Tuesday 21 June 2022
Armagh Show played host for the 2022 NI National Show where Carolyn Fletcher, Hereford Cattle Society president, was tasked with judging the largest section forward on the day.
Richmount 1 Treadstone from James Graham, Portadown was chosen by the Cumbria-based breeder as her supreme, male and reserve female champion, which began the day by heading-up the senior bull class. A son of the Australian Mawarra Mustang, this September 2019-born bull had previously stood reserve champion at Balmoral Show.
Young breeder Marcus Murdock from Newry lifted the female and reserve supreme championship with 2016-born Cornriggs 1 Vanity 2nd, bred by Harry and Janet Elliott, Durham. A daughter of Cornriggs 1 Super Guy and out of Cornriggs 1 Vanity, it was shown with its January-born Fisher 1 Profile daughter at-foot.
Lurgan-based Ciaran Kerr was the winner of the reserve male championship with the Irish-bred stock bull, Country Crest Jack. Sired by Moyclare Phoenix and out of Ballyaville Isa, it stood senior male champion at last year’s Northern Ireland calf show and a first prize winner at Balmoral Show.
Richmount 1 Mabel from James Graham was second in the cow class and was elevated to reserve female champion. Seven years old, it is out of Hilton 1 Deliah and by Richmount 1 Kaiser.
Success continued for Ciaran and his Kinnego herd as January 2021-born Kinnego 1 Valentino took the junior male championship. Sired by the home-bred Kinnego 1 Rocket Man, its dam was Lusky 1 Hope. These two bulls from the Kinnego stable combined with herd mate Kinnego 1 Verity to win the group of three.
The junior female championship was won by Glenn and Tracey Morton, Armagh with the home-bred May 2021-born heifer, Nancy Fancy. A daughter of Pulham Providence, it is out of dam Glaslough Royal, bred by Nigel Heatrick, Co Armagh.
The exhibitor-bred heifer championship was won by the July 2020-born Glassdrummond Vicky from Alan Rea, Ballynahinch. A daughter of stock bull Magheraknock Matador, it is out of Glassdrummond Porche.
Finishing as reserve heifer champion, Magheraknock Daffodil T7 from David Smyth, Ballynahinch was the class winner in the senior heifers. A daughter of Free Town Mentor and Rathregan Daffodil, David’s success didn’t end there when his February 2022-born Border Sentinal son, Magheraknock Winston, took the red ticket in the junior bull calf class.
Greer Watson, Raffrey won the calf championship with his December 2021-born Barbern 1 Victor. A son of the 2022 NI sire of the year, Solpoll 1 Ringo, its dam is the home-bred Barnburn 1 Nolana.
Richmount 1 Mabel W2, the first calf born from Treadstone and out of Richmount 1 Mabel, was the winner of the youngest heifer calf class. Born in January 2022 it went on to finish reserve in the calf championship.
The pairs class was won by two young bulls sired by the home-bred Tullymore 1 Nixon from Raymond annd Stuart Pogue, Benburb.
The final class of the day was the ever competitive young handlers competition. Taking the top place of senior and overall young handler was Nathanial Shaw, Dungannon and his closest competition came from his sister Keziah Shaw who took junior young and overall young handler.
NIHBA thanks sponsors WK Powell and Erin Farm Feeds for their support and their presence on the day and Armagh Show for hosting the National Show so successfully.