Herefords take centre stage

Winners in the medium herds section, Cecil Beatty, Dessie Martin and Stephen Baxter with Judge Andy Pattterson
Winners in the medium herds section, Cecil Beatty, Dessie Martin and Stephen Baxter with Judge Andy Pattterson

The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association held their annual field night and barbecue this year at the home of breed president Greer Watson, Crossgar Co Down.

After viewing the Barnburn herd including the NI Bull of the Year, Pinmoor 1 Kingsley, the crowd headed back to the sheds to watch a clipping demonstration by William McMordie before having a barbecue followed by the announcement of the results of the herds competition by judge Andy Patterson.

Nessie Blair from the British Lung Foundation recieves a cheque from Greer and Ann Watson

Nessie Blair from the British Lung Foundation recieves a cheque from Greer and Ann Watson

Pedigree herds

Large herds: 1st, J & W McMordie, Solpoll; 2nd, John Conlon, Drumatee; 3rd, David Wilson, Lisrace

Medium herds: 1st, Dessie Martin, Lisola & Craigy; 2nd, Stephen Baxter, Umgola; 3rd, C & M Beatty & Son, Castlepoll & Braemount

Small herds: 1st, James Graham, Richmount; 2nd, Ciaran Kerr, Kinnego; 3rd, Andrew McMordie, Solitude

Kenny Linton with William McMordie, John Conlon and Robbie Wilson, winners of thelarge herds prizes

Kenny Linton with William McMordie, John Conlon and Robbie Wilson, winners of thelarge herds prizes

Best autumn born bull calf: David Wilson, Lisrace Lumberjack

Best autumn born heifer calf: J & W McMordie, Solpoll 1 Pansy M16

Best spring born bull calf: James Graham, Richmount 1 Mac

Best spring born heifer calf: Stephen Baxter, Umgola 1 Lady

Best stock bull: Tie between Stephen Baxter, Dernaroy 1 Impact, and James Graham, Richmount 1 King Kong

Overall winner: John and William McMordie, Solpoll

Reserve: Dessie Martin, Lisola & Craigy

Commercial herds

Overall winner: David Weir, Benburb

Reserve: Samuel Robinson, Killinchy

Funds raised at the event between the barbecue, raffle and auction raised £1,090 which was presented to Nessie Blair, from the British Lung Foundation.

The NIHBA would like to thank Andy Patterson for judging the herd’s competition and Dunbia for providing the steaks.

Special thanks also to the Watson family for hosting the barbecue and field evening to view their herd and to host the prizegiving for the competition.