NORTHERN Ireland Beef Shorthorn breeders are to be congratulated on a superb entry of top-quality cattle at the recent Balmoral Show, which made its return in glorious sunshine after an absence of almost two years.
In what can only be described as an upbeat event, cattle exhibitors and visitors to the Show were delighted to be back at Balmoral Park.
Beef Shorthorn judging saw a packed ringside of spectators who were treated to a truly first-class performance.
Numbers were not as high as in other years, but the stakes were hotly contended as the quality in each class was exceptional. Judging was in the capable hands of Carolin Ivinson, who runs the prolific Sandwick herd based in Penrith.
Coming out as cream of the crop was the beautiful two-year-old in calf heifer from Cherryvalley Estate, Crumlin.
The homebred daughter of Creaga Malibu caught the eye of the judge as soon as she stepped into the ring and was described “as an excellent heifer with tremendous breed characteristics and style”. The Cherryvalley team, led by Stephen Williamson and Mervyn Robinson, had a super line up of cattle forward at the show, with Cherryvalley Pearl a worthy champion on the day.
The Reserve Champion Glebefarm Duchess Molly M606 was brought out by Alfie Shaw and family, Dungannon, and is a daughter of Fearn Jumpstart.
This eye-catching roan three year old young cow was accompanied in the show ring by her smart heifer calf.
This is the first year for decades that the Glebefarm prefix has shown at Balmoral, with the Shaw family earning several awards during the week.
The Junior Champioship was notched up by Chris and Emma Clarke for their beautiful yearling heifer Magherone Lizzy. Bred by the exhibitor, this August 2020 born heifer is sired by Fearn Godfather. Glebefarm Jackie Picture Perfect was Reserve Junior.
Out of an Uppermill cow, this flashy yearly is sired by Bushypark Jumbo.
The young bull class was won by David Alexander with a well made son of Glencloy Callum, and out of the Smallburn Fifi cow.
Best pair of Beef Shorthorns from one exhibitor were Glebefarm Duchess Molly M606 and Millerston Jamboree from Alfie and James Shaw. The Beef Shorthorn breed also enjoyed tremendous success in all
of the Native Interbreed Champion-ships, securing Reserve titles in the Pairs, Group of thee and team of five events.
The interest in the Beef Shorthorn breed at Balmoral Show was fantastic.