The cream of the Northern Ireland Hereford Association Calves turned out in force to attend this years NIHBA UNITED Feeds Calf show at Dungannon. Richard Edwards from the UK had the task of judging. Richard who has spent his life around Herefords, is a well known Cattle fitter and hoof trimmer also follows in the footsteps of his father Steve in judging such events.
Leading the way in the Male section was 2 Moeskaer Upgrade sons with judge Richard Edwards awarding Male Champion to Solpoll 1 Rival, a September born calf whose dam is by Henry and out of a Dynamite cow. This is the fourth successive year the herd has claimed this award. Reserve Male went to Solpoll 1 Rudolph who was born on Christmas day out of a Dynamite dam and won the second bull calf class.
Standing Reserve in the Junior Male Championship was the winner of the January & February class Solpoll 1 Real Good, an ET son of NBG 697 The Wonderer and a daughter of Solpoll 1 Dainty N11 whose full brother Pounder sold to AI Services at 11 months old. To top the day off Rudolph and Real Good teamed up to win the pairs in a very big class.
Peter Collins took the Junior Male Champion with Drumgold Finn with other class wins going to Mark Moore’s Annaghbeg Fernando on the day.
Females on the day where led by the junior Champion Drumshambo 1 Journey, the eye catching junior female shone on the day for Ethan and Gerry Small of Randalstown. This is the second success for the family as they claimed Junior Bull last year. The home bred Heifer didn’t stop their and went on to take overall female Champion showing that age doesn’t come before beauty and certainly one with future potential.
Reserve Supreme female and reserve Junior female went to on of the youngest heifers Lisnaree 1 Ruby owned and bred by Marcus Murdock, another young Heifer who was at home when it come to the show ring.
Senior female went to Richmount 1 Ruby Royale who is owned and bred by James Graham, a female who is not unfamiliar to winning was crowned junior female Champion at the National show in Omagh this year. Ciaran Kerr’s Heifer Kinnego 1 Rainbow showed her colours to take the reserve Senior female back to Lurgan for the family.
Richard’s partner Emma Smith who runs the National Hereford Youth team judged the young handlers on the day, again Emma who has been with Cattle all her life scrutinised the young handlers to award the overall to Ethan Carey-Small.
Supreme Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie
Reserve Supreme Male
Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie
Supreme Female Champion
Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small
Reserve Supreme Female
Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock
Senior Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie
Reserve Senior Male
Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie
Senior Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham
Reserve Senior Female
Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr
Junior Male Champion
Drumgold Finn Peter Collins
Reserve Junior Male
Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie
Junior Female Champion
Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small
Reserve Junior Female
Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock
Young Handle Champion
Class 1 Bull Calf born 1/9/17-31/10/17
1) Solpoll 1 Rival J&W Mcmordie
2) Richmount 1 Red Rock James Graham
3) Kinnego 1 Rocket Man Ciaran Kerr
4) Nancy Beckham T Morton
5) Mountview 1 Genesis T&S Andrews
6) Richmount 1 Rockafella James Graham
Class 2 Bull born 1/11/17-31/12/17
1) Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W Mcmordie
2) Holestone 1 Parapet Brian Mawhinney
Class 3 Bull born 1/1/28-28/2/18
1) Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie
2) Annaghbeg 1 Felix Mark Moore
3) Tamnabrady 1 General Derek McCrea
4) Castlepoll 1 Henry C&M Beatty
Class 4 Bull born 1/3/18-30/4/18
1) Drumgold 1 Finn Peter Collins
2) Kinnego 1 Rolex Ciaran Kerr
3) Annaghbeg 1 Ferdinand Mark Moore
Class 5 Bull born after 1/5/18
1) Annaghbeg Fernando Mark Moore
2) Carneyhill 1 Ribeye J&K Taggart
3) Lisnaree 1 Romeo Marcus Murdock
4) Umgola 1 Challenger Stephen Baxter
5) Nancy 1 Carson G&T Morton
6) Nancy Cooper G&T Morton
Class 6 Female born 1/9/17-31/10/17
1) Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr
2) Drumshambo 1 Sparkles J&G Small
3) Holestone 1 Sadie Brian Mawhinney
4) Drumshambo 1 Tessa J&G Small
5) Mountview 1 Gelato T&S Andrews
6) Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim JE,RI&W Haire
Class 7 Female born 1/11/17-31/12/17
1) Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham
Class 8 Female born 1/1/17-29/2/17
1) Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small
2) Dorepoll 1 Duchess JE,RI&W Haire
3) Richmount 1 Rosemunde James Graham
4) Richmount 1 Radio Gaga James Graham
5) Castlepoll 1 Molly 4th C&M Beatty
Class 9 Female born 1/3/18-30/4/18
1) Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock
2) Dorepoll 1 Sparkler 665 Stephen Cherry
3) Annaghbeg Flora X Mark Moore
4) Umgola Sabrina 2nd Stephen Baxter
5) Carneyhill 1 Emma 22nd J&K Taggart
Class 10 Female born after 1/5/18
1) Nancy Candie G&T Morton
Class 11 Pairs
1) J&W Mcmordie
2) J&G Small
3) Brian Mawhinney
4) Ciaran Kerr
5) James Graham
6) James Graham
7) Mark Moore
Class 12a Young Handler 12-14
1) Bradley Graham
2) Nathaniel Shaw
3) Jamie Bunting
Class 12b Young Handler 15-18
1) Ethan Small
2) John Andrews
3) Marcus Murdock
4) Corchannia Dorman
5) Emma McCrea
Friday 19th October saw 60 members of the NIHBA including their family’s celebrate at the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown for the Awards Evening to recognise the the Herds who have excelled over the showing year.
