The Hereford National Show is considered by many as the highlight of the season and attracts a large number of cattle and spectators alike.
The 2016 Championships were staged at Enniskillen Show, with a strong entry of Hereford cattle representing breeders from all six counties.
Judge for the day was secretary of the Swedish Hereford Association Miranda Lysell, who is a noted breeder and judge in her native country.
Tapped out at Supreme Champion was “Pinmoor 1 Kingsley” exhibited by Bertie & Greer Watson, Crossgar. This three year old stock bull in the Barnburn herd was first spotted by the Watsons at Westmorland Show in 2014, and was snapped up shortly afterwards in a private transaction. He has calves on the ground, and the Watsons are delighted with how his progeny are shaping up to date.
Enjoying a tremendous National Show was James Graham, and son Bradley from Portadown. They took home an array of ribbons for their Richmount herd including Reserve Supreme Champion with “Hilton 1 Delilah”. This is a 2007 born daughter of Dieulacresse Vodaphone out of Panmure 1 Blessing.
The success story didn’t end there for the Graham team, with their homebred bull “Richmount 1 King Kong” notching up Reserve Male Champion. This son of Graceland 1 Colin is out of the Champion female which highlights her ability to breed well in addition to looking the part in the show ring.
The Reserve Female Championship went to “Richmount 1 Nola” who is also out of Hilton 1 Delilah. This super young prospect was earlier in the day shown at foot with her dam, and achieved much admiration before being tapped out by Ms Lysell as Junior Champion. King Kong and Nola then teamed up to win the best progeny pair Championship.
The overall standard of cattle on show was exceptional according to the master judge Miranda Lysell, who described her Supreme Champion as “very stylish combined with great power and excellent breed character. The Female Champion is a well made brood cow, and her calf which is a winner in its own right shows tremendous potential”.
The hotly contended young handlers class was led by Marcus Murdock, with Bradley Graham and Robbie Wilson following in the placings.