Full credit goes to Northern Ireland Hereford breeders who had a tremendous turnout of cattle at the annual Balmoral show. All animals were were well presented and in very good show condition given it is so early in the season. Numbers of Herefords entered were possibly the highest ever and the largest representation for any cattle breed at the event. Just two breeders from the south had Herefords exhibited. Coote Geelan a regular exhibitor and former championship winner had a team from his Baltymore herd in Co Leitrim on show while Albert De Cogan, Castlemartyr had a Hereford heifer. Albert also had his Angus bull Rosemead Karona J957 on display initially winning his class and later going all the way to take the Angus Championship.
The Reserve Grand Female Hereford Champion came from the first class of the day, and was exhibited by John and Karen Taggart, Carrowdore. Their eight year old cow “Knockmountagh Olga” bred by Eamon McKiernan, Monasterboice, Co Louth has enjoyed a super show career and was shown with her calf at foot. She is sired by Churchill Storm, and is out of Knockmountagh Aileen. There were 10 cows forward in this class making it the largest Senior Female Class in the entire beef section.
Andrew McMordie celebrated success winning the Reserve Grand Hereford Male Championship with his September 2012 born Solitude 1 Kingdom, a son of Gouldingpoll 1 Captain (GCT) bred by Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Co Kerry and currently standing at Dovea Genetics, Co Tipperary. This red ticket winner represented a sole entry from Andrew’s Solitude herd based at Ballygowan and sold at the show to a local pedigree breeder.
“Craigy Honey Pie 2nd” was winner of the July – December 2012 born Hereford female class for Desmond Martin, Saintfield. This home bred heifer is sired by the highly successful Parkhill Pompeii a son of Yarram Pompeii V055 the noted BIS sire and the dam is Duibhgiolla Honey Pie bred by well-known Co Leitrim breeders Kevin & Monica Diffley.
Judge for the event was Andrew Owen, Church Preen Herefords, Shropshire, UK Report with assistance of Libby Clarke Photos by Alfie Shaw
Sponsors night got Tullamore Show on the road with style
With almost 300 in attendance in the Bridge House Tullamore, on Wednesday 4th June, the Sponsors Night and Show Programme Launch went off to a roaring success!
Over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the forthcoming AIB National Livestock show at Tullamore on Sunday August 10th next. Several new innovations have been added to the event for 2014 including a revamped livestock exhibition area and show rings. The event includes the National Hereford Show at which over 100 top class Pedigree Hereford cattle will be exhibited. Entries are currently flowing in for the event to the show office at Tullamore. Closing date for Hardcopy entries is July 11th next while those completing their entries online have until July 18th. Entries may be completed and further information on the event obtained by checking out http://www.tullamoreshow.com