Crawfords Lead Limousin
Line-Up at Tullamore Show 2012
Sunday 12 August - TULLAMORE
NATIONAL LIVESTOCK SHOW - IRELAND'S PREMIER SHOW
The Northern Ireland show season reached a climax
at Enniskillen last week, but County Fermanagh
Limousin breeders Herbie Crawford, and sons Raymond
and Stephen, are still topping the leader boards
at shows in southern Ireland.
Animals from the family’s Clones-based
herd in County Monaghan, had a clean sweep in
the championship line-up at last weekend’s
23rd Irish National Limousin Show, held at Tullamore.
Claiming the day’s female and supreme
overall championship titles was the eight-year-old
cow Clonlara Valance, shown with Erne Halfeen,
her Sauvignon bull calf at foot. Sired by the
55,000gns Grahams Samson – Carlisle champion
in 2003, she is bred from Darragh Noelle and
was purchased privately in 2009 from Colin Hogg
in County Clare.
Judge, Gary Swindlehurst, farm manager at the
noted Procters herd based in Lancashire, awarded
the male and reserve supreme championship ribbons
to the Crawford family’s senior bull Silvandene
Defoe. This July 2008 born entry is by the highly
acclaimed Mas du Clo, and bred from the French
Both animals are no stranger to success on the
Northern Ireland show circuit, with Clonlara
Valance having won the interbreed championship
at Balmoral Show in 2010. Silvandene Defoe was
also part of the family’s 2010 Balmoral
Show team, and was a member of the award winning
interbreed group of three. He also won the reserve
male championship at the National Limousin Show
in Carlisle last year.
The Crawford trio’s haul of rosettes didn’t
end there, with Erne Fleur and Erne Fortress,
both by the herd’s internationally recognised
stock bull Sauvignon, taking first and second
prizes in their class. The uncalved senior heifer
Erne Edna, also by Sauvignon, stood second in
Tullamore Show is billed as one of the largest
agricultural shows in Ireland, and to mark their
achievements Herbie and Steven Crawford were
presented with gold and silver medals by Freda
Kinnarney, secretary of Tullamore Show, and Irish
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.
The Crawford name has been synonymous with Limousin
breeding for over 30 years, and the family were
delighted to be crowned top exhibitor at the
National Livestock Show in Tullamore.
Judge Gary Swindlehurst said: ”This event
has attracted a tremendous show of Limousin cattle,
but the Crawford family’s champion and
reserve animals really stood out on the day.
Both entries exhibit great strength and power,
and are fine examples of the Limousin breed.
“The Crawford’s are worthy winners
of the top exhibitor award, and their achievements
are testimony to the quality and strength of
the team that they have put forward for the Irish
National Limousin Show.”