Standing room only around Hereford rings

Solpoll 1 Stella L2 was placed Supreme Hereford Champion for the McMordie Family, and later in the week secured second reserve in the Champion of Champions competition. The Hereford section was the largest breed represented at this years Balmoral Show for the second year in a row.
Solpoll 1 Stella L2 was placed Supreme Hereford Champion for the McMordie Family, and later in the week secured second reserve in the Champion of Champions competition. The Hereford section was the largest breed represented at this years Balmoral Show for the second year in a row.
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All eyes were on the Hereford rings at Balmoral Show as breeders put forward a tremendous entry of stock.

For the second year in a row the breed was the largest within the cattle section as their popularity continues to reach an all time high.

Judge Melissa Roberts made swift work of her duties and selected the outstanding heifer “Solpoll 1 Stella L2” as her Supreme Champion. This daughter of Panmure 1 Henry was brought out by the father and son team of John and William McMordie, Ballygowan.

This greatly admired heifer was appointed second reserve in the coveted Champion of Champions competition which was judged by Jim Barbour the following day. She is no stranger to success in the show ring having notched up the top title at the NIHBA Calf Show last Autumn for the McMordies.

Leading the males and standing in Reserve Supreme position was “Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthawk” from William and Ivan Haire, Dundrod. This bull has great power and scale, and at just two years old has a bright future ahead of him. He is sired by their stock bull who was winner in the senior class “Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage”.

The biggest class of the entire cattle section was the yearling bulls which were led by the McMordies with “Solpoll 1 Lawyer”. Making his debut appearance in the show ring, this son of Panmure Henry scooped the Junior Championship and Reserve Male titles.

“Lisrace Prettymaid 19th” caught the eye of the judge and was awarded Reserve Female and Reserve Junior Champion for David Wilson, Magheraveely. Born in January 2014 this entry is sired by Lisrace Lifeliner, and was Junior Female Champion at the NIHBA calf show.

John and Karen Taggart, Carrowdore won the class for heifers born between January and June 2013 with “Knockmanta 1 Rosebud”.

The sire this time is the popular Goulding Poll 1 Superduty ET.

It was back to the Haires in the cow class when “Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim” stood top of the line. This daughter of Dorepoll 1 93N Transatlantic ET was shown with her smart bull calf at foot.

Such is the reputation of NI Hereford breeders for turning out quality cattle that this year’s show attracted a large number of visitors from right throughout the UK and Ireland. These included coaches from the South of England HBA and the South Leinster Branch of the Irish Hereford Association.

On completing her judging stint, Melissa Roberts described the entire entry of cattle as being of a very high standard indeed, with the Champion heifer one of the best that she had seen for some time.

Results:

COW or HEIFER, born on or before 31st December 2012, in calf or with own natural calf at foot: 1st Haire, J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 553 CLASSIC KIM (P); 2nd Patterson, Mr Scott, Portadown, ROMANY 1 ISHBEL R22 E54 (P); 3rd Watson, Mr Greer, Downpatrick BARNBURN 1 GRACEFUL LADY

HEIFER, born on or after 1st January 2013, and on or before 30th June 2013, in calf or with own calf at foot: 1st Taggart J & K, Newtownards, KNOCKMANTA 1 ROSEBUD; 2nd Richmond, Mervyn, Enniskillen, CORRABACK CLOVER 4TH; 3rd Armour, Mr Alwyn, Ballynahinch DOREPOLL 1 JOURNEY 616 (P); 4th Taggart J & K, Newtownards, CARNEYHILL 1 OLGA 1ST; 5th Patterson, Mr Scott, Portadown MULLANTINE 1 NACHO LADY (P); 6th Patterson, Mr Aaron, Downpatrick, BALLYMARTIN 1 DIADEM 4TH (P); 7th Geelan, Mr Coote  Leitrim, LOUGHRINN I LILY 420

HEIFER, born on or after 1st July 2013, and on or before 31st December 2013: 1st McMordie J & W, Newtownards, SOLPOLL 1 STELLA L2; 2nd McMordie J & W, Newtownards, SOLPOLL 1 DAINTY L1; 3rd Martin, Mr Desmond, Saintfield, CRAIGY GERTY 2ND; 4th Beatty & Son C & M, Dungannon, CASTLEPOLL 1 MOLLOY 2ND (P); 5th £55 Patterson, Mr Aaron, Downpatrick, BALLYMARTIN 1 HAZEL 3RD; 6th £45 Geelan, Mr Coote, Leitrim, BAITYMORE MABLE 426; 7th £35 Richmond, Mervyn, Enniskillen, CORRABACK OLIVE 6TH; 8th

