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Rathkeeland
Maguiresbridge
Co. Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
BT94 4RT
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Crawford Family Celebrates 30 Years of Limousin Breeding Press Release 2010
The Crawford Family has celebrated 30 years of breeding pedigree Limousin cattle with a special reception at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. [more]

Crawford Brothers Shortlisted for Major Award Press Release 2010
Crawford Brothers has been shortlisted for the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. [more]

Sauvignon and Vigot Progeny doing their job in New Zealand Press Release 2010
We have been very happy with the calves of Sauvignon and Vigot especially those of Sauvignon whose progeny are exactly the type of beef cattle we want to breed. [more]

The first Sauvignon calves have been born in Canada Press Release 2010
Mr David Sandilands from in Canada purchased Sauvignon semen, both conventional and female sexed via the Crawford's website in 2008 for use in his pedigree DJS Limousin herd which is run alongside a commercial Limousin herd. [more]

Northern Ireland Beef Expo 2010 Press Release 2010
Crawfords attended the first Northern Ireland Beef Expo at Dungannon Mart, which was very well supported by the farming public across Ireland, and all parts of the UK were represented. [more]

Sauvignon Daughter Sells for 9,000gns Press Release 2010
Dunnamona Davina a daughter of Sauvignon was reserve champion and went on to sell for 9,000gns at the Red Ladies Derby in Carlisle on Friday 18th December. [more]

Crawford Brothers announces an industry-first for high grade sexed male beef semen Cogent Press Release 10/12/2009
Sexed beef semen which has a 90 per cent chance of producing a male calf is now being marketed in the UK for the very first time. [more]

Another World First for Crawford Brothers 04/12/2009
Fermanagh based Crawford Brothers has launched the first Limousin male sexed semen in the world from their prolific winner, Sauvignon. [more]

Crawford brothers win show team of the year 15 years 30/11/2009
The Crawford’s ended what has been one of their most successful years to date in the show ring by winning the Gordon bull for the most championships and the the show team of the year 2009. [more]

Sauvignon calf with dam makes a female record price in South Africa 26/10/2009
The La Rhone herd in South Africa were the first breeders to import Sauvignon semen into South Africa and it is already paying off. [report]

Northern Ireland Breeder sets off for Brazil Press Release by Johnston Press plc 17/08/2009
Raymond Crawford will be travelling to Brazil to see for himself the potential for trade. [more]

Curraghree Sensation wins the Ulster Bank / Northern Ireland Shows Association Interbreed Beef Cow of the Year 2009 06/08/2009
For the second year in a row the Crawford Brothers have won this prestige award, females from all breeds have qualified throughout the year for the climax at Enniskillen show on Wednesday 5th August. [more]

Asda sponsors the Burke Trophy at the Royal Show 2009 03/07/2009
Asda’s advertising for the 2009 prestigious Burke Trophy award features the winning pair from last year Victorieus and Vigot belonging to Crawford Brothers. [more]

Ulster Bank drops in to the Crawfords farm to launch Ulster Bank Beef Cow of the Year 2009 11/06/2009
As the 2009 county show season gets underway Ulster Bank is once again delighted to announce its sponsorship the Pedigree Beef Cow Championship. [more]

La Rhone Herd - South Africa
17/02/2009
Latest photographs of Sauvignon progeny in the La Rhone Limousin herd in South Africa. [more]

Clearday Park Limousin Update
04/02/2009
Photographs showing the progress of the Sauvignon and Vigot sired calves belonging to Ron and Chris Andrews. [photos]

Francis McCauley's herd success with Sauvignon sexed semen calf
29/12/2008
Frank hands one of the first Sauvignon heifers over to the south of Ireland. [photos]

Crawford Brothers win Limousin Herd Competition and Show Team of the Year 2008
02/12/2008
The Crawford family travelled to Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 29th November 2008, to the Northern Ireland Limousin Clubs annual dinner dance, where they were announced as winners of both the Show Team of the Year and the Medium Herd Competition. [more]

