The inaugural Pedigree Calf Fair @ Beef NI Expo was an unqualified success, according to event organiser and chairman David Connolly.
“We had a tremendous turnout of stock and visitors on the day,” he said.
“I had predicted beforehand that the event would represent a showcase for the pedigree beef champions of tomorrow. And given the views expressed by the judges, who were busy from 10.00am until 5.30pm on the day in question, this was undoubtedly the case.”
David Connolly confirmed that the event will be repeated in 2016.
“The initial feedback from exhibitors, sponsors, commercial trade and the paying public has been very positive. And, on that basis, we most certainly will look at hosting a similar event next year.
“What we have confirmed is that a gap in the market exists for a multi breed pedigree beef calf show at this time of the year.”
While the clear focus in the show ring was on the pedigree stock competing in the myriad show classes, the overarching theme for the event was the profiling of the future development strategies required by the beef industry as a whole.
Agri Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) scientist Dr Francis Lively said that the beef industry must follow the example shown by the pig and poultry sectors in terms of becoming more efficient.
“This strategy must encompass the breeding, nutrition and health needs of the industry as a whole,” he said
“Pedigree breeders in Northern Ireland are amongst the best in the world at the present time. But we must ensure that all of this tremendous breeding and management expertise is effectively communicated back down the line to commercial producers.”
Oisin Murnion, the National Beef Association’s chairman in Northern Ireland, said that genomics will play a key role in identifying the most suitable beef bloodlines, capable of delivering sustainability at farm level.
“Farmers must produce what the market wants,” he said. “And increasingly, processers must clarify what their commercial requirements are moving forward.
“I do not like the term contracts, in this context. Rather I think that producers, the factories and retailers must commit to developing lines of communication that are much more effective and transparent.”
Paul Elwood, from event sponsor HVS Animal Health said that the suckler cow produces one calf per year.
“So it’s important that her calving interval is as close to 365 days as possible. It is also critical, from a performance point of view, that her calf gets the best possible start. Making sure that animals receive the correct balance of minerals and trace elements at those important times of the year is vital.
“In the case of the cow these are during the dry period and the run up to the breeding season. Calves will also need an effective mineral boost pre weaning and pre housing.
“I have been using the seminars to explain how our Liquid Gold chelated mineral range is playing a key role in making these targets achievable on an increasing number of local beef farms.”
Unlocking the real potential of forage is the key challenge facing the beef industry in Northern Ireland, according to Crystalyx sales manager David Morgan.
“When grass and silage are plentiful, the feeding of extra energy as concentrates to growing cattle and sheep may be uneconomic,” he explained.
“Forage dry matter intakes can be depressed and replaced with the concentrates such that any increase in total energy intake will be relatively small. What is needed is a supplementary feed which complements and balances the grass, rather than replacing it.”
Mr Morgan said that supplementing grazed grass and silage with Crystalyx can significantly and economically improve animal performance, where beef cattle are concerned
“Independent trial work carried out at Newcastle University has shown that Crystalyx increases the rate of forage digestion by rumen bacteria. This stimulates grass intakes due to a reduced gut fill effect, increasing grass intake rather than replacing it.
“The reality is that Crystalyx products have improved the performance of grazing animals and the profitability of livestock farmers on four continents.”
The Pedigree Beef Calf Fair @ Beef NI Expo held at Balmoral in Belfast was organised in conjunction with the National Beef Association and the Livestock and Meat Commission. Organisers are indebted to their sponsors for their generous financial contribution. They include: Tesco, HVS Animal Health, Gormley Motors Isuzu; Crystalyx, Bovipast RSP and Farm Wardrobe.
Results from the Pedigree Calf Fair:
The showmanship classes at the Pedigree Calf Fair were judged by Alison Connolly from Saintfield. Throughout the morning competitors were observed preparing their animals for the showring, and working with their teammates to keep the cattle clean and stall tidy. The class winners receive embroidered jackets sponsored by Alison Beattie from Farm Wardrobe. Results include:
Handler aged 21 to 25-years-old – 1, Philip Johnston; 2, Naomi Gregg; 3, Andrew Clarke.
