James who joins from organic certifiers, The Soil Association said “I’m very much looking forward to joining the Society and working with the team at Hereford House, the Council and the breeders who are the heart of the breed. This is an exciting era within UK and global agriculture and I believe there will be a prominent role for the Hereford to play in post Brexit UK agriculture. Capitalising on the breed’s many wonderful attributes to further develop sustainable profitable systems for farmers.”
James has worked within the agricultural and horticultural industries for nearly 20 years and will move from the Soil Association, where he was a Senior Inspector Manager. In this role James was responsible for a team of UK based office staff and remote workers, as well as contractors overseas and has seen him establish new partnerships with other Agri-food businesses. He also successfully identified new areas of business and marketed them to customers. Previously James worked for Defra where he was part of the Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate.
Hereford Society Chairman, Richard Mann, said “We are delighted to welcome James to the Society and his excellent background, coupled with his energy to work with the Council and breeders, will take the breed forward in the new and exciting times that are ahead of us.”
James was brought up on a mixed beef and sheep farm on the Mendip Hills. He also runs a small herd of pedigree pigs with which he has won a number of inter-breed titles and the “Pig of the Year” title in 2016. He now lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and family.
The Supreme, Grand & Senior Male Champion Lowesmoor 1 Maverick teamed up with Grand Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and her bull calf, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar at foot to represent the Hereford breed in the Inter-breed Pairs competition, judged by Mr Colin Hutchings, Somerset.
This striking pair took both the Native and Overall Inter-breed Championships against some strong competition with both the Aberdeen Angus and Simmental Society’s holding their National Shows. It was the icing on the preverbal cake following a wonderful showing of Herefords the previous day where local Judge Gerald Blandford, Bosa Herefords, presided over a large turnout of quality cattle. Two year old Lowesmoor 1 Maverick (pictured right), bred and exhibited by MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society who also had a great show career, finishing runner-up in both the Bull and Poll Bull of the Year Competitions in 2012. “Maverick” has tremendous performance recorded figures with EBV’s in the Top 10% for the Breed in 400 & 600 Day Wts, 200 Day Milk and Eye Muscle Area. He also has a Retail Beef Yield and Self Replacing & Terminal Sire Indices in the Top 5% and Scrotal Size in the Top 1%.
His winning Inter-breed partner was Reserve Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th (pictured left) owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley, Sky High Herefords, Weston, Stafford. Another animal with a good set of EBV’s, she is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by the well-known twice Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. She was shown with her calf, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, at foot. This powerfully built calf has a pedigree to be proud of and is out of former Female of the Year and by the show stopping current Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes.
Standing Reserve to Lowesmoor 1 Maverick in the Grand & Senior Male Championships was the much admired Fisher 1 Midas M415 (pictured below right) from WJ Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex. Out of Fisher 1 Cheerful H316 and by Fisher 1 Jaguar J347, this easy calving bull pushed “Maverick” all the way.
In the Junior Male section it was Shadwell 1 Bossy N877 from Shadwell Estate Co Ltd, Thetford, Norfolk, fresh from his Inter-breed successes at Hadleigh and South Suffolk Shows that took the honours. The dark coloured stylish bull is out of Badlingham Blossom 138th and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23. In Reserve was Free Town Nucleus from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire. Eighteen month old “Nucleus” is out of Free Town Pleasant and by successful herd sire Mara Humorous.
During the judging BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson called by the Hereford ring to catch-up with current developments within the breed. He was particularly interested to learn about the AHDB research project, involving Hereford X Holstein calves, being undertaken at Harper Adams University.
In the female section and standing reserve to “Jennefer 15th” in the Senior category was Coley 1 Nova 351 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. She was expertly shown by professional showman Andrew Hughes, completing a busy day, as he also showed the Supreme Champion for MJ Clark. Twenty seven month old “Nova 351” is out of Coley 1 Nova 164 and by 2012 Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.
Another female standing reserve to Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, this time in the Grand Female Championship was Junior Female Champion, Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real (pictured left), owned by Mr R Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Eighteen month old “Get Real” is out of Frenchstone P.1 Calla and by Danish bred bull Moeskaer Magnum 1404. The Reserve Junior Female Championship went to Mr MJ Ludgate with Rempstone 1 Fashion E438. Fourteen month old “Fashion E438”, out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and by Aldersley 1 Edgar, was shown by Michael’s son James who earlier in the day had been interviewed by David Gregory-Kumar for BBC’s Midlands Today.
