The Northern Ireland Charolais Club was delighted with the large entry of Charolais cattle for the Minsups Charolais Grand Final at Clogher Valley Show.
Several new breeders were exhibiting for the first time in the championship. Qualifiers were picked up across the summer shows in a bid to increase numbers for the grand final.
Judging got off to a good start with a ring full of senior male entries, judge Kevin Thomas from the Moefre Herd Carmarthenshire Wales did a great job tapping out the talent.
Minsups, the sponsor for the second time, were well represented at all qualifying shows throughout the summer by local representatives Carol Mooney, John Steen and Tommy McKenna, while Apryl Biddle (managing director) and Andrew Smith (sales manager) from head office joined them for the grand final to view the cream of the Charolais and present the ribbons.
Championship NI Results:
Bulls born from 1 April 2014 to 31 July 2014
Champion Senior Bull: “Brigadoon Jaguar” bred by WD & JA Connelly Ballynahinch. This 15 month old was sired by Royal Capitan dam Wesley Enhance.
Reserve Champion Senior Bull: “Cornascriebe Joey ” bred by Mr & Mrs JA Watson & Son Portadown, a 14 month old bull sired by Thrunton Flyingscotsman dam Cornascriebe Elaine.
Bulls born from 1 August 2014 to 31 December 2014
Champion Intermediate Bull: “Ratoary Justrite ET”, bred by Sean McGovern, Clogher, County Tyrone. This nine month old was sired by the Lochend Apach, dam Clooncullane Chloe .
Reserve Champion Intermediate Bull: “Ratoary Irishman ET”, bred by Sean McGovern, Clogher, County Tyrone. This 9month old is sired by Lochend Apache, dam Clooncullane Chloe
Bulls born on or after 1st January 2015
Champion Junior Bull: “Coolnaslee Larry” bred by GJ Crawford Maghera Londonderry. This six month old bull calf is sired by Goldstar Hugo dam Coolnaslee Viola
Reserve Champion Junior Male: “Culnagechan Lethal” five month old bull calf bred by Derek Hume Randalstown Antrim and sired by Goldies Eddy dam is Maghereagh Grace
Heifers born 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2014
Champion Senior Heifer: “Deekview Jo” owned by G J Crawford, Maghera, County Londonderry. This 15 month old heifer is sired by Elgin Davinci out of a homebred dam Deelview Beaute.
Reserve Champion Senior Heifer: “Brigadoon Jemma “bred by WD & JA Connelly Ballynahinch. This 18 month old heifer is sired by Brampton Petition dam Royal Jemma
Heifers born 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014
Champion Intermediate Heifer: “Ballygreenan Jaggermistress”, bred by Miss Louise Breen, Clogher Tyrone. This year old is sired by Elgin Davinci is out of a homebred dam Kilbridefarm Gail
Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer: “Killadeas Jade”, bred by S & D Bothwell, County Fermanagh. This eight month old is by Gwenog Braveheart, is out of a homebred dam Killadeas Faithful.
Heifers born on or after 1 January 2015
Champion Junior Heifer: “Derryharney Lulu” bred by H C Stubbs & A A Burleigh, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh. This four month old heifer is by Glenross Graham and out of a homebred dam Derryharney Hazel.
Reserve Champion Junior Female: “Brigadoon Lady” bred by WD & JA Connelly Ballynahinch. A five month old heifer sired by Brigadoon Himself, out of a homebred dam Brigadoon Elite
A champion and a reserve champion was chosen from each of the qualifying classes resulting in a final line up of six top quality Charolais champions and reserve champions.
The Minsups Grand Final is a fine way to bring to an end the summer showing season for the NI Charolais Club. It has been another important year in the Charolais calendar; a year in which the club continues to focus on youth and what can be done to create interest and encourage young Charolais members.
The 13 young Charolais judges had a great experience at the UK Finals at NEC where Eimear McGovern won a trip to the French Show keeping up the tradition for the region to take some of the top prizes. Matthew Mitchell was placed third in his age group.
Diary of events:
Ulster Bank Suckled Calf Shows will be held in Armoy, Ballymena, Dungannon, Draperstown, Enniskillen, Hilltown, Lisahally, Markethill, Plumbridge & Swatragh.
Friday 30th October- Club Dinner & Awards Ceremony Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown at 8pm
Saturday 14th November – Multi Pedigree Breed Calf Fair – Balmoral, Belfast
Friday 6th November - Autumn Show and Sale in Dungannon
The club wishes to thank sponsors Minsups for their financial support and attendance at all qualifying shows and the grand final; to the British Charolais Society for their match funding of the championship.
Thanks to the management of Clogher Valley Show for hosting the final and for all their assistance throughout the championship, to all show co ordinaters; qualifying shows and the press for coverage of the Minsups qualifiers and the grand final.