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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Every entrant ‘worthy of a prize’ in Irish Moiled ring at Tullamore – judge

The quality of Irish Moiled stock presented at the 2022 Tullamore Show & FBD Livestock Show “was superb, and every entrant was worthy of a prize”.

Those are the sentiments of Michelle McCauley of the Burren Herd, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, who officiated as judge for the Irish Moiled Cattle Society (ROI), National Show, last Sunday (August 14th).

The one-day Tullamore Show & FBD Livestock Show returned after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Judges’ remarks

The first class of the day in the Irish Moiled section was the calf class, with first place going to a five-month-old bull calf, Woodbine Harry, owned by James and Ciara White, Co. Wexford.

The judge said: “This bull calf, in my opinion, is what breeders are striving to breed.”

“This promising young bull has all the attributes that would suit either a pedigree or commercial farmer: a lovely soft fleshy growthy calf, very clean lines, a good thigh area, great legs and feet, good testicles.”

“Also, he had a lovely broad head full of breed character and a lovely temperament; everything I would look for when purchasing a bull.”

Therefore, this young bull calf went on to take Reserve overall supreme breed champion.

Second place in the calf class also went to James and Ciara White for their five-month-old heifer calf, Woodbine Holly.

This female was what McCauley said was “another fine example of the breed: a very correct, well balanced, and well-made heifer”.

Bull class 

Ravelglen Rocky, who is no stranger to the show ring, won the bull class at Ireland’s largest one-day premier agricultural show.

McCauley described him as “a hard-working stock bull, in his working clothes after having just come out from a field of forty-five pure-bred Irish Moiled cows owned by Killua Castle”.

“He displayed all the attributes of the breed. He was fit, sound, walked with ease around the ring and showed no signs of having to be retired.”

Cow class

In the cow class, it was, what she said was, “a very close call” between first and second place, but it was the slightly more mature cow with a heifer calf at foot who pipped the post.

Woodbine Bridie had “the perfect balance, very correct, good top line and excellent thigh area with exceptional legs and feet and a great udder”.

Next in the line were Woodbine Dawn, another “exceptionally good” cow with a bull calf at foot, and both pairs were from James and Ciara White.

Heifer class 

The heifer class was “one of the nicest and most impressive classes” of the day, being of “exceptional standard.

“I have often heard judges say, once an animal put its foot into the ring, they knew this would be their overall champion, and this was the case for me.”

“When Beechmount Lizzie 2, owned by Joe Boyce, Co. Limerick, put her foot into the ring, she was my automatic class winner and eventually was crowned overall supreme breed champion.”

“She was as eye-catching as you would want in an Irish Moiled. Also, she oozed breed character, was fit but not fat and ticked all the boxes of being very correct with a blossoming udder in preparation for calving in November.”

“It may have been Joe and son Shane’s first time showing Irish Moiled’s, but they are certainly not amateurs. They had this heifer turned out to perfection in both condition and presentation.”

Second place in the heifer class went to another new breeder to the Irish Moileds,  Killua Castle in Co. Westmeath.

They brought out a “strong, robust and stylish” heifer, Ravelglen Ramona, who was again a “superb” example of the breed.

She warranted getting an honourable mention in the overall championship.

Third place went to “another great bodied and impressive” heifer, Woodbine Dawn 2, property of James and Ciara White.


Calf class

  • 1st J & C White – Woodbine Harry
  • 2nd J & C White – Woodbine Holly

Bull class

  • 1st Killua Castle – Ravelglen Rocky

Cow class

  • 1st J & C White – Woodbine Bridie
  • 2nd J & C White – Woodbine Dawn

Heifer class

  • 1st Joe Boyce – Beechmount Lizzie 2
  • 2nd Killua Castle – Ravelglen Ramona
  • 3rd J & C White – Woodbine Dawn 2


  • Overall Champion – Joe Boyce – Beechmount Lizzie 2
  • Reserve Overall Champion – J & C White – Woodbine Harry
  • Honourable mention – Killua Castle – Ravelglen Ramona
A spectacle of cattle 

Michelle congratulated Tullamore Show organisers for all the “tremendous” work they had put in to make the show “such a success “and for the hospitality given, thanking the show for their presentation gift for judging.

Michelle also acknowledged and especially thanked the cattle committee and stewards who would have worked “so hard” in the run-up to the show and on show day.

“They did a fantastic job in keeping everything running smoothly. The rings were crowded with onlookers who certainly had a real spectacle of cattle to feast upon,” she concluded.

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