Hereford judging takes centre stage

C & M Beatty were Male Champion with their two year old stock bull "Solpoll 1 Line Ranger".
C & M Beatty were Male Champion with their two year old stock bull "Solpoll 1 Line Ranger".

Once again Hereford exhibitors pulled out all the stops and presented a top notch entry of cattle at the 148th Balmoral Show. For the second year in a row the breed had the largest entry amongst a record number of almost 700 head.

Scooping the top honours and notching up their very first Balmoral win was Auchnacloy based couple Paul and Wendy Beatty with their homebred heifer “Tirelugan 1 Lilly”. This rising two year old heifer was purchased in utero of her dam Solpoll 1 Stardust J12, and is out of the highly successful sire Panmure 1 Henry.

The Haire Family were placed first in the senior bull class with "Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk".

The Haire Family were placed first in the senior bull class with "Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk".

Judging was in the hands of Society President Michael Clarke, who described his champion as “simply outstanding, with tremendous breed character and style”.

The Reserve Championship was awarded to John & William McMordie, Ballygowan for “Solpoll 1 Starlet M10”. This September 2014 born daughter of their homebred Dynamite stock sire, is out of one of the most prolific families within a high performing herd.

C & M Beatty & Son, Dungannon collected the Male Championship with their stock bull “Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger” after he stood top of the line in the April to December 2014 bull class. Lone Ranger was purchased in January this year at the NIHBA Premier Sale.

A strong class of 2015 born bulls were led by the greatly admired “Dominarigle 1 Prince 658” brought out by Mrs Jacqueline Martin, Saintfield. This young prospect sired by Gurteragh Justice was also tapped out Junior Champion and Reserve Male Champion by the judge.

"Dominarigle 1 Prince 658" was leader of the yearling bull class and Junior Champion for Mrs Jacqueline Martin, Saintfield.

"Dominarigle 1 Prince 658" was leader of the yearling bull class and Junior Champion for Mrs Jacqueline Martin, Saintfield.

The Reserve Junior came from the 2015 born heifer class, which was one of the largest of the entire show. “Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641” a daughter of the well-known sire Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage, was bred and exhibited by the Haire Family, Dundrod who chalked up several ribbons at the show.

The days busy judging programme kicked off with a super class of females in calf or with calf at foot. The red ticket was awarded to “Solpoll 1 Pansy C4” an eleven year old cow from the McMordie team, accompanied with her Panmure 1 Henry sired heifer calf at foot.

“Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk” another entry by Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage was winner of the senior bull class for J.E, R.I & W Haire. Knight Hawk is no stranger to success at previous Balmoral Shows.

The group of three cattle from one exhibitor saw the Solpoll team selected as class leaders, with the Haires in second and Co Leitrim based Coote Geelan in third.

JE, RI & W Haire were awarded the red ticket in a very strong class of yearling heifers with "Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641" who also secured Reserve Junior Champion.

JE, RI & W Haire were awarded the red ticket in a very strong class of yearling heifers with "Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641" who also secured Reserve Junior Champion.

All of the classes were watched by a packed ringside of visitors to the show. Sponsorship for the Hereford section was kindly provided by Lidl.

Results:

Cow or heifer, born on or before 31st December 2013, in calf or with own natural calf at foot: 1st, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 PANSY C4; 2nd, Graham, Mr James, Portadown, HILTON 1 DELILAH (P); 3rd, Taggart, Mr John, Newtownards, CARNEYHILL 1 EMMA 1ST; 4th, Richmond, Mervyn, Enniskillen, CORRABACK CLOVER 4TH; 5th, McMillan, Mr James, Ballymena, UPPERLANDS 1GRACE.

Heifer, born on or after 1st January 2014, and on or before 30th June 2014, in calf or with own calf at foot: 1st, Beatty Paul & Wendy, Aughnacloy, TIRELUGAN LILLY; 2nd, Kerr, Mr Ciaran, Lurgan, KINNEGO 1 LOANIN LADY; 3rd, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 STARLET L16; 4th, Magheraknock Herefords, Ballynahinch, HUMBER PANSY; 5th, Graham, Mr James, Portadown, RICHMOUNT 1 LADY LOUCHE (P); 6th, Henning, Mr John, Newry, BOLEY 1 LULU; 7th, Geelan, Mr Coote, Leitrim, LOUGHRINN.

Paul & Wendy Beatty won the Supreme Championship with their homebred two year old heifer "Tirelugan Lilly".

Paul & Wendy Beatty won the Supreme Championship with their homebred two year old heifer "Tirelugan Lilly".

Heifer, born on or after 1st July 2014, and on or before 31st December 2014: 1st, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 STARLET M10; 2nd, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 STARLET M12; 3rd, Haire J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 TESSA 636 (P); 4th, Geelan, Mr Coote, Leitrim, BALTYMORE ORANGE 449; 5th, Patterson, Mr Aaron, Downpatrick, BALLYMARTIN 1 SPARK.

