Irish Limousin continues to command a strong pedigree position, with an average of 9,000 calves registered annually and approximately 2,400 members (a number which continues to grow).

Limousin has been Ireland’s most-ued beef AI sire breed for the past three years and it has also occupied the number one suckler dam position for the same period. According to trials at Teagasc, Grange, the Limousin-cross Friesian is the most profitable suckler dam (Source: Irish Farmers Journal 28 February 2015).

Located at Block 4, Row 6, Stand number 48, the Limousin stand at this year’s National Ploughing Championships will display an array of pedigree prizewinning cattle to include 10 first prize-winners from the National Limousin Show and a sample of successful Limousin commercial cattle.

According to the society, the Limousin breed offers the benefit of ease of calving combined with highly marketable young calves, making Limousin sires ideal for use on the dairy herd. In 2014 the Limousin Society embarked on the Limoshortgest programme to identify short-gestation, easy-calving sires to suit the dairy sector.

Dairy farmers

Participating dairy farmers were hugely satisfied with the quality of calves born and premium prices received. These Limousin-sired calves had an average gestation of 284 days and were easily calved. Due to positive results and feedback, there has been a huge uptake in the programme again this year. Information will be available regarding the Limoshortgest initiative on the Limousin stand at the Ploughing.

Irish Limousin genetics are to the fore of the show scene nationwide. At this year’s Balmoral Show, Baileys Iceprincess from the Connell Brothers, Co Meath, took the breed championship. She was also crowned supreme champion at the National Limousin Show in Tullamore last month.

Limousin Congress

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society is looking forward to showcasing its cattle and country to a worldwide audience in 2016 when Ireland hosts the International Limousin Congress, from 20-28 August. Highlights of this event include the National Limousin Show, an elite sale, farm visits and sightseeing at some of Irelands renowned tourist attractions.

The society will be promoting this event on its stand at the National Ploughing Championships or alternatively, visit the ILC 2016 website at ilc2016.com. Tickets for this highly anticipated event are now available and would make an ideal gift to any farming enthusiast.

Autumn sales

The autumn sales season kicks off in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, with the premier of males and females on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 October. The final sale for 2015 will be held in Tullow on 19 November.

Visit www.irishlimousin.com for the uploaded sales catalogue or contact the office at 025-85036.

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