A closely fought competition saw Hugh Larkin from Co Monaghan take home the annual Irish Hereford Prime stock judging trophy.

Some 44 UCD students who are taking a module in advanced beef production took part and the awards were handed out on Wednesday 10 April, after an initial stock judging event at Kepak Clonee on 6 March.

Students were asked to estimate the potential carcase weight, conformation grade and fat score of five Hereford-cross cattle.

The winner was consistently spot-on

“The students all displayed a very impressive standard of stock judging,” Tennyson Egar of Irish Hereford Prime told the Irish Farmers Journal.

“Some of them didn’t have a background in farming, but they listened to the advice of the procurement team at Kepak Clonee and Irish Hereford Prime and put it into practice.

“The level of stock judging was excellent, but the winner was consistently spot-on.

“I don’t think he was 50kg off in the five carcases he judged.”

Winners and competitors in the Irish Hereford Prime stock judging competition.

The winner’s trophy was presented by Michael Cleary of Irish Hereford Prime, with Ellen Massey taking second prize and Danny Fanning, Amy Mulchrone and Margaret Farrell all taking joint third.

The beef producer group gave a special word of thanks at the end of the event to Kepak Group and UCD lecturer Dr Alan Kelly for allowing students to participate.

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