PAUL Boal, a classifier of the Irish Holstein Friesian Association from Tuam, Co Galway, was in charge of placing the Irish Moileds at Balmoral Show.
Woodbine Casper, a senior stock bull of the Ravelglen Irish Moiled herd owned by Brian O’Kane and family, was crowned the overall Irish Moiled breed champion, the family taking home the prestigious accolade and the Pennielea Trophy for the first time.
This four-year-old powerful Wood-bine Casper bull is no stranger to the showring having won numerous red rosettes, most notably at Tullamore Show in 2019, and in August 2021 he won the overall champion in the haltered section of the virtual Irish Moiled Cattle Society online show. Casper was bred by James and Ciara White from County Wexford out of Glassdrummond Lily 18 VG88 and by the Woodbine herd’s long standing stock bull, Tully Jack EX92. Woodbine Casper EX95 is the main stock bull of the Ravelglen herd at Martinstown, Ballymena, running with the 40-pedigree herd of Irish Moileds.
Overall reserve Irish Moiled breed champion went to Robert Davis and family from Doagh, Ballyclare, with an 11-year-old cow, Ballyvesey Palm EX90 out of Ballyvesey Snowdrop and sired by Ballyvesey Ben – a tremendous hardworking homebred cow that is certainly earning her keep, rearing her 10th calf, a wonderful example of the breed.
Junior breed champion and the Massey’s Butchers Cup was won by N & M Moilies (Nigel Edwards and Michelle McCauley) from Dun-gannon, with Curraghnakeely Penny-Lee 0557, a solid 18-month-old junior heifer, bred in the Curraghnakeely herd of Nigel Edwards at Tempo, County Fermanagh, out of Curragh-nakeely Penny Lee 0454 EX92 and sired by Castledale Maurice EX94.
N & M Moilies also received first prize with Burren Princess Pandora, a powerful senior in-calf heifer bred in the Burren herd of Michelle McCauley at Ballynahinch, and is out of Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th EX94 and sired by Castledale Maurice 2 EX94.
N & M Moilies winning streak continued when they combined the first prize senior heifer, Princess Pandora, and the first prize junior heifer, Penny-Lee 0557, to win the Tully Farm Cup and the accolade of champion pair of Irish Moiled animals, both these heifers having the same sire, Castledale Maurice 2 EX94.
Reserve champion pair of Irish Moiled animals went to Ryan and Caroline Maxwell of Keady, with the young cow, Beechmount Daisy 6th, sired by Tyrone Firecracker EX96 and their young stock bull Ravelglen Rodan, sired by Curraghnakeely Pokemon. Both these animals had
been placed second in their re-spective classes earlier in the day.
Reserve junior champion went to Robert Boyle of Millisle with his very stylish junior homebred heifer Beechmount Lizzie 2 out of Knowehead Liz VG87 and sired by Curraghnakeely Masterpiece EX90.
The Junior bull class was won by Violet McKeown of Kircubben, Newtownards, with her promising young bull Ardcroagh Jamesie out of Ardcroagh Viola and sired by Ardcroagh John.
Judge Mr Boal said: “The standard of cattle, together with their turnout and presentation, is a credit to everyone involved. Thank you to the RUAS for inviting me to judge.”
The IMCS would like to express its gratitude to judge Paul Boal, stewards Alan Armstrong, Linda Davidson and Marjory Blackburn on the day, Raymond Brady for his commentary, RUAS staff and cattle committee for all the hard work in putting together a fantastic show, Agri Images for taking photos and, of course, the Irish Moiled breeders who had put so much time, effort, and work into turning their cattle out to such a high standard.
A few of the prize-winning animals will be coming up for auction alongside several other elite pedigree cattle in the online virtual Magnificent Moilie Autumn Sale taking place from Thursday, October 14, to Saturday, October 16, through auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington, Carlisle. For further details on cattle entered and how to register to bid please visit either the IMCS website or H & H website. Breed secretary Gillian Steele can also be contacted on email@example.com