Breeders are to be congratulated for putting on quite a show at the NI Hereford National event which took place at the picturesque setting of Gosford Forest Park at the weekend.
John Kemp travelled from Durham to place the 65 head strong entry, which was the biggest entry of any breed at Armagh Show.
Collecting the Supreme Championship ribbons was the 7 year old bull “Greenyards 1 Dougie” presented by Robin Irvine, Whitecross. Selected as a yearling for the Graceland herd, this well made bull has had tremendous success being a former Sire of the Year.
Hot on his heels was the stylish “Craigy Honey Pie 2nd” from Dessie Martin, Saintfield who was awarded the Female Championship en route to Reserve Supreme. Born in September 2012 this is a daughter of Parkhill Pompeii and bred from the same dam as “Craigy Hank” who was the National Show Champion in 2012.
The Reserve Male Champion was “Solpoll 1 Klinsmann” from John & William McMordie, Ballygowan. This well made yearling bull is sired by Panmure 1 Henry.
Henry also sired the Calf Champion at this event. “Solpoll 1 Stella L2” was on her first outing at Armagh for the McMordie team and was winner of the NIHBA trophy.
Mervyn Richmond secured the Reserve Female Championship with his “Corraback Clover 4th. This quality maiden heifer is out of a homebred cow and sired by his stock bull “Ballyaville Don”.
The baby heifer calf class produced the Reserve Calf Champion from David Wilson, Magheraveely. “Lisrace Pretty Maid 19th”is a January 2014 born daughter of Lisrace Lifeliner.
The first class of the day saw a win for David Smyth with his cow and calf combination “Llancillo Hall Rosalinda 5th”.
The in calf heifer class was led by Alywn and Adam Armour with “Solpoll 1 Starlet J19” by Solpoll 1 Dynamite.
P & W Beatty securing the red ticket in the September to December bull calf class with “Tirelugan 1 George”.
“Lisrace Lifeguard” stood top of the line in the baby bull calf class for David Wilson.
The two year old bull class was won by John Conlon exhibiting “Drumatee Mack”,
Progeny of “Panmure 1 Henry” from the McMordies scooped both the top pair and group of three awards. They later went on to win the Interbreed Group of Three Competition.
Top young handler at the show was Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore who won the 8 – 12 year old class. Runner Up was Jack Wilson, Magheraveely, winner of the 12 – 18 year old class.