An outstanding presentation of show cattle equal to any of the UK mainland Winter Fairs was how judge Donald MacPherson from Berwick-on-Tweed described Tuesday’s Christmas Show and Sale of beef cattle and spectacular calves at Balmoral, Belfast.
An entry of 130 head attracted buyers from all over Ireland. Judging of the 20 classes and nine championships took Donald MacPherson seven hours, before a packed arena.
The Supreme Championship was awarded to a stylish baby Limousin heifer, exhibited by Declan McKenna, Clogher, sired by Lynderg Dimitri and out of a Limousin cross Blue cow. Weighing 580 Kgs sold to Jonathan McDowell, Farmview Meats, Castlereagh, Belfast for £6,000.
Reserve Supreme Champion was won by another Limousin baby heifer exhibited by Alan Farlow, Garvagh, sired by a Homebred Limousin bull and out of a Charolais cow weighing 600 kgs and sold to Country Meats, Aghagallon, Craigavon for £4,000.
Sam Carmichael, Maghera, judged The Housewifes Championship. The award was given to Keith Williamson, Benburb, showing a baby Blue heifer sired by Adajio and out of a Limousin cross cow weighing 690 kgs and sold for £4,800 to Jonathan McDowell, Farmview Meats, Castlereagh, Belfast. The reserve went to Crawford and Beattie, Newtownstewart for their baby Limousin heifer weighing 660 Kgs and selling for £2,800 to Country Meats, Aghagallon, Craigavon.
Best Opposite Sex to the Housewifes went to D & A McCrea, Bready, weighing 610 kgs and sold to Omagh Meats for £2,000.
PRIZES and PRICES.
BRITISH BLUES - BABY HEIFER
1st and Champion. Keith Williamson Benburb 690 kg at £4800 to Farmview Meats, Castlereagh.
2nd Alan Veitch Lisbellaw 720 kg at 1800 to McKee’s Maghera.
3rd Corrie and Neill Newtownards 610 kg unsold.
4th Keith Williamson 610 kg at1525 to Linden Foods.
5th Eugene Maguire Sixmilecross 660 kg at 1617 to John Dillon.
1st and Res Champion Lisgoole Abbey Enniskillen 590 kg at 1900 to McKee’s Maghera.
2nd Gerry Law Kesh 740 kg at 1850 to John Dillon.
3rd Mark and Louise Breen Augher 600 kg at 1428 to Linden Foods.
4th Martin Gallagher Omagh 530 kg at 1325 to Choice Cuts Garvagh.
5th Corrie and Neill Newtownards 660 kg at 1531 to Sam Erskine
British Blue baby Hhifers sold to average 338p per kg with the baby steers averaging 255p.
1st and Champion S & J Smyth Newtownstewart 550 kg at 2050 to Omagh Meats.
2nd D & A McCrea Bready 500 kg at 1200 to Linden Foods.
3rd D & R Simpson Aughnacloy 550 kg at 1237 to Linden Foods.
1st D & A McCrea Bready 620 kg at 1475 to Sam Erskine.
2nd and Reserve Champion M & B Johnston Toome 630 kg at 2000 to Omagh Meats.
Angus baby heifers sold to average 280p per kg and baby steers averaged 278p per kg.
1st and Champion Eugene Maguire Sixmilecross 600 kg at 2200 to Omagh Meats.
2nd M & B Johnston. Withdrawn.
3rd Richard Law Ballinamallard 490 kg at1234 to Dunbia.
4th S & J Smyth, Newtownstewart, 610 kg at 1464 to John Dillon.
1st and Res Champion D & A McCrea Bready 610 kg at 2000 to Omagh Meats.
2nd Lisgoole Abbey Enniskillen 620 kg at 1488 to Linden Foods,
3rd Martin Quinn Pomeroy 539 kg at 1245 to Choice Cuts Garvagh.
Baby Blonde heifers sold to average 275p per kg steers averaged 269p per kg.
CHAROLAIS BABY HEIFERS.
1st and Champion D & A McCrea Bready 700 kg unsold at 2100.
2nd and Res Champion Martin Gallagher, Omagh 710 kg at 3200 to L Clyne, Cork.
3rd Nigel Cochrane, Portadown 650 kg at 2470 to S Delargy Cushendall.
4th R & H McCracken, Greyabbey. 530 kg at 1219 to Dunbia.
1st Corrie and Neill Newtownards 570 kg at 1550 to Omagh Meats.
M & B Johnston Toome 610 kg at 1464 to Linden Foods.
3rd P & J O’Kane, Dunloy. 750 kg at 2062. to McKee’s, Maghera.
