CLASSIC Missy Belle was awarded the female and
supreme Blonde champion-ship, retaining her title won in 2018, at the British Blonde National Show hosted in basking sunshine at the 151st Balmoral Show.
The January 2016 born female was exhibited by the Ivaniskey herd owned by the McElroy family, Dromara, County Down, and was also the winner of the junior cow class.
Commenting on the standard of stock the judge John Gibb, of the Broomley herd, Northumberland, remarked: “Possibly the best turnout of pedigree Blonde cattle I have had the pleasure of viewing anywhere in the UK,” and went on to congratulate all exhibitors on making a memorable show.
The NI Blonde Cattle Club was pleased to welcome breeders Des Greene and Oliver Naughton from the Irish Blonde Society to compete at Balmoral for the first time, and hope that this can re-occur in the future.
Claiming the male and reserve supreme champion awards was the homebred, April 2017 born Shanvalley Nelson, exhibited by Savage Bros and son, Ballynahinch, having earlier won the senior bull class.
The junior championship was scooped by the McElroy family with their homebred heifer Ivaniskey Oda. Born in January 2018, she had previously won the very competitive junior heifer class and just pipped the winner of the junior bull class and reserve junior champion, Ballygowan Ohio, bred and exhibited by David Gibson, Ballygowan.
Ballymacan Blondes, owned by Alexander and Roger Johnston, Clogher, exhibited Ballymacan Hazel with bull calf Ballymacan Otis at foot, winners of the senior cow class.
May 2017 born Hillhead Nadia from the Rodger’s family, Dromara, took the red rosette in the senior heifer class whilst H D Dorman & family, Dungannon, were awarded the intermediate female title with Coole Lacie.
To mark the occasion of the British Blonde National Show taking part at Balmoral Show in 2019, two special classes were commissioned. The first of these was a calf class for pedigree registered calves, both male and female. This class was won by July 2018 born heifer calf Silverwood Ocean, bred and exhibited by the McKnight family, Newry.
The second class was a commercial class open to animals sired by a pedigree Blonde bull. ‘Brownie’ exhibited by Lucy Rodgers on behalf of the Rodgers family took the title along with the Blonde commercial championship. Lucy was also awarded the junior and overall champion young handler award at this year’s show, a fantastic personal achievement for Lucy.
Following the judging breeders, families and friends enjoyed a wonderful meal in the RUAS members room were the awards were presented to their winners by the judge. All exhibitors were presented with commemorative plaques kindly donated by the Johnston family as well as mementos provided by the British Blonde Society to mark the occasion of the British Blonde National Show.
The NI Blonde Cattle Club wishes to extend a huge word of thanks and congratulations to all exhibitors, friends and family who helped make the show such a resounding success as well as to Bo Davidson for taking photographs.
The NI Blonde Cattle is hosting a pedigree herd’s competition in July 2019. For further information and entry forms please contact Alan Carson on 07803 157366.