There was a strong turnout at the recent “NICCEC Young Stars of the Future” in Dungannon Farmers Market. This was a first for the club and certainly won’t be the last.
The turnout of animals was brilliant with both sections getting outstanding support. The haltered section had 37 and the non-haltered section had 58 entries. Spectators travelled from far and wide to come to this event, cattle even being sold as far as Scotland.
The Williamson Family, Benburb, stood top of the line on the day with “Lexi” claiming Charolais champion followed by taking Supreme Champion of the show. The judge Alan Farlow, no stranger to the show ring, stated during the championship that in his eyes “she had everything that a show animal should have”. This stylish heifer calf was later sold for a sum of £3,400.
Reserve Supreme Champion was awarded to brothers D & R Simpson, Aughnacloy with “Penny Chew”. This was a home-bred calf which on the day was declared Champion Limousin and Reserve Supreme Champion, she later sold for £2,100.
In the non-haltered section it was Denzil Johnston that stood top of the line with his Charolais cross heifer calf taking the champion’s crown. Following behind getting Reserve Champion was Kieran Quinn with his Charolais cross bull calf. This prize winner topped the non-haltered section prices by being sold for £1,190.
Belgian Blue Champion - Tara O’Brien with “Miss Dynamite”; Reserve Champion Belgian Blue - Mark Gillespie; Champion Limousin- D&R Simpson with “Penny Chew”; Reserve Limousin Champion - John Killen with “Commander”; Champion Charolais- Williamson Family with “Lexi”; Reserve Champion Charolais - D. Johnston; Native Bred Champion- David Henderson; Reserve Champion Native Bred - Nicola Martin; Any Other Breed Champion- Alan Hempton; Reserve Champion Any Other Breed - Adam McIvor.
The NICCEC would like to thank exhibitors, spectators, buyers and all their sponsors on the day.
The NICCEC is holding its annual general meeting on March 12 at Dungannon Rugby Club at 8pm. The guest speaker this year will be Mr David Mulligan. Everyone is welcome to come along.