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