The National hall of fame awards took place on the May bank holiday weekend in Athlone to round of what was a busy week on the road for Salers. The Salers Society nominated Padraig McConn of Ballygar Salers to be inducted into the hall of fame for 2023.
Ballygar Salers started in 1996 where Padraig attended the national ploughing championships where he first met the late John Maloney from Killasser Salers in Swinford Co. Mayo, a man that had a passion for the Salers breed. John was the type of man that always wanted to see you do well and would help you in any way.
In the following weeks after talking to John, Padraig purchased his first four Salers heifers from the Killasser herd. John then introduced Padraig to Michael McKeon where he purchased another four Heifers from the Moygara herd which was the foundation of Padraig Salers herd.
Over the past 26 years Padraig has continuously increased the herd size and now runs a herd of 50 purebred cows within the top 1% of all herds in the country according to the metrics as per ICBF. Padraig’s Passion for farming and ensuring his livestock are looked after to the highest of standards is next to none while running a successful business. Padraig is an active member of the Salers council over the last number of years and has been an integral part of the breed.
Padraig McConn (Ballygar Salers) being presented with the Hall of Fame Award 2023 by Adam Woods