Handler aged 17 to 20-years-old – 1, Adam Armour; 2, Andrew Johnston; 3, Adam Johnston; 4, Jack Wilson.
Handler aged 15 to 16 years-old – 1, David Rea; 2, Sam Matchett; 3, Eleanor Reilly; 4, James McComb.
Handler aged 12 to 14-years-old – 1, Victoria Johnston; 2, Lizzie Harding; 3, Robbie Wilson; 4, Ruth Hamill.
A strong entry of Aberdeen Angus calves were judged by John Coultrip from Faversham in Kent. He awarded the senior championship to the fourteen-month-old bull Drummeer Popper P584 bred by Alan and Naomi Morrison, Maguiresbridge. Sired by the 19,000gns Blelack Evermore J231, he was bred from Drummeer Poppy G311 – one of 15 cows in the herd. Runner-up in the senior championship was the yearling bull Drumlone Evermore P527 bred by Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. This one is by Rawburn Black Hawk, and out of a home-bred dam.
The junior section was led by John and Samantha Allen, Strabane, with their ten-month-old heifer Crew Lady Jazz. Sired by Bunlaghy John G, she is bred from Cregga Judy, and was a first prize winner at the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s annual calf show in Dungannon, and reserve breed champion at Enniskillen Show. Securing the reserve junior championship was Birches Pride N Joy, a nine-month-old Aynho Rossiter Eric B123 son exhibited by the Matchett family from Portadown. He was a first prize winner at Omagh Show.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Alan and Naomi Morrison, Drummeer Popper P584; 2, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Evermore P527; 3, Keith and Ruth Strain, Creevy Earl Mattias P492.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Eric and Judith McClelland, Brookhall Victoria P055; 2, Jim and Valerie Peters, Corriewood Lady.
Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Sarah and Sam Matchett, Birches Pride N Joy R656; 2, James Porter, Old Glenort Krank R697; 3, Eric and Judith McCelland, Brookhall Emperor Leo R081.
Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, John and Samantha Allen, Crew Lady Jazz; 2, Sarah and Sam Matchett, Birches Lady Harmony R645; 3, Michael Lagan, Macknagh Mills Evora R521.
Bull, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Alwyn and Carol Armour, Woodvale Mr Alberta R843; 2, Sarah and Sam Matchett, Birches Lord Jose R833; 3, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Rufus.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Alwyn and Carol Armour, Woodvale Tidy Bee R865; 2, James Porter, Old Glenort Precious Pollot R955; 3, Moses Irwin, Denamona Julie R402.
David Wilson, and sons Robbie and Jack, Magheraveely, County Fermanagh, claimed the senior Hereford championship with their bull Lisrace Lumberjack 15th. Born in December 2014, he is by stock bull Ballyaville Lifeliner, and is bred from Lisrace Pretty Maid, the best breeding cow line in the 30-cow herd. Judge Albert de Cogan from County Cork awarded the reserve senior ribbons to Solpoll 1 Starlet M10, a thirteen-month-old heifer from John and William McMordie’s herd at Ballygowan.
Junior champion was the five-month-old Richmount 1 Mac exhibited by James Graham, and son Bradley, from Portadown. This one was sired by Richmount 1 Kaiser, and is bred from Richmount 1 Lady Gaga. Runner-up was the March 2015 born Umgola 1 Lady 3rd bred by Stephen Baxter, Armagh. She is by Lislola 1 Eddie, and out of Tarascon 1 Lady.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, C and M Beatty and Son, Castlepoll 1 Robin; 2, M and L Moore, Annaghbeg 1 Brand; 3, John and William McMordie, Solpoll 1 Milkyway.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/03/15 – 1, John and William McMordie, Solpoll 1 Starlet M10; 2, Stephen Baxter, Umgola 1 Lady 3rd; 3, Kathryn Greenaway, Hilltop Roberta 3rd.
Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Stephen Baxter, Umgola 1 Impact; 2, James Graham, Richmount 1 Maverick.
