Greenfield named 2015 Bimeda British Blue herd winners

Ivan Gordon, Bimeda Uk sponsor Kevin McAnenly, Corrina Gordon, judge Samuel Cleland for best Brood Cow, Springbank Christmas.  Springbank was also third in small herd section.
Ivan Gordon, Bimeda Uk sponsor Kevin McAnenly, Corrina Gordon, judge Samuel Cleland for best Brood Cow, Springbank Christmas. Springbank was also third in small herd section.
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The Northern Ireland Blue Cattle Club held their annual herd competition recently sponsored by Bimedia UK.

The competition judge was Samuel Cleland from Downpatrick who judged in two herd categories: large and small along with individual awards for best brood cow, best bull, best heifer, best calf and best newcomer.

Bimeda UK sponsor Kevin McAnenly, Johnny Young owner of Magheradroll Isotope (Best Bull) and judge Samuel Cleland.

Bimeda UK sponsor Kevin McAnenly, Johnny Young owner of Magheradroll Isotope (Best Bull) and judge Samuel Cleland.

Bimeda UK representative, Kevin McAnenly was on hand to present the prizes and congratulate the winners.

Jack and Anne Morrison owners of the Chatham herd from Ballymoney were first in the large herd section.

Basil Dougherty from Kircubbin, owner of the Greenfield herd, was first in the small herd section. Sam Robinson and Sons, owners of the Killinchy Woods herd from Crossgar, were second with Ivan and Corrina Gordon, owners of the Springbank herd from Kilkeel, in third.

Best bull was Magheradroll Isotope owned by John Young, Ballynahinch. Best heifer was Rahoon Holly owned by Sam Robinson and Sons, Crossgar. Best brood cow was Springbank Christmas owned by Ivan and Corrina Gordon, Kilkeel. Best calf was Chatham Josh owned by Jack and Anne Morrison, Ballymoney, while the best newcomer was awarded to Sam Robinson and Sons.

Best Calf awarded to Jack and Anne Morrision for Chatham Josh was accepted by Isaac Ward (centre) from judge Samuel Cleland with Bimeda UK sponsor Kevin McAnenly. Chatham was also first in large herd section and reserve overall.

Best Calf awarded to Jack and Anne Morrision for Chatham Josh was accepted by Isaac Ward (centre) from judge Samuel Cleland with Bimeda UK sponsor Kevin McAnenly. Chatham was also first in large herd section and reserve overall.

Samuel with wife Annabel thoroughly enjoyed visiting the competing herds and thanked everyone for their hospitality.

Jason concluded the formalities with thanking the sponsors Bimeda UK for their support, the judge Samuel for his assistance, and Ballynahinch Rugby Club for the venue.

NI Blue Cattle Club asks members and guests mark their diary for the club’s annual dinner on Saturday, December 5, in Corr’s Corner Hotel, Newtownabbey at 7.30pm where the winner of the prestigious “Best Show Exhibitor” kindly sponsored by Chestnutt Animal Feeds will be announced.

Tickets are £26 per person from club secretary Libby Young 07740511475.

Overall herd winners Veronica and Basil Dougherty (centre) from the Greenfield Herd with Bimeda Uk sponsor Kevin McAnenly (left) and judge Samuel Cleland (right)

Overall herd winners Veronica and Basil Dougherty (centre) from the Greenfield Herd with Bimeda Uk sponsor Kevin McAnenly (left) and judge Samuel Cleland (right)