THE highly anticipated Royal Ulster Premier Beef and Lamb Championships surpassed all expectations last week as thousands flocked to the Eikon Exhibition Centre at Balmoral Park.
This Bank of Ireland supported event is a brand new one in the farming calendar, however it built its foundations upon the legendary “Allams” show and sale which was run by the Johnston family. Stuart and Terry Johnston were both in attendance and could not have been happier with the championships in their new home.
It was a day to remember for young Jack Smyth, Newtownstewart, who came out on top in the cattle section with his super Limousin heifer “Side Kick” when she was crowned the Supreme Champion and winner of the beautiful Allams Trophy. Tipping the scales at 660 kilos she sold to The Morning Star, Belfast, for £4,400.
The sale ring was packed to capacity with a tremendous crowd keen to get in on the action, but it was a telephone bid from HG Perkins, Somerset, that secured the top sale price on the night of £5,400 (981p per kg). This was realised by Robert Miller for a homebred British Blue sired heifer “Mega Phoebe”. This 550 kilo heifer has had a great show season and was selected as breed champion at last week’s championships. The same willing seller also took home £4,940 for a Limousin heifer scaling 650 kilos, also bought by Mr Perkins. Both heifers were purchased for future breeding.
It was without doubt one of the most successful outings of Robert Miller’s commercial show career, with his British Blue steer “Mega Three” being tapped out as Housewife’s Champion by judge Stephen McGookin. He was purchased by Country Meats, Aghagallon, for £2,500.
The Shorthorn Champion caused a stir in the sale ring selling for £3,000 to Sean McCloskey, Kilrea. Brought out by Gordon Cutler who had a strong team at the championships, this quality entry weighed in at 550 kilos.
Auctioneer Richard Beattie worked hard in the rostrum with the sales ring packed from edge to edge. Prime cattle were in sharp demand from butchers and factory buyers alike with several lots purchased for the 2019 show season.
A popular addition to the programme was the introduction of lamb classes which saw pairs of butcher ready lambs come under the hammer. Bidding was led at a total price of £600 for a pair of smart Blue Texel sired lambs presented by Iain Colville, Newtownards. These were knocked down to Grant Abraham, Ocre Foods.
A total of £420 was forked out by Steven Girvan for a flashy pair of Spotted Dutch sired ewe lambs from Liam Campbell, Carlough.
The Supreme Champion pen of lambs came from William McAllister, Kells, who sold his Texel duo at £400 selling to McKees Butchers, Maghera.
The calf section of the show attracted a quality entry which was led in the show ring by the Workman family, Kilwaughter, by their homebred Carmorn Cantona sired Limousin heifer calf.
Prices for calves peaked at £2,050 realised for a 330 kilo Charolais heifer shown by Gordon Cutler. She was snapped up by Lynda Hamilton, Omagh, for future showing.
It was a family affair in the young handlers’ section when brother and sister Victoria and Jamie Workman were placed winners in their respective age categories.
The buyers of the prime beef and cattle welcome customers to their shops, restaurants and businesses during Christmas and the New Year when their prize-winning stock will be available to purchase.
