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North West Limousin Club Farm Walk 2016

Kieran and Caroline Henry from Tubbercurry, County Sligo hosted the annual North West Limousin Club Herd visit on Sunday September 25th.

Kieran and Caroline run the successful Castleoye herd of pedigree Limousin cattle and the visitors were interested in seeing the way that Kieran gets the maximum return from his grass crop. Kieran and his Teagasc advisor Tom Coll outlined the way that they ensure maximum quality grass for the stock. Kieran is also very particular in his silage making and cuts it at the leafy stage to ensure maximum feed value. Tom advised farmers on testing their silage to see what the quality is like and explained that this can inform farmers on levels of concentrates needed to ensure thrive over the winter particularly for young stock.

Kieran also explained that he uses an easy calving Angus bull on heifers which he has calving at 24 months. Most pedigree farmers wait until 30-36 months before calving their heifers. This is what Kieran called his bonus calf as the heifer is ready to calve a second calf when heifers in other farms are only calving for the first time.

After looking at some of the paddocks and cattle in the fields the group returned indoors to look at some cows and young stock. Tom Coll from Teagasc then led a discussion on star ratings and breeding for the BDGP scheme. This was a lively encounter with some speakers complaining on some aspects of the scheme and also the way star ratings don’t appear to reflect the quality of the cattle. Arthur Breden from NCBC and some of the Limousin breeders were also involved in the discussion which was very informative. There was a draw on the day for sponsored prizes and also a competition to pick the three highest maternal rated heifers from a bunch or 10 heifers.

When all the talking was finished there was tea and cakes for all with a bouncy castle for the younger folk. Overall it was a very successful venture with informative speakers discussing topics that were crucial to success in farming. Kieran was an excellent host and explained how he maximises returns from his farm. He complimented his wife Caroline and her family, the Carrs, on the help, advice and encouragement that they give him and explained that without this backup and support the farm would not be successful.

Acknowledgements

The North West Limousin Club would like to thank Kieran and Caroline for hosting the day and also a particular word of thanks to Tom Coll of Teagasc for attending and speaking at the event. We would also like to thank all those who sponsored prizes and NCBC, World Wide sires and Natural Nutrition for having stands on display. Thanks also to the ladies who provided the refreshments on the day. A huge thanks to all who attended and made the day a success.

Michael Philips hosts 2012 North West Limousin Open Day

We held an open day on Sunday 14th October on the farm of Michael Philips, Doon, Gurteen, Co. Sligo – home of the Doon West Limousin Herd.

Michael started the herd in 1998 when he visited a society sale in Roscommon and purchased Bova Nessa, a Ferry sired maiden heifer. Subsequently the Garryduff dispersal sale at Roscrea mart was visited and a number of animals were purchased.

In 2006 Michael travelled to Carlisle to the Greenwell reduction sale and purchased two daughters of Greenwell Master. Seven females were also purchased from the Grahams herd of Robert Graham, Stirling, Scotland. With this nucleus of foundation females Michael then embarked on a comprehensive embryo transfer programme which has resulted in the present day herd of 40 cows.

The crowd of 150 were informed by Michael that his emphasis within the herd was on milk, docility and easy calving. With these traits in mind, Grahams Apache was purchased in 2006 (in joint ownership with Tom Feehan) from Robert Graham, by Waindale Prime and the highly influential dam Lisette, Apache (GZP) has had a major influence on the herd and has also delivered in the three traits Michael requires.

In 2010 Michael travelled to the Greenwell dispersal sale where he secured a half share in the senior sire Casimir. This bull, bred by Pierre Gillet, had been previously purchased from the Lanaud test station in March 2008, by a very high merit dam Sabine and the sire Univers 566.

The progeny of both these sires could be seen as Michael led a tour of the herd answering questions from a very interested audience. After this tour all present were invited to participate in a stock judging competition and a guess the weight event.

The young members were given a presentation by well known showman Michael Oliver on the different aspects of preparing and showing animals. After this presentation the young members were also invited to participate in the stock judging and guess the weight competitions.

After the competitions had finished the attendance were treated to a fine display of hospitality, compliments of the extended Philips family and the North West ladies.

Finally to close the event Paul Sykes secretary of the ILCS and Pat Bruen Chairman of the North West Limousin club thanked Michael Philips for making his herd available for the open day and preparing for the event. Special mention went to Michael’s father Michael Senior who has been a major help to Michael over the years and is still heavily involved in the day to day running of the farm. Likewise to Michael’s extended family, friends and the North West members for their involvement in ensuring the day was such a successful and enjoyable event.

Finally the results of the competitions were announced and special congratulations to young 12 year old Dylan Bourke on being the winner of the guess the weight competition of a bull 845kgs – only one kg out!

Results of the open competition stock judging:
1st Billy Duffy, Lavally, Tuam.
2nd Richard Hegarty, Lahardane.
3rd Henry Carr, Tubbercurry.

YMA Stock Judging:
1st Saoirse Oliver.
2nd Daniel Bourke.
3rd David Murphy.

Tom Feehan hosts 2010 North West Limousin Open Day

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.

Competitions

The day finished with a stock judging event, the results as follows:

Ladies

Jennifer Moran
Marie Hester
Ann Hester

Mens

Gerry Walsh
Padraig Golden
Sean Joyce
James Harty
David Cogan
James Coffey

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

John & Gerry Walsh host 2010 North West Limousin Open Day

A large crowd attended a superb North West Limousin open day on farm of John & Gerry Walsh Derrygullinane, Knockmore, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

On display were Pedigree Limousin stock from Derrygullinane Herd featuring a number of specific cow families and their extended progeny which included an elite group of 2008 / 2009 calves within this group were calves from an embryo programme which produced some excellent calves, of which a number have been successful at many local Agricultural Shows. Herd has won the North West Limousin Club Small Herds Competition in 2007 & 2008.

Features on the day included Stock Judging for Bulls & Heifers and Junior Stock Judging, Guess the Weight of Bull & Heifer with prizes kindly sponsored by Smyth’s, Stewarts, Sligo AI, Paddy Fitzgerald, Powerful Genetics and Bova AI. In addition there was a Linear Scoring Demo by Donie Mc Keon local ICBF scorer who was also master judge on the day.

Gerry gave an informative talk on his stock breeding policies including breeding for replacements and selection of sires for individual cows and included some practical advice on training animals for showing and sales.

Paul Sykes Breed Development Officer with ILCS led a discussion on the Pedigree stock on display highlighting their impressive BLUP indexes for Muscle, Skeletal and Docility – data was available for each animal together with Herd Plus report and Eurostar report for entire herd with many animals showing five stars for all of these traits.

Irish Limousin Cattle Society was one of the first breed societies to implement linear scoring of all cattle entering the Society’s Pedigree Herd Book thus providing an excellent source of data for the breed to build on and develop for the future with the Limousin breed excelling in the Eurostar Genetic Evaluation system for beef animals.

Event was informative for all in attendance with conclusions that the Limousin breed can satisfy both the Maternal and Terminal requirements on many farms, the availability of bulls with high reliability for docility in breeding replacements is crucial for future development of the Limousin breed in both the Pedigree and Commercial Herds, the evening concluded with refreshments for all participants.