The Irish Angus Cattle Society will host its twelfth annual elite show and sale this Saturday, December 14th at the Showgrounds, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon.
A total of 60 bulls and 34 heifers are catalogued for the day. Entries include Kerins Revolver, the All-Ireland Irish Angus Senior Male Reserve Champion 2019, Carrowboy Ri, the Aldi Irish Angus All-Ireland Intermediate Bull Calf Champion and Irish Angus All-Ireland Junior Male Reserve Champion 2019 and the Irish Angus All Ireland Junior Female Reserve Champion, Knockadrinan Rudie, along with many more prize-winners from the summer show season.
All entries are export-tested, sire verified, exhibitor-bred, BVD negative, myostatin-tested and pre-sale inspected.
Show starts at 9.00 am with a total of nine classes; this includes five male classes with an overall champion male and reserve male champion taken from these.
The female section has a total of four showing class with an overall champion and reserve champion female also for these.
The show classes are kindly sponsored by Connolly’s Red Mills offering prizes for animals placed 1st to 3rd in all nine classes.
The sale begins at 12 noon. A €400 premium is offered to the purchaser of the top-priced bull and heifer. There is also a premium of €200 for the second highest-priced bull and heifer.
Transport from the sale can be facilitated at a “reasonable rate” and all animals are eligible for export on the day of sale, according to a spokesperson for the society.
[Last year's overall male champion, Lavally Prince]
'Fitting the market criteria'
Speaking to That’s Farming, a society spokesperson, said: “Angus is a breed that has grown in popularity over the last number of years because it is a breed that is fitting the market criteria.”
“The importance of traits such as easy calving and short gestation have become of high importance as we try to improve efficiencies at farm level.”
“With labour being one of the main restrains on many of our productive farms in the country, polledness in cattle is another labour saver on-farm while also being more welfare-friendly.”
“Angus cattle are an early-maturing, easy-fleshing breed that has the ability to finish off a grass-based diet which will result in a production system that will have a lower carbon output.”
“Its meat quality is regarded as one of the best in the world for its high marbling and tenderness granting a premium to the producer when marketed.” the spokesperson concluded.
[Main image: Last year's overall female champion, Gallaway Princess]