THE 2019 summer show “major” season kicked off in spectacular Limousin style at the 151st RUAS Balmoral Show.
Day one of the show saw the Limousin judging in front of the well-known Dougie McBeath of the Majestic and Springsett herds, Bannockburn, Stirling. From amidst some 75 entries and intense competition on a warm and sunny day Milbrook Nelenya, a January 2018 born female by Wilodge Vantastic, from William Smith, Oldcastle, County Meath, came through the field after winning the second class of the day.
She followed up her Champion Junior Heifer and Female Champion wins, both times ahead of the January 2018 Trueman Jagger daughter Strathearnred Oopsadaisy, to take the Overall Limousin Championship. In a remarkable statistic this was the fifth time William Smith has lifted the Supreme title and from five times showing at the event.
More titles were picked up by Nelenya on Friday when she won the Junior Interbreed Championship ahead of a commercial Limousin, Peppa. This January 2018 born bull by Craigatoke Jack was from Blackwater Limousins, Benburb.
Nelenya also won Reserve Champion of Champions on Friday when she was judged by Daniel Wylie.
Standing as the Reserve Overall Champion Limousin was Drumhilla Oscar from JCB Commercials, Newtownards. This February 2018 born bull by Ampertaine Lance and out of the dam Haltcliffe Jolly had come through the field to take Champion Junior Bull and Male Champion titles, both times ahead of the April 2018 Ballyrickard Okiedokie from Ian Davidson, Larne.
Wednesday also saw the Pairs title go to Jalex Ohyeah, a February 2018 born bull, and Jalex Oscar, a May 2018 born bull, both by Bassingfield Hobama and from James Alexander, Randalstown.
The Group of Three and Herbert Lusby Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup was won by Deerpark Nearperfect, a June 2017 Wilodge Cerebus daughter, Deerpark Niceone, an August 2017 Lodge Hamlet daughter and Deerpark Olivia, a May 2018 Ronick Hawk daughter, from brothers Connor and Ryan Mulholland, Aghalee, County Antrim.
Over the following three days and going head to head with the best in show from native and other continental breeds, numerous interbreed titles came the Limousin way.
The Beef Interbreed Performance Championship on Thursday was won by Ballyrobin Opium, a June 2018 Wilodge Vantastic daughter home bred by Joan Gilliland, Antrim. Reserve Champion was Spage Nora, an August 2017 born female by Millgate Judge and home bred by Liam and Paul Campbell, Carnlough.
The Exhibitor Bred Pairs title also went to Spage Nora, and Spage Nelly, an August 2017 Brutus Hashtag daughter from father and son team Liam and Paul Campbell.
Continuing their winning form, the Limousins picked up the Beef Interbreed Pairs Championship which was judged on Friday by Shane McKiernan. This time is was Trueman Natkingcole, a September 2017 born son by Trueman Jagger from James Alexander and Deerpark Nearperfect from Connor and Ryan Mulholland, who were in winning form.
The Interbreed Pair’s team became an imposing team of three with the addition of Homebyers Neema, a July 2017 Larkhill Julius daughter from Blackwater Limousins. Parading into the ring, they were able to see off the competition and emerged victorious again.
On the final day of judging and under the watchful eye of Richard Bartle, Absolute Herd, Dinmore, Hereford, the Interbreed Team of Five took the honours and were tapped out as Champions. This striking team of five Limousins included the team of three and with two further additions Deerpark Niceone, from Connor and Ryan Mulholland and Strathearn Oopsadaisy from Strathearnred Livestock.