Two county producers honoured for their work in beef and sheep industries
TWO of County Wexford's top producers have been honoured for their services to Ireland's beef and sheep industries.
The Minister for Sport and Tourism, Michael Ring presented National Hall of Fame Awards of the bovine, equine and ovine industries to Tom O'Morchoe, Kiltra House, Wellington Bridge and to Tom Whelan, Barmoney, Galbally at a function at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, attended by 350 people representing Irish agriculture's best producers.
Tom O'Morchu , who was nominated by the Suffolk Sheep Society, South of Ireland branch, was chairman of the society's South of Ireland branch, council representative and public relations officer. During his time as PRO, he produced and edited the first edition of the society's newsletter Irish Suffolk News and continued to produce it for many years.
Tom's grandfather, also named Tom established the Kiltra flock in 1917 when he imported five ewes from Suffolk. Now the fourth generation, Tom's daughter Clare and her husband Paul, are involved. Tom Whelan, who was nominated by the Irish Limousin Society was a member of the society's national council for eight years from 200 to 2008. In a citation for the awards, the society paid tribute to him 'for his tremendous abilities, his long involvement and commitment to the pedigree Limousin breed and his warm and affable nature'.
His Limousin breed with the prefix 'Spring Bridge' was sought after nationally with one of its progeny achieving an Overall Merit award with a score of 134 and was sold to Sligo AI Station where it was given the AI code 'SIR'. He was acknowledged for his services to Tullamore Agricultural Show.