THE annual NI Limousin Championship was held at Randox Antrim Show in the beautiful setting of Shanes Castle Estate, Antrim.
This year the Limousin judging was in the capable hands of Darren Irvine from the Anside Herd, Braehead Farm, Banffs, Scotland. With a catalogued entry of 48 Limousins local breeders and show spectators looked on as the judging got underway at 9.30am and fortunately, the weather was favourable and the show attracted large crowds.
The Overall Champion, Female Champion and Senior Champion was Culnagechan Liberty exhibited by Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge. Born December 2015, Liberty is by Iveagh Gilkes and out of the dam Culnagechan Fruity. Bred by Derek Hume, Randalstown, Liberty was purchased by Stephen at the NI Limousin Cattle Club’s Female sale in August 2018.
At the show Liberty was awarded the Clyde Perpetual Challenge Cup by Antrim Agricultural Show Society and the Bridgeford Saskia Perpetual Trophy for Female Champion which will be presented by the NI Limousin Cattle Club on prize night.
Liberty’s daughter Rathkeeland Phoenix, bred and exhibited by Crawford Bros, took Reserve Overall Champion, Reserve Female Champion and Calf Champion titles. This February 2019 born heifer calf is by Culnagechan Lazio.
Reserve Calf Champion was Johnstown Pedro bred by a newcomer to the Limousin breed, Chris Johnston, Fivemiletown. This January 2019 born bull is by Trueman Idol and out of the dam Ashmara Classygirl.
Male Champion and Intermediate Champion was Quinliz Obama bred by Roger Quinn, Swatragh. This June 2018 born bull is sired by Dinmore Jacot and out of the Sympa daughter Haltcliffe Gabor.
Obama is also winner of the Derriaghy Perpetual Trophy which will be presented by the NI Limousin Cattle Club on prize night.
Reserve Intermediate Champion was Ballyrobin Opium homebred by Joan Gilliland, Antrim. This June 2018 born heifer is by Wilodge Vantastic and out of the homebred dam Ballyrobin Dolce. Opium was Beef Interbreed Champion at Balmoral in May 2018.
Crawford Bros’ winning team were in the prizes again when Haltcliffe Nijinsky won Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Senior Champion. This February 2017 born bull is sired by Ampertaine Elgin and out of the dam Haltcliffe Jezebelle.
Junior Champion was Pointhouse Oyeah bred by Michael and Kile Diamond, Garvagh.
This December 2018 born bull is by Loosebeare Fantastic and out of the dam Pointhouse Jewel. Continuing his winning form Oyeah was Reserve Limousin Champion at Newry show earlier this summer.
Reserve Junior Champion was Clydevalley Osaka bred by Robert Clyde, Templepatrick. This July 2018 born heifer is by Clydevalley Jimbob and out of the dam Clydevalley Gelsea.
The Commercial Championship, for heifers and steers sired by a Limousin bull took place after the pedigree judging. Winning Commercial Champion was Baby Shark from JCB Commercials, Newtownards, a Lorenzo daughter born October 2018 and Reserve Commercial Champion was Tobasco, a Trueman Idol daughter born March 2019, also from JCB Commercials.
The NI Limousin Cattle Club would like to thank all those who entered for this Championship and the sponsors for their continued financial support at this annual event; A I Services (NI) Ltd, Greenmount Country Stores, Andrew Hyde Feeds, J A McClelland & Sons, Masons Animal Feeds, Nugent Engineering and the British Limousin Cattle Society.
Thanks also go to our hosts Randox Antrim Show and judge Darren Irvine.