Bull, born after 01/04/15 – 1, James Graham, Richmount 1 Mac; 2, M and L Moore, Annaghbeg Centurian.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, C and M Beatty and Son, Castlepoll 1 Molloy 3rd; 2, Kathryn Greenaway.
County Down Irish Moiled breeder Michelle McCauley took the senior championship under judge Christopher Ball from Uttoxeter. Her winning entry was the eleven-month-old Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th, sired by Derrynagarra Victor. She was champion at the native breeds show at Gosford, and junior champion at Castlewellan Show.
The junior championship went to Cultra Lorraine, a ten-month-old heifer from Robert Berry’s herd. She is by Glassdrummond Karl 3, and is bred from Cultra Bluebell. Runner-up was the nine-month-old bull calf Beechmount Barney shown by Robert Boyle who runs 20 pedigree females at Millisle. He is by Springfield Maestro, and was a first prize winner at Gosford earlier this year.
Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 01/04/15 – 1, Robert Boyle, Beechmount Barney; 2, Nigel Edwards, Curraghnakeely Peter; 3, Brian O’Kane, Ravelglen Cal.
Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Michelle McCauley, Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th; 2, Robert Berry, Cultra Lorraine; 3, Brian O’Kane, Ravenglen Emerald.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Brian O’Kane, Ravelglen Clodagh; 2, Robert Boyle, Beechmount Molly 2; 3, Sam Smiley, Glassdrummond Cherry 91.
The Beef Shorthorn classes were judged by Carey Coombs from Carnwath in Lanarkshire.
Winner of the senior championship was the thirteen-month-old bull Hurrican of Ballyvaddy, a Chapelton Typhoon son bred by Thomas and Kate Madden, Carnlough.
Claiming the spoils in the junior championship line-up was Burnside Jewel, a ten-month-old Chapelton Yardley heifer bred by the husband and wife team of William and Jill McAllister, Kells. Runner-up was the six-month-old heifer calf Croobview Jellytot, a Chapelton Typhoon daughter bred by Denise Bailie from Dromara.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/03/15 – 1, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Jackson; 2, Thomas and Kate Madden, Hurrican of Ballyvaddy; 3, Damien and Emmet McNulty, Gillaroo Jack the Lad.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/03/15 – 1, William and Jill McAllister, Burnside Jewel; 2, Denise Bailie, Croobview Honeysuckle Opal 161; 3, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Dice Margo.
Bull, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Denise Bailie, Croobview Judge; 2, Matthew Graham, Glenvale Jock.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Denise Bailie, Croobview Jellytot; 2,Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Matrix Foxglove Flake; 3, Martin Family, Springlane Rotheslady.
George McCall from Collone, Armagh, had a great day at the Pedigree Calf Fair, winning five out of the six Salers classes at the inaugural event.
The Salers entry came under scrutiny from Jock Watson from Doncaster who awarded the senior championship to Carrick View Judy, a yearling heifer bred by George McCall. She is by Trafalgar, and bred from Carrick View Heloise. Runner-up in the senior section was Drumlegagh Hawk, a September 2014 born Variegeois son bred by John Elliott from Newtownstewart.
Leading the junior line-up was the nine-month-old bull Carrick View Kenny Rodgers, a Trafalgar son exhibited by George McCall. Rio was behind the breeding of George McCall’s February-born reserve junior champion Carrick View Kiss.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 - 1, George McCall, Carrick View Judy; 2, James J Maguire, Drumcannon Katie.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 08/02/15 – 1, George McCall, Carrick View Kenny Rodgers; 2, J and E A Elliott, Drumlegagh Hawk; 3, J and EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Khan.
Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, George McCall, Carrick View Kiss; 2, J and EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Kyra; 3, Seamus Connell, Ballykeel Lick.
Bull, born after 21/02/15 – 1,Seamus Connell, Ballykeel Kryptonite; 2,Seamus Connell, Ballykeel King; 3, Ernest Gregg, Ballybollen Kim.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, George McCall, Carrick View Kitty; 2, Seamus Connell, Ballykeel Lollipop; 3, David Boyd, Knockagh Kathyrn.
