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285 entries & €20,000 in prize money for ‘bigger and better’ commercial cattle section at Tullamore

The commercial cattle section is set to make one of the largest displays at the 2022 Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show, organisers claim.

According to organisers, 285 entries are catalogued for the commercial cattle section, which is “back bigger and better than ever”.

Ireland’s largest one-day show will take place at Butterfield Estate, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly this Sunday (August 14th).

A spokesperson told That’s Farming:

“It will be the largest gathering of commercial cattle assembled for a one-day show in Europe in 2022.”

“Exhibitors in this section will compete for a whopping prize fund totalling €20,000. Competition is fierce, with many cattle bought purchased for big money at autumn sales competing in this year’s classes.”

“A win in Tullamore is a big achievement, with gold and silver medals presented to the champions of each section,” the spokesperson added.

Cattle at Tullamore Show

The commercial cattle schedule is “packed” this year with a total of 26 classes, including the following:

  • 13 calf classes;
  • 11 senior cattle classes;
  • 2 young handler classes.

The calf classes are broken out into 7 breed classes and 6 weight classes.

New classes

A new class this year is the best calf other than a Charolais-cross, Limousin-cross or Belgian Blue-cross. Another new class is the best calf, male or female, weighing up to 270kgs.

One of the most hotly contested prizes in this section will be the Kepak beef factory animal of the future calf championship.

The senior cattle classes include three bullock classes, five heifer classes, and two bullock and heifer combined classes.

Highlights in this section include:

  • Moyvalley Meats €2000 factory bullock championship;
  • Dawn Meats €2000 factory heifer championship;
  • €1000 Liffey Meats best Angus beef animal;
  • Best Charolais-cross heifer and bullock class.

A “large” number of entries has been noted in all classes, with “big” entries in the commercial replacement breeding heifer.

Classes will be judged across two rings, with a number of judges on hand to adjudicate the “large” array of classes.

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