NIHBA hosts National calf show at Dungannon

Junior & reserve Female Champion, Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 from JE, RI W Haire

Junior & reserve Female Champion, Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 from JE, RI W Haire

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The United Feeds sponsored NIHBA National Calf Show held at Dungannon Farmers Mart attracted a good entry of top quality cattle from Northern Ireland’s leading Hereford Herds.

Judging was in the capable hands of Darragh McManus from the Normaton Herd in Leicestershire.

Dorepoll 1 Manhattan, Reserve Senior & Reserve Male Champion from Haire's and the Manhattan Group

Dorepoll 1 Manhattan, Reserve Senior & Reserve Male Champion from Haire's and the Manhattan Group

The day started with the young handler classes which saw John Andrews from Larne claim the junior section and Jack Wilson, Magheraveely, win the Senior Section. John went on to collect the Stanley Christie Trophy for the overall champion.

In the bull calves classes the senior and overall champion was Solpoll 1 Milkyway of John & William McMordie from Ballygowan. This 13 month old son of the UK Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry is a full brother to Solpoll 1 Kitkat, who set a new record price at the April Sale in Hereford of 10,800gns.

Reserve senior and reserve overall male champion was Dorepoll 1 Manhattan from Messers Haire, Dundrod, and the Manhattan Group. This 11 months old bull is by Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage and was sold in the Dorepoll Reduction Sale for 8000gns.

Junior bull calf champion was Stephen Baxter’s seven months old Umgola 1 Impact by Dernaroy 1 Impact. Dungannon breeders C & M Beatty & Son collected the reserve junior champion with Castlepoll 1 Superman - a nine months old son of Castlepoll 1 Voyager. They also won the youngest class with Castlepoll 1 Leisure, another son of Voyager.

Castlepoll 1 Leisure winner of the youngest bull calf class with four generations of the Beatty family

Castlepoll 1 Leisure winner of the youngest bull calf class with four generations of the Beatty family

Leading the way in the female section was the senior and overall champion Solpoll 1 Starlet M10 ET. This September calf is an embryo transplant daughter of three times Bull of the Year Solpoll 1 Dynamite.

The Haire family collected the junior and reserve overall female champion with their January 2015 calf Dorepoll 1 Catalina. This is another by their successful herd sire Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage.

The reserve senior title went to Trevor Andrews, from Larne, with Mountview 1 Diana - another September 14 calf by Trevor’s stock bull Appel 1 Curlie. Reserve junior champion went to Armagh exhibitor Stephen Baxter with his March born calf Umgola 1 Lady 3rd by Lisola 1 Eddie.

The first prize winner in the junior class was Hilltop 1 Roberta 5th by Richmount 1 King Kong for Kathryn Greenaway.

Young handlers winner John Andrews, with Mountview 1 Diana, Reserve Senior Female champion

Young handlers winner John Andrews, with Mountview 1 Diana, Reserve Senior Female champion

In the pairs class a pair by Panmure 1 Henry from J & W McMordie claimed first place with a Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage pair from Messers Haire in Reserve.

The NIHBA would like to thank sponsors United Feeds, judge Darragh McManus, photographer Alfie Shaw and the Wylie Family for the use of the Mart.

Umgola 1 Impact, Junior Male Champion from Stephen Baxter

Umgola 1 Impact, Junior Male Champion from Stephen Baxter

The champions with Andrew McMordie from sponsors United Feeds and Judge Darragh McManus

The champions with Andrew McMordie from sponsors United Feeds and Judge Darragh McManus

Solpoll 1 Starlet M10, Senior & Female Champion fromm J & W McMordie

Solpoll 1 Starlet M10, Senior & Female Champion fromm J & W McMordie

Senior & Overall Male Champion, Solpoll 1 Milkyway, from J & W McMordie

Senior & Overall Male Champion, Solpoll 1 Milkyway, from J & W McMordie