A very enjoyable evening was held recently at the NI Beef Shorthorn Cattle Annual Dinner at the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown. A feature of the evening was the results from the hotly contended Herds Competition, which saw a fantastic entry of 28 herds from right across the province.
Club Chairman Tom McGuigan welcomed a packed room of members and their friends to the dinner. He reflected on a busy year for Shorthorn breeders with several events staged by the Club. These included a successful open day at the Mullaglass Herd of Richard Henning, a fundraising family day at Rachel Jordan’s, an open meeting for members and most recently Balmoral Show which saw a quality entry of cattle forward.
The Annual Herds Competition was also a tremendous success and thanks must go to judges Tom Staunton and Johnny Keane, who clocked up hundreds of miles during their week of judging. The NI Beef Shorthorn Club were delighted to have them as guests at the Annual Dinner.
Tom delivered a fantastic report on their visits to all 28 farms, which made for an entertaining evening. This began with the commercial herds results, with David Henderson winning the Champion herd and Barry Fitzsimons in Reserve.
Both judges were hugely impressed with the quality of the commercial entries.
In the pedigree section Alfie & James Shaw came out top overall with their Glebefarm herd based outside Dungannon. David & Carole Alexander were in the Reserve Overall spot. During the prizegiving both Tom and Johnny highlighted that during their judging they had seen so many fantastic Beef Shorthorn cattle in each and every section.
A first class dinner was served up by the team at Greenvale, which featured Beef Shorthorn beef from Hannan Meats, Moira.
The next event on the calendar is the annual calf show on Saturday November 13 at Dungannon Farmers Mart. Classes are available for pedigree and commercial calves.
Entry forms available from club secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall Champion herd – Glebefarm, Alfie & James Shaw;
Reserve – Craigfaddock, David Alexander
Stock bull – Rockwood, David McCrory;
Reserve – Croft, Richard Henderson
Brood cow – Glebefarm, Alfie Shaw; Reserve – Aghalee, Graham Duncan
Cow Family – Linhill, JP McFadden; Reserve – Glebefarm, Alfie & James Shaw
Bull calf – Croft, Richard Henderson; Reserve – Cooper, McGuigan Family
Heifer calf – Mullaglass, Richard Henning;
Reserve – Burnside, William & Jill McAllister
Heifer Group – Maralin, Libby Clarke; Reserve – Burnside, William & Jill McAllister
Young bull – Craigfaddock, David Alexander;
Reserve – Mullaglass, Richard Henning
Champion Commercial herd – David Henderson;
Reserve – Barry Fitzsimons
LARGE HERD SECTION – 1st Alfie & James Shaw, Glebefarm; 2nd Ivan Walmsley, Tullyard; 3rd Sean Cosgrove, Finn .
Brood cow – 1st Alfie & James Shaw; 2nd David McCrory; 3rd Denise Bailey.
Cow family – 1st Alfie & James Shaw; 2nd McGuigan Family; 3rd Denise Bailey.
Stock bull – 1st David McCrory; 2nd Alfie & James Shaw; 3rd Ivan Walmsley.
Junior bull – 1st Richard Henning; 2nd Alfie & James Shaw.
Bull calf – 1st McGuigan Family; 2nd Alfie & James Shaw; 3rd Ivan Walmsley.
Heifer calf – 1st Richard Henning; 2nd McGuigan Family; 3rd Alfie & James Shaw.
Group of heifers – 1st Libby Clarke; 2nd Richard Henning; 3rd Percy Lindsay.
SMALL HERD SECTION – 1st David Alexander, Craigfaddock; 2nd Richard Henderson, Croft; 3rd Denver Reid, Gortacar.
Brood cow – 1st Graham Duncan; 2nd William & Jill McAllister; 3rd David Alexander.
Cow family – 1st JP McFadden; 2nd David Alexander; 3rd James Mohan.
Stock bull – 1st Richard Henderson; 2nd JP McFadden; 3rd William & Jill McAllister.
Bull calf – 1st Richard Henderson; 2nd David Alexander; 3rd Denver Reid.
Heifer calf – 1st William & Jill McAllister; 2nd Chris & Emma Clarke; 3rd Denver Reid.
Group of heifers – 1st William & Jill McAllister; 2nd Rachel Jordan; 3rd Sean Kerr.
Commercial herds – 1st David Henderson, Lisbellaw; 2nd Barry Fitzsimons, Ballynahinch.
Stock bull – 1st David Henderson; 2nd William & Jill McAllister; 3rd Kenneth Hopper,
Best commercial cow herd – 1st Barry Fitzsimons; 2nd David Henderson; 3rd Kenneth Hopper.
Group of heifers – 1st Barry Fitzsimons; 2nd David Henderson; 3rd William & Jill McAllister.
Group of steers – 1st Barry Fitzsimons; 2nd David Henderson; 3rd Kenneth Hopper.
Heifer calf – 1st David Henderson; 2nd Percy Lindsay; 3rd Barry Fitzsimons.
Bull Calf – 1st D Henderson; 2nd Kenneth Hopper; 3rd Barry Fitzsimons.