THE NI Limousin Cattle Club, in partnership with the NI Young Limousin Breeders, held the Rising Stars Show in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Saturday, March 14, which attracted a strong entry of 57 animals.
Entries were open to all pedigree and Limousin-sired commercials born in 2019. Classes were split into a senior, junior, pedigree and commercial section, with the pedigree and commercial going head to head for the supreme championship.
The man in the middle of the ring choosing his placings was Andrew Gammie of the noted Westpit herd, Scotland, who had success recently in the show ring at the Scottish ‘Stars of the Future’ Calf Show, claiming the Senior Male Champion, Senior Champion and Interbreed Senior Champion with Westpit Orlando, who then went on to fetch 12,000gns at the recent February sale in Carlisle.
The herd has also been successful in the sales ring with Westpit Landlord selling for 17,000gns,
Westpit McGregor 15,000gns, Westpit
Nevada 14,000gns and Westpit
Supreme Champion, Pedigree Ch-
ampion and Junior champion at Dungannon went to a super stylish young homebred heifer, Bernish PrincessJuli. This young heifer oozed quality and showring presence and, backed with a very successful pedigree – being sired by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus and out of a homebred dam Bernish JuliFortune, who goes back to the noted Goldies Vitality – the future is bright for this young star.
Reserve Supreme Champion and Commercial Champion was awarded to the JCB team’s black heifer 99-Its-A-Surpise, sired by the Lodge Hamlet son Pabo MrMuscle.
Reserve Pedigree Champion and Senior Champion was awarded to Deerpark Pluto, exhibited by brothers Connor and Ryan Mulholland.
This March 2019 born bull was sired by Plumtree Fantastic out of foundation female Ampertaine Isadora. Reserve Senior Champion was the January 2019 born Foxhillfarm Pricessless, exhibited by Nugent Estate and Farm, this heifer was purchased at the weaned calf sale at Red Ladies Sale in Carlisle 2019. Priceless is sired by Objat and out of the 125,000gns Glenrock Illusion.
Reserve Junior Champion was Birchwood Polly. This is the first time the McGurk family attended the calf show with their Trueman Jagger sired heifer out of Grenwell Frances by the noted Wilodge Vantatsic.
Reserve Commercial Champion went to the JCB team again with Trueman Idol sired heifer Tobasco. No stranger to the show circuit, this March 2019 born heifer was shown successfully throughout the summer of 2019, attaining the Reserve Commercial Champion at the NI Limousin Championships at Antrim Show and then going on to be the calf champion at the Beef Expo in Carlisle.
A special mention must go to all the sponsors without whose support organiser would not be able to run an event like this in the club’s 40th anniversary year. They include AJ Ewing, Alexander Tractors, APG Agri, the British Limousin Cattle Society, Clippers Ireland, D Mulholland Ltd, Deerpark Limousin, Elite Pedigree Genetics, Fane Valley Stores, Harrison and Heatherington, the Irish Limousin Society, Moocall, Tony @ Muldrews Butchers, the NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors Club, Norbrook, Parklands Vet-erinary Group, Provita Animal Health, Semenstore Ltd, Strabane Mills Ltd, Walter Watson Ltd and Whinfellpark Limousins.
Senior Males, sponsored by Harr-ison and Hetherington – 1st: Ballyrickard Pluto – Ian Davidson, Larne; 2nd: Dernasigh Prince – Molly Bradley, Killylea.
Senior Males, sponsored by Whin-fellpark Limousins – 1st: Deerpark Pluto – Connor & Ryan Mulholland, Aghalee; 2nd: Mcparland Pingo – McPartlim Genetics Ltd, Newry ; 3rd: Kilclass Patman – Dermot McCusker, Castlewellan.
Senior Females, sponsored by Fane Valley Stores – 1st: Foxhillfarm Priceless – Nugent Estates, Portaferry; 2nd: Rhiwllech Pauline – J&A Callion, Dromore; 3rd: Rathkeeland Poshgirl – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge; 4th: Trueman Paloma – Robin Patton, Bellecks.
Senior Championship, sponsored by Alexander Tractors & 4x4s – Senior Champion – Deerpark Pluto from C&R Mulholland, Aghalee; Reserve Senior Champion – Foxhillfarm Priceless from Nugent Estates, Portaferry.
Senior Females, sponsored by Park-
lands Veterinary Group – 1st: Rathkeeland Phoenix – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge; 2nd: Rathkeel-and Philipa – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge; 3rd: Spage Pippa – W&P Campbell, Carnlough; 4th: Ballyrickard Pippa – Ian Davidson, Larne.
