Senior Simmental bull Dermotstown Delboy ET was the toast of the cattle section at Ballymena Show.
The thirty-two-month-old bull owned by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, retained the breed championship for the second successive year, and went on to secure the interbreed beef award under the expert opinion of Billy Robson OBE from Doagh.
Later in the day he went head-to-head with the interbreed dairy winner to scoop the supreme champion of champions award, a decision taken by Andrew Carter from Cumbria.
Sired by Kilbride Farm Newry, he was bred from the Raceview King daughter Brookwood Regina, and was purchased privately from Dublin herd owner Chris White. Dermotstown Delboy was champion at Balmoral a few weeks ago, and is stock bull in the Weatherup family’s 35-cow Lisglass Herd.
Also savouring success in the interbreed line-up were Andrea and Keith Nelson, who had made the long trip from Rosslea in County Fermanagh. They won the prize for the best pair of beef animals with their two-year-old Drumlone Anchor daughters Scribby Farms Exquisiter and Scribby Farms Elegant.
The strongly supported Simmental section was judged by young member Andrew Clarke from Tynan, County Armagh.
He awarded the female and reserve supreme championship honours to Wesley Abraham’s young cow Raceview Cindy Matilda ET. Also by Kilbride Farm Newry, she was female and reserve overall champion at Balmoral, and is in-calf to Dermotstown Delboy.
The reserve male championship went to Ranfurly Formula ET, a fourteen-month-old bull from David Hazelton’s herd at Dungannon. He was sired by Carnkern Titan, and is bred from the herd’s prolific brood cow South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd.
The Nelson’s Scribby Farms Exquisiter won the reserve female championship. She is a daughter of the herd’s jointly owned 10,000gns stock bull Drumlone Anchor, and is out of a home-bred dam by Celtic Rock.
The September 2013 Slievenagh Essence, and the January 2014 Slievenagh Flirt, qualified for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition. They are owned by Robin and Darla Boyd, Portglenone.
Cow, any age – 1, Wesley Abraham, Raceview Cindy Matilda ET.
Heifer, born between 01/01/13 and 30/06/13 – 1, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Exquisiter; 2, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Elegant.
Heifer, born between 01/07/13 and 31/012/13 – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Lady Erin; 2, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Ebony; 3, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Essence.
Heifer, born between 01/01/14 and 31/08/14 – 1, Thelma Gorman, Woodford Penny; 2, David Hazelton, Ranfurly Blende 5th; 3, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Flirt.
Senior bull – 1, Leslie and Christopher Weather, Dermotstown Delboy.
Junior bull – 1, David Hazelton, Ranfurly Formula ET; 2, McCloskey and Smith, Rabawn Flame.
Bull or heifer, born on or after 01/09/14 – 1, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Biana 2.
Pair, property of exhibitor -1, Keith and Andrea Nelson; 2, Robin Boyd; 3, David Hazelton.