Irish Moiled cattle are among the breeds eligible for the €1.5 billion agri-environmental scheme, ACRES, as guest speaker, Brian Dolan, highlighted at the Irish Moiled Breeders’ Day at Rutland Island.
Dolan, who just recently became one of the (ROI) Irish Moiled directors, spoke about the scheme and recapped on its guidelines.
The applicant has to:
- Be a member of a native Breed Society for the duration of the contract;
- Keep at least one pedigree animal which should produce at least one offspring that is registered with its native breed society by the end of year 2 of the contract.
All progeny from a purebred mating that is fully registered with the breed society will be eligible for payment.
The applicant must maintain monthly stock records and have at least 0.1LU eligible for payment each year, he told the meeting.
Payment is in arrears at the rate of €200 per LU
Bovine male, 2 years and over 1.00 LU
Suckler cow and bovine female, 2 years and over 0.80 LU
Bovines 1 but less than 2 years old 0.70 LU
Bovines under 1 year old 0.40 LU
Maximum number of Livestock units payable is 20.
In addition, a payment of €75 per maternal LU for Breeding females that have registered offspring in the year in question.
For payment, applicants must have proof of Society Membership, identification documents and zootechnical certificates issued by the breed society for each registered animal.
He added: “Also, an annual rare breed’s annual record declaration must be completed.”
“Those who have joined the scheme and the Irish Moiled Cattle Society as their native breed choice, have until December to purchase registered Irish Moiled cattle to qualify for payment,” he added.
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Tullamore Show results
Tullamore Show provided the setting for the (ROI) IMCS national and judging the Irish Moiled classes was Paul Boal, well-known judge, and classifier for IHFA.
Six-year-old Ravelglen Rocky, the current stock bull at Killua Castle was crowned overall supreme breed champion.
Ravelglen Rocky is no stranger to the show ring and has a remarkable showing career with a large number of red rosettes and championships awarded to him over the years. Sire Glenmaquin Blossom – Dam Ravelgeln Aggie shown by Anthony Gilsenan, Co. Meath (bred by Brian O’Kane, Martinstown).
Reserve champion went to a young cow Beechmount Lizzie 2 owned by Joe Boyce from Co. Limerick (bred by Robert Boyle, Millisle) sire Curraghnakeely Masterpiece – dam Knowehead Liz shown by Joe’s son Shane Boyce who was awarded the N & M Irish Moilie Cup.
This was presented on the day by Brian O’Kane IMCS director, to best-improved novice breeder winning the most show points at agricultural shows during 2023.