Sheep spectacular at Armagh Show

Interbreed maiden heifer champion was Derrymore Windbrook Jodie exhibited by Pauline McCorry, Aghalee. Included is John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank.  Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.''McAuley'Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show
Interbreed maiden heifer champion was Derrymore Windbrook Jodie exhibited by Pauline McCorry, Aghalee. Included is John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank. Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.''McAuley'Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show

There was a tremendous turnout of sheep at this year’s Armagh Show with judging not completed until well after 5.00pm.

But at the end of the day it was the shearling ewe exhibited by Tyrone Suffolk breeders Mervyn and Lesley Liggett that caught the eye of the judge, Bill Dickson.

Catherine Allen, Castlecaufield, relaxes in the sunshine at Armagh Show.  Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.''McAuley'Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show

Catherine Allen, Castlecaufield, relaxes in the sunshine at Armagh Show. Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.''McAuley'Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show

“She is an excellent example of the breed, combining shape and outstanding carcass characteristics,” said Dickson.

“My reserve was the Charollais champion, shown by Diane Christie. The ewe in question was another excellent example of her breed. In truth it was a very close run thing as to who would get the nod for the top prize.”

Dickson expressed tremendous delight at the quality of the sheep turnout for Armagh this year.

“All the breed champions that I saw today were worthy winners.”

Armagh Show's British Blonde champion was Budore Garnet bred by Eamon McGarry, Dundrod. Included are calf handler Andrew Johnston, and judge Geoffrey Rodgers, Ballynahinch.  Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.''''McAuley'Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show

Armagh Show's British Blonde champion was Budore Garnet bred by Eamon McGarry, Dundrod. Included are calf handler Andrew Johnston, and judge Geoffrey Rodgers, Ballynahinch. Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.''''McAuley'Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show

The Liggetts run a 90-strong flock of pure bred Suffolks near Drumquin.

“We bought the gimmer at Carlisle last year,” confirmed Mervyn Liggett.

“She performed very well at Balmoral this year. But today’s inter breed title is the icing on the cake. Our plan is to put the shearling in with the ram this autumn.”

The final parade of cattle in mid afternoon reflected the tremendous turnout of beef and dairy stock at this year’s Armagh Show. Judge Billy Robson selected the Simmental line up as the best turned out breed with the Charolais breeders coming in a close second.

Pictured at Armagh Show, are from left: Councillors Jonathan Buckley and Luke Poots; Noel Reid, vice chairman; Simmental exhibitor Thelma Gorman; Lord Mayor Darryn Causby; and Richard Henning, Fane Valley, sponsor.  Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.

Pictured at Armagh Show, are from left: Councillors Jonathan Buckley and Luke Poots; Noel Reid, vice chairman; Simmental exhibitor Thelma Gorman; Lord Mayor Darryn Causby; and Richard Henning, Fane Valley, sponsor. Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.

The inter-breed beef championship was won by George McCall, from Markethill, with his ten year old Salers cow Babette.

“I imported her from France as a calf,” he said.

“She has won a number of show championships over the years. But this is her first inter breed title.”

McCall runs a herd of 30 pure bred Salers cows. He was attracted to the breed because of the animals’ quiet nature, calving ease and their ability to thrive on rougher land, which would not be suited to other imported cattle breeds. Babette gave birth to a heifer calf four weeks ago, sired by the French bull Valiant.

Charolais exhibitor Eimear McGovern from Clogher.  Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.'''McAuley'''Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show

Charolais exhibitor Eimear McGovern from Clogher. Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.'''McAuley'''Added by AK for piece on Armagh Show

Meanwhile in the dairy show ring, the Booths carried the day, winning the dairy inter-breed championship with their excellent cow Clandeboye Shottle Willow. Bred at Clandeboye Estate in Co Down, this was her second Armagh inter-breed title in succession. She calved for the four time earlier this year and will re-appear next at the finals of McLarnon’s Dairy Cow Championship, scheduled for Antrim Show in July.

