A unique offering of more than 600 pedigree beef cattle filled Kilkenny Livestock Market at Beef Expo Ireland 2008 last weekend, and saw the very best Irish genetics on display.

Classes were hotly contended with judges from Ireland, the UK and USA stepping up to the challenge of placing some 13 breeds.

One of the first championships to be decided was the Aberdeen Angus section, when Co Cork breeder Albert De Cogan took the top spot with Deveron Jasper Eric F170, an April 2006 born bull by Deveron Limited Edition out of Newcairnie Jacqueline Erica which goes back to Rushcroft Prince Rito.

Dominant

The Limousin classes were the most dominant on the day with a strong offering from across both the south and north of Ireland. But stealing the show under judge Jim Goldie, Dumfries was the female champion Drummin Veronica from John McInnery. Sired by Mas Du Clo, this impressive 2004 born cow is out of a homebred cow by Moustic.

The Charolais leader was the male champion and full French pedigree Blakestown Aster from Patrick McGabe. He is sired by Major out of Fatcha.

Males also dominated the Hereford ring where the breed society’s current president tapped out Grianan Firecracker as his overall winner from Sean McKiernan. By Churchill Storm, he is out of a homebred dam which goes back to Yarram Pompeii.

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Dominating a hotly contested Simmental section was Banwy T-Rex, a February 2006 born son of Sterling Nelson 2. T-Rex was bought in Perth in November for 8500gns and was exhibited by Garrett and Lyndsey Behan.

In the Belgian Blue rings, it was the Dafydd D’Ochain son Rosemount Ashmore from Trevor Ashmore. He is out of the Belgian bred dam Jocvel Des Oies which goes back to Bionique Du Pre Rosine.

Traditional breeds

One of Ireland’s traditional breeds, the Speckle Park saw a strong contingent of exhibitors with the February born bull Glencardon Ultra from Jim and Ivan Ryan leading the way. This embryo bred calf is by Starbank Lacerta out of Prairie Hill Lady.

Leading the way in the aberdeen-Angus classes was Albert De Cogan’s bull Deveron Jasper Eric.