Deadline for entries to Tullamore Show set to close

The 2017 Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show will take place in a month’s time on Sunday, August 13, in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Breeders interested in entering animals into the show are urged to make their submissions before next week.

Claiming to be Ireland’s largest one-day show, the Tullamore Show receives an average of 62,000 visitors per year.

Cattle, sheep and equine breeders from around the country take part every year, alongside entrants to its other competitions, which number more than 1,000. There is a reported overall prize-fund of €175,000.

The deadline for entries into competitions at this year’s Tullamore Show will be next Wednesday, July 19, for any interested parties who have not yet got their submissions in.

The AIB National Livestock Show will feature dairy, pedigree and commercial cattle, as well as 13 different breeds of sheep.

One of the key attractions for breeders is the ‘Gold Medal‘ awarded to the champions of each breed in the cattle sections – a prestigious award now seen as “a hallmark of excellence”, the organisers claim.

The national shows for the Simmental and Hereford cattle breeds will also take place on the day. The all-Ireland poultry championships will be held too, as well as the equestrian events, which have new categories added to this year’s line-up.

Apart from the livestock and bloodstock elements of the show, the organisers promise various other aspects on the day, which are due to be “enjoyed by all the family”.

These sections include: business and enterprise exhibits; skills and demonstrations; food, craft and tourism; indoor workshops; cookery and food; live music and entertainment; fashion and features; and crafts and needlework.

In terms of skills competitions, the Macra na Feirme national finals of the FBD Farm Skills competition will be taking place, as well as the young stockperson of the year contest.

Anyone interested can find more information on the show’s website here.