Bandon show over the weekend got the first of the Cork summer shows under way, with the Hereford breed taking the interbreed championship.
Taking the top position was the four-year-old Kilsunny Lass Lily from Trevor Dudley, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Hereford champion Kilsunny Lass Lily exhibited by Edward Dudly with judge John Neenan.
This cow is no stranger to success having secured a red rosette at two Hereford national finals. Sire behind the champion is herd stock bull Glaslough Judge.
Standing as reserve interbreed champion and overall Charolais champion was Ballybrown Nugget.
Charolais champion Ballybrown Nugget.
This two-year-old heifer was shown by Bobby O’Connell, Clarina, Co Limerick. Sire behind the well-built heifer is Jollescesar while the dam is Emergude.
One of the most anticipated classes of the day was the Bandon Co-op county super commercial young heifer class. This class brought exhibitors from all corners of the country including Carlow, Meath, Westmeath and Galway.
Bandon Co-op super beef heifer champion Brocca Nicki Minaj exhibited by Kevina O'Connell, with sponsor Ger Brickley and owner John Barry Moran.
A tough decision in a strong lineup of cattle, judge Seamus Neary tapped forward Brocca Nicki Minaj as the overall champion. This rising two-year-old heifer from John Barry Moran, Athlone, is sired by the Belgian Blue bull Imperial while the dam is a Blonde d’Aquitaine cross. Not much between them, Seamus’s choice for reserve was the January 2018-born heifer Coco from the Connell brothers, Oldcastle, Co Meath. This heifer is by Limousin bull Gaurds Boomer and out of a Belgian Blue cross cow.
In the Angus ring, Albert de Cogan was back on form securing the overall championship with his senior stock bull Cheeklaw Jake Eric.
Angus champion Cheeklaw Jake Eric exhibited by Albert De Cogan with Derek Lovell presenting the champion cup.
This bull was purchased at Stirling two years ago for 10,000gns and has won a number of championships since.
Top placing in the Limousin ring went to Tim McCarthy with Gaberial Natalie ET. This August 2018-born heifer is a daughter of Ampertaine Gigolo and Harret.
The Cotter family from Dripsey were out in force in the Simmental ring with their young bull Dripsey King of Hearts taking overall champion.
Simmental champion Dripsey King of Hearts from the Cotter family.
This September 2018-born bull is sired by Kilbride Farm Delboy with the dam Knockane Sweetheart.
The local Stanley family took top position in a strong show of Belgian Blue cattle.
Belgian Blue champion Brownview Lamborghini.
Their two-year-old bull Brownview Lamborghini was the pick of Seamus Neary. Sired by Mannequin, he took both the male and overall championships.
In the dairy rings, Ricky Barrett got his show season off to a good start taking the overall championship with Laurelelm Ross Shamrock. This EX94 classified nine-year-old cow is sired by Plain Durham Ross while the dam is homebred Laurelelm Scotty Shamrock. This tank of a cow secured first place in the protein cow class before being tapped forward by judge Tom Kelly as overall champion.