13 outstanding pens of suckler cows and Charolais-cross calves competed for a prize fund of €3,500 as part of the Irish Charolais Cattle Society All-Ireland Suckler Cow and Calf Competition at Bonniconlon Show on Monday.
Sponsored by ICCS; Mayo-Sligo Livestock Mart and Dovea Genetics, Co. Monaghan breeder and suckler farmer David Erskine tapped forward Padraig Finnegan’s entry as the first prize-winner; the Coolaney, Co. Sligo fought off stiff competition and took home €600, along with winning crystal and the trophy.
[Padraig Finnegan's prize-winning Charolais entries]
- 2nd place – Alan Wood, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo
- 3rd place – Kevin Sweeney, Culleens, Co. Mayo
- 4th place – Kevin Sweeney, Culleens, Co. Mayo
- 5th place – Brendan and Greg Feeney, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
- 6th place – Padraig Mc Guinness, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
- 7th place – Padraig Finnegan, Coolaney, Co. Sligo
- 8th place – Alan Wood, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo
- 9th place – Brendan and Greg Feeney, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
- 10th place – Padraig Hannon, Culleens, Co. Mayo
[ Alan Wood's second-prize winners]
Speaking to That’s Farming, ahead of the competition Irish Charolais Cattle Society secretary Nevan McKiernan highlighted the main aim of the competition - to promote the suckler sector and the Charolais breed as a terminal sire.