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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.

Clonlara Valance

Clonlara Valance

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.

Silvandene Defoe

Silvandene Defoe

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 dam Niege.

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.

Erne Fleur

Silvandene Defoe

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 her class.

Presentation

Presentation

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.

Tullamore Show

Presentation

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.”

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