GLENO Valley YFC held its
Annual Christmas Beef Sh-
ow and Sale on Thursday, November 29, at Ballymena Livestock Market. With an
impressive entry of over 30 out-standing show cattle, the event was a huge success.
Many thanks to judge Sam Carlisle, Lockerbie Meats, along with all the sponsors who once again were more than generous. These sponsors included Newport Collection, Clare Vet Group, Fane Valley, Norbrook Laboratories, Danske Bank, NI Limousin Club, Moore Concrete, Ballinaskeagh Grains, DJ McKee & Sons, and Jacksons Butchers.
Judging kicked off at 1.30pm with the Butchers Best Champion sponsored by Clare Vet Group. Judge Sam Carlisle awarded Champ-ion to M&B Johnston, Toomebridge, with a Limousin heifer, later sold for £2,600.
Supreme Champion sponsored by Newport Collection was again judged by Sam Carlisle. The shortlisted cattle consisting of Breed Champions were judged in front of a full house in the main sale ring. Champion was awarded to the JCB Commercials, Newtownards, with a Limousin heifer, selling for £2,700 to Sam Carmichael for McKees Butchers, Maghera.
Reserve Champion sponsored by Newport Collection went to I Wilson, Islandmagee, with a Limousin Bullock later sold for £1,580 again to Sam Carmichael for McKee’s Butchers, Maghera.
Breed Champion Awards and Sponsors
CHAROLAIS (Fane Valley) – P Woodside, Carrickfergus; reserve – L Ervine, Newtownabbey
LIMOUSIN (NI Limousin Club) – JCB Commercials, Newtownards (Supreme Champion); reserve – W &S Keenan, Crossgar
BRITISH BLUE (Moore Concrete) – E Loughran, Cookstown; reserve – R Miller, Moneymore
BRITISH BLONDE (Ballinaskeagh Grains) – W & S Keenan, Crossgar; reserve – I Wilson, Islandmagee
NATIVE BREED (DJ McKee & Sons) – R McKeown, Templepatrick (Shorthorn); reserve – W.J Ervine, Newtownabbey
YFC CLASS (Danske Bank) – I Wilson, Islandmagee; reserve – I Wilson, Islandmagee
After the cattle judging was completed, Sam Carlisle took centre stage to judge the Young Handler’s competition. A great turnout of 12 years and younger led the way showing considerable expertise for their tender years with Kile Diamond winning first in the junior class followed by Aaron Woodside.
This was followed by the 13/16 year old class with first place awarded to Amy Woodside closely followed by Ryan Erskine, a member of Gleno Valley Young Farmer’s club. The overall champion Young Handler went to junior handler Kile Diamond.
The excitement of the cattle sale set the scene for the upcoming charity auction with Paul Woodside kindly donating half his heifer price to the ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ charity.
Following this sale, the charity auction really kicked off with the sale of a heifer donated by Waste Collection Services and Wilson family selling for an impressive £1,750 to John Jackson, Jacksons Butchers.
The sale ring was packed with over 75 auction lots ranging from hotel vouchers to a homemade Christmas cake. The total money raised from sale entry fees, staff wages, donations, raffle and charity auction was an astounding £20,000 and counting.
This amazing sum of money will be donated to Friends of the Cancer Centre, a charity at Belfast City Hospital which funds a range of life-saving and life-changing projects, making a real and lasting difference to the lives of thousands affected by cancer.
The event could not have been such a success without all the generous donations and support before and during the event. Gleno Valley YFC would like to extend a massive thank you to the Ballymena Market staff, show and sale sponsors and all those who donated auction/raffle prizes or gave generous donations, along with everyone who came to support the event on the night.