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Belgian Blue All Ireland competitions held at Osssory Show

Ossory Show Belgian Blues

After a three-year hiatus, the Ossory Show returned last weekend – and one new feature as the Irish Belgian blue cattle-breeding society brought their all Ireland competitions to the event.

Exhibitors from as far away as Cork, Mayo and Wexford attended and competed in the all Ireland competitions across the five different categories with 48 calves in total taking part.

Setting the pace was the All Ireland Belgian Blue breeding heifer Tapped Out as champion by judge Samuel Cleland, Don Oreo sired by Imperial Del’Ecluse, off an Empire D’ochain bred pedigree blue cow.

There was even a local winner – with Billy Dunne from Errill winning the September-born male calf competition.

First Up – The September-born female calf All Ireland champion Kilcombe Philly sired by Imperial Del’Ecluse off a Langoureaux De Fooz bred cow.

Second Up – The September-born male calf All Ireland champion Errill Pimp, owned by Billy Dunne from Errill, sired by KYR off a Gitan-bred cow.

Third up – The January 2022-born famale calf All Ireland champion Rathlyon Queen sired by Visconti De Saint Fontaine off a Gitan-bred cow

Final competition – the January 2022-born male calf All Ireland champion Bridgeview Quinn sired by General De Cluse off a Cromwel Fent-bred cow

The Dawn Meats Supreme Heifer with owner Shane Giltinane, Croagh, Limerick; handler James Kelly and judge/sponsor Pat Hally, Dawn Meats at the Ossory Show.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Grace O’Donovan from Dunmanway, Cork is presented with the Sophie Pearson Memorial Trophy by David Pearson and Leanne Searson (judge) at the Ossory Show.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The FBD All Ireland Belgian Blue calf champion owned by Billy Dunne from Errill pictured with handler Grainne Higgins; chief steward Sean Sherman and judge Brian Mathews at the Ossory Show.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Belgian Blue Interbreed calf champion shown by Grainne Higgins and owned by Billy Dunne, Errill pictured with Wendy Carry, retail manager AIB Rathdowney at the Ossory Show.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
All Ireland Belgian Blue Ashbourne Meats breeding heifer champion owned and shown by David O’Donovan, Dunmanway, Cork pictured with chief steward Sean Sherman; Denise O’Donovan and judge Samuel Cleland at the Ossory Show. Picture: Alf Harvey.

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