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Showing Workshop 2014

Irish Moiled ‘School of Showing’ Open Day 2014

Lough Bishop House, Collinstown, Co Westmeath ROI
Saturday 5th July 2014


On Sat 5th July 2014, Irish Moiled Cattle Society (IMCS) members and non-members from all over Ireland and from as far away as Scotland and England flocked to the beautiful setting of Lough Bishop House close to Collinstown, Co Westmeath owned by IMCS Director Helen Kelly and her husband Christopher for the very first IMCS Open Day to be held outside of Northern Ireland.
Irish Moiled’s will feature in their very own breed classes for the first time at Tullamore Show on the 10th August 2014 and just ahead of this huge step for the breed the Society’s Open Day featured a showing workshop designed to teach Irish Moiled Cattle breeders who are new to the world of exhibiting their livestock the ‘ins and outs’ of preparing and taking their animals out into the show ring.

The day kicked off when the Society Chairman, Nigel Edwards welcomed everyone and made special mention of how delighted he was at the large turnout. Also welcomed were special guests and expert tutors for the day, Alison Connolly and her sister Maggie Mc Quiston from the prize winning Brigadoon Charolais herd based near Ballynahinch in Co. Down. Maggie and Alison shared with everyone their extensive knowledge of showing cattle and they began their workshop with explaining to everyone how to go about halter training an animal. The hosts, Christopher and Helen Kelly had already the hard work done providing 3 lovely young Irish Moileds already haltered trained. The day progressed to cover everything from show ring etiquette, dress code, health and safety and a washing and clipping demonstration from young Irish Moiled exhibitor Tommy Jackson from Crossgar, Co Down.

The day included a very informative talk from Paul Bole from the Irish Holstein Friesian Association on the classification scoring of Irish Moiled cattle and a short presentation from the Society President, Ian Simpson of Glenavy, Co.Antrim on the history of the Irish Moiled breed, which happened to be well- timed under cover during a brief shower of rain! Also, everyone had the chance of a little Irish Moiled stock judging with several classes to judge. Master Judge for the day was the Society’s Honorary Registrar Mark Logan of Clandeboye Estate, Co.Down. Mark explained his reasons of choice to everyone.

Proceedings were rounded off by a BBQ of not surprisingly, delicious Irish Moilie Beef steak burgers and sausages supplied by Tully Farm, Portglenone ,Co Antrim. Tully Farm is owned by Irish Moiled breeders Wilbert and Mary Forysthe who had their mobile meat van also on site, selling fresh Irish Moilie beef to people on their way home. There was also the chance to sample some of James Gannon’s from Co Roscommon, ‘Cream of the Cloontias' mild and creamy cheese, made from milk produced by his Irish Moiled cows.

The Irish Moiled Cattle Society would like to thank again the hosts of the day, Christopher and Helen Kelly for all their hard work in opening the doors of their beautiful farm for the day. Also to Alison Connolly and Maggie McQuiston for making the journey down from Co. Down to teach everyone, (old and new!) how to ‘show off’ their livestock. We look forward to seeing the results at local agricultural shows, particularly at Tullamore on Sun 10thAugust.


Irish Moiled ‘School of Showing’ Open Day 2014

Lough Bishop House, Collinstown, Co Westmeath ROI
Saturday 5th July 2014

This year our annual members’ get together will warmly welcome, as always, both members and non-members. The Open Day will be hosted by one of our RoI Directors Helen Kelly, and her husband Christopher, at their charming Lough Bishop House and Farm in Collinstown, Co. Westmeath, RoI.  Built in the early 19th century and overlooking Bishops Lough, life at Lough Bishop includes the Derrynagarra Herd of Irish Moileds recently filmed to appear on the RTE series  ‘Ear to Ground’.

This years topic will be 'Showing' which will include a free workshop with advice on proper presentation, halter training, nutrition, classification, stock judging and behaviour in the show ring (for both handler and animal!) ..…plus more! Followed by a BBQ.

Tickets for the BBQ are £8/€10 per person, Children under 16 free

There are 2 ways of booking and paying.

1. Send a cheque to The Breed Secretary (made payable to ‘Irish Moiled Cattle Society’) enclosing a note of how many people are in your party, their names & contact number.

2. Pay online (see below) and buy tickets via Paypal.

Itinerary for the day - subject to change

Arrival 10.30 – Showing workshop (Part 1) – Led by Chris Ball and Alison Connolly
Covering -  Halter breaking, selecting your best animals, feeding/nutrition of animals for show, preparation of animals…washing, drying and brushing/clipping, basic leading of animals, the show ring routine/exhibitors behaviour, dress code.

12:30pm -1:15pm - The ‘proper’ presentation of an Irish Moiled with Nigel Edwards

1:15pm-2:00pm  - Light lunch provided

2:00pm-4:00pm   - Classification and Stock-Judging with Mark Logan

4:00pm– 6:00pm   - Showing workshop (Part 2) with Alison Connolly & Chris Ball

6:00pm-8:00pm   - BBQ - £8/€10 per person - please book and pre-pay.

How to pay online.

1. Select how many Adults and or children tickets you wish to purchase and click the cart icon
2. Follow the instructions through the shopping cart (you can return to that page via the 'shopping cart icon on the top right of this page) and enter in your details
3. At Step 4, click the yellow 'Buy Now' paypal button to pay

Please note: Paypal will automatically convert your currency if paying in Euro

Any problems using this service please contact Valerie Orr web adminstrator

Buy Now - BBQ Tickets

Adult BBQ ticket

Registration for Showing workshop and BBQ ticket £8/10 euro - please note paypal will convert your currency if paying via paypal

8.00 £ Add

Children Under 16 (Free)

Registration for Showing workshop and BBQ ticket

0.00 £ Add

Our special guest, Alison Connolly, has countless years of experience in the show ring, helping with her families winning herd of Brigadoon Charolais.  Alison is also a highly experienced steward to be seen at most local NI shows including being Chief Steward at the RUAS Winter Fair and Gosford and a great advocate for young handlers.  

Directions/Location -

Dublin Airport, Dublin Ferry Port and Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port are the nearest points of entry into the country.

From Dublin: Take the N4 Sligo road to Mullingar. Stay on the by-pass and take the exit marked Castlepollard R394. (Junction 17) Follow the R394 through Crookedwood, past Lough Derravaragh until you come to Whitehall.  

From Castlepollard: Take the Mullingar road R394 to Whitehall. The AA have a very useful website for ‘route planning’ throughout Ireland. When planning your route to us, use Castlepollard as your destination and then use above directions.  

If using Sat Nav. your best option is to enter Castlepollard as your destination and use the above directions. Lough Bishop House – 109 miles from Belfast, 60 miles from Dublin.

Anyone travelling with a smart phone - Lough Bishop House has a Google ‘pin’,  so your phone can lead you right to the door!!

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