Mohmar Beef Shorthorn trophy goes to Uppermill

James Porter receives the Mohmar trophy from Martine Chapman and Beef Shorthorn Society chairman, Geoff Riby with John McCulloch and Faith Cromie
James Porter receives the Mohmar trophy from Martine Chapman and Beef Shorthorn Society chairman, Geoff Riby with John McCulloch and Faith Cromie

The Uppermill Beef Shorthorn herd has been awarded the Mohmar Trophy for scoring the highest number of points across four major shows during the 2015 season.

James Porter, owner of the 50 cow Uppermill herd based on the Gill Hall Estate, Dromore, Co Down was presented with the award at the Stirling Bull Sales on Sunday 18 October by Martine Chapman of Highland Wagyu which donated the trophy.

“We are delighted the award has gone to Uppermill – a team that works long and hard behind the scenes to travel over the water to show their cattle.”

Martine Chapman, Highland Wagyu

“We are delighted the award has gone to Uppermill – a team that works long and hard behind the scenes to travel over the water to show their cattle,” she said.

Mr Porter received the bronze Beef Shorthorn head trophy for the second consecutive year, together with £1,000 prize money.

He said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award which marks the culmination of an amazing show season, and all credit goes to the upcoming generation at Uppermill which made up the seven-strong show team. Watch this space. The win is also be a great boost for our stockman, Ian Rea as we go forward planning for next season.”

The Uppermill herd achieved 330 points, in reserve place was Charles and Sally Horrell’s Pode Hole herd with 290 points and third place went to Duncan McDowell’s Castlemount herd, 230 points.

Mohsin Altajir explained: “As Beef Shorthorn breeders ourselves, we wanted to help encourage more breeders, in particular some of the newest members, to show their cattle and recognise the most successful herd across four shows – the Royal Highland, Royal Ulster, Royal Welsh and Great Yorkshire. The perpetual Mohmar Trophy specially commissioned by Scottish sculptor, Lucy Poett and based on our Beef Shorthorn bull, Quoiggs Extra Special, is becoming a sought-after award in the show season for breeders.”

Beef Shorthorn Society’s Frank Milnes commented: “Our congratulations go to Uppermill which turned out two fantastic teams of Beef Shorthorns; once again they gained the highest number of points at the Royal Ulster and Royal Highland Shows and amassed a very impressive lead score.”

He added: “Our grateful thanks go to Highland Wagyu for generously supporting Beef Shorthorn at a time when the breed’s popularity has reached a record high - calf registrations are up 41% since 2011 whilst recent BCMS data shows a 40% increase in Beef Shorthorn and Beef Shorthorn cross registered cattle since 2008, the largest increase of any breed simply because breeders are delivering a functional suckler cow suited to modern commercial requirements whilst Morrisons Traditional Beef scheme has introduced a strong demand for Beef Shorthorn steers, previously a by-product.”