Archie MacGregor from Kilsyth, Glasgow, was officiating in the Charolais showring. His choice for senior champion was the thirteen-month-old Coolnaslee Jillie brought out by Gilbert Crawford, and stockman Stuart Wilson, who run 65-cows at Maghera. Sired by the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny, she is bred from the Allanfauld Superscot daughter Coolnaslee Danielle.
Standing in reserve position was the thirteen-month-old bull Ratoary Justrite ET bred by Sean McGovern, Clogher. He is one of three prize winning ET brothers by Loughend Apache, and is bred from Clooncullane Chloe. This bull was a winner at the Minsups final, and reserve champion in the Bank of Ireland bull derby at Clogher Show.
Winning the junior championship was Brigadoon Lolly, a seven-month-old heifer bred by Albert and David Connolly, who run a 30-cow herd at Ballynahinch. She is by stock bull Brigadoon Himself, and is out of the prize winning Allanfauld Superscot daughter Brigadoon Dolly.
Runner-up in the junior line-up was Fury Leader, a ten-month-old bull shown by Pat Hackett from Clogher. He is by Crossmolina Euro, and is out of a home-bred dam.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Sean McGovern, Ratoary Justrite ET; 2, Sean McGovern, Ratoary Jackwillis ET; 3, John and Sandra Middleton, Hollywell Jura.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Gilbert Crawford, Coolnaslee Jillie; 2, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Jodie ET; 3, Stuart and David Bothwell, Killadeas Jade.
Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Pat Hackett, Fury Leader; 2, Jack Smyth, Bessiebell Luigi; 3, Gilbert Crawford, Coolnaslee Harry.
Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Stuart and David Bothwell, Killadeas Lily; 2, WD and JA Connolly, Brigadoon Lady; 3, Stuart and David Bothwell, Killadeas Lady.
Bull, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Niall Quinn, Hillview Limited Edition; 2, Stuart and David Bothwell, Killadeas Louis; 3, Sean McGovern, Ratoary Logan.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, WD and JA Connolly, Brigadoon Lolly; 2, Will Short, Woodpark Louise; 3, WD and JA Connolly, Brigadoon Louise.
The Limousin entry was judged by James Hazard from the Mereside herd based at Grantham in Lincolnshire. He awarded the breed’s senior championship to Larkhill Julius, a thirteen-month-old bull bred by veterinary surgeons Brian and Cahir McAuley, Antrim. Sired by Hightown Dalglish, he is bred from Larkhill Grace, a daughter of the herd’s flagship cow Firmount Countess – whose sons have topped at 22,000gns.
Runner-up for the senior championship was Peter Murphy’s Carrickaldreen Jervis a yearling bull by the noted Nenuphar.
Leading the junior Limousin line-up was Claragh Lily, an eleven-month-old heifer by Wildoge Vantastic, bred by the father and son team of John and Paul Rainey from Kilrea. Taking the reserve award was Culnagechan Lethal, a nine-month-old heifer bred by Derek Hume who runs a herd of 60 pedigree cows at Randalstown. She was sired by the home-bred Culnaghechan Falcon – sold at Carlisle in May 2012 for 48,000gns.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Brian and Cahir McAuley, Larkhill Julius; 2, Peter Murphy, Carrickaldreen Jervis; 3, Michael Loughran, Millgate Jukebox.
Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Robert Clyde, Clydevalley Luke; 2, Francis McAuley, Carmon Lionbar; 3, Joan Gilliland, Ballyrobin Landcruiser.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/03/15 – 1, John and Paul Rainey, Claragh Lily; 2, Kieran McCrory, Bernish Jodifortune; 3, Derek Hume, Culnagechan Lethal.
Bull, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Michael Loughran, Millgate Leo; 2, James McParland, McParlands Lazerlite.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Michael Loughran, Millgate Lily; 2, Joan Gilliland, Ballyrobin Lady Gaga; 3, James McParland, McParlands Lilly.
