Wales and Borders Club visit to Southern Ireland
It was an early Saturday morning start for club members who had travelled to Southern Ireland for the club’s autumn visit. Our coach driver, Shane Brigdale was ready to take us the short distance to the Bushy Park herd of Johnny Keane. All the cattle were out on grass and looked splendid on the lime stone pastures. We saw some well grown bulling heifers and some of this year’s recently weaned calves waiting to be loaded for the Shannonside Shorthorn Breeders Club Sale at Ennis Mart.
This was our second visit of the day, 108 Shorthorn cattle at Ennis Mart all from the West of Ireland. First prize winner of the day was Ricketstown Rosete Milie, which sold for 2,050 Euros and Ardnaskea Laoise topped the market at 2,620 Euros.
Our next destination was the Rowanberry herd of Shane and Francis Brigdale, where we saw more very good quality cattle, including some super calves from this year and a lovely bunch of bulling heifers. The night was topped off with a meal at the Market Bar and Restaurant in Ennis.
Sunday started with a picturesque tour along the coast on our way to Tommy Staunton’s Caramba herd, where we saw Chalkie taking a well-earned rest in one of the paddocks by the yard. We then went on to see the rest of the herd, all of which looked fantastic in the stone walled paddocks of Caramba.
It was then a quick lunch before a very warm welcome at Noel and Lisa Dowds’ Creaga herd, with some superb cattle and a look at the unbelievable selection of trophies won this year. The day finished with us being treated to a meal at the Pier Head, Kinvara before returning to Ennis.
The visit continued on Monday at the Tintrim herd of Marie and Anthony McNamara, where again we saw some very good quality cattle including some lovely Tintrim heifers, and ended with a local radio interview for a couple of our members.
This was a fantastic visit in the sunshine with quality cattle at each farm we visited – and a warm welcome everywhere we went.