Full results:

Best breed in parade: Simmental

Reserve: Charolais

DAIRY CLASSES

Inter-breed Champion: G & J Booth

Reserve: S Gunn

Junior Dairy Champion: D McCorry

Dairy heifer in calf: 1st S Gunn; 2nd J Berry

Dairy heifer in milk: 1st G & J Booth; 2nd I & C Broomfield

Dairy heifer – not in calf: 1st N McCorry & Sons; 2nd S Gunn

Heifer calf: 1st J Berry; 2nd G & J Booth

Group of three females: 1st P & S Haffey

Holstein Classes

Champion: P & S Haffey

Reserve: S Gunn

Heifer calf: 1st: S Gunn; 2nd: J Berry

Maiden heifer: 1st S Gunn; 2nd N McCorry & Sons

Heifer in calf: 1st J Berry; 2nd S Gunn

Heifer in milk: 1st G & J Booth; 2nd I & C Broomfield

Cow class: 1st P & S Haffey; 2nd S Gunn

BEEF CLASSES

Inter-breed Champion: G McCall

Reserve: S & S Matchett

NISA Junior Bull Championship qualifiers: 1 P McCaffrey; 2 S & P McDonald

NISA Beef Heifer Championship qualifiers: 1 P McDonald; 2 A & A Armour

Pedigree Calf Championship: 1st S McGovern; 2nd S McGovern

Group of three animals: 1st S McGovern; 2nd P McGarry

Junior beef showing class: 1st J Whitcroft & P Woodford; 2nd S & S Matchett

Aberdeen Angus classes

Champion: S & S Matchett

Reserve: A & A Armour

Junior bull: 1st: A & A Armour; 2nd M Clements

Cow class: 1st: S & S Matchett; 2nd: K & R Strain

Senior heifer class; 1st A & Armour; 2nd M Irwin

Intermediate heifer: 1st S & S Matchett; 2nd S & S Matchett

Calf class: 1st S & S Matchett; 2nd J & L Anderson

Pair of animals: 1st S & S Matchett; 2nd M Clements

Hereford classes

Champion: J & W McMordie

Reserve: C Kerr

Cow class: 1st: S Patterson

Senior heifer class: 1st J & W McMordie; 2nd R M Richmond

Junior heifer class: 1st C Kerr; 2nd S Baxter

Senior bull class: 1st J Graham

Junior bull class: 1st A & A Armour; 2nd J & W McMordie

Bull calf class: 1st C & R Pogue; 2nd C & M Beatty & Son

Pairs class: 1st J & W McMordie; 2nd R M Richmond

Beef Shorthorn Classes

Champion: H D Bailie

Reserve: D D McDowell

Heifer in calf: 1st D D McDowell; 2nd R & N McGuigan

Heifer – born in 2014: 1st H D Bailie; 2nd D D McDowell

Calf class: 1st H D Bailie; 2nd H D Bailie

British Blues

Champion: T Dodds

Reserve: T Dodds

Cow class: 1st T Dodds

Heifer class: 1st T Dodds

Calf class: 1st H D Dorman & family

Salers Classes

Champion: G McCall

Reserve: S Connell

Senior bull class: 1st G McCall; 2nd P J Maginn & Sons

Junior bull class: 1st: G McCall

Cow class: 1st: G McCall

Senior heifer class: 1st S Connell; 2nd P J Maginn

Junior heifer class: 1st S Connell; 2nd G McCall

Blondes

Champion: P McGarry

Reserve: Savage Bros & Son

Junior bull class: 1st P McGarry

Cow class: 1st: P McGarry

Senior heifer class: 1st Savage Bros & Son; 2nd G Stranney

Junior heifer: 1st R & N McGuigan; 2nd Johnston family

Calf class: 1st Johnston family; 2nd P McGarry

Pairs class: 1st P McGarry; 2nd Johnston family

Charolais classes

Champion: WD & JA Connolly

Reserve: WD & JA Connolly

Junior bull class: 1st WD & JA Connolly; 2nd S McGovern

Cow class: 1st WD & JA Connolly

Heifer born I 2014: 1st WD & JA Connolly; 2nd MR & Mrs J A Watson & Son

Calf class: 1st Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son; 2nd WD & JA Connolly

