and Littlemount Herds - History
The Crawford family have a history steeped in pedigree
cattle breeding, Rathkeeland being one of the leading Shorthorn Herds
in Ireland during the 1960's.
The Rathkeeland and Littlemount Limousin Herds were
founded back in 1980 with the importation of two females
from the Pomapadour herd one of the leading herds in
At the Moypark dispersal the entire female portion
of the herd was purchased together with 5 cows bought
privately from the Cattogs herd owned by Mr Eric Cuttle.
Included in this was a cow called Margretta who enjoyed
a successful show career, her most prestigious accolade
was winning the female championship at the Royal Dublin
Show. These females were the base for the herd.
Pelisse in her day was easily one of the top Limousin
females both in the show ring and in what she bred
in the UK. Rathkeeland Victory and Rathkeeland Daisy
were two of her progeny. Daisy followed her mother’s
footsteps winning awards all over Ireland from Dublin
as a heifer to Balmoral as a cow.
Victory who was sold in Carlisle, bred Fergie who was
shown a lot at home and went on to win awards with
her new owners at the Royal show. Another female out
of Pelissee, Rathkeeland Blossom won the female championship
at the Royal Dublin show and Limerick Show in Southern
In the 1980’s Crawford Brothers competed in
24 shows from May to August all over Ireland winning
the “show team of the year” 12 years in
succession. The highlight of our showing was winning
the championship at the Royal Show at Stoneleigh in
1999 with our stock bull Millbrook
Lancelot and going on to team up with David Dicks'
Ronick herd to win for the first time in the Limousin
breed history the Burke Trophy.
The following year Lancelot won the Royal Highland
in Scotland placed champion by a Brazilian breeder
Mr Luiz Menagel and then placed Interbreed Champion
by a Canadian breeder Mr Matthews who described in
his commentary “I have travelled the world and
I have never seen an animal like this”. It was
truly a great honour for us and the bull Lancelot went
on to represent the breed in the groups and interbreeds
at all the Royals in 1999 and 2000 another great honour
placed on him.