About Ballyedmond Simmentals
Setting the Scene
Ballyedmond Simmentals is owned by Mr. Thomas O’ Riordan, Ballyedmond, Midleton, Co. Cork. The Ballyedmond Simmental herd was established in 1983, with the purchase of an in-calf heifer called ‘Castleloma Lassie’ from Mr. Pat Lynch, Ladysbridge, East Cork. The first calf born to ‘Lassie’ was ‘Ballyedemond Nancy’. ‘Nancy’ bred many champions and reserve champions at local bull sales and still forms the main bloodline in the herd today.
Thomas has 20 pedigree Simmental cows and is also a dairy farmer. No other pedigree beef breeds have ever been purchased. A strict cull policy is in place. Females of a certain standard are retained within the herd or sold to other pedigree breeders. Bulls with good confirmation and size are sold to commercial dairy and suckler farmers. All calves are linear scored and weight recorded by ICBF twice yearly. Tom’s farm is Bord Bia approved. Each year a small number of animals are exhibited at local shows. 2009 was the most successful year to date with ‘Rosie’ and ‘Winston’ winning major championships. (Please see Shows)
A Passion for the Simmental Breed
Thomas’s interest in the Simmental breed has led him to become involved at local club and at national Simmental organisation level. For years he has undertaken many officer positions in both groups including Chairman of the Southern Club. Tom was President of the Irish Simmental Cattle Society from January 2011-October 2012 .
The Simmental Breed
Simmental cattle are of quiet temperament, healthy, hardy and show an excellent adaptability to different geographical and climate conditions. Easy calving, regular fertility and a long productive life are, besides the high performance potential for milk and beef, the basis for efficient production.
All Visitors welcome to view herd by appointment.
For Further Information contact:
Mr. Thomas O’ Riordan,
Ballyedmond, Midleton, Co. Cork