THE traditional calf show was not an option for any breeds in 2020 so the Hereford Breeders’ Association chose to go virtual to showcase the quality and potential of the Hereford young stock in Northern Ireland.
There were 40 entries put before a very experienced judging panel of five judges from across the globe. PJ Budler, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and Stewart Robbie, from New Zealand, joined John Appelbe from County Cork, Helen Morgan from Wales and, a little closer to home, Alan Morrison from Maguiresbridge, to run an expert eye over the stock presented.
Leading the way was a very strong class of 2019 spring born heifers and it was the March born Intelagri 1 Lancômbe Jag Lucy from Alan Shaw, Benburb, who took the honours in the class and ultimately went on to take Female Champion. Much admired and purchased at the Gouldingpoll opportunities sale, she has grown on well since. Sired by the well-bred Fisher 1 Jaguar, she will no doubt prove a useful addition to Alan’s herd.
Following her through in the class and to Reserve Female Champion was Broughan Holly from Shane Curry, Armagh. By homebred bull Broughan Dyno, she impressed the judges well to take second place.
Class 2 Autumn Born heifer was taken by John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, with the smart looking Solpoll 1 Starlet T4 and Class 3 was claimed by the stylish Umgola Sabrina 3rd from Stephen Baxter, Armagh.
In the Bulls section, the Champion Male came from the youngest class. It was Benaughlin Fortune 2nd from William and John Burleigh, Kinawley. Sired by stock bull Moyclare Norman, purchased from the well renowned herd of Michael Molloy, County Offaly, this calf could have a strong sire potential should he continue to mature as he has to date.
The Reserve male was the class winner of arguably the strongest class of bulls of the show. Solpoll 1 Top Gun, born August 2019, is the son of Solpoll Perfection, Champion and top priced bull at the Hereford spring show and sale 2019. From John and William McMordie, they certainly will feel this bull has a bright future ahead.
Class 5 was also another win for the McMordies as Solpoll 1 Trailblazer picked up the accolades in this class.
Thanks again go to sponsor United Feeds for its continued support of the calf show, now into the 8th year as sponsor. Thanks also go to the judging panel for taking time to carry out their duties and to all who entered the competition.
Next sale of pedigree Herefords will be on Tuesday, February 9, at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart at noon.
Female Champion – Intelagri 1 Lancômbe Jag Lucy, D.O.B: 27/3/19, Sire: Fisher 1 Jaguar, Dam: Sky High 1 Lancôme Lucy, Owner: Alan Shaw
Reserve Female Champion – Broughan Holly, D.O.B: 23/3/19, Sire: Broughan Dyno, Dam: Broughan Candy, Owner: Shane Curry
Male Champion – Benaughlin Fortune 2nd, D.O.B: 19/4/20, Sire: Moyclare Norman, Dam: Benaughlin Bridge Girl, Owner: William Burleigh
Reserve Male Champion – Solpoll 1 Top Gun, D.O.B: 30/8/19, Sire: Solpoll 1 Perfection, Dam: Solpoll 1 Starlet J22, Owner: John & William McMordie
Class 1 – 1st Intelagri Lancôme Jag Lucy, Alan Shaw; 2nd Broughan 1 Holly, Lauren Curry; 3rd Sessiagh 1 Skye, Nathaniel Shaw; 4th equal Mullin 1 Olive S1199, Des Kelly & Lisnaree 1 Sundae, Marcus Murdock.
Class 2 – 1st Solpoll 1 Starlet T4, John & William McMordie; 2nd Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim 672, JE & RI & W Haire.
Class 3 – 1st Umgola Sabrina 3rd, Stephen Baxter; 2nd Annaghbeg 1 Holly, Mark & Lawrence Moore; 3rd Tullymore 1 Rebecca, Raymond & Stuart Pogue; 4th Benburb 1 Alice 4th, Alan Shaw; 5th. Broughan Ivory, Shane Curry.
Class 4-7 – 1st Solpol 1 Top Gun, John and William McMordie; 2nd Tullymore 1 Quigley, Raymond & Stuart Pogue; 3rd Annaghbeg Governor, Mark & Lawrence Moore; 4th Umgola 1 Imapct 9th, Stephen Baxter; 5th Sessiagh 1 Sergeant, Nathaniel Shaw.
Class 5 – 1st Solpol 1 Trailblazer, John and William McMordie; 2nd Lisrace Lumberjack 30th, David Wilson.
Class 6 – 1st Benaughlin Fortune 2nd, William Burleigh; 2nd Broughan Ice, Shane Curry; 3rd Annaghbeg Hero, Mark & Lawrence Moore; 4th Solpoll 1 Tevez, John & William McMordie; 5th Maytown 1 Mario, Simon and Dianne Johnston.