David Pearson from Coolbally in Co Laois established the Boherard Belgian Blue herd in 1989 when he purchased his first female at a sale in Naas from Michael Maher. Soon after, David aimed to expand the herd and travelled to Belgium where he acquired another heifer, purchasing some embryos from Tom Foynes, Castlecuff herd, at the same time.

These initial purchases have stood to David well, achieving many top accolades over the years. When I spoke to David about some of the achievements that stood out for him, he was quick to inform me about Boherard Cantonna. David sold Cantonna to the Fabroca AI station in Belgium. The owner, Benoit Cassart, purchased Cantonna and his full brother with the goal of obtaining semen from at least one of the bulls. Boherard Cantonna’s semen was later imported back into Ireland and distributed through Dovea.