The NI Beef Shorthorn Club held its annual calf show at Kilrea Mart. Judge for the event was well known breeder Tommy Staunton from Kinvara, Galway, who gave a running commentary after each class explaining his placings.
Overall champion was taken by Mullaglass Lothario, an October 2017 son of Priestland Fred 4th from Richard Henning, Newry.
It was a memorable day for new breeders and first time exhibitors Andrew and Gregory Hamill from Antrim, who scooped the calf championship and reserve overall with Bushypark Sparkler 3rd, a daughter of Australian bull Sprys Patent Ace.
Tom and Kate Madden from Carnlough brought out two well matched sons of Hussar of Upsall (stock bull at Glenarm Estates). They claimed the pairs title and one of the bulls, Lurig of Ballyvaddy, went on to claim Reserve Yearling Champion.
The