Pairs class: 1st S McGovern; 2nd WD & JA Connolly

Simmental classes

Champion: W Abraham

Reserve: A Nelson

Cow class: 1st: W Abraham

Senior heifer class: 1st A Nelson

Intermediate heifer class: 1st P McDonald

Junior heifer class: 1st W D Hazelton; 2nd T H Gorman

Bull class: 1st P McCaffrey; 2nd W D Hazelton

Pairs class: 1st WD Hazelton; 2nd R Reid & L W Davies

Rare Breeds classes

Champion: D Brown

Reserve: F Murphy

Bull class: 1st J Boyd

Cow class: 1st F Murphy

Senior heifer: 1st D Brown; 2nd F Murphy

Calf class: 1st F Murphy; 2nd D Brown

Commercial beef classes

Champion: Corrie & Neill

Reserve: K Williamson

Calf class: 1st K Williamson; 2nd Corrie & Neill

Store heifer class: 1st K Willamson; 2nd Corrie & Neill

Beef heifer class: 1st C Collier; 2nd Corrie & Neill

Store bullock class: 1st Corrie & Neill; 2nd N Cochrane

Beef bullock class: 1st Corrie & Neill

SHEEP SECTION

Inter-breed Champion: L & M Liggett

Reserve: D Christie

Continental Sheep final – qualifiers: 1 D & B Robinson; 2nd D Christie

Inter breed group championships

Champion: D Christie

Reserve; P Donnelly

Pair of ewe lambs championships

Champion: D Christie

Reserve: E McAllister

Young Handlers’ competition: 1st A Cochrane; 2nd K Doyle

Cydectin Young handlers’ championship: 1st K Doyle; 2nd A Cochrane

Suffolk classes

Champion: W & M Liggett

Reserve: D Taylor

Ewe class: 1st P Donnelly: 2nd A & N Robinson

Ram class: 1st: RC & JC Watson

Shearling ewe class: 1st L & M Liggett; 2nd RC & JC Watson

Shearling ram: 1st S Sufferin; 2nd P Donnelly

Ewe lamb: 1st A & N Robinson; 2nd M J W Priestly

Ram lamb; 1st D Taylor; 2nd S Sufferin

Group of three: 1st D Taylor; 2nd P Donnelly

Junior stock handler: 1st B Robinson; 2nd E Butler

Ile de France classes

Champion: M & S Robinson

Reserve: Porter & Hyndman

Ewe class: 1st: M & S Robinson; 2nd: Porter & Hyndman

Shearling ewe: 1st Porter & Hyndman; 2nd Porter & Hyndman

Ram class: 1st Porter & Hyndman; 2nd M & S Robinson

Ewe lamb class: 1st R Milligan; 2nd D Dalzell

Ram lamb class: 1st M & S Robinson; 2nd D Dalzell

Group of three: 1st M & S Robinson; 2nd:Porter & Hyndman

Charollais classes

Champion: D Christie

Reserve: D Christie

Ewe class: 1st D Christie; 2nd J Aiken

Shearling ewe: 1st D Christie; 2nd D Christie

Ram class: 1st D Christie; 2nd J Aiken

Ram lamb: 1st N & F Donnelly

Ewe lamb class: 1st J Aiken; 2nd J Aiken

Group of three class: 1st: D Christie; 2nd: J Aiken

Texel classes

Champion: P O’Connor

Reserve: B Hanthorn

Ewe class: 1st M McConville; 2nd J Herdman

Ram class: 1st P O’Connor; 2nd P O’ Connor

Shearling ewe: 1st B Hanthorn; 2nd T & B Robinson

Shearling ram class: 1st D Tumelty & Sons; 2nd E Bell

Ram lamb class: 1st P O’Connor; 2nd P O’Connor

Ewe lamb class: 1st M McConville; 2nd P O’Connor

Group of three: 1st P O’Connor

Beltex sheep classes

Champion: E McAllister

Reserve: D Brown

Ram class: 1st H O’Neill

