Local Blonde breeders look forward to the year ahead with much anticipation after the success of the breed in 2014.
Blonde cattle were to the fore at the local shows with record numbers at most locations.
Pride of place must go to the McElroy family with homebred cow Ivaniseky Denise sired by Doncombe Aga Khan and her calf, Ivaniskey Jacquita sired by Clondown Eddie.
Denise notched up nine Breed Championships, six interbreed Championships, two reserve interbreed Championships, three Female Interbreed Championships and Jaquita taking an Interbreed Calf Championship, a truly magnificent achievement for any breed. We look forward to seeing them in 2015.
Suck calf sales were again very well supported with great calves on show, topping 320 pence/kilo at Dungannon Show and Sale. With over 40 calves on show, it is testament to the growing popularity of the breed with farmers and finishers alike. Allams Christmas Show and Sale highlighted the growing popularity of the breed where the Baby Calf Championship was won by G Cutler, Enniskillen. The calf later sold for £2,900.
A great year lies ahead for the breed with the Blonde National Show being held at Balmoral which will include a special class for Pedigree Calves and Commercial Blonde Cattle; a great turnout of cattle is expected.
The Northern Ireland Blonde Club wishes everyone the best of luck for the coming year. For further details visit www.niblondecattleclub.co.uk.