Patrick Harrison - Brideswell Angus - Brideswell, Athlone, Co. Roscommon N37 PY91, will play host to an Irish Angus YDP workshop and open day this Saturday (October 6th).
Patrick began breeding Angus cattle two decades ago and now farms a herd of 15 pedigree Angus cows. He purchased some top prize-winning heifers over the years at Carrick-on-Shannon’s Elite sales.
In 2012, he won the All-Ireland Angus Champion at Strokestown show with his bull - Ballyshannon Eric - and in 2013, Pat went on to win the RDS Champion of Champions with this animal.
He remained the herd’s stock bull for almost 8 years and has bred some tremendous replacement heifers as well as superb breeding bulls for Pat.
Ballyshannon Eric’s progeny will be on display this Saturday at 12pm.
Line-up for the YDP Open Day
- Introduction to YDP Event – Colin Duffy – Chairperson
- Pat Harrison will talk on his breeding plans for the Bridewell herd
Stock judging for all participants – in each category - Senior; U18; and U13
- Guess the weight of Stock Bull;
- Stock judging events;
- Demonstrating the perfect Clip.
Looking through the eyes of the judge
- Dress code;
- Safety footwear;
- Length of Halter;
- Head position;
- Watching judge;
- Correctly lining up;
- Impressing the judge.
- Selection the right bull to suit your cows;
- Feeding /management – of the herd;
- YDP Member – It’s easy to make a halter or is it? - The halter-making demo;
- Safety awareness presentation;
- Prize-giving ceremony.
The Irish Angus Youth Development Programme now in its twelfth year was founded in 2006 by a small group of dedicated young members of the Irish Angus Cattle Society.
Today at the helm is a new chairman, - Colin Duffy - Kilgarvan Angus - Athlone, Co. Westmeath along with Jim Dockery who has been with the YDP since its formation in 2006.
Jim has five sons involved in the YDP aged between 9-15, while Colin has a young man this year starting off his career as a younger handler at six years of age.
The group strives to teach young people how to handle; feed; breed; groom; clip and show cattle at shows.
“We do this in a very practical way through workshops and information evenings and open days on host farms throughout the country - usually one in each provincial region annually.” Jim Dockery and Colin Duffy told That’s Farming.
“We use the expertise of many others to help us such as AI sales Technicians, feed nutritionists from companies including Kiernan Milling; safety professionals; halter makers, and some experienced groomers who demonstrate all necessary skills.” They added.
All are welcome to attend Saturday’s event - any age and any breed. Numerous spot prizes are also up for grabs and food will be available.
Main photo: Evan Duffy - Credit: Tricia Kennedy via Colin Duffy.