The cream of the Northern Ireland Hereford Association Calves turned out in force to attend this year’s NIHBA United Feeds Calf Show at Dungannon.
Richard Edwards from the UK had the task of judging. Richard, who has spent his life around Herefords, is a well known cattle fitter and hoof trimmer and also follows in the footsteps of his father Steve in judging such events.
Leading the way in the Male section were two Moeskaer Upgrade sons with judge Richard Edwards awarding Male Champion to Solpoll 1 Rival, a September born calf whose dam is by Henry and out of a Dynamite cow. This is the fourth successive year the herd has claimed this award.
Reserve Male went to Solpoll 1 Rudolph, who was born on Christmas day out of a Dynamite dam, and won the second bull calf class.
Standing Reserve in the Junior Male Championship was the winner of the January & February class Solpoll 1 Real Good, an ET son of NBG 697 The Wonderer and a daughter of Solpoll 1 Dainty N11 whose full brother, Pounder, sold to AI Services at 11 months old.
To top the day off Rudolph and Real Good teamed up to win the pairs in a very big class.
Peter Collins took the Junior Male Champion with Drumgold Finn with other class wins going to Mark Moore’s Annaghbeg Fernando.
Females on the day were led by the junior Champion Drumshambo 1 Journey. The eye catching junior female shone for Ethan and Gerry Small of Randalstown. This is the second success for the family as they claimed Junior Bull last year. The home bred Heifer didn’t stop there and went on to take overall female Champion, showing that age doesn’t come before beauty and she is certainly one with future potential.
Reserve Supreme female and reserve Junior female went to one of the youngest heifers, Lisnaree 1 Ruby owned and bred by Marcus Murdock. She is another young Heifer who was at home when it comes to the show ring.
Senior female went to Richmount 1 Ruby Royale who is owned and bred by James Graham. A female who is not unfamiliar to winning, she was crowned junior female Champion at the National show in Omagh this year. Ciaran Kerr’s Heifer Kinnego 1 Rainbow showed her colours to take the reserve Senior female back to Lurgan for the family.
Richard’s partner Emma Smith, who runs the National Hereford Youth team, judged the young handlers. Emma, who has been with cattle all her life, scrutinised the young handlers to award the overall to Ethan Carey-Small.
Supreme Male Champion: Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie
Reserve Supreme Male: Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie
Supreme Female Champion: Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small
Reserve Supreme Female: Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock
Senior Male Champion: Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie
Reserve Senior Male: Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie
Senior Female Champion: Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham
Reserve Senior Female: Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr
Junior Male Champion: Drumgold Finn Peter Collins
Reserve Junior Male: Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie
Junior Female Champion: Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small
Reserve Junior Female: Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock
Young Handle Champion: Ethan Small
Class 1 Bull Calf born 1/9/17-31/10/17: 1) Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie; 2) Richmount 1 Red Rock James Graham; 3) Kinnego 1 Rocket Man Ciaran Kerr; 4) Nancy Beckham T Morton; 5) Mountview 1 Genesis T&S Andrews; 6) Richmount 1 Rockafella James Graham
Class 2 Bull born 1/11/17-31/12/17: 1) Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie; 2) Holestone 1 Parapet Brian Mawhinney
Class 3 Bull born 1/1/28-28/2/18: 1) Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie; 2) Annaghbeg 1 Felix Mark Moore; 3) Tamnabrady 1 General Derek McCrea; 4) Castlepoll 1 Henry C&M Beatty
Class 4 Bull born 1/3/18-30/4/18: 1) Drumgold 1 Finn Peter Collins; 2) Kinnego 1 Rolex Ciaran Kerr; 3) Annaghbeg 1 Ferdinand Mark Moore
Class 5 Bull born after 1/5/18: 1) Annaghbeg Fernando Mark Moore; 2) Carneyhill 1 Ribeye J&K Taggart; 3) Lisnaree 1 Romeo Marcus Murdock; 4) Umgola 1 Challenger Stephen Baxter; 5) Nancy 1 Carson G&T Morton; 6) Nancy Cooper G&T Morton
Class 6 Female born 1/9/17-31/10/17: 1) Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr; 2) Drumshambo 1 Sparkles J&G Small; 3) Holestone 1 Sadie Brian Mawhinney; 4) Drumshambo 1 Tessa J&G Small; 5) Mountview 1 Gelato T&S Andrews; 6) Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim JE, RI&W Haire
Class 7 Female born 1/11/17-31/12/17: 1) Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham
Class 8 Female born 1/1/17-29/2/17: 1) Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small; 2) Dorepoll 1 Duchess JE,RI&W Haire; 3) Richmount 1 Rosemunde James Graham; 4) Richmount 1 Radio Gaga James Graham; 5) Castlepoll 1 Molly 4th C&M Beatty
Class 9 Female born 1/3/18-30/4/18: 1) Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock; 2) Dorepoll 1 Sparkler 665 Stephen Cherry; 3) Annaghbeg Flora X Mark Moore; 4) Umgola Sabrina 2nd Stephen Baxter; 5) Carneyhill 1 Emma 22nd J&K Taggart
Class 10 Female born after 1/5/18: 1) Nancy Candie G&T Morton
Class 11 Pairs: 1) J&W McMordie; 2) J&G Small; 3) Brian Mawhinney; 4) Ciaran Kerr; 5) James Graham; 6) James Graham; 7) Mark Moore
Class 12a Young Handler 12-14: 1) Bradley Graham; 2) Nathaniel Shaw; 3) Jamie Bunting
Class 12b Young Handler 15-18: 1) Ethan Small; 2) John Andrews; 3) Marcus Murdock ; 4) Corchannia Dorman; 5) Emma McCrea.