom Feehan – Cross
3rd Tom Finnerty – Bovinion

Best Bull Calf Born in 2008

Owner: John Walsh, Crillane Don

Best Heifer Born in 2008

Owner: Michael Gunn, Ovaun Dervilla

Best Group of Calves

Owner: Clew Bay Herd, Owner: P. Golden

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2008 North West Limousin Herds Competition

The 2008 North West Limousin Herds Competition which was judged in July and August had the largest amount of entries since it began in 2006.

The herd size categories were small herds 5-12 breeding females, medium herd 13-30 breeding females, large herd plus breeding females. Points are awarded for genetic indices, health & condition of cattle, docility ,knowledge & interest of both your own herd and Limousin breed and conformity to breed type.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our to judges Mr Peter Henshall of the Ringway Herd and Mr Michael Priestley of the Brontemoor Herd. Both judges had unfortunately to endure inclement weather conditions however they performed their duties with great interest and good humour. Mr Henshall and Mr Priestley were impressed with the standard of cattle seen with particular mention to the quality of females.

Best Small Herd

1st: Gerry Walsh, Derryguillane Herd
2nd: Padraig Golden, Clew Bay Herd
3rd: Eddie Leneghan, Neeroot Herd
4th: Tom Finnerty, Bovinion Herd

Best Medium Herd

1st: Pat Bruen, Carrowreagh Herd
2nd: Donie McKeon, Milan Herd
3rd: Tom Feehan, Cross Herd
4th: Paul Sykes, Cavelands Herd

Best Bull

Pat Bruen, Carrowreagh Herd

Best Heifer

Pat Bruen, Carrowreagh Herd

Best Group of Calves

Paul Sykes, Cavelands Herd

2007 North West Limousin Herd Competition Results

The second North West Limousin Herd Competition which is judged over the Summer & autumn months was another tremendous success.

The herd size categories were divided into small herds 5-12 breeding females, medium herds 13-30 breeding females and large herds 30 plus breeding females. The judges awarded points on a number of areas including genetic indices, health & condition of cattle, docility; knowledge & interest in own herd, Limousin breed and conformity to breed type. This year saw special prizes for best bull calf, best heifer calf and best group of calves born in 2006.

Many thanks to our judges Mr. Ian Nattress of the Greenwell Herd in the U.K. and Mr. Victor Woods of Greenmount College in Northern Ireland who agreed to judge at very short notice.

Best Small Herd

1st: Gerard Walsh, Derrygullinane Herd.
2nd: Padraig Golden, Clew Bay Herd.
3rd: Martin Doherty, Liss Herd.

Best Medium Herd

1st: Paul Sykes, Cavelands Herd.
2nd: Tom Feehan, Cross Herd.
3rd: Michael Gunn, Ovaun Herd.
4th: Pat Bruen, Carrowreagh Herd.

Best Bull Calf Born in 2006

Cavelands Beano. Owner: Paul Sykes.

Best Heifer Born in 2006

Derrygullinane Catherine. Owner: Gerry Walsh.

Best Group of Calves

Clew Bay Herd. Owner: Padraig Golden.

2006 North West Limousin Herd Competition Results

The first ever Irish Limousin Cattle Society Herd Competition on a regional basis and the North West Limousin Competition was closely contested.

The competing herds were inspected in July by competition judge, Mr Matt Ridley of the famous Haltcliffe Limousin Herd in Cumbria, England. This competition was judged on the quality of the herds, genetic indices of the animals and the knowledge/interest of the herd owners.

Small Herd Size

1st: Donie McKeown, MILAN Herd.
2nd: Martin Doherty, LISS Herd.
3rd: John Greene, GREENHILL Herd.

Medium/Large Herd Size

1st: Paul Sykes, CAVELANDS Herd.
2nd: Peter Kelly, CASTLEBOY Herd.
3rd: Michael Gunn, OVAUN Herd.