It proved to be a worthwhile journey from Croagh, Co Limerick to Glenamaddy Agri Show on Sunday, October 1st, 2023, for Shane Giltinane, who clinched first prize in the hotly anticipated €1,000 Heifer Calf of the Future Class.
Shane’s March 2023-born Charolais-cross heifer, by the name of Barbie, who has been a stand-out highlight on the 2023 show circuit, caught the eye of commercial judge, Sean Walsh, who pushed her forward to the top of the line-up.
Six out of a total of ten pre-entered lots competed in class eleven, which was sponsored by Grennans, and carried €500 in prize money for 1st, €250 for 2nd, €125 for 3rd, €75 for 4th and €50 for 5th.
The competition was open to female cross-bred calves born in 2023 and saw participants from counties including Limerick, Galway, Donegal, and Westmeath.
Results for this class as follows:
- 1st – Shane Giltinane, Croagh, Co Limerick;
- 2nd – Stevenson family – Letterkenny, Donegal;
- 3rd – Charlene Nohilly;
- 4th – TBC by organisers;
- 5th – John Barry Moran, Athlone, Co Westmeath.
Matching the notable cash pot of €1,000 was class number 12, The Glenamaddy Show €1,000 Breeding Heifer of the Year, which took place immediately after class 11 – see more.
About the show
The commercial section saw a total of 9 classes for bull calves, heifer calves (various ages), bullocks, heifers, and a suckler cow with a 2023-born calf at foot, with the overall champion receiving the Comer Perpetual Cup.
The show also hosted the Breeders’ Choice ISA/ DAFM Continental 4/5-star competition, which boasts €250 in prize money for the red rosette winner, all the way down to €50 for 8th place.
There were also classes for the best pair of animals from the same herd (pedigree and non-pedigree) and young stockperson for under 14 and under 18.
In addition, there were pedigree classes for Blonde d’Aquitaine, Angus, Shorthorn, Limousin, Charolais, Simmental and Belgian Blue.
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