Judging of the Best Pair of Exhibitor owned Animals by the Same Sire was interrupted by the arrival of the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mr Michael Gove (pictured below). What better place to make your first public appearance since taking office than in the Hereford ring – at least he’s off to a good start! However, Mr Gove was very much the side show as following his arrival in the show ring a presentation was made to long serving Hereford Breed Secretary, Mr David Prothero. David was presented with a crystal decanter by Show President Mr Robert Bernays OBE DL, flanked by Judge Gerald Blandford, Breed Chairman Richard Mann and Breed President Robert Thomas. The award was made in recognition of David’s longevity not only with the Hereford Society but following his attendance at every Royal Three Counties Show over the past 47 years.
Following the pleasantries Mr Blandford presented M & M Roberts with first place in the Best Pairs, with EL Lewis & Son in Reserve. Not to be out done, EL Lewis & Son went on to take the Hopton Perpetual Trophy for the Best Group of Three with Mrs I Jennings in second place.
All the Classes and Championships were sponsored by Brightwells Ltd, Auctioneers of the Society Sales held in Hereford for well over 120 years.
Long serving Hereford Breed Secretary, Mr David Prothero was presented with a crystal decanter by Royal Three Counties Show President Mr Robert Bernays OBE DL, flanked by Judge Gerald Blandford, Breed President Robert Thomas and Breed Chairman Richard Mann.
The award was made in recognition of David’s longevity not only with the Hereford Cattle Society but following his attendance at every Royal Three Counties Show over the past 47 years!
Northern Ireland's Bradley Graham, Richmount Herefords really pulled it out of the bag this time at Armagh County Show!
First he won the Junior Inter-breed Beef Young Handler competition in a strong class of 18 competitors.
Later he went on to take the Overall Inter-breed Beef Young Handler Championship ~ Way to go Bradley!
Bradley has won a number of Young Handler competitions in Northern Ireland in recent years.
In 2016 he attended the inaugural UK Hereford Youth (UKHY)training day held at the home of Normanton Herefords and under the guidence of UKHY Organiser Emma Smith. For future UKHY events please telephone Emma on 07772 495913.
Harper Adams University student Joshusa Dowbiggin, 21, has reached the final three in the Farmers Weekly Agricultural Student of the Year competition.
Josh is better known to Hereford breeders as one of three young members whom the Society sponsored to attend the 2016 World Hereford Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Josh, from Salterforth, Lancashire, will now face the scrutiny of independent judge Ian Pigott, last year’s student winner Claire Simonetta and Emma Northam, from Farmers Weekly.
He is a third-year student and was nominated for the award by his placement employer, Co-op Food, due to his performance during the sandwich year of his course, which he will complete this summer. Josh also runs Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud, marketing imported embryos and semen on line, which helps to fund his studies.
In 2016 Josh also organised & hosted the very successful “Designer Genes Select Hereford Female Sale”, which is set to become an annual fixture.
Josh said: "It's a huge honour to get through to the final three for the FW Agricultural Student of the Year award and to be able to represent Harper Adams in the final. My time at Harper has certainly allowed me to expand my knowledge and experience, helping me to achieve a place in the final. This makes all the hard work worthwhile!"
Welcoming the news, agriculture courses manager Dr Russell Readman said: “We are extremely proud to have two Harper students in the final three for this national award. Helen Brown and Josh Dowbiggin are outstanding candidates for the award and a great example of the talent being nurtured here at Harper Adams.”
The Farmers Weekly Award winners will be revealed at a gala dinner in London in October.
M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire, flew the flag for the Hereford Breed at Hertfordshire County taking the Native and Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships with Rempstone 1 Even Money E429.
Earlier in the day “Even Money 429” took the Hereford Supreme Championship. Following a similar trend across the early summer shows he’s another bull with a great set of Breedplan Performance Figures. Having EBV traits in the top 10% of the Breed for all growth weights 200, 400 & 600 day wts, Rib Fat, Retail Beef Yield and Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indices. Sixteen month old Remptsone 1 Even Money 429 is out Kinglee 1 Fashion and by Aldersley 1 Edgar.
