Irish Farmers Show Their Pedigree

Some of Ireland's top cattle herds have been on show this week with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, today presented the annual RDS Champion of Champions awards at the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

The awards ceremony, a highlight of the year for all pedigree cattle and sheep breeders continue the long and proud tradition the RDS has in promoting better livestock, and improving the profitability of Irish farming and food production.

"These animals are deemed by each breed society to be the best example of each particular breed based on their success at the various summer shows. There are also separate awards for the highest Economic Breeding Index dairy animal, and highest Suckler Breeding Value beef animals," he added.

"Increasing the value of output to meet the targets in Food Harvest 2020 relies strongly on pedigree breeders producing more profitable animals for commercial farmers.

"I also wish to thank each of the breed societies for their continuing strong co-operation in the National breed improvement programme through the ICBF.

"The current high beef and sheep prices are helping drive confidence and optimism in the sector, and bode well for a profitable long term future for our livestock industry," he said as well as thanking the organizers and the RDS Chairman Fonsie Mealy for the continued support of the RDS to the Agrifood sector.


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