The Irish Charolais Young Members Association has announced details of its workshops for the coming spring, which are being held in conjunction with an overall YMA competition.
The first event will take place in Cootehill Mart, Cootehill, Co. Cavan this Saturday (March 2nd) at 12 pm, in conjunction with Ramor Macra.
The event is open to everyone, especially all members of Ramor Macra and Charolais YMA, a spokesperson told That’s Farming.
There will be numerous speakers on the day including local vet - Marie Louis Ryan, David Magee - Animal Nutritionist for Kiernan Milling and Nevan McKiernan - ICCS Secretary.
AI Companies including Bull Bank AI, Elite Pedigree Genetics, Eurogene AI, Progressive Genetics and Dovea Genetics will be present at the event along with other firms such as Moocall and Glanbia.
Grooming, stock judging and showmanship demonstrations will also be delivered and it will allow involvement from young people.
“They will be able to ask questions and hopefully come away from the day having learned more about how to present an animal for show.”
There will also be a stock judging competition held on the day, with prizes up for grabs.
The winner in the senior category will be allowed to shadow judge along with the main judge for the day at the upcoming Irish Charolais Society Premier show and sale in Elphin Mart on March 23rd.
Following on from this, there will be workshops held in Elphin Mart on April 27th and Thurles Mart on May 11th 2019 - details will be announced closer to the events.
The Final and Prizes
The final will be held at the National Charolais Show in Tullamore on August 11th will coincide with the International Charolais Technical Congress.
“It will be fantastic to have a display of young Charolais enthusiasts showing off their skills in front of Charolais breeders from across the world at Tullamore Show.” The spokesperson outlined.
It will involve work from the young members (and some of the parents of young members) however the end prize will make it all worthwhile!
It’s a simple points-based system which involves participation in one of the upcoming workshops, selected local shows, (show dates TBC) and the overall final at Tullamore show 2019.
First prize in the Senior Section is a voucher €1500 towards the price of a Pedigree Charolais heifer at an official Irish Charolais Elite Heifer Sale or the Premier Charolais sale which will be valid for the next three years.
First Prize in the Junior Section will be vouchers to a total of €750 to spend on show supplies and on products from various other Agri Business’s.
There will also be prizes for runners up in the competition, the spokesperson confirmed.
Image source: Irish Charolais Cattle Society – Credit: Tricia Kennedy