Standing Reserve to “Even Money 249” in the Grand Male Championship was Pepperstock 1 Naughty Boy, bed and exhibited by Speirs Farms Ltd, Luton, Bedfordshire. Also sixteen months old, “Naughty Boy”, is out of Hedges 1 Emerald and by Hawkesbury 1 Velcro.
The Reserve Supreme Championship went to Grand Female Champion Churchlands Estate 1 Violet 30 GR, P T English, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Four and half year old “Violet 30 GR, is out Greenyards 1 Violet 2nd and by home-bred bull Churchlands Estate 1 Granite. Completing a successful day for M Ludgate they also took the Reserve Grand Female Championship with two year old Rempstone 1 Fashion V344, out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.
Fresh from their success at Shropshire County Show the Sky High team moved on to their local show Staffordshire County where they acheived even more success.
This time positions were reversed with Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th with her bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar at foot taking the Breed and Grand Female Championships, whilst Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess took the Reserve Breed and Grand Female Championships.
To top it all off, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley took the Overall & Native Inter-breed Championships against some fierce competition.
Local breeders T & D Harrison once again took the Supreme Championship with Coley 1 Pippa 356 at Northumberland County Show. Commenting on their third success in a row, Tom Harrison said, in his usual understated way, “we’re chuffed to bits with another win against another large entry”. Tom & Di Harrison purchased Coley 1 Pippa 356 from Miss H Whittaker due to both her appearance and breeding. Tom stated “we really liked the look of “Pippa’s dam former Hereford Female of Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo - when she took the show circuit by storm in 2013 and were determined to purchase one of her off-spring.” Rising two year old Coley 1 Pippa 356 is by the much admired Australian bred sire Days Calibre G74.
Standing Reserve to “Pippa 356” in the Supreme and Grand Female Championships was another Coley animal, four and half year old Coley 1 Clara 286 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. Judged Reserve Breed Champion by Judge Bert Taylor, she’s out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd and by former Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.
Females were the order of the day with a good entry across all classes. Harry Elliott, Weardale, Durham, took first place in the youngest female class with thirteen month old Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th. Out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38, she’s by home-bred bull Cornriggs 1 Super Guy. C Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria, took both first and second place in the class Heifers born between 1st September 2015 and 29th February 2016. First was Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884, another sired by Days Calibre G74, she is out of Barwise 1 English Rose, followed by Barwise 1 Amazing Grace N886.
Later in the day there was more good news for Carolyn Fletcher and Barwise Herefords when they took the red prize card in the Best Pair of Animals with JRB Wilson and Sons in Reserve.
Standing second to Coley 1 Pippa 356 in the Heifer born between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015 was Classic 1 Champagne owned and exhibited by young Bethany Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland.
T & D Harrison were back to the fore when they took the Grand Male Championship with 14 month old Moralee 1 Nevis. “Nevis”, who has a Rib Fat measurement and Retail Beef Yield in the Top 1% of the Breed, is out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 43rd and by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider.
Standing Reserve to “Nevis” in the Grand Male Championship was Auckvale Marshall 1475M owned and exhibited by Jim Morrison, Helmsley, York. Two year old “Marshall 1475M”, who is out Auckvale Beauty 774E and by Auckvale Gladiator 916G, is another bull with a tremendous set of performance recorded figures.
Nineteen month old Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess owned and bred by B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Stafford, stole the show at Shropshire County Show taking the Breed and Grand Female Championships. This powerful and yet feminine young heifer caught the eye of stand in Judge Phillip Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire the moment she stepped into the ring. “Dainty Duchess” (pictured right) is sired by Cogent’s popular sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 and is out of the Shopshire born Shraden 1 Duchess L581. She also boasts an Eye Muscle Area and Intramuscular Fat in the top 1% for the Breed.
Earlier in the day, Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess pipped her stablemate, 2015 Hereford Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th (pictured below) to the Grand Female Championship. “Jennefer 15th” with her exceptionally strong calf at foot, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, sired by 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Laertes, was judged Reserve Grand Female Champion. “Jennefer’s first calf Sky High 1 Miss Valentine sold in December 2016 for a record Hereford public auction price of 8,500 gns. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.
