The NIHBA National Calf Show held recently at Dungannon Farmers Mart attracted a super entry of quality stock from NI’s leading herds.
Judging was in the capable hands of J.J Farrell who travelled up from Longford to place the cattle. Once again the event was generously sponsored by United Feeds.
The day commenced with the ever popular young handler classes. Leading the way here was Bradley Graham, Portadown who collected the Stanley Christie Trophy.
It was then straight in to the bull calf classes after this which were led by Lisola 1 Liberator bred by Dessie Martin from Saintfield. This January calf was first named Junior and then Overall Male Champion. He was greatly admired on the day by the busy ringside of spectators. He is sired by Craigy Hank, a former National Show Champion. The Reserve Junior and Reserve Male Champion went to Lisrace Lifeguard 14th from David Wilson from Magheraveely, another January calf by Lisgrace Lumberjack VII, a former Horned bull of the Year. The Senior Male Champion went to Mark Moore from Aughnacloy with Annaghbeg 1 Alpha born Oct 2013 by Romany 1 Frisky.
The Reserve Senior Champion was awarded to Solpoll 1 Lawman from John & William McMordie, Ballygowan with the November born son of Panmure 1 Henry, the 2012 Bull of the Year. Also claiming first prizes in the bull calf section was Alwyn & Adam Armour from Dromara with Woodvale 1 Livewire by Panmure 1 Henry and M&L Moore with Annaghbeg Bruno by Kyle Rodge.
Leading the way in the heifer section was the Senior & Overall Female Champion Solpoll 1 Stella L2 from John & William McMordie. This September 2013 heifer by Panmure 1 Henry, had already captured the calf championship at the National Show and was unbeaten in her class all summer. Enjoying a successful show day was Dessie Martin and daughter Nicola who notched up Reserve Senior & Reserve Female Champion with Craigy Gerty 2nd, a November born daughter of Parkhill Pompeli. Junior Female was David Wilson’s, January born Lisrace Prettymaid 19th by Lisrace Lifeliner. Reserve Junior Female went to Boley 1 Lucinda from John Henning from Castlewellan. This February calf is by Solpoll 1 Grenade.
Other 1st prize winners were from Stephen Baxter from Armagh with Umgola 1 Rustic 2nd, by Lisola 1 Eddie, and Cecil Beatty from Dungannon with Castlepoll 1 Rene by Castlepoll 1 Voyager.
NIHBA would like to thank J.J. Farrell, United Feeds, the Wylie family and all the exhibitors.