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Champion of Champions award winners announced

Replacement index award – Actualite, owned by Gerard Harney of Ardrahan. and her daughter Gerti

The 2016 RDS Champion of Champions Awards were presented in Dublin on 3 March to the best Irish cattle and sheep farmers from the 2015 show season.

Gerard Harney’s Parthenaise cow, Actualite, pictured above, was crowned the 2016 Replacement Index RDS Champion. The replacement index allows farmers to easily identify sires that will be suitable to breed replacement heifers. Due to the high cost of maintaining the suckler cow, it is essential to breed an efficient female, for cost-effective, sustainable, grass-based beef production systems.

Article taken from The Irish Farming Journal