Junior Males, sponsored by AJ
Ewing – 1st: Millgate Pablo – Michael Loughran, Cookstown; 2nd: Draperhill Paddy – Rodgers Livestock, Dromore; 3rd: Kilclass Peter – Dermot McCusker, Castlewellan; 4th: Ballyrickard Prince – Ian Davidson, Larne.
Junior Males, sponsored by Sem-enstore – 1st: Draperhill Philipe – Rodgers Livestock, Cookstown; 2nd: Johnstown Premier – Chris Johnston, Fivemiletown; 3rd: Millgate Paul – Michael Loughran, Cookstown; 4th: Rathkeeland Peakyblinder – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge.
Junior Males, sponsored by Walter Watson – 1st: Melbreak PSG – J&A Callion, Dromore; 2nd: Donardview Prince, Timothy McCracken, Castle-wellan.
Junior Females, sponsored by Provita Animal Health – 1st: Bernish Princess PrincessJuli – Kieran McCrory, Sixmilcross; 2nd: Millgate Promise – Michael Loughran, Cookstown.
Junior Females, sponsored by Moocall – 1st: Birchwood Polly – Birchwood Limousins, Cookstown; 2nd: Bernish Princessfortune – Kieran McCrory, Sixmilcross; 3rd: Collegeland Penny – Thomas Clancy, Dungannon; 4th: Collegeland Prettygirl – Thomas Clancy, Dungannon.
Junior Females, sponsored by Norbrook – 1st: Homebyres Pixie – J&A Callion, Dromore; 2nd: Spage Princess – W&P Campbell, Carnlough; 3rd: Spage Penny – W&P Campbell, Carnlough; 4th: Donardview Prim-
rose, Timothy McCracken, Castle-wellan.
Junior Females, sponsored by Damien Mulholland Ltd – 1st: Spage Posh – W&P Campbell, Carnlough.
Junior Championship, sponsored by Deerpark Limousin – Junior Champion – Bernish PrincessJuli from Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross; Reserve Junior Champion – Birch-wood Polly from Birchwood Limousin, Cookstown.
Pedigree Championship – Sponsored by Irish Limousin Cattle Society
Pedigree Champion – Bernish Pr-incessJuli from Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross;
Reserve Pedigree Champion – Deerpark Pluto from Connor & Ryan Mulholand, Aghalee.
Judging the Commercials, Young handler Competition and Pairs championship was Craig Douglas of the noted Whinfellpark Herd.
Commercial Females (under 420kgs),
sponsored by Strabane Mills Ltd
– 1st: 99-Its-a-Surprise – JCB Commercials; 2nd: Rolo – Brendan O’Hare, Mayobridge; 3rd: Cracker – James Alexander, Randalstown.
Commercial Females (over 420kgs), sponsored by NI Young Limousin Breeders – 1st: Tobasco – JCB Commercials; 2nd: The Sweetner – James Alexander, Randalstown; 3rd: Black Pearl – JCB Commercials; 4th: Ruby, Niall Quinn – Dungannon.
Commercial Championship, sponsor-ed by Irish Limousin Cattle Society – Commercial Champion – 99-Its-a-Surpise from JCB Commercials;
Reserve Commercial Champion – Tobasco from JCB Commercials.
Supreme Championship, sponsored by British Limousin Cattle Society – Supreme Champion – Bernish PrincessJuli from Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross; Reserve Supreme Champion – 99-Its-a-Surpise from JCB Commercials.
Pairs Championship, sponsored by Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club – 1st: Rodgers Livestock; 2nd: Michael Loughran; 3rd: J&A Callion; 4th: JCB Commercials.
Young Handler Competition – Overall Young Handler, sponsored by Clippers Ireland – Victoria Workman; Reserve Young Handler, sponsored by Elite Pedigree Genetics – Mark Reid.
Junior (aged 8-12), sponsored by Tony at Muldrews Butchers – 1st:
Paul Loughran; 2nd: Thomas Callion; 3rd: Mya Alexander; 4th: Augus Callion.
Intermediate (aged 12-18), sponsored by APG Agri = 1st: Victoria Workman; 2nd: Molly Bradley; 3rd: Lucy Rodgers; 4th: Serena Murphy.
Senior (aged 18-28), sponsored by Clippers Ireland – 1st: Mark Reid; 2nd: Martin Rodgers.