Guest speaker on the evening was Farm Weeks Editor Robert Irwin who looked back over the last ten years and what was behind the headlines in the farming world and also covered some of the prize winners from a decade ago.
A thank you must go to the sponsors United Feeds and Dunbia who continue to support the NIHBA and make such events possible.
The awards throughout the year have been dominated by James Graham and family with his Richmount Herd. On the show circuit he gained the most points with numerous wins at agricultural shows province wide and the National Show held in Omagh. He also picked up Bull of the year and Polled bull with Richmount 1 Peppermint but to name a few. This young bull has bagged James his fourth bull of the year for the Richmount Herd and is off to pastures new as a stock bull.
Other special mentions must go to John Conlon who took the award for overall Herd of the year and also managed to take reserve in the U.K.
Female of the year and Polled female went to Bertie and Greer Watson with Gerry and Ethan Small taking reserve.
After such a good year Ethan and Gerry Small lifted the Novice Award along with Ethan securing Young Handler of the year.
Sire of the year went to John & William Mcmordie’s Panmure Henry, a bull that continues to produce show quality stock and prize winners year on year.
NIHBA 2018 Awards
January Sale Champion J & K Taggart
Omagh Mart Cup
Spring Show & Sale Champion Rurai McKenna
Sydney Mawhinney Cup Best Naturally Polled Animal Bred in the UK and The F W McMordie Cup Junior Champion at Balmoral
J & W McMordie
News Letter Rose Bowl for the Champion at the National Show
The Ralston Cup for the best heifer exhibitor bred
The Barron Cup for the Junior Female James Graham
Robert Clarke Cup Best Poll exhibitor bred James Graham
The NIHBA Cup for the Calf Champion Ciaran Kerr
The Clow Cup for the best group of three Exhibitor bred
Robinson & O’Kane Cup for the Exhibitor gaining the most points
Best Young Handler under 18 Ethan Small
Kerridge Cup Female Champion Trevor Andrews
McCaffrey Cup Male Champion J & W McMordie
Christie Cup Champion Young Handler C Dorman
Bull of the Year Cup
The Robert Haire Cup for the Poll Bull of the Year Cup
Reserve Bull of the Year & Reserve Poll Bull of the Year
A J Farms Ltd
The TT Simpson Cup for the Horned Bull of the Year
Joint Winners Glen & Tracey Morton & Eamon McCorry
Mountstewart Trophy for the Female of the Year and the H W Coates cup for the Poll Female of the Year
Bertie & Greer Watson
Reserve Female of the Year and reserve Poll Female of the Year
J & G Small
A S O’Connor Cup for the Horned Female of the Year and the Reserve Horned Female of the Year
Ulster Bank Rose Bowl Progeny Pair of the Year
J & G Small
Haven Cup Sire of the Year
Panmure 1 Henry J & W McMordie
Cuddy Cup Champion Herds Competition John Conlon
Summer Show Champions
Balmoral J & W McMordie
Ballymena Greer Watson
Lurgan J & G Small
Clogher Valley Mervyn Richmond
Newry & Castlewellan Marcus Murdock
Antrim Armagh Saintfield Omagh Enniskillen
Judging will commencing at 11.00am with the Market being open at 9:00am
Please remember your movement documentation.
Judging will be in the capable hands of Richard Edwards Classic Polled Herefords, with Emma Smith the UK Hereford Youth Coordinator placing the young handlers.
The Association is once again indebted to our Sponsors, United Feeds and our grateful thanks goes to them for their generous sponsorship in support of our Annual National Calf Show
As you can see there are classes for all ages of calves so please come along and help support this event. This is an ideal event for you to be an exhibitor and show off your calves especially the winning calves from the recent Herds Competition.
Closing date will be 28th September 2018 No late entries will be accepted.
Entry fee £5:00 per animal or pair to accompany entry form with payment made payable to NIHBA.
Entry form below
Last week saw Robert Clarke, Herd manager at the Shadwell Stud visit Hereford herds across Northern Ireland to pick his 2018 winners, renown for his breeding of Hereford and Angus in the U.K Robert had the hard task of judging herds with up to seventy head of pedigree cattle before the prize giving at the Association’s annual BBQ.
