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