Towra Angus was
established in 1995 by Jim Dockery, originally based
in Killough, Thurles Co. Tipperary until 2000 (Hence
the herd Id “Killough”) I bought a farm in 2000 at
Towra, Shinrone, Co Offaly and moved the herd to Co.
Offaly in April of that year.
The first heifer (Cashelboy
Jackie) was purchased in Carrick on Shannon in 1995
from George and Ruben Higgins of Cashelboy for £1200
she was inseminated to Perryville Roscoe and
produced a heifer calf in 1996 (Killough Mary) she
is still in the herd and has been an excellent cow,
Jackie remained in the herd until 2006 producing a
calf every year. She was the typical Angus cow
average size, big ears and strong frame and was a
very good milker.
Most of the heifer
calves were retained in the herd to build up
breeding stock and all cows were inseminated to AI
Bulls such as KKD, KBJ, Early Sunset Fullback, Early
Towra Angus herd
now stands at 20 pedigree breeding animals’ cows and
heifers, most of the breeding stock up to 2006 were
home bred. In May 2006 the herd went full pedigree
and the commercial herd of Charolias cross cows were
In 2004 I
purchased a stock bull in Carrick on Shannon from
the well known Steil Angus herd in Tulsk, Co.
Roscommon from JJ Mc Cormack. He has been used in
the herd on most of the cows since then with the
exception of some heifers where AI sires were used.
In 2006 I
purchased a total of 8 animals 4 cows and 4 heifers.
Two heifers were purchased in Carrick on Shannon
from the Drumbore and Parkmeadow herds in March 2006
averaging €1750, Later in 2006 I purchased 4 cows
from Gerry Browne in Roscommon who was reducing his
pedigree herd, all 4 are young cows some of which
were purchased by Gerry at sales as heifers.
In October 2006 I
went on a trip to Scotland with a group of 45 or so
Irish Angus members and YDP Members to the Pedigree
sales in Perth which is well known for its quality
stock and good prices. I purchased 2 heifers there
at the sale from the well known Cheeklaw herd that
have bred many winners over the years and have a
very good quality herd, many of our members also
purchased animals from this herd at the sale. These
two heifers including transport home cost me €2000
each. A complete outcross blood line they should be
a welcome addition to the Towra herd.
I am now offering
bulls and heifers for sale in from the Towra
herd for those wishing to get into pedigree stock or
indeed for those wishing to purchase Angus bulls for
commercial dairy or suckler herds.