The strong entry of Simmentals was judged by Scotsman Hector MacAskill. Taking the senior championship award was Lisglass Fortune, a fourteen-month-old bull from Leslie and Christopher Weatherup’s 35-cow herd at Ballyclare. He was sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy, and is bred from Lummin Bronte.
Runner-up was the yearling bull Drumlone Fabulous, a Carnkern Titan son, bred by Kenneth Veitch who runs 5 pedigree Simmental cows at Lisbellaw.
Brothers Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo, secured the junior championship plaudits with their ten-month-old bull Coolcran Gladiator. He was sired by former stock bull Kilbride Farm Ahoghill, and is a full brother to the February 2014 Stirling intermediate champion Coolcran Dazzler sold for 7,000gns.
Standing reserve in the junior championship line-up was Cleenagh Good Girl, a nine-month-old Ashland Brandy daughter bred by Adrian Richardson from Maguiresbridge. She was the winner of the Dale Cup at Enniskillen Show in August.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Fortune; 2, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Fabulous; 3, John Moore, Omorga Falcon.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Bianca 2; Cecil McIlwaine, Corrick Faith; 3, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous.
Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Gladiator; 2, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Google; 3, Noel Kilpatrick, Ballymoney Garfield.
Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Good Girl; 2, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Glenda; 3, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 16th.
Bull, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Gambler; 2, Joe Wilson, Ballinlare Farm Goldenballs; 3, Ryan Gilmour, Gillview General.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 26th; 2, Andrew Patterson, Wilandale Glenda; 3, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Chrissie 2.
A small entry of British Blondes were judged by Desmond Greene from County Wexford. Claiming the day’s senior championship was the thirteen-month-old bull Ivaniskey Justabull bred by Ivan, Ruth and William McElroy, Dromara. He is the first son of stock bull Glenvale Harry, and was bred from Ivaniskey Dimples – one of 10 cows in the herd founded 20 years ago. This one was All-Ireland calf champion at Clogher in July.
Runner-up was the nine-month-old Ivaniskey Limited Edition. He was sired by the French-bred Tino, and is bred from the 2015 Balmoral and Royal Highland Show champion Ivaniskey Densie.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/03/15 – 1, Ivan, Ruth and William McElroy, Ivaniskey Justabull; 2, Ivan, Ruth and William McElroy, Ivaniskey Limited Edition.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, M Savage, Gledney Jamilia; 2, M Savage, Gledney Jane.
British Blue judge Jarlath Duggan from Rathdowney, County Laois, awarded the breed’s senior championship to Jalex Jina, an eleven-month-old heifer bred by James Alexander, Randalstown. Sired by the Belgian AI bull Empire D’ochain, she is bred from Willnant Gina –supreme champion at Armagh Show in 2013.
Runner-up was the eleven-month-old heifer Drumboy Jessie bred by Oliver McCann. Sired by Ballygrange Alex, she was placed second at Castlewellan Show, and was first in her class at the NI club’s calf show in Downpatrick.
The Martin family from Newtownards claimed the junior championship award with April 2015 born Springhil Kosher. She I by Adajio de Bray, and is out of Springhill Golden Girl. Taking the reserve award were Jack and Ann Morrison, Armoy, with the ten-month-old heifer Chatham Kara, by Langoureux de Fooz.
Bull, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, WJ Ervine, Knockagh Jargon; 2, Basil Dougherty, Greenfield Jude; 3, Basil Dougherty, Greenfield Jake.
Heifer, born between 01/09/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, James Alexander, Jalex Jina; 2, Oliver McCann, Drumboy Jessie.
Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, WJ Ervine, Knockagh King; 2, Ernest Gregg, Ballybollen King; 3, JM Morrison and Son, Cathan Kris.
Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 31/03/15 – 1, JM Morrison and Son, Chatham Kara; 2, Basil Dougherty, Greenfield Krystal.
Bull, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Martin Family, Springhill Kit Kat; 2, Martin Family, Springhill Kojak; 3, Paul Elvey Elwood, Bethel Ken.
Heifer, born after 01/04/15 – 1, Martin Family, Springhill Kosher; 2, Martin Family, Springhill Kath.