Northern Ireland Breeders make History
10/11/2008
On the 23rd October 2008 The Crawford family travelled as guests of the Irish Limousin Society to the launch of the book Irish Limousin - A History written by Donal O'Brien. [more]

Clearday Park Limousin
10/11/2008
Ron and Chris Andrews, Limousin breeders from Australia have used Savignon and Vigot semen and now have calves on the ground. [more]

Rathkeeland Dauphin Male Champion At British Blue Calf Show
25/08/2008
Crawford Brothers won the Male Championship and the Reserve Supreme Championship with Rathkeeland Dauphin at the Norbreck British Blue Northern Ireland Calf Competition at Moira on Saturday 16th August 2008. [more]

Crawfords win Interbreed Beef Cow of the Year
08/08/2008
Crawford Brothers ended their Northern Ireland show season for 2008 by winning the Ulster Bank Interbreed Beef Cow of the Year at Enniskillen Show with the Limousin cow, Ravesinette. [more]

Steak tasting competition proves ASDA beef is top quality
28/07/2008
Yorkshire beef farmer Ken Ford is celebrating after winning the ASDA ‘Extra Special’ steak competition held at the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday 9 July. [more]

Sauvignon's son wins at Cheshire Show
03/07/2008
Simse Daz, the first Sauvignon sired calf born to the Simse herd at Stoke on Trent was shown at Cheshire Show and was successful in every class. [more]

Australian breeders visit Rathkeeland Farm
30/06/2008
On 6th June 2008 we had the pleasure of welcoming Ron and Chris Andrews, limousin breeders from Australia. [more]

50% of the Rathkeeland herd are now Elite Status
25/06/2008
The Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture's Beef Qualty Initiative Scheme which recognises top breeding bulls and females has awarded 6 more females in the Rathkeeland herd as ELITE CARCASE. [more]

Crawfords win at the Royal Highland Show
22/06/2008
We travelled to the show on Thursday 19th June 2008 with 5 females, each in a class of its own. [more]

First Sauvignon Calf Born In Australia
18/06/2008
The first Sauvignon calf has been born in Australia, to the Parkedalewillows herd of Jim and Jo McGuire. [more]

Crawfords strike major deal with ASDA
07/06/2008
ASDA’s beef farmers are being offered semen from one of the worlds most highly regarded Limousin bulls, with a massive 62.5% discount on price. [more]

Crawfords buy one of the top herds in South of Ireland
19/05/2008
The Curraghree herd of Pat Phelan has now joined the Rathkeeland prefix of Crawford Brothers. [more]

Crawford Brothers purchase two straws of Greensons Gigolo
19th March 2008
Two straws of Greensons Gigolo semen went under the hammer for £900 at the Limousin Spring Sale held at Dungannon on Saturday 23rd February 2008. [more]

A batch of 150 straws of Sauvignon semen has been exported to South Africa
5th March 2008 
South Africa150 doses of Sauvignon semen left Cogent at the end of February bound for an AI company in South Africa on behalf of a Limousin breeder, who selected Sauvignon after seeing photographs of him on our website and being impressed by his quality and muscling. This now means Sauvignon semen is being used in 7 countries around the world. 

Australian Visitors
9th January 2008
This week our family had the pleasure of hosting a visit of Limousin breeders from Australia. Alan and Pat Eagleson from Mon Dee m/s 571, Murgon Q 4605 Australia are about to embark on a flushing programme on their herd of approx. 60 limousin females, they will be using both Vigot and Sauvignon semen. [more]

Crawford’s export sexed semen to Hungary
19th November 2007
Crawford Brothers have done a deal with DR Laszlo Popovers from Hungary on behalf of 4 Limousin cattle breeders for over 200 straws of sexed semen of their Limousin bull Vigot to be used in a flushing program in Hungary. [more]

The first calf sired by Sauvignon to be born in Northern Ireland
23rd November 2007

Ballyrickard Cecelia Ballyrickard Cecelia
Ballyrickard Cecelia is a heifer calf pictured at 12 days old from the herd of Messrs Davidson Larne, Co Antrim.

