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Galway stud leads the way in the breeding of Irish Draughts

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Champions all: Cappa Cassanova (on left), the Champion Irish Draught Stallion, shown by Seamus Sloyan and on right is the Reserve Champion, Cappa Aristocrat, shown by John Keane. In the centre are delighted owners, Jimmy and Edel Quinn of Cappa Stud.

A GALWAY stud farm dedicated to the improvement of Irish Draught bloodlines has ‘swept the boards’ at the Irish Horse Show in the RDS.

Cappa Stud in Annaghdown – owned by Ballinasloe natives, Jimmy and Edel Quinn – not alone landed the Supreme Champion Irish Draught accolade, but also scooped the Reserve award.

Eight-year-old Cappa Cassanova (bred by Seamus Leahy from Headford) took the Supreme Champion award for the third time in four years, having also taken the title in 2012 and 2013 while Cappa Aristocrat (bred by Pascal Claffey, Laurencetown) was Reserve Champion.

Jimmy and Edel Quinn came back from the United States in 2007 with the dream of saving some of the old bloodlines of the Irish Draughts and broadening the gene pool – now the RDS results have shown the success of the project.

“I suppose that since we set up here eight years back, Ireland went through a  severe recession that impacted greatly on the horse industry but things have picked up  and especially so this year.

“We had a lot of faith in the quality of Irish Draught that we could produce and we really have been blown away with our success at the RDS earlier this month,” said Edel Quinn.

Even better news for Cappa Stud is the fact that the winner of the prestigious Three Year Old Potential Event Horse Class – Noble Class – was sired by Cappa Cassanova.

“Noble Class’s win is really good news for us, in that it provides real evidence of the quality of offspring being produced by Cappa Cassanova. He’s had a very busy breeding season this year, covering 70 mares, and it’ll be even busier next year, following these results,” said Edel Quinn.

Cappa Stud,  also have a farm in Gurtymadden near Loughrea catering for over 50 mares – they also have been pursuing the Chinese market for the Irish Draughts with the setting up of an equestrian centre in Shanghai.

Jimmy Quinn said that they had been ‘completely overwhelmed’ with the third success in four years of Cappa Cassanova, while Aristrocrat’s success, at just four, augurs well for the future.

The Quinns are equally as thrilled with the success of Noble Class – son of Cappa Casanova – who was the only horse bred by an Irish Draught out of 17 finalists in the three-year-old Potential Event Horse Class. Noble Class was sired by Cappa Cassanova out of The Marching Lass – the dam sire was Aristocracy.

“This success is truly great news for Irish breeding – to win that class does show that local Irish breeding is again coming to the top,” said Jimmy Quinn.

He bought their first Irish Draught nearly 10 years ago ‘over the phone’ – and while in the U.S. – after seeing an ad in the Irish Field.

“We are excited about the possibilities being opened up at the equestrian centre in Shanghai that has been given the go-ahead since last March.

“Ireland is known as the land of the horse and the Chinese are very anxious that the professional expertise of Irish breeders is to the fore with this project,” said Jimmy Quinn.

This is no business for the faint hearted as over 98% of Irish Draught stallions don’t make it through to the Class One category, having to undergo a rigorous testing regime to ensure that breed quality remains paramount.

These are exciting times for Cappa Stud, with the economy on the upturn and money being spent once more on horses, while China also looms big on the horizon. After recessions and economic downturns, the Quinns seem poised to capitalise on one of the absolute basics of the horse business – good breeding.

 

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Worry of walkers claiming against farmers

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Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy

FARMERS in hill-walk areas such as Connemara need to have their concerns allayed about insurance indemnification, the IFA has warned this week.

A pilot insurance project for farmers – as outlined by Rural and Community Development Minister, Heather Humphrey – is in the pipeline but has not yet been enacted into legislation.

Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy, said that farmers in such areas needed the clear reassurance that if walkers on their farm had a fall or mishap, then the landowners would not be liable for any compensation.

“This really is a red line issue for farmers and landowners. They must be guaranteed in law that if hill-walkers are allowed on their lands that no liability will attach to the landowner if something happens,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that while farmers supported the principle of people being able to access the more scenic areas of the countryside, the issue of insurance indemnification had to be crystal clear.

“We also know that the issue of dogs being let roam by people out on country walks is one that needs to be addressed.

“The first thing a dog will do that’s let roam free will be to follow the nearest animal they see, and this is a major worry especially for sheep farmers,” said Pat Murphy.

Meanwhile, National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has expressed concerns about recreational users not abiding by the Countryside Code during the recent spell of good weather.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Now is the right time to plan ahead for next year’s crop of Spring lambs

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The boss is around: Prepare early for the breeding season. Photo: Compliments of Agriland.

IT might still only be Midsummer, but a Teagasc specialist has advised sheep farmers that now is the time to start planning ahead for the upcoming breeding season.

Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer, said that while most people considered the breeding season to be just the five to six weeks that the rams were out with the ewes, in reality it was much longer.

“The breeding season for next year’s lamb crop actually starts once the current year’s lamb crop is weaned,” Michael Gottstein has advised in the Summer edition of the Teagasc magazine, Today’s Farm.

He outlined three key Summer dates for sheep farmers – late June/early July for weaning and checking on the condition of the ewes; early July for a ram health check; and late July/early August when the ram sales kick off.

The Teagasc specialist said that productive ewes will require about 10 weeks of good grass after weaning to regain body weight lost during pregnancy and lactation.

“Contrary to what many farmers think, it is not a good idea to allow ewes to lose weight post-weaning. Thin ewes that do not regain body condition after six weeks of good grass should be culled,” said Michael Gottstein.

He also advised that rams should be checked in early July for lameness, body condition, as well as for signs of disease or injury – while, like the ewes, they needed time to regain body condition.

“Identify how many, if any, replacements (rams) are required and purchase them early, so that they have the best chance of acclimatising to their new environment and feeding regime,” he added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Fair Deal reached as Bill is enacted

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Maura Canning: Good day expected.
Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson

RELIEF has been expressed this week in farming and political circles that at last the Fair Deal Nursing Home legislations changes have been passed by the Oireachtas.

The Bill went through the Dáil last Thursday and the Seanad on Friday, bringing to a conclusion a campaign that started back in 2012.

Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, told the Farming Tribune there was a great sense of relief that a nine-year long campaign had at last got over the line.

“It has been such a long and difficult campaign to secure this deal with a lot of complications and obstacles along the way. At times, we seemed to be almost there, until something happened to hold up the process, but there really was a great sense of relief last Friday when the Bill at last passed through its final stages,” said Maura Canning.

She paid a particular to former Minister of State, Jim Daly; the current incumbent Mary Butler; and also to the many TDs and Senators that had been lobbied over the years on the issue. “No TD ever failed to return a call,” she said.

The key change in the new Bill is that there will be a three-year cap on the 7.5% annual contribution of the overall value of the farm where the farmer or their spouse is in a nursing home. There are a number of conditions attached to this CAP, the most significant of which is the fact that the farm must be signed over fully to the inheritor for a five-year period and this person must also continue farming on the land.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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