A great show with some strong classes and quality calves was how Co Fermanagh judge Alan Morrison described the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association’s national calf show, held at Tullamore Mart.
“Thanks to the association for its kind invitation, and well done to everyone on a successful show. The calves were well presented, and are a credit to their owners and the Aberdeen Angus breed.
“The championship boasted an exceptional line-up of bulls and heifers,” said Alan Morrison, who runs the noted Drummeer Herd in partnership with wife Naomi.
Claiming the female championship was the much-admired yearling heifer Knockadrinan Blackbird P599 bred by Tom Reynolds from Johnstons Bridge, Bornacoola, Co Leitrim. She was purchased recently in a private deal by Albert and Jennifer de Cogan for their 60-cow Mogeely herd based at Castlemartyr, Co Cork.
Sired by the Bosullow Elmark G209 son Nightingale Dunbar K551, she is bred from Fullam Blackbird C123. “This is a strong and powerful heifer. She oozes quality right from her muzzle to the tip of tail, and has tremendous breed character. I’ve no doubt this heifer will develop and mature into a great breeding cow.”
Runner-up was the eight-month-old Bunlahy Molly Bell bred and exhibited by Gerry and Helen Reynolds, Ballinalee, Co Longford. Sired by Luddenmore Fionn G441, she is out of the home-bred Young Dale Superior 14s daughter Bunlahy Berneice L265 – one of 16 breeding females in the herd.
Gerry and Helen Reynolds, and sons David and Aiden, also secured the day’s male championship award with the six-month-old Bunlahy Minto Jimmy. Sired by the Young Dale Superior 14s son Bunlahy John G ET – sold to Dovea Genetics; he is out of a home-bred dam by Bunlahy Petrina K250. This young bull was champion at Glenamaddy Calf Show.
“The male champion comes from the youngest bull class, and is a well-grown calf with a nice head and tremendous breed character. He has developed well through the shoulder, and has great conformation,” added Alan Morrison.
The Goulding family, Matthew, Rita, and son David, from Ballyduff, Co Kerry, won three classes at the one-day show, and secured the reserve male championship with the nine-month-old Goulding Macbeth. Sired by Abberton Eminem M285, his dam is the Young Dale Touch Down 36m daughter Goulding Tibbie M524.
“The reserve is a similar type of bull to the champion. Very smart and stylish, with an exceptional top and super breed character.”
The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support: Mogeely Herd, Weatherbys Ireland GSB Ltd, Natural Nutrition Ltd, Crowes Sawmills, Aberdeen Angus Beef, Ryall and O’Mahony Veterinary Supplies, Glanbia plc, Agri-Min, Tullamore Court Hotel, Connaught and Leinster Aberdeen Angus Club.