Crawford’s export sexed semen to Hungary
19th November 2007
Crawford Brothers have done a deal with DR Laszlo Popovers from Hungary on behalf of 4 Limousin cattle breeders for over 200 straws of sexed semen of their Limousin bull Vigot to be used in a flushing program in Hungary. [more]

First Sauvignon Calves are born in the UK
The first calves of Sauvignon have been born on the farm of Mr George Evans, Brynglas Farm, Bryncrug, Tywyn, Wales. [photos]

Omis B' s progeny tops sale in Australia
The first offspring from Crawford Brothers’ bull Omis B came onto the market in Australia at the draft sale of Mr Max Atkins. [more]

Council toasts Sauvignon’s dominance in Limousin breeding
14th June 2007
There was one noticeable absentee from a reception given by the Chairman of Fermanagh District Council for the Crawford Brothers from Maguiresbridge, following their success in Paris. It was Sauvignon, the French bred Limousin bull which triumphed on French soil to beat the best in his native country. [more]

Sexed Limousin Semen – A World First!
In partnership with leading AI company Cogent Breeding Limited, Raymond & Stephen Crawford have had sexed semen collected from their two Limousin bulls, Sauvignon and Vigot. [more]

2006 Northern Ireland Limousin Club Herd Competition
Crawford Brothers ended a very sucessful year by attending the Northern Ireland Limousin Club dinner held in the Bannville House Hotel, Banbridge, Co Down.

Raymond Crawford with Cecil Hamilton of Mequallins sponsors of the herd competition, Stephen Crawford and Graham Simms, judge.

Raymond Crawford with Cecil Hamill Of McQuillans Envio care, sponsors of the herd competition, Stephen Crawford and Graham Simms, judge.

We picked up the prize for the best stock bull with Sauvignon who needs no intruduction following on from his successes at the Royal, Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh shows, following on from this award we were crowned Best Large Herd 2006.

Raymond and Stephen Crawford receiving the shield for the best stock bull from NI Limousin Club President Mr John Gordon

Raymond and Stephen Crawford receiving the shield for the best stock bull from NI Limousin Club President Mr John Gordon

The competition judge Mr Graham Simms, who is the only Limousin breeder to judge the herd competitions in the regions across the UK, noted in his speech, discretely, how the Crawfords had a tremendous batch of females which had a depth of breeding, also the quality of 10 flushing cows, 30 in calf heifers and a batch of young bulls which he said were all washed and clipped for him on judging day. He had a special mention for one animal, he described Millbrook Senhorita as the best cow he had ever seen.

Raymond and Stephen Crawford with their sister Elizabeth Rodgers who won the award, awarded by the chairman of the club for the person who helps out and works the hardest for the club in the year. Elizabeth is secetary of the NI Limousin club

Raymond and Stephen Crawford with their sister Elizabeth Rodgers who won the Fedneyhouse Trophy awarded by the Chairman of the Club in recognition of service to the club durning the year. Elizabeth is the Secretary of the NI Club

Raymond Crawford ended the night by being the lucky person picked out to win an incalf heifer in the prize draw which was in aid of two worthwhile charities.

Euro Tier 2006
Crawford Brothers attended Euro Tier held from the 14-17 November 2006 at the Exhibition Grounds, Hanover, Germany. [more]

Omis B calves born in Austraila
The first calves sired by Omis B have been born in the herd of Max and Val Atkin in Australia. Max who is President of the Australian Limousin Society runs a herd of 60 cows mainly french bred. He commented that he is very pleased with the calves they have a lot of style, size and natural muscle - just what we want out in Australia. [photos]

Raymond Crawford meeting EU Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel at the 2006 Royal highland Show
Raymond Crawford meeting EU Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel at the 2006 Royal Highland Show
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