Dernaroy 1 Impact a son of Lowesmore 1 Entertainer bred at Dernaroy, Newbliss, Co Monaghan by well-known Hereford breeder Eric Humphreys came through stiff competition to share the prestigious Stock Bull of the Year Award with Richmount 1 King Kong a NI bred bull from James Graham, Richmount Road, Portadown, Co Armagh.
The three years old bull was purchased last year by Stephen Baxter, Umgola Herefords, Tarascon House, Monaghan Road, Co Armagh. The award winning Polled Hereford is out of a homebred cow Dernaroy 1 Emma herself sired by Australian sire Yalgoo Boulder and tracing back on the dam’s side to the Udel herd of David & Daithi Carroll, Coole Campile, Co Wexford and the Denn herd of Stanley Heaslip, Glebe House, Carrickaboy, Co Cavan.
Both breeder and owner were delighted with the award. The bull has developed very well, is long bodied with roundness of quarter and an excellent topline with exceptional muscling.
The award was announced together with the results of the annual Herds Competition results at the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association annual field night and barbecue which was this year held at the home of NI Hereford breed president Greer Watson, Crossgar Co Down.
After viewing the Barnburn herd including the NI Bull of the Year, Pinmoor 1 Kingsley, the crowd headed back to the sheds to watch a clipping demonstration by William McMordie before having a barbecue followed by the announcement of the results of the herds competition by the judge Andy Patterson.
Medium herds: 1st, Dessie Martin, Lisola & Craigy; 2nd, Stephen Baxter, Umgola; 3rd, C & M Beatty & Son, Castlepoll & Braemount
Small herds: 1st, James Graham, Richmount; 2nd, Ciaran Kerr, Kinnego; 3rd, Andrew McMordie, Solitude
Best autumn born bull calf: David Wilson, Lisrace Lumberjack
Best autumn born heifer calf: J & W McMordie, Solpoll 1 Pansy M16
Best spring born bull calf: James Graham, Richmount 1 Mac
Best spring born heifer calf: Stephen Baxter, Umgola 1 Lady
Best stock bull: Tie between Stephen Baxter, Dernaroy 1 Impact, and James Graham, Richmount 1 King Kong
Overall winner: John and William McMordie, Solpoll Herd