£25 Smyth, Mr David, Ballynahinch, FORTVIEW LUCINDA

553 HEIFER, born on or after 1st January 2014: 1st £80 Wilson, Mr David R, Magheraveely, LISRACE PRETTYMAID 19TH; 2nd £70 Beatty & Son C & M, Dungannon, CADTLEPOLL 1 RENE (P); 3rd £65 Andrews, Mr Trevor, Larne, MOUNTVIEW 1 DAISY (P); 4th £60 Graham, Mr James, Portadown, RICHMOUNT 1 LADY LOUCHE (P); 5th

£55 Taggart J & K, Newtownards, CARNEYHILL 1 LADY 2ND

554 BULL, born prior to 1st April 2013: 1st £80 Haire, J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 499 HERITAGE (P); 2nd £70 Graham, Mr James, Portadown, RICHMOUNT 1 KING KONG (P); 3rd £65 Watson, Mr Greer, Downpatrick, PINMOOR 1 KINGSLEY; 4th £60 Taggart J & K, Newtownards CARNEYHILL 1 JACKSON

555 BULL, born on or after 1st April 2013, and on or before 31st December 2013 : 1st £80 Haire, J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 579 KNIGHTHAWK (S); 2nd £70 McMordie, Mr Andrew, Newtownards, SOLITUDE 1 LIONHEART; 3rd £65 King, Conor, Castlewellan, RATHREGAN POLL 1 THUNDER

BULL, born on or after 1st January 2014: 1st McMordie J & W, Newtownards, Solpoll 1 Lawyer; 2nd McMordie J & W, Newtownards, Solpoll 1 Lord Keno; 3rd Smyth, Mr David, Ballynahinch LISLAUGHTIN KENNY; 4th Armour, Mr Alwyn, Ballynahinch, WOODVALE 1 LIVEWIRE (P); 5th Haire, J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 579 LEGACY (P); 6th McMordie J & W, Newtownards, SOLPOLL 1 LINDEN; 7th Moore M & L, Aughnacloy, ANNAGHBEG BRUNO; 8th Graham, Mr James, Portadown, RICHMOUNT 1 LARRY BOY (P); 9th Andrews, Mr Trevor, Larne, MOUNTVIEW DYNAMITE; 10th Richmond, Mervyn, Enniskillen, CORRABACK IMMENSE 

GROUP OF THREE ANIMALS, bona fide the property of one exhibitor and entered in the classes for which they are eligible: 1st McMordie J & W, Newtownards; 2nd Haire, J E, R I & W, Crumlin; 3rd; Richmond, Mervyn, Enniskillen 

CHAMPION PRIZES, £100 and £50- for the Champion and Reserve Champion Hereford. Presented by the Society: SP £100 McMordie J & W, Newtownards, SOLPOLL 1 STELLA L2; Res £50 Haire, J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 579 KNIGHTHAWK (S)

JUNIOR BREED CHAMPION, £30 & £20 - for the Champion and Reserve male or female animals born on or after 1st January 2014. Presented by the Society: SP McMordie J & W, Newtownards, Solpoll 1 Lawyer: Res Wilson, Mr David R, Magheraveely, LISRACE PRETTYMAID 19TH 

THE HEREFORD PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP- for the best Hereford animal exhibited by a Member of that Association, with a replica to the breeder who wins this Cup on any three occasions with different animals. Presented by the NI Hereford Breeders’ Associat: SP McMordie J & W, Newtownards, SOLPOLL 1 STELLA L2; Res Haire, J E, R I & W, Crumlin, DOREPOLL 1 579 KNIGHTHAWK (S)

F W McMORDIE PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP- for the best junior Hereford [born on or after 1st July 2012]. Presented by the McMordie Family in memory of the late Eric McMordie: SP McMordie J & W, Newtownards, Solpoll 1 Lawyer; Res; Wilson, Mr David R, Magheraveely, LISRACE PRETTYMAID 19TH 

THE JERVIS W WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP- for award to the best Hereford female. Presented by Mrs Isobel Williamson: SP McMordie J & W, Newtownards, SOLPOLL 1 STELLA L2; Res Wilson, Mr David R, Magheraveely, LISRACE PRETTYMAID 19TH 

THE SIDNEY MAWHINNEY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP- for the best naturally polled Hereford bred in the United Kingdom. Presented by Sidney Mawhinney, Lisburn and Ballyclare: SP McMordie J & W, Newtownards, SOLPOLL 1 STELLA L2