Longford Leader Farming: €250,000 investment in Irish agricultural shows

Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue TD has announced a major multi-year investment in the Irish agricultural show scene.

Over the next five years, the Minister has announced that €250,000 will be invested in the core exhibition sector with the roll out of a brand new promotion aimed at showcasing the very best in beef heifers. The new class will be administered by the Irish Shows Association (ISA).

The Breeder’s Choice class will be open to four and five breeding heifers in two distinct classes – traditional breeds and continental breeds. Purebred heifers as well as commercial heifers are eligible for classes. During the summer, more than 60 shows will benefit from the new class.

The requirement for four and five star inbred or virgin heifers aligns with the objectives of the Bovine Data and Genomics Program (BDGP) and the new Suckler Carbon Efficiency Program (SCBP) in the upcoming CAP to increase the number of these heifers in the suckler herd. Four and five star animals in the suckler herd can bring more milk as well as overall efficiency to meat animals.

Commenting on the major investment in the entertainment sector, Minister McConalogue said, “The entertainment network is the backbone of so many farming and rural communities. Show season is upon us and the excitement of getting an animal ready for your local show is a tough bet. What’s even more exciting is winning a yellow, red or blue rosette. These are the marks that make a good animal a great animal.

“I am delighted to be working with the Irish Shows Association on this exciting, multi-year, long-term investment. It is a commitment on my part and my department to the show industry, to the quality of breeding cattle and to rural Ireland as a whole. I look forward to seeing the heifers and their owners in the new breeder class at shows across the country. It is also a commitment from the government to continue to support rural Ireland in every way possible. »

Jim Harrison, secretary of the Irish Shows Association, welcomed the minister’s announcement. “We are delighted to have partnered with the Minister and the Department on this exciting new initiative which will see a major investment made in our network of salons.


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