Sincere thanks must go to all the exhibitors, Bank of Ireland, breed clubs and societies, trade exhibitors, judges, stewards and the tireless team at RUAS who made this event the success that it was. A full round up of the day’s events can be found at www.beefandlamb.org.uk
Calf & Beef classes – Keith Williamson
Housewives Choice – Stephen McGookin
Lambs – Sam Carmichael
Young Handlers – Tara Williamson
Prime beef prices:
Robert Miller British Blue Heifer 550 kilos £5400 (981p per kg) to HG Perkins, Somerset
Robert Miller Limousin Heifer 650 kilos £4940 (760p per kg) to HG Perkins, Somerset
Jack Smyth Limousin Heifer 640 kilos £4400 (687p per kg) to Morning Star, Belfast
Gordon Cutler Shorthorn Heifer 550 kilos £3000 (545p per kg) to Sean McCloskey, Kilrea
Robert Miller British Blue steer 540 kilos £2500 (462p per kg) to Country Meats, Aghagallon
Ian McCaughern British Blue Heifer 630 kilos £2100 (333p per kg) to Morning Star, Belfast
JCB Commercials Angus Heifer 670 kilos £2100 (313p per kg) to Farmgate Meats, Magheralin
William McAllister Charolais heifer 600 kilos £2100 (350p per kg) to E McCloskey, Kilrea
Thomas Johnston Hereford Heifer 550 kilos £2050 (372p per kg) to Irvine Butchers, Maguiresbridge
Ian McCaughern Charolais heifer 830 kilos £1992 (240p per kg) to James Dillon
N & S Cochrane Charolais steer 540 kilos £1975 (365p per kg) to S Williamson
Eugene Maguire Charolais steer 640 kilos £1900 (296p per kg) McKees Butchers, Maghera
Martin Gallagher Charolais steer 540 kilos £1836 (340p per kg) to Ger Ryan
Eugene Maguire Angus heifer 610 kilos £1799 (294p per kg) McKees Butchers, Maghera
RH Sinnamon Angus steer 690 kilos £1794 (260p per kg) to JH Livestock
Allen Short & Emma Allen Angus heifer 570 kilos £1750 (307p per kg) to Foyle Food Group
Gordon Cutler Charolais heifer 720 kilos £1728 (240p per kg) to James Dillon
N & A McCrea Limousin steer 750 kilos £1725 (230p per kg) to Primestock Meats
Jack Smyth Limousin steer 580 kilos £1711 (295p per kg) to Morning Star, Belfast
Alan Veitch Charolais heifer 510 kilos £1700 (333p per kg) to Irvine Butchers, Maguiresbridge
Thomas Johnston Blonde heifer 730 kilos £1680 (230p per kg) to McKees Butchers, Maghera
RH Sinnamon Angus heifer 590 kilos £1652 (280p per kg) to Linden Foods
Jack Smyth British Blue Heifer 590 kilos £1652 (280p per kg) to Foyle Food Group
John McSorley Limousin heifer 580 kilos £1624 (280p per kg) to Country Meats, Aghagallon
Alan Burleigh Shorthorn heifer 590 kilos £1563 (265p per kg) to Martin Harold
Thomas Johnston Shorthorn heifer 620 kilos £1550 (250p per kg) to McKees Butchers, Maghera
Leonard Bros Angus heifer 580 kilos £1537 (265p per kg) to Farmgate Meats, Magheralin
Lisgoole Abbey Blonde heifer 540 kilos £1431 (264p per kg) to Holmes Butchers, Waringstown.
Gordon Cutler Charolais heifer 330 kilos £2050 to Lynda Hamilton
O’Kane Bros Limousin steer 380 kilos £1380 to C McDevitt
O’ Kane Bros Charolais heifer 280 kilos £1250 to M/s Keenan
O’Kane Bros Charolais heifer 310 kilos £1000 to H Hall
Leonard Bros British Blue steer 360 kilos £980 to A Bryson
Frank Reid Charolais heifer 340 kilos £920 to W Purcell
O’Kane Bros Charolais steer 360 kilos £900 to C McDevitt
D McGarel Charolais heifer 270 kilos £850 to A Carragher
S McGuiness British Blue steer 250 kilos £729 to A Carragher
D Colville £600 to Ocre Foods, Ballynahinch
Liam Campbell £420 to S Girvan, Templepatrick
William McAllister £400 to McKees Butchers, Maghera
Ian McCaughern £360 to McKees Butchers, Maghera
Ian McCaughern £290 to Doherty & Grey
William Moore £280 to McKees Butchers, Maghera
William McAllister £270 to Liam Campbell, Carnlough
Andrew McCutcheon £270 to Morning Star, Belfast
William McAllister £260 to McKees Butchers, Maghera
William McAllister £260 to D McGlynn Donegal
Liam Campbell £260 to McKees Butchers, Maghera
William Moore £250 to Millar Meats, Irvinestown.