An interview with Eoin Cooper

eoin cEoin Cooper was the lucky winner of our third sponsored heifer, as part of the Irish Farmers Journal Heifer & Hogget Competition.

Two years one since his winning success, Catherina Cunnane once again caught up with Eoin!

Tullamore show 2014 is one that Eoin Cooper, Beaugh, Ballybritt, Roscrea, Co, Tipperary won’t be forgetting anytime soon as he took home an outstanding Aubrac x Simmental heifer from the herd of Alfie Hanbidge, Stratford on Slaney, Co. Wicklow.

‘On the day I won my Aubrac heifer, Tulip and was absolutely delighted. Tulip joined our herd and settled in immediately, developing into a strong heifer showing a very suitable structure to make a good suckler cow. Tulip was artifically inseminated in 2015 to a Dovea Genetics Limousin bull Brooklands F0959 (KJB). I chose this bull as a first time calver for Tulip, due to its unique combination of easy calving, excellent calf quality and excellent indices. Also this bull is listed as an ideal choice to produce top quality Limousin females.’ Eoin explained.

 

He continued ‘In May of this year, I was becoming both anxious and excited as I awaited the arrival of Tulips new calf. I had been keeping a close eye on tulip as her due date was Mid-May and on the morning of May 20th I went out to the field to realise she was in the process of calving. After about an hour we welcomed a lovely Limousin heifer onto our farm which was calved without any difficulty.

Tulip is an outstanding suckler cow, a good milker and easily maintained. Her daughter Pink Lady is a lovely quality calf and will make an excellent replacement for the herd.

My plan for Tulip now is to AI her to an Aubrac bull or put her in calf to our own Limousin stock bull.’