In Pictures: Brigadoon host finale to World Charolais Congress Tour

The Brigadoon herd in County Down hosted a fitting finale to the World Charolais Congress Tour as it stopped off in Northern Ireland.

The Connolly family played host to more than 100 visitors who had travelled from 14 countries.

They were joined by a throng of local visitors, with a further 150 people travelling from all corners of Ireland to view the stock on display.

The tour paid a visit to nine farms in England, Wales and Scotland, culminating in a visit to the Brigadoon Charolais herd.

Show team on display at Brigadoon. Photo by Bo Davidson

The detailed planning was evident to all those in attendance, with a beautiful set up and hospitality warmly welcoming guests.

In the first paddock an impressive batch of yearling heifers were on show, all homebred by stock bull Newhouse Maxamus.

This included the RUAS Balmoral Junior Heifer Champion, who also clinched the Heifer Champion and Reserve Female Champion.

Her dam is Brigadoon Nevada, a national junior champion before her, by the herd’s previous stock sire Goldies Icon.

Delegates from World Charolais Congress Tour bid a fond farewell to Ireland, after a fabulous visit at the Brigadoon Charolais Open Day. Photo by Shanon Kinahan

Also in the field was Brigadoon Saffron, the Reserve Junior Champion at the national show, the previous day.

She is another Maxamus daughter from Brigadoon Heather who carries French sire Major in her pedigree.

Visitors were taken aback by the consistency in the second paddock where a superb batch of two-year-old heifers awaited them.

Indeed, it proved difficult for the delegates to distinguish them apart with such an even batch of homebred heifers, again by Newhouse Maxamus and Goldies Icon.

Brigadoon females taking the stage at World Charolais Congress Tour, overlooking Belfast hills. Photo by Bo Davidson

It was no surprise that the cows with calf at foot were on display in what is known as the ‘Top Hill’.

This field at Brigadoon commands an impressive view across to the Mournes, Strangford Lough and the Belfast hills - a beautiful back drop for this batch who were joined by the stock bull. Maxamus is well named, with a balanced stature, his length and depth were remarked on by many visitors, along with great locomotion he showed fantastic command in the field.

The cows are mostly Icon daughters, showing off great maternal strength with excellent milk capacity evident in the calves that ranged in age from early spring to a month old.

They certainly gave a ‘wow’ factor.

One of the traits on display was cows with excellent milk as evident with Brigadoon Milan doing a great job on her calf Turin. Photo by Shanon Kinahan

The autumn calvers were overlooking the Belfast hills, with Wesley Glamorous, now 11 years old, a former Balmoral Supreme Champion who has three daughters retained in the herd.

There were a further six Icon daughters at note to Maxamus, many of these females have taken top accolades in the show ring as heifers and are now to the fore as working mothers.

There was great interest in the last field of the day, with the junior bulls taking centre stage.

All sired by Maxaumus with the exception of one Icon son, they were much admired by the visitors who remarked on the great strength, muscle and correctness throughout the batch.

These bulls are currently being prepared for the autumn sales with local commercial breeders also being catered for through on-farm sales.

To finish, a representation of the Brigadoon 2022 show team was on display, with Brigadoon Sovereign taking centre stage, the Junior Male Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion from the previous day’s National Show, from Brigadoon Orchid, another Icon daughter sired by Maxamus.

Young Brigadoon bulls to the fore at World Charolais Congress Tour. Photo by Bo Davidson

The highly contested guess the weight of the show time competition was won by John McGlynn, from Roscommon representing the Irish Charolais Cattle Society.

An added attraction for visitors was a display curated by David Taylor, Kircubbin, of Ferguson tractors.

This was of great interest to all visitors with many looking forward to learning more about the heritage of Harry Ferguson.

The display put on at Brigadoon by the Connolly family was a great showcase for the Charolais, demonstrating the strong demand and interest in the breed, not just in Northern Ireland, but worldwide.

Brigadoon Charolais back dropped by the Mourne Mountaints in beautiful Co Down. Photo by Bo Davidson
Clint Rusk from Kansas City, USA, taking in the views at Brigadoon Charolais overlooking the Mourne Mountains. Photo by Bo Davidson
Visitors enjoing the hospitality from Brigadoon at World Charolais Congress Tour. Photo by Bo Davidson
Brigadoon Texas was turning heads at the World Charolais Congress Tour. Photo by Shanon Kinahan
Two Year heifers on display for World Charolais Congress Tour at Brigadoon, Co Down. Photo by Bo Davidson
Brigadoon Naples with the Belfast Hills at the World Charolais Congress Tour. Photo by Bo Davidson
Significant interest for farm visit as Brigadoon host the World Charolais Congress Tour. Photo by Bo Davidson
Some of the batch of fine yearling Brigadoon heifers on display at the World Charolais Congress Tour. Photo by Shanon Kinahan