Another Dendor female took a red rosette when Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd came first in the Heifer born on or between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2016. “Ruby 23rd”, bred by DE, ED & AL Jones, is owned and exhibited by newcombers to the Breed, L & L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan. There was more success for L & L Bowen when they took first prize in the youngest female class of the day with Dendor 1 Holly 8th. Thirteen month old “Holly 8th” is out of Dendor 1 Holly 7th and by SMH Euro 30E. To complete the female section, in the Heifer born on or between 1st Jan 2016 and 31st March 2016, it was local R Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shopshire who came out on top.
In the male category is was another close affair with all four class winners impressing the Judge, as Mr Allman outlined during his commentary. In the oldest bull class it was Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 who came out on top. Owned and exhibited by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys, the two and half year old Danish bred bull “Keno 1178”, is out of Bakgard 1 Alien AI and by the well-known sire Moeskaer 1 Keno 1222. In the second bull class it was another local breeder AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire who was awarded the red prize card with Church Preen Nanook. Twenty month old “Nanook” who has an excellent set of EBV’s is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 and by former Kington Show Inter-breed Champion Haven Koala.
It was Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire, who came first in the Bull born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2016, with the Judge commenting “Nugget” had a great top line - which felt firm to touch”. Haven Nugget, another bull with a good set of performance figures, is out of the Curly family bloodline, this time Haven Curly 109th and by proven sire Haven Kingpin exported to the Republic of Ireland a few years ago. In the youngest bull class it was promising young bull Bromley 1 Kallis, from M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire who took the honours. Thirteen month old “Kallis”, a really stylish bull with plenty of scale, is out of Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th and by Greenyards 1 Legend purchased for 4,500gns at the 2015 Hereford Spring Show & Sale.
After much deliberation the Judge tapped out Bromley 1 Kallis (pictured above right) as his Grand Male Champion, with Haven Nugget as his Reserve Champion (left).
“Kallis” then went on to take the Reserve Breed Championship behind Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess.
To complete a good day for the Herefordshire breeders, making the short trip up the A49 well worthwhile, M & M Roberts were awarded the Best Pair of Animals with A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire in Reserve. However, roles were reversed in the Best Group of Three where A & P Massey came first with M & M Roberts in second place.
There was more exposure for the Hereford Breed when BBC Radio 4's Emily Hughes vsisted Hereford Martket for the Hereford Spring Show & Sale.
Emily discussed with Brightwell's senior auctioneer Mike Evan's how the move from the old livestock market in Hereford city centre, with all its history and traditions, to a new modern day market on the outskirts of the city had been received.
Emily also spoke with Northern Ireland Show Judge David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords, (pictured right with Emily) on what he looked for in a good Hereford bull.
She also spoke with the owner of Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Novak, Tom Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Northumberland both after the judging and immediately post the hammer going down his sale.
To hear the Hereford feature click on the following link Radio 4 Farming Today the Herefords start approximately 20 seconds in from the start of the programme.
The Overall Champion Hereford Moorside 1 No Limits topped the May Multi-breed Show & Sale at 3000gns.
Consigned by G & MC Shepherd, Moorside Herefords, Preston, Lancashire. Thirteen month old "No Limits" (pictured right) is sired by Moorside 1 Kingston and out of the Moorside herd’s matriarch female Romany 1 Jane A51 E66.
Following closely behind was the Reserve Overall Champion, 14 month old Moralee 1 Ned, shown by T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, who sold for 2900gns. "Ned" is out of Mallowburn 1 Ethel Carr and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker.
National Show of Hereford Cattle - Tenbury Wells - Saturday 5th August 2017
Supreme Champion to win over £500
£100 to winner of Breedplan Performance Recorded Bull Class
Full range of classes and championships
First-time entrants incentives
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Young Handler classes with cash prizes to all – kindly sponsored by Hereford Cattle Society
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Cattle Entries by 4th July 2017 please!
IVOMEC® Super, the combination wormer and flukicide for cattle, is celebrating 30 years on the market with the launch of a competition to find the UK and Ireland’s best success stories from livestock farming businesses.
