Salers make history at show

The Salers entry which made history at Balmoral Show when they were tapped out as Interbreed Pairs Champions.
The Salers entry which made history at Balmoral Show when they were tapped out as Interbreed Pairs Champions.

For the first time Salers cattle dominated the Interbreed Pairs Championship at the recent Balmoral Show, with judge Neil Lloyd describing them as “in a league of their own”.

The winning pair were Drumlegagh Galaxy and Drumlegagh Hamish brought out by the Elliott family, Newtownstewart. The tremendous young cow who formed part of the top duo was also tapped out breed champion under the expert eye of judge Carolyn Fox.

Both of these prize winners are owned by Kirsten and Ryan Elliott, and father John couldn’t be happier how his children’s cattle performed.

“Winning the Salers Championship in itself is a great achievement, but to then stand top of the line in the highly sought after Interbreed Pairs line up is a dream come true. The Salers breed has so much to offer, and the feedback we received at Balmoral Show was the best ever.”

The Supreme Champion is a rising three year old home bred cow with full French breeding on both sides of her pedigree, being out of the award winning cow Unity and sired by Fanfan.

Standing in the Reserve Championship spot was Robert Miller, Larne with a super young bull from his Ballywillan herd. This November 2014 born entry is sired by Horace, and out of the imported Haiti.

The Junior Championship was picked up by “Drumlegagh Kyra” from J & EA Elliott. Fanfan was also the sire of this well made January heifer, out of the homebred Drumlegagh Elise.

Ernest Gregg was awarded the Reserve Junior Championship for a February born son of Houblon from his Ballybollen herd based at Ballymena. The Gregg Family enjoyed a great show also securing a red ticket with their five year old stock bull “Monanaleen Lolly”.

One of the highlights of the three day show, which is the highlight of the NI agric calendar, was the grand parade which saw a large number of Salers cattle make their way to the main arena where they were admired by thousands of viewers.

Results:

Cow, in calf or with calf at foot: 1st, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEGAGH GALAXY; 2nd, Maginn, Patrick, Downpatrick, LISNAMAUL GAGA; 3rd, McCall, Mr George, Armagh, BABETTE; 4th, Millar, Mr Robert, Larne, GLYCINE; 5th, Connell, Mr Seamus, Rathfriland, INDIANA.

Heifer, born on or before 31st December 2014: 1st, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEGAGH GABRIELLA; 2nd, Connell, Mr Seamus, Rathfriland, JINA; 3rd, McCall, Mr George, Armagh, CARRICK VIEW JASMINE; 4th, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, JOICE; 5th, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, IVOIRE; 6th, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, JELLY; 7th, McCall, Mr George, Armagh, CARRICK VIEW JULIETTE; 8th, Millar, Mr Robert, Larne, BALLYWILLAN GLYCINE 2ND; 9th, Millar, Mr Robert, Larne, BALLYWILLAN GLYCINE 1ST.

Heifer, born on or after 1st January 2015: 1st, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEGAGH KYRA; 2nd, McCall, Mr George, Armagh, CARRICK VIEW KITTY; 3rd, McCall, Mr George, Armagh, CARRICK VIEW KISS; 4th, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, BALLYBOLLEN KANYE; 5th, Connell, Mr Seamus, Rathfriland, BALLYKEEL LOLLIPOP.

Bull, up to two years old on day of Show: 1st, Millar, Mr Robert, Larne, BALLYWILLAN BIRRICK; 2nd, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, BALLYBOLLEN KYLE; 3rd, McCall, Mr George, Armagh, CARRICK VIEW KEITH LEMON ET; 4th, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, BALLYBOLLEN KIM; 5th, Maginn, Patrick, Downpatrick, LISNAMAUL KRACKER; 6th, Connell, Mr Seamus, Rathfriland, BALLYKEEL KING.

Bull, over two years old on day of show: 1st, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, MONANALEEN LOLLY; 2nd, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEEAGH HAMISH; 3rd, McCall, Mr George, Armagh, FIDELE.

Pair of animals, bona fide the property of one exhibitor and entered in the classes for which they are eligible. Saler Cattle Society Cup - for the best pair of animals, presented by the Saler Cattle Society. SP, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, BT78 4HH, DRUMLEEAGH HAMISH; SP, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, BT78 4HH, DRUMLEGAGH GABRIELLA. 1st, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart; 2nd, Millar, Mr Robert, Larne; 3rd, Connell, Mr Seamus, Rathfriland.

Champion prizes, £100 and £50- for the Champion and Reserve Champion Salers. Presented by the Society. Highways Hotel Cups - for the champion and reserve champion Saler. Presented by the Saler Cattle Society through Highways Hotel.

Wallett Mart Shield - for the best home bred animal. Presented by the Walletts Mart

SP, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEGAGH GALAXY; Res, Millar, Mr Robert, Larne, BALLYWILLAN BIRRICK.

Junior breed champion, £30 & £20 - for the Champion and Reserve male or female animals born or after 1st January 2015. Only 1st and 2nd Prize winner forward. Rosettes to be worn. Presented by the Society: SP, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEGAGH KYRA; Res, Gregg, Mr Ernest, Ballymena, BALLYBOLLEN KYLE.

Special prizes, £250 & £150- for the Champion and Reserve Champion beef breed pair: SP, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEEAGH HAMISH; SP, Elliott, J & E.A, Newtownstewart, DRUMLEGAGH GALAXY.