Baby Charolais heifers sold to average 297p per kg steers averaged 263p.
HEREFORD BABY STEER
1st and Champion S & J Smyth Newtownstewart 600 kg at 1700 to Omagh Meats.
2nd and Res Champion D & A McCrea Newtownstewart 580 kg at 1656 to Omagh Meats.
3rd Lisgoole Abbey, Enniskillen. 700 kg at 1610 to McKee’s, Maghera.
Hereford steers averaged 264p per kg,
SHORTHORN BABY HEIFERS
1st and Champion M & B Johnston Toome 580 kg at 2450 to Hannan Meats buying for Fortnum and Mason London.
2nd James Alexander Randalstown, withdrawn.
3rd D & A McCrea Bready 550 kg at 1679 to S McGuigan, Swatragh.
1st M & B Johnston Toome 650 kg at 1963. to Omagh Meats.
EUROPEAN ANGUS BABY HEIFER
1st and Res Champion M& J Leonard, Irvinestown. 480 kg at1250 to Lowe Bros, Stewartstown.
1st and Champion Lisgoole Abbey. Enniskillen. 540 kg unsold.
2nd Stuart McGaffin. Gilford. 550 kg at 1210 to Linden Foods.
LIMOUSIN BABY HEIFERS
1st and Champion Declan McKenna, Clogher. 580k kg at 6000 to Jonathan McDowell, Farmview Meats, Castlereagh, Belfast.
2nd and Res Champion Alan Farlow. Garvagh. 600 kg at 4000 to Country Meats, Aghagallon, Craigavon.
3rd S & J Smyth, Newtownstewart, withdrawn.
4th Richard Law, Ballinamallard, unsold.
5th Corrie and Neill, Newtownards. 690 kg at 2587 to A McGarrigle, Irvinestown.
1st Crawford and Beattie, Newtownstewart, 740 kg at1924 to Sam Erskine.
2nd David Spiers, Katesbridge, 780 kg at 1050 to McKee’s, Maghera.
3rd Robert Fleming, Antrim. 760 kg at 1884 to Sam Erskine.
Limousin baby heifers averaged 410p per kg steers averaged 25.3p per kg.
1st and Champion Pat Hackett, Clogher. 530 kg at 1750 to Steven McAufield, Butchers, Ardoyne, Belfast.
2nd Richard Law, Ballinamallard,600 kg at 1500 to Steven McAufield.
3rd K & W Stubbs, Irvinestown, 530 kg at 1060 to T Ward, Donegal.
1st and Champion J Elliott, Enniskillen, 530 kg at 1700 to Sloan’s Butchers, Ballymoney.
SENIOR HEIFER ANY BREED.
1st Laura Conn, Limavady 820 kg at 2460 to F Keown.
2nd Louise Conn, Limavady.770 kg at 2017 to John Dillon.
3rd M & B Johnston, Toome. 780 kg at 1911 to John Dillon.
4th Crawford and Beattie, Newtownstewart, 780 kg 2184 to Sean Millar, Cork.
5th Steven Millar, Irvinestown, 740 kg at 1864 to John Dillon.
SENIOR STEER ANY BREED
1st Ryan Ruddock, Waringstown, 720 kg at 1713 to Omagh Meats.
Champion Calf, Gordon Cutler, Florencecourt. Blonde heifer at £2900. Res John McSorley, Beragh, Charolais heifer unsold at £2500. o
Other top prices: Alan Shortt, Omagh. Char Blk at 1400. C & J Richardson, Armagh Char Blk at 1400. D Campbell, Dunmurray, Char Hfr at 1300. Robert Armstrong, Stoneyford Char Blk at 1300.
Ewan Elliott, Enniskillen, Char Blk at 1270. O’Kane Bros, Carnlough, Char Hfr at 1200. O’Kane Bros, Lim Blk at 1240, K Williamson, Benburb, Char Blk at 1080. O ‘Kane Bros, Carnlough, Char hfr at 1040. O’Kane Bros, Carnlough. Char hfr at 1000.
YOUNG HANDLERS EVENT
Class 1- 8yrs to 12yrs
1st Victoria Workman, Larne.
2nd Lucy Rodgers, Ballynahinch.
3rd Kelly O’Kane, Carnlough.
4th Shannon O’Kane, Carnlough.
Class 2 -13yrs to 16yrs
1st Caoimhe McGovern, Clogher.
2nd James McComb, Muckamore.
3rd Isaac Ward, Crumlin.
4th Natalie Porter, Stoneyford.
5th Laura Conn, Limavady.