‘Su­per’ cow takes golden Angus award

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE - MARTIN RYAN

A‘SU­PER’ Angus cow has been awarded the 50th an­niver­sary ac­co­lade for the breed af­ter be­ing judged All Ire­land Supreme Breed and RDS Show Cham­pion at Strokestown Agri­cul­tural Show for the golden ju­bilee year of the Irish Angus Cat­tle So­ci­ety.

The award for Ash­town Katie at the show co­in­cided with the fourth an­niver­sary of the cow’s birth into the herd of Michael and Ni­amh Bar­ron from Grange, The Rower, Co Kilkenny. There was also a rosette for her bull calf in the calf class on the same day.

The cow, bred out of Ash­town Dor­ris by the sire, Gould­ing Jumbo King, also col­lected the award for All Ire­land Se­nior Fe­male Cham­pion of Show.

Ai­dan Moloney from Clare, who judged the Angus classes which had a prize fund of €11,000, de­scribed it as “a plea­sure and an hon­our” to award the rosettes to “a won­der­ful dis­play of cat­tle”.

Com­ment­ing on the Supreme Cham­pion, he said: “She is a cow that we would all like to take home.”

He had been im­mensely im­pressed by her from the mo­ment she first en­tered the judg­ing ring in the morn­ing, and added that she was ac­com­pa­nied by “a smash­ing bull calf ” which had also been a prizewin­ner.

Com­pe­ti­tion was very keen through­out the classes, with the ex­cep­tional stan­dard of en­tries re­flect­ing the strength which Angus has achieved as a beef breed in re­cent years.

This has been sup­ported by the grow­ing in­ter­na­tional mar­ket which has been de­vel­oped for Angus beef over the past decade in par­tic­u­lar.

Judg­ing of the over­all awards was watched by hun­dreds of farm­ers who sur­rounded the ring for the fi­nal stages of the day­long process.

Ex­hibitors had to en­dure dif­fi­cult ground con­di­tions which cut up badly af­ter be­ing soaked by heavy overnight rain and in­ter­mit­tent heavy show­ers through­out the day.

The All Ire­land Se­nior Male Cham­pion was ex­hib­ited by An­thony Scanlon from Carna­ree, Bal­ly­mote, Co Sligo.

In the All Ire­land Ju­nior Sec­tion, the Male of the Show was ex­hib­ited by Shane McKiernan, Corliss­more, Bal­li­nagh, Co Ca­van and the Ju­nior Fe­male was shown by Michael Dul­lea, Deel­ish, Dri­moleague, Co Cork.

To cel­e­brate the golden ju­bilee of the Irish Herd Book, all ex­hibitors were pre­sented with com­mem­o­ra­tive medals.

Among the re­cip­i­ents were three gen­er­a­tions of the Mul­li­gan fam­ily from Cur­rycramp, Dro­mod, Co Leitrim — a hale and hearty 95­year­old, Gerry Mul­li­gan, his son Thomas, and his grand­daugh­ter Fiona, who was an award­winner in the

Pres­i­dent of the Irish Angus Cat­tle So­ci­ety John Far­rell presents the All Ire­land Supreme Cham­pi­onship Tro­phy to Michael Bar­ron from Grange, The Rower, Co Kilkenny with Ni­amh Bar­ron, Niall Faugh­nan, han­dler (far left) and Ai­dan Moloney, judge (far right); and sec­re­tary Patsy Keenan (be­low right) presents three gen­er­a­tions of the Mul­li­gan fam­ily from Dro­mod, Co Leitrim — Gerry (95), Thomas and Fiona — com­mem­o­ra­tive 50th An­niver­sary Irish Angus Cat­tle So­ci­ety Medals at Strokestown show.

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