Conlon tops Hereford herds competition

NIHBA President Stephen Baxter Host of this years BBQ with his family, also pictured Kenny Linton and Eddie Boyd from Dunbia
NIHBA President Stephen Baxter Host of this years BBQ with his family, also pictured Kenny Linton and Eddie Boyd from Dunbia

President Stephen Baxter’s farm on the outskirts of Armagh was the venue for this year’s Hereford Breeders barbecue and Herds Competition.

With around 150 people in attendance visitors were invited to compete in a stock judging competition and a tour of the Umgola Herd’s cows and calves before sitting down to a delicious barbecue of Hereford steaks kindly supplied by Dunbia.

Kenny Linton, Dunbia John Mcmordie (Reserve Overall Herd) John Conlon (Best Overall Herd) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia.

Kenny Linton, Dunbia John Mcmordie (Reserve Overall Herd) John Conlon (Best Overall Herd) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia.

The judge for this year’s competition was the vastly experienced Mr Robert Shaw of Hallwood Herefords, Cheshire England. Having judged many herds competitions all over the UK, Mr Shaw was up to the task and with over twenty herds across Northern Ireland to be assessed he fully enjoyed the task in hand.

Having completed his full week of judging Mr Shaw said that he was very impressed with the size, structure and overall quality of the cattle presented before him. 

He was also very encouraged with the number of young people involved in the breed. Robert remarked “the knowledge and enthusiasm that the young people I have met on my visits this week assures me that the Hereford Breed is in very good hands in Northern Ireland”

Leading the way and taking Large Herd overall award was John Conlon, Markethill with the Drumatee Herd. Taking the title of best Herd in Northern Ireland for the second year in a row, he also picked up Best Stock bull for Cill Cormac Nevada. The judge noted that his calves are very consistent and of great quality and he certainly had made his mark on John’s herd.

Hereford barbecue, stock-judging and awards evening at Stephen Baxter's farm, Armagh. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Hereford barbecue, stock-judging and awards evening at Stephen Baxter's farm, Armagh. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Taking second in the large Herd and Reserve Overall was John and William McMordie, Ballygowan with the Solpoll Herd. Their quality crop of calves had obviously caught the judge’s eye as Solpoll 1 Snazzy picked up best Autumn born Bull Calf and Solpoll 1 Starlet S21 secured best Spring born Heifer Calf. 

Taking third in the large herd was David Wilson’s Lisrace Herd, Magheraveely. His stock bull Knockmountagh Marshall was third in the best Stock Bull and Lisrace Loyalist 21st took best spring Born Bull calf.

Trevor Andrews Mountview Herd picked up the best Medium Herd award. Trevor’s calves on the ground clearly stood out as his Stock Bull Dorepoll 1 Legacy took second in the best Stock Bull award.

Following Trevor in the Medium Herd was Robin Irvine’s Graceland Herd at Whitecross. He also picked up Best Autumn born Heifer Calf with Graceland 1 Sally. Glenn Morton’s Nancy Herefords took third place. 

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Robin Irvine (2nd Medium Herd) Glenn Morton (3rd Medium Herd) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia. (Not Pictured Trevor Andrews 1st Medium Herd)

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Robin Irvine (2nd Medium Herd) Glenn Morton (3rd Medium Herd) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia. (Not Pictured Trevor Andrews 1st Medium Herd)

In the Small Herds Gerry and Ethan Small’s Drumshambo Herd, Randalstown, led the way in first place. Closely followed by the Lisnaree Herd of Marcus Murdock, Newry and coming third was the  Sessiagh Herd of Uel and Nathaniel Shaw. Benburb. Although smaller in numbers the judge remarked the quality was consistent in these herds.

NIHBA would like to thank all who attended and contributed to the nominated charity Angels Wishes on the night, through the BBQ and through the prize draw for the Hereford sired heifer which was won by Philip Macari, Armagh and kindly donated back to the charity. 

Speaking at the end of the evening, Association secretary Mark Moore expressed sincere thanks to Mr Shaw for taking on the momentous task of judging and carrying it out so professionally.

Also to Dunbia for providing the excellent Hereford steaks and burgers which were fully enjoyed by everyone.

Kenny Linton Dunbia, John Mcmordie (2nd Large Herd) John Conlon (1st Large Herd), David Wilson 3rd Large Herd Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia.

Kenny Linton Dunbia, John Mcmordie (2nd Large Herd) John Conlon (1st Large Herd), David Wilson 3rd Large Herd Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia.

Stephen Baxter and his family were warmly thanked for hosting the evening. No effort had been spared to ensure that everyone enjoyed the evening and a lot of time and effort had gone in to ensure such an excellent event. Stephen’s work in organising the charity draw was much appreciated and would produce a very substantial surplus to be presented to Angels Wishes.

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Jack Wilson (Best Spring Born Bull Calf), William McMordie (Best Spring Born Heifer Calf) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd, Dunbia

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Jack Wilson (Best Spring Born Bull Calf), William McMordie (Best Spring Born Heifer Calf) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd, Dunbia

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Marcus Murdock (2nd Small Herd) Nathaniel Shaw (3rd Small Herd) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia. (Not Pictured Gerry Small 1st Small Herd)

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Marcus Murdock (2nd Small Herd) Nathaniel Shaw (3rd Small Herd) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd Dunbia. (Not Pictured Gerry Small 1st Small Herd)

Kenny Linton Dunbia, John Conlon (Best Stock Bull) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd, Dunbia

Kenny Linton Dunbia, John Conlon (Best Stock Bull) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd, Dunbia

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Robin Irvine (Best Autumn Born Heifer Calf), William McMordie (Best Autumn Born Bull Calf) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd, Dunbia.

Kenny Linton Dunbia, Robin Irvine (Best Autumn Born Heifer Calf), William McMordie (Best Autumn Born Bull Calf) Judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd, Dunbia.

Hereford barbecue, stock-judging and awards evening at Stephen Baxter's farm, Armagh. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Hereford barbecue, stock-judging and awards evening at Stephen Baxter's farm, Armagh. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Hereford barbecue, stock-judging and awards evening at Stephen Baxter's farm, Armagh. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Hereford barbecue, stock-judging and awards evening at Stephen Baxter's farm, Armagh. Picture: Cliff Donaldson