The Cattle Section in Tinahely Show continues to grow each year. The show has over 70 cattle classes catering for Friesians, Aberdeen Angus, Herefords, Shorthorns, Simmentals, Limousines, Charolais, Parthanaise, Belgian Blues, and of course Commercial cattle. Numerous cups and trophies are awarded, plus a number of special awards. Qualifying events are of great importance to the exhibitor and we are delighted to be hosting some qualifying classes .All cattle classes has achieved an excellent standard and exhibitors are travelling from every county to compete for excellent prize money and the honour of winning a Tinahely rosette. The assistance of the various breed societies is of major importance in this section and their input through sponsorships etc ensures that all competitions are very competitive. With so many classes it means a long hard day for the stewards, exhibitors and judges who travel long distances to be with us. Seven showing rings will accommodate the vast entry expected in all breeds. Happily for Tinahely, this section runs very smoothly because of the efficient stewarding and exhibitors always have a smile on their faces at the end of a long day.
One of the oldest cups in the section is the Pasley Cup dating back to 1947 and it’s awarded for the best Pedigree Friesian not in milk. The O’Donoghue Cup is awarded for the Supreme Champion of all Pedigree breeds. The Kinsella Estates and Michael Ryan Perpetual Cups are awarded for the Champion Bullock and Heifer in the Commercial Classes.
The Holstein Friesian show has long been recognised as one of the best in the country with top breeders from Leinster competing in numerous classes. An array of Cups and Trophies plus excellent prize money makes for very competitive competition in this section.
A major highlight in the cattle section will be hosting of the Belgian Blue Championships. The Irish Pedigree B.B.Calf Championship and B.B.Crossbred Finals will attract entries from all over the country. Tinahely Show Society is honoured to host these finals and thank F.B.D. for combining with them in sponsoring these finals. The Commercial Cattle Section has developed tremendously in the last few years. Excellent prize money will encourage breeders to enter for top awards. A highlight in this section is the DARCY SANDS COMMERCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP
A Major Attraction is added this year with the introduction of the DEREK ROTHWELL MEMORIAL YOUNG STOCKPERSON OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. The late Derek Rothwell advocated the need to involve young people in all aspects of Agricultural Shows. In his memory and fulfilling his wishes Tinahely Show are proud to introduce this championship for the benefit of all young exhibitors. The aim is to encourage involvement in shows and promote the showing of animals by girls and boys-the “Exhibitors of the Future”. Derek Rothwell was a former Chairman and President of Tinahely Show and rose up the ranks to become Chairman of the I.S.A. and a Board member for many years.
The Cattle rings are spectacular to look at and the stewards have arranged this area in such a way as to allow good viewing for all interested spectators. Everyone should take caution and young children kept clear from animals.Tinahely Show Society is honoured to host these finals and thank F.B.D. for combining with them in sponsoring these finals.