Northern Ireland Hereford breeders pulled out all the stops to ensure that quality and quantity were on display at their annual national show held recently.
This is one of the highlights of the calendar for Hereford breeders locally, and they were delighted to have Society President Gerald Blandford officiating as master judge.
Taking home the Supreme Championship was the outstanding “Solpoll 1 Stella L2” bred and exhibited by John & William McMordie. This daughter of Panmure Henry is no stranger to success having notched up Championship titles at Balmoral earlier this season, and the 2014 NIHBA Calf Show.
Standing by her side in the Reserve Supreme spot was her paternal sister “Solpoll 1 Starlet M12” also from the McMordies. This youngster is just nine months of age, and had earlier in the day collected the Calf Championship.
The Male Champion “Woodvale 1 Livewire” stood top of the line in a very impressive young bull class for owners Alwyn and Adam Armour, Dromara. This is the first calf bred by the county Down duo, and looks to have a promising future. The reserve male was also selected from this large class in the form of “Solpoll 1 Lawyer”. Both of these prize winners are sired by Panmure 1 Henry.
The cow class was led by Stephen Baxter with the Lisola 1 Eddie daughter “Tarascon 1 Tilly”. This red ticket winner was accompanied by her bull calf at foot. Senior heifer class was won by another daughter of Panmure 1 Henry from J & W McMordie, with Solpoll 1 Dainty K18, shown with her young heifer calf at foot.
David Wilson enjoyed good success at the National Show taking home two red tickets. The first of these was for “Lisrace Prettymaid 19th” who has previously won the Junior Female Championship at the NIHBA calf show. This January 2014 born heifer is sired by his homebred bull Lisrace Lifeliner who is a former Balmoral Champion and Bull of the Year winner. The Wilson’s second class winner was their new stock bull “Knockmountagh Master”, who is sired by Granian Firecracker.
The junior heifer calf class attracted a good entry with Kathryn Williamson, Portadown standing top of the line for “Hilltop 1 Roberta 3rd”. This Lisola 1 Eddie daughter was born in February of this year.
“Richmount 1 King Kong” topped the senior bull class for James Graham, Portadown. This Graceland 1 Colin son was the 2014 Bull of the Year. The senior bull calf section was headed by “Dreemore Titanic” exhibited by C & R Pogue. Tullymore 1 Lawrence is the sire behind this young prospect. The final male class went to C & M Beatty for their January ‘15 born son of Cloncullane Esquire.
The busy ringside of spectators were highly impressed with the bumper entry of Hereford cattle forward for the National Show, with big classes giving them plenty to keep them entertained right from start to finish. The judge reinforced this when he described the champion as “exceptional amongst a tremendous show of cattle”.
Female,Heifer & Supreme Champion: Solpoll 1 Stella L2, J & W McMordie
Reserve Supreme, Junior & Calf Champion: Solpoll 1 Starlet M12, J & W McMordie
Male Champion: Woodvale 1 Livewire, A & A Armour
Reserve Male Champion: Solpoll 1 Lawyer, J & W McMordie
Cow or heifer born on or before December 31, 2012: 1. Tarascon 1 Tilly 5th S Baxter; 2. Romany 1 Ishbel R22 E54, S Patterson; 3. Upperlands 1 Grace, J McMillan
Heifer born on or between 1 Jan 2013 and 30 June 2013: 1. Solpoll 1 Dainty K18, J & W McMordie; 2. Dorepoll 1 Journey 616, A & A Armour; 3. Corraback Clover 4th, M Richmond
Heifer born on or between 1 July 2013 and 31 December 2013 : 1. Solpoll 1 Stella L2, J & W McMordie; 2. Corraback Olive 6th, M Richmond; 3. Castlepoll 1 Molloy, C & M Beatty & Son
Heifer born on or between 1 Jan 2014 and 31st August 2014: 1. Lisrace Prettymaid 19th, D Wilson; 2. Tullymore 1 Lauren, C & R Pogue; 3. Kinnego 1 Loanin Lady, C Kerr
Heifer calf born on or between 1 Sept 2014 & 31 Dec 2014: 1. Solpoll l 1 Starlet M12, J & W McMordie
Heifer calf born after 1 Jan 2015: 1. Hilltop 1 Roberta 3rd, K Greenaway; 2. Castlepoll 1 Molloy 3rd, C & M Beatty & Son; 3. Solpoll 1 Dainty M26, J & W McMordie
Bull born prior to 1 April 2013: 1. Richmount 1 King Kong, J Graham; 2. Pinmoor 1 Kingsley, B & G Watson
Bull born on or between 1 April 2013 or before 31 December 2013: 1. Knockmountagh Master, D Wilson
Bull born on or between 1 Jan 2014 & 31 August 2014: 1. Woodvale 1 Livewire A & A Armour; 2. Solpoll 1 Lawyer, J & W McMordie; 3. Corraback Impeccable, M Richmond
Bull calf born on or between 1 Sept 2014 & 31 Dec 2014: 1. Tullymore 1 Lawrence, C & R Pogue; 2. Solpoll 1 Majestic, J & W McMordie; 3. Glenside Lawson, C & R Pogue
Bull calf born after 1 Jan 2015: 1. Castlepoll 1 Superman, C & M Beatty & Son; 2. Umgola Impact, S Baxter; 3. Mullantine 1 Mighty, S Patterson
Group of 3 Cattle, property of 1 exhibitor: 1. J & W McMordie; 2. A & A Armour; 3. C & R Pogue
Pair of Animals by same sire or dam: 1. J & W McMordie, Panmure 1 Henry; 2. A & A Armour, Panmure 1 Henry; 3. C & R Pogue, Dreemore Titanic
Junior - 1. Bradley Graham
Senior & Overall - 1. Adam Armour