Friday 25 November 2022
Winning the male championship at the NIHBA calf show and taking home a special gold rosette to commemorate 50 years of the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association was David Wilson, Magheraveely with Lisrace Lackey Boy 22nd, among a record entry of 57 calves.
A January-born son of Glaslough Unique 2 and out of the home-bred Lisrace bridge Girl 19th, this bull calf was the winner of the largest class of the day with nine forward and also took the junior male championship.
It was encouraging to have a good gallery of spectators at the event with a number travelling from across the border to watch judge Robert Jones of Keenagh Herefords, Co. Longford. The event was also live streamed for the first time thanks to the Shaw Family at Agri Images enabling breeders across the country to watch the day’s proceedings.
The reserve junior male champion came from the same class for John and William McMordie, Ballygowan with Solpoll 1 Wildfire. A son of Otapawa Dr Jekyl, its dam was Balmoral Show champion in 2018.
The senior and reserve male champion also came from the same home and was another son of Dr Jekyl, the December 2021-born Solpoll 1 Wolfman while its dam had stood junior female champion at the 2016 calf show. Wolfman was also part of the wining pair of calves alongside herd mate Warrior.
The reserve senior male championship was secured by Dundrod-based breeder Ivan Haire with the Dorepoll 1 Nationwide son, Dorepoll 1 Westminster. Born in September 2021 it is full brother to one of the leading cows in the Dorepoll herd. Not ending the success for the Haire family also took the junior and reserve female championship with the January-born Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim 687. Sired by Dorepoll 1 Chinook, its dam is by Dorepoll 1 Patriot.
Annaghbeg Georgina 957 gave Mark and Lawrence Moore, Aughnacloy their first calf show championship win placing first, senior then overall female champion. Born in December 2021 this heifer has a pedigree stacked with home-bred genetics being sired by Annaghbeg Gladiator and out the first calving heifer Annaghbeg Georgina.
Not finished there, the Moore family also lifted the reserve junior female award with their April-born Annaghbeg Georgia 656, the first daughter of Cill Cormaic Nevada born into the herd. An April-born Nevada son also won the March/April bull calf class with Annaghbeg 1 Kingsman taking the red rosette.
Trevor Andrews, Larne took the reserve senior female championship with Mountview 1 Loyalty. A daughter of stock bull Dorepoll 1 579 Legacy, it had earlier won the September/October class.
The baby heifer class was won by the June-born Nancy Vicky, sired by Laxfield Victory it was part of the herds competitions winning herd from Glenn and Tracey Morton, Armagh.
The baby bull class was won again by David Wilson with the recently purchased Mullaghdoo Winston, a May-born son of Balleen Wayfair.
The always competitive young handlers classes seen wins for Holly Taggart, Keziah Shaw and Ciara Fitlzpatrick, with Ciara winning the overall followed by Keziah in reserve.
The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association would like to thank United Feeds for the continued support in sponsoring the event, the Wylie Family at Dungannon Mart, judge Robert Jones and all exhibitors for ensuring that the event was a huge success.