The 2013 North West Limousin Club Calf Championship Finals were held at Elphin Show, County Roscommon on Saturday August 31st. This year saw an increased entry of 50 calves.
The classes were confined to calves born in the North West Limousin Club area which is made up Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo and Galway. The class winners competed for the Michael Dale memorial Cup which is in honour of Michael Dale from Gort who was a leading member of the club and an enthusiastic Limousin breeder until his untimely death in May 2010.
The entries were listed in age order for the Calf Championship and then divided into three equal classes for males and three for females.
Teleri Thomas originally from Wales, but now living in Enfield County Meath, had the difficult job of judging the classes, many of which contained prize winners from the National Show in Tullamore.
2013 North West Limousin Champion Calf
After some intense competition young Roscommon breeder Owen Hestor from Castlerea was judged Calf Champion with his Wilodge Vantastic heifer Meelickaduff Honda. Honda is an ET calf out of Donal Maloney’s prizewinning heifer Etole.
Standing Reserve was Anthony Donnelly’s September bull Donnelly Hernando. This Vantastic son had already won the junior male section of the All-Ireland Bull Derby in Castlewellan in June and also was a Class winner in Tullamore.
Born between 1/9/2012 and 28/10/2012
1st Donnelly Hernando (Anthony Donnelly, Claremorris) by Vantastic.
2nd Logrea Harry (Michael Rattigan, Irishtown) by Vantastic.
3rd Redbawn Hercules (Oliver Kilgannon, Ballina) by Dartagnan.
4th Buckfield Hurra (John Moore, Kilmeena) by Epic.
5th Forest View Hurricane (John Jennings, Glenamaddy) by Tonka.
Born between 18/11/2012 and 1/1/2013
1st Gerrygullinane Icon (Gerry Walsh, Ballina) by Augustus.
2nd Knockcroghery Hero (Declan Miley, Knockcroghery) by Commander.
3rd Derrygullinane Hank (John Walsh, Ballina) by Commander.
4th Gerrygullinane Hunter (Gerry Walsh, Ballina) by Cavalier
5th Carrowreagh Hermes (Patrick Bruen, Elphin) by Alfy.
Born on or after 4/1/2013
1st Knockcroghery Imperial (Declan Miley, Knockcroghery) by Bial.
2nd Milan Izaak (Donie McKeon, Enniscrone) by Casimir.
3rd Donnelly I (Anthony Donnelly, Claremorris) by Vantastic.
4th Lisangeeragh Empire (Des Joyce, Williamstown) by Dollar.
5th Garracloon Ikester (Aidan McHale, Ballina) by Lord.
Born between 1/9/2012 and 15/11/2012
1st Derrygullinane Hope (John Walsh, Ballina) by Vantastic.
2nd Clew Bay Hizak (Padraig Golden, Carrowholly) by Commander.
3rd Logrea Henrietta (Michael Rattigan, Irishtown) by Vantastic.
4th Derrygullinane Heather (John Walsh, Ballina) by Vantastic.
5th Buckfield Hannah (John Moore, Kilmeena) by Co-Pilot.
Born between 29/11/2012 and 21/1/12
1st Meelickaduff Honda (Owen Hestor, Castlerea) by Vantastic.
2nd Milan Imogen (Donie McKeon, Enniscrone) by Tonka.
3rd Ovaun Ingrid (Michael Gunn, Elphin) by Vagabond.
4th Boyanagh Hillside (Mary Tarpey, Elphin) by Dancer.
5th Tullinacurra I (Michael Oliver, Swinford) by On-Dit.
Born after 22/1/2012
1st Buckfield Isa (John Moore, Kilmeena) by Fastrac
2nd Logrea Infinity (Michael Rattigan, Irishtown) by Vantastic
3rd Ovaun Ideal (Michael Gunn, Elphin) by Caledonian
4th Milan I (Donie McKeon, Enniscrone) by Co-Pilot
5th Clew Bay Iona (Padraig Golden, Carrowholly) by Sauvignon
Best female born between 1/1/2012 and 31/8/2012
1st Crawford Brothers, Clones. Erne Harriet by Defoe.
2nd Padraig Golden, Carrowholly. Clew Bay Hilda by Dancer.
3rd David Cogan, Kilmovee. Clooncara Hotgirl by Dartagnan.
Best female born in 2011
1st Crawford Brothers, Clones. Erne Goldengirl by Sauvignon.
Best female born before 1/1/2011
1st Crawford Brothers, Clones. Erne Fever by Sauvignon.
Best Bull born before 1/9/2012 (Limousin only)
1st Crawford Brothers, Clones. Sylvandene Defoe by Mas DuCLo.
2nd Donie McKeon, Enniscrone. Milan Huxley by Neuf.
3rd John Moore, Kilmeena. Buckfield Harry by Sympa.
Elphin Show Champion
Meelickaduff Honda. Owner: Owen Hestor, Castlerea Co. Roscommon.
Meelickaduff Honda followed on from her North West Limousin Calf Championship title by winning overall Limousin Champion of the Show sponsored by Ovaun Limousin, with Erne Harriet as reserve.
Erne Harriet is an April 12th heifer sired by Sylvandene Defoe and was shown by Crawford Brothers from Clones County Monaghan. Indeed the Crawford brothers went on to win a very strong “Inter-breed team of three” competition later in the Show with a team including Harriet and her sire Defoe. They received the Michael F Gunn Memorial Cup beating eight other groups including Simmentals, Charolais, Hereford and Angus teams, in a class which was one of the highlights of the Show.