Manufactured by Merial Animal Health, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, and launched in 1987, IVOMEC Super was the first combination endectocide to contain ivermectin and clorsulon. It provided cattle farmers with unique benefits, including effective control of a wide range of worm species, adult stages of the liver fluke parasite, and important external parasites at the low-volume dose rate of 1ml/50kg by subcutaneous injection.
The parasiticide ivermectin revolutionised worm control when it was introduced as IVOMEC in 1981 and, when combined with clorsulon, IVOMEC Super became a game changer for British cattle farmers. This was particularly evident in the South West of England, where liver fluke was causing significant issues for beef production; an issue that has since spread eastwards, affecting cattle UK-wide.
The injectable formulation of IVOMEC Super demonstrated several distinct advantages over combination products applied by drench, especially when many farms lacked crushes needed to control animals during dosing. Just a single, low-volume dose of IVOMEC Super was needed, even on larger animals, and the subcutaneous, single-site injection reduced potential medicine wastage from spills and ensured easy delivery of the measured dose. Furthermore, cattle did not require housing during or after treatment with IVOMEC Super. As an injectable, it could be administered in any weather, unlike alternative topical treatments.
Since its launch farmers have shared their positive experiences with IVOMEC Super, reportedly seeing visible improvements in the condition of their animals shortly after treatment. Over 43 million doses have been sold across the UK and Ireland in just the past 17 years* and cattle farmers continue to trust IVOMEC Super to deliver great results.
To mark the 30th anniversary of IVOMEC Super, Merial is showcasing a celebration of farming with a competition to identify the UK and Ireland’s best livestock farming success stories.
Cattle farmers are invited to share stories about their life in farming over the past 30 years; the changes they have experienced, improvements instigated, invaluable lessons learned, and the role that IVOMEC Super has played.
The competition was launched at Beef Expo on 18 May at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Entries close 14th July 2017.
For more information, and to enter the competition visit: www.ivomecsuper30.vettimes.co.uk.
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IVOMEC® Super Injection for cattle contains ivermectin and clorsulon. Ivomec® Super is indicated for the treatment and control of gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, liver fluke, eyeworms, warbles, mange mites and sucking lice in cattle. Legal category: POM-VPS. For information about side effects, precautions, warnings and contraindications please refer to the product packaging and package leaflet. Advice on the use of this or alternative medicines must be sought from the medicine prescriber. For further information refer to the datasheet, contact Merial Animal Health Ltd. CM19 5TG, UK or call the Merial customer Support centre on 0800 592 699. Ivomec® and the Steerhead® logo are registered trademarks of Merial Ltd. ©Merial Ltd 2017.
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Semen from 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes, is available from Genus ABS as part of their prestigious Premier Collection.
Genus ABS were excited to hear that Normanton 1 Laertes had collected the maximum number of points from four of his five qualifying shows in the Hereford bull of the Year Competition, resulting in him being crowned the Number One Hereford Bull and Poll Bull of the Year in 2016.
"Laertes" won Male Champion, Breed Champion and Inter-breed Champion at Shropshire County Show, the Royal Highland, the Royal Welsh and Burwarton Show, along with taking the maximum number of points at the National Poll Show where he was judged Supreme Champion. Three year old Laertes, from TD & WT Livesey in Leicestershire, was also part of the Marks and Spencer native group of champions at the Royal Welsh Show. Laertes was bred from Romany 1 Distiller and the 2011 Female of the Year, Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21.
Jocelyn Orr, Beef Brand Manager, comments, “We are incredibly proud to be able to offer Laertes to Hereford breeders in the UK. His Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s) are tremendous, he is in the top 1% for Gestation Length, the top 5% for Terminal and Self-replacing Index and Eye Muscle Area, as well as being in the top 10% for Milk. Laertes seems to have become the most talked about bull of any breed during the show circuit last year. He is a very eye-catching bull and we expect he will be in high demand.”
For further information please contact:
Emma Pepler, Genus ABS: Tel: 01270 616642
Crowds looked on as the 2017 Hereford Classes took place at this years RUAS Balmoral Show. With class numbers increasing by 8% on previous years the breed saw just shy of 70 entries which made it one of the best supported breed's at the superb venue.
"Great quality of cattle in good numbers, well presented and my type of animal, I always look for something that stands out and is that little bit special" commented Judge Andrew Hughes, a well-known stockman and breeder from West Yorkshire who had the task of placing the cattle on the day.
