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Irish Shorthorn Breeder - Tom Staunton

Tom Staunton
Tom Staunton
Herd Prefix: Caramba
Address: Kinvara, Co. Galway
Phone Number: +353 86 6047333
Email Address: caramba@shorthorncattle.ie
Website/Facebook page: http://facebook.com/crambashorthorns
About the Herd: Thank you for viewing the CARAMBA Shorthorn profile. The process began in 2011 to build our herd with the initial purchase of proven genetics from well-established herds in Ireland & the UK. The purchase of these genetics was rewarded with accredited success at Ireland’s premier shows and also in the sales ring. Earlier this year the CARAMBA herd along with 2 other Irish breeders secured the European semen rights for the 2012 Canadian Reserve Champion bull HC Free Spirit 6Y. In addition, the CARAMBA herd also purchased 20 Canadian embryos from Horseshoe Creek & the Diamond herds. These embryos include some of the most noted Shorthorn cow families and proven bulls state side and we look forward to sharing these lines with fellow breeders in due course. Our breeding program acknowledges and respects both Beef & Traditional type Shorthorn cattle and hopefully we can do our part in preserving and developing the traits which are time proven and unique to the bred.

We are committed to a long term high herd health status and data recording. Herd data is captured on the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) portal and Breedplan in the UK. We believe data records will help us identify improvements within our herd and enable our customers to purchase CARAMBA cattle with confidence for their own development.

My own interest in Shorthorns came about as a child from seeing my dad rear 2 and often 3 calf’s on his Shorthorn cross cows. The cows were nearly always purchased from breeders in the Kilfenora & Ennistymon region of Co. Clare. The CARAMBA herd today has Scottish, English, Australian, and Canadian influences among the herd. However an important aspect of our bred program is to retain the excellent local genetics from cattle that are 100% traditional.

We are members of the Irish Shorthorn Society & the UK & Ireland Shorthorn Society. I have had the pleasure and honor to have met with some fantastic people through my association with the
Shorthorn bred. If I was to mention everyone this profile would possibly fill the website but thank you all for the courtesy shown on farm visits, Facebook updates, and well wishes at the many shows and sales I have attended. However it would not be right if I wasn’t to give a special thank you to James Porter of the Uppermill Herd from whom I purchased CARAMBA’s first pedigree females and for the on-going help James & master stockman Ian Rea have afforded to me. I purchased a 6 month old bull calf from Padraig Chalke in Co. Mayo after we agreed the price and a chat over a cup of tea Padraig said I would do the bull proud. Well that young bull was Carrarock Chalkie and he done all of us proud as he went on to claim Overall Champion at Tullamore, NI National Junior Champion, and Senior Champion, & Overall Reserve Champion at the world famous Stirling Bull sales in Scotland. Chalkie was then purchased by UK based pedigree breeder Robert Leach for 8000gns. We retained semen from Chalkie and with 2014 offspring now on the ground. We know the Chalkie bloodline will
become a formidable part of the CARAMBA herd.

Thanks also to the Irish Shorthorn Society for giving us a fantastic user friendly and creative website to showcase our livestock on a global market.

Lastly thank you for reading the profile and if you already own shorthorn cattle or shorthorn influenced cattle you will know they are low maintenance, hardy, fertile, structurally correct, milky, docile with a natural mothering ability. The Shorthorn bred is the functional bred and when looked at closely by any cattle breeder the traits associated with the Beef Shorthorn merits close attention. So if you don’t currently have a Shorthorn influence in your herd make the call, come visit, a decision to buy Shorthorn will be rewarded for many years.

Happy farming.


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