Shearling ram: 1st E McAllister; 2nd E McAllister

Ram lamb class: 1st E McAllister; 2nd M Burleigh

Ram lamb – born after Match 1st 2015: 1st D Brown: 2nd: M Burleigh

Ewe class: 1st M Burleigh; 2nd E McAllister

Shearling ewe: 1st E McAllister; 2nd E McAllister

Ewe lamb: 1st M Burleigh; 2nd E McAllister

Ewe lamb – born after March 15: 1st C Aiken; 2nd J Harbinson

Pair of lambs: 1st M Burleigh; 2nd E McAllister

Group of three class: 1st E McAllister; 2nd H O’Neill

Hampshire Down classes

Champion: P Stevenson

Reserve: T McGrath

Ram class: 1st J & A Fletcher; 2nd A & V McFadden

Ewe class: 1st A & V McFadden: 2nd K McCarthy

Shearling ewe: 1st A & V McFadden; 2nd T McGrath

Ewe lamb class: 1st T McGrath; 2nd K McCarthy

Ram lamb: 1st T McGrath; 2nd A & V Mcfadden

Novice class: 1st P Stevenson

Pairs class: 1st K McCarthy; 2nd A & V McFadden

Pair of shearling ewes: 1st J & A Fletcher; 2nd K McCarthy

Group of three class: 1st A & V Mcfadden; 2nd K McCarthy

Untrimmed ram lamb class: 1st T McGrath

Dorset Horn classes

Champion: B lamb

Reserve: B Lamb

Ram class: 1st B Lamb

Ewe class: 1st B Lamb

Shearling ewe: 1st B Lamb

Ram lamb class: 1st B Lamb; 2nd A Knox

Ewe lamb class: 1st A Knox; 2nd B Lamb

Jacob classes

Champion: P & S Colhoun

Reserve: P & S Colhoun

Ram class: 1st P & S Colhoun; 2nd J Harkness

Ewe class: 1st A Hamilton; 2nd P & S Colhoun

Shearling ewe class: 1st J McGrath; 2nd A Hamilton

Shearling ram class: 1st P & S Colhoun; 2nd P & S Colhoun

Ram lamb: 1st P & S Colhoun; 2nd J Harkness

Ewe lamb class: 1st P & S Colhoun; 2nd P & S Colhoun

Pair of lambs: 1st P & S Colhoun; 2nd A Hamilton

Group of three class: 1st J Harkness; 2nd A Hamilton

Zwartbles sheep

Champion: A & R Megarrell

Reserve: M Dorman

Ram class: 1st I Donald

Ewe class: 1st M Dorman; 2nd A & R Megarrell

Shearling ewe class: 1st I Donald; 2nd A & R Megarrell

Ram lamb class: 1st A & R Megarrell; 2nd M Dorman

Ewe lamb class: 1st A & R Megarrell; 2nd M Dorman

Other pure bred sheep

Champion: C & A Richardson

Reserve: J Harbinson

Ram class: 1st J Harbinson; 2nd J Harbinson

Ewe class: 1st C & A Richardson; 2nd D Tumelty & Sons

Ram lamb class: 1st C & A Richardson; 2nd C & A Richardson

Ewe lamb class: 1st C & A Richardson; 2nd C & A Richardson

Minority breed classes

Champion: P Kelly

Reserve: R J McCauley

Ram class: 1st R J McCauley; 2nd P Kelly

Ewe class: 1st P Kelly; 2nd P Kelly

Ram lamb class: 1st L Hamilton; 2nd R J McCauley

Ewe lamb class: 1st R J McCauley; 2nd L Hamilton

Pairs class: 1st L Hamilton: 2nd R J McCauley

PIG SECTION

Champion: E Gregg

Reserve: K & J Gracey

Sow – any breed class: 1st E Gregg; 2nd J Girvan

Senior boar class: 1st K & J Gracey; 2nd E Gregg

Junior boar (1st class): 1st E Gregg; 2nd S Radcliffe

Junior boar ( 2nd class): 1st K & J Gracey; 2nd E Gregg

Senior gilt: 1st B Kelly; 2nd S Radcliffe

Junior Gilt: 1st K & J Gracey; 2nd E Gregg

Young Handlers’ class: 1st N Kelly; 2nd S Radcliffe