Large herd winner, who went onto take the overall Herd went to John Conlon’s Drumatee Herd. Robert was very impressed with the quality of animals on display, all of a type, the stock Bull Cill Cormack Nevada was certainly doing a great job with a strong batch of calves taking this Herd to the next level, so much so Robert awarded him Best stock Bull on the evening. Overall reserve and 2nd in the large herd’s went to John and William McMordie’s Solpoll Herd, no stranger to winning this Herd didn’t disappoint when it came to quality.
Medium Herd winner went to Trevor Andrews from Larne which was viewable on the evening, again a Herd that showed style and uniformity through all ages of cattle.
Ivan Haire and families Dorepoll Herd took the win on the small Herd section, Ivan in recent years has reduced his Herd but certainly not quality, judge Robert was particularly taken by his spring born Heifer Dorepoll 1 Duchess 663 who won the best spring born Heifer title.
Other individual wins went to Gerry and Ethan Small who won the best autumn Heifer class with Drumshambo 1 Sparkles 012, the relatively new Herd is one to watch out for after a great year showing they also picked up second place in the Small Herd section.
John and William McMordie dominated the Bull calf classes with wins in the Autumn and Spring section with Solpoll 1 Rolls Royce and Solpoll 1 Real thing respectively.
The Association thanked Robert on Friday evening at the BBQ and prize giving evening of the arduous task which was held at the Association’s president Trevor Andrews in Larne. Over 180 people attended on the night and where treated to a Herd walk round the cattle before a BBQ with Hereford steak kindly provided by Dunbia.
A raffle and an auction with anything from concrete drinkers to A.I straws was up for grabs and the Association are very pleased to announce that a total of £5200 was raised on the night and was presented to the McMillan charity who have a special place in the Andrew’s families hearts.
Also in attendance was the National Hereford Youth team which was made up from members from across the U.K. The team arrived on Friday and visited herds belonging to John McMordie and Des Kelly before a trip to Tullamore show in which they competed in young handler classes. Preparation, clipping and showmanship demonstrations where provided to the team by Steven and Barney O’Kane from the Keadyview Herd on Friday which payed off as they scooped the top three places in all Young Handler classes at Tullamore.
A big thank you to all involved especially the Andrews family for hosting such an evening, the judge Robert Clarke, all donations and sponsors of prizes, Dunbia for the meat and all who attended to make the evening a runaway success.
Herd competition results
1st JE RI & W Haire DOREPOLL HERD. 2nd J & G Small DRUMSHAMBO HERD. 3rd Ciaran Kerr KINEGO HERD
1st T & S Andrews MOUNTVIEW HERD. 2nd R & J Irvine GRACELAND HERD. 3rd A J Farms LUSKY HERD
1st John Conlon DRUMATEE HERD. 2nd J & W McMordie SOLPOLL HERD. 3rd Des Kelly MULLIN HERD
Best Autumn Bull Calf
1st Solpoll 1 Rolls Royce 2nd Lisrace Liberty 17th 3rd Graceland 1 Rowdy
Best Autumn Born Heifer Calf
1st Drumshambo 1 Sparkles 012 2nd Kinnego 1 Rainbow 3rd Mountview 1 Gelato
Best Spring Born Bull Calf
1st Solpoll 1 Real Thing 2nd Mountview 1 Homer 3rd Lisrace Lumberjack 22nd
Best Spring Born Heifer Calf
1st Dorepoll 1 Duchess 663 2nd Solpoll 1 Starlet R17 3rd Drunatee Cara 442
Best Stock Bull
1st Cill Cormack Nevada . John Conlon
2nd Dorepoll 1 Legacy. T & S Andrews
3rd Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite. Ciaran Kerr
Winner of the Best Overall Herd
Drumatee Herd. John Conlon
Solpoll Herd J & W McMordie
Just a reminder about the NIHBA Annual Field Evening, BBQ & Presentation of the Herds Competition Awards on Friday 10th August 2018 on the farm of our President Trevor Andrews 18 Ballyfore Road Raloo Larne Co.Antrim Telephone number 07801448939 commencing at 5.00pm. This is an opportunity to view the Mountview Herd of Pedigree Hereford Cattle and take part in the activity on the evening.
With the UK Hereford Youth event happening that week end in N Ireland there will be visitors from across the UK & possibly also from the South so it will also give you the opportunity to meet up with fellow breeders.
It is hoped to BBQ at approx 7.00pm entertainment will also be provided. The Herds Competition winners will also be announced and awards presented by the Judge Mr Robert Clarke of Badlingham fame and now Shadwell Aberdeen Angus
To facilitate catering arrangements we need to know the numbers attending by Friday 3rd August 2018 so could you please make contact with either Trevor or myself with number attending by this date. This is a Steak BBQ but burgers will be available but we need to know when booking.
The cost of the BBQ is £15 for steak or £5 for a burger with all profits to Macmillan Nurses
This is only one of the events that takes part throughout the year the next being the Annual Dinner & Presentation of the Annual Awards Friday 19th October 2018 in the The Valley Hotel Fivemiletown.
Then next our National Calf Show on the 27th October 2018 in Dungannon Farmers Mart Judges Richard Edwards & Emma Smyth.
Looking forward to meeting you at these events
Ivan Haire (Hon Sec NIHBA)