Heifer, born on or after 1st January 2015: 1st, Haire J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 CATALINA 641 (P); 2nd, Watson A & G, Downpatrick, BARNBURN 1 MARIGOLD; 3rd, Richmond, Mervyn, Enniskillen, CORRABACK BLOSSOM 3RD; 4th, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 PANSY N7; 5th, Henning, Mr John, Newry, BOLEY 1 MINNIE; 6th, Cherry, Mr Stephen, Templepatrick, BOGHILL MIDGE (P); 7th, Beatty & Son C & M, Dungannon, CASTLEPOLL 1 MOLLOY 3RD; 8th, Graham, Mr James, Portadown, RICHMOUNT 1 MABEL (P); 9th, Greenaway, Mrs Kathryn, Portadown, HILLTOP 1 ROBERTA 3RD; 10th, Gill W J & Weir A J, Killinchy, LUSKY IP NAM.

Bull, born prior to 1st April 2014: 1st, Haire J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 579 KNIGHT HAWK (S); 2nd, Watson A & G, Downpatrick, PINMOOR 1 KINGSLEY; 3rd, Kerr, Mr Ciaran, Lurgan, MULLAGHDOOPOLL 1 ELITE; 4th, Magheraknock Herefords, Ballynahinch, LISLAUGHTIN KENNY 28; 5th, Leader Ruth, Dundrod, RATHREGAN POLL 1 STORM; 6th, Patterson, Mr Scott, Portadown, CLONLIFF 1 PAT (P).

Bull, born on or after 1st April 2014, and on or before 31st December 2014: 1st, Beatty & Son C & M, Dungannon, SOLPOLL 1 LONE RANGER; 2nd, Haire J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 563 LAWMAN (P); 3rd, Haire J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 579 MANHATTAN (P); 4th, Gill W J & Weir A J, Killinchy, LUSKY 1P LANCELOT.

Bull, born on or after 1st January 2015: 1st, Martin, Mrs Jacqueline, Saintfield, DOMINARIGLE 1 PRINCE 658; 2nd, Patterson, Mr Aaron, Downpatrick, UMGOLA 1IMPACT; 3rd, Watson A & G, Downpatrick, BARNBURN 1 MONOPOLY; 4th, Taggart, Mr John, Newtownards, CARNEYHILL MAGNUM; 5th, Beatty & Son C & M, Dungannon, CASTLEPOLL 1 HUSTLER; 6th, Geelan, Mr Coote, Leitrim, BALTYMORE RODGE 454; 7th, Leader Ruth, Dundrod, HOCKLEY POLL 1 ANDY.

GROUP OF THREE ANIMALS, bona fide the property of one exhibitor and entered in the classes for which they are eligible: 1st, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan; 2nd, Haire J E, R I & W, Crumlin; 3rd, Geelan, Mr Coote, Leitrim.

"Solpoll 1 Pansy C4" stood top of the class in the Hereford cow class for J & W McMordie.

"Solpoll 1 Pansy C4" stood top of the class in the Hereford cow class for J & W McMordie.

CHAMPION PRIZES, £100 and £50- for the Champion and Reserve Champion Hereford. Presented by the Lidl. THE JERVIS W WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP - for award to the best Hereford female. Presented by Mrs Isobel Williamson. 

THE SIDNEY MAWHINNEY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP- for the best naturally polled Hereford bred in the United Kingdom. Presented by Sidney Mawhinney, Lisburn and Ballyclare: SP, Beatty Paul & Wendy, Aughnacloy, TIRELUGAN LILLY; Res, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 STARLET M10.

JUNIOR BREED CHAMPION, £30 & £20 - for the Champion and Reserve male or female animals born on or after 1st January 2015. Presented by Lidl: SP, Martin, Mrs Jacqueline, Saintfield, DOMINARIGLE 1 PRINCE 658; Res, Haire J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 CATALINA 641 (P).

THE HEREFORD PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP - for the best Hereford animal exhibited by a Member of that Association, with a replica to the breeder who wins this Cup on any three occasions with different animals. Presented by the NI Hereford Breeders’ Association: SP, Beatty Paul & Wendy, Aughnacloy, TIRELUGAN LILLY; Res, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 STARLET M10.

F W McMORDIE PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP- for the best junior Hereford [born on or after 1st July 2014]. Presented by the McMordie Family in memory of the late Eric McMordie: SP, McMordie J & W, Ballygowan, SOLPOLL 1 STARLET M10; Res, Martin, Mrs Jacqueline, Saintfield, DOMINARIGLE 1 PRINCE 658.

The Reserve Champion came from the Solpoll herd of John & William McMordie, Ballygowan.

The Reserve Champion came from the Solpoll herd of John & William McMordie, Ballygowan.

A delighted Paul Beatty is congratulated by sponsors Lidl after securing the Hereford Supreme Championship.

A delighted Paul Beatty is congratulated by sponsors Lidl after securing the Hereford Supreme Championship.

Judge Michael Clarke, President of the Hereford Cattle Society in action at Balmoral Show.

Judge Michael Clarke, President of the Hereford Cattle Society in action at Balmoral Show.