Ivan Haire and Family from Dundrod claimed both Champion Male and Female on the day with their recently purchased stock bull, Panmure 1 Monster (pictured right) taking the Supreme Championship.
"Monster" now just turned 2 years old caught Ivan's eye at a Show and Sale in Hereford back in October, bred by the Cant family from Scotland who are well known for producing prize winning stock, Ivan had to bring him back to Ulster to add to his already prolific Dorepoll herd. His home bred female Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 (left) who won the Intermediate Heifer Class went on to claim the Grand Female Championship. This heifer comes from one of the most successful lines of breeding for the Haire family to date. Other victories on the day for the Haire's were 1st in the Senior Bull class with Dorepoll 1 Knight Hawk, a bull who weighs in at over 1500kg and a sheer crowd pleaser!
Peartree 1 Ed, Reserve Grand Male & Reserve Supreme Champion (pictured below right) was bred by first time exhibitor William Connolly from Saintfield and sired by Solitude 1 Kingdom who was bred by Andrew McMordie. “Kingdom” previously took Reserve Male Champion at Balmoral in 2014, his dam Solpoll 1 Starlet H10 an ET daughter of the three times Balmoral Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite and Starlet B10 the 2007 Balmoral Female Champion.
Reserve Female Champion was lifted by Greer Watson with Barnburn 1 Nancy (pictured below left). This stylish heifer showed great ring presence and was sired by Pinmoor 1 Kingsley who took Reserve NI Bull of the Year 2016 and Supreme Championship at The National Show in Enniskillen to mention but a few.
Solpoll 1 National, the Junior Champion bred by John & William McMordie was sired by the legendary Solpoll 1 Dynamite. This 13 month old bull was previously Junior Champion at the 2016 Pedigree Calf Fair and is considered as one of the best ever bred by the herd.
Reserve Junior Champion went to David Wilson's Lisrace Lumberjack 18th, previously Junior Champion at the NIHBA calf show in October. He is the first calf out of David's stock Bull Knockmountagh Master who himself won the ROI calf show 2014 and ROI sale 2015, his dam Lisrace Prettymaid 19th was Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral in 2015 and went on to win NI.I. Female of the Year.
J & W McMordie won the Junior Female class, which had the largest entry of the day with 14 animals, with Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. Expertly exhibited by Victoria Orr, she was bought at the Designer Genes Sale in December 2016. She is a daughter of the best cow in the Rempstone herd, Kinglee 1 Fashion 304.
Overall Supreme Champion - Panmure 1 Monster. JE, RI and W Haire
Overall Reserve Champion - Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
Senior Male Champion - Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Senior Male Champion - Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
Senior Female Champion - Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Senior Female Champion - Barnburn 1 Nancy. B & G Watson
Junior Breed Champion -Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
Reserve Junior Breed Champion - Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson
Class 579 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/14
1st Baltimore Orange 449. Coote Geelan
2nd Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim. 583 JE, RI & W Haire
3rd Lusky 1 Honour. WJ Gill
Class 580 Heifer born between 1/1/15 -30/6/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Barnburn 1 Marigold. Greer Watson
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet M19. J & W McMordie
Class 581 Heifer born between 1/7/15 - 31/12/15
1st Barnburn 1 Nancy. B & G Watson
2nd Ballymartin 1 Hazel. Aaron Patterson
3rd Solpoll 1 Pansy N7. J & W McMordie
Class 582 Heifer born after 1/1/16
1st Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. J & W McMordie
2nd Hawkesbury 1 Veronica. Stephen Cherry
3rd Dorepoll 1 Tessa 656. JE,RI & W Haire
Class 583 Bull born prior 1/4/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Knighthawk. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Pinmoor 1 Kingsley. B & G Watson
3rd Mallaghdoopoll 1 Elite. Ciaran Kerr
Class 584 Bull born after 1/4/15 - 31/12/15
1st Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
3rd Mountview Enzo. Trevor Andrews
Class 585 Bull born after 1/1/16
1st Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
2nd Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson
3rd Annaghbeg Decimus. M&L Moore
Class 586 Group of Three
1st J & W McMordie
2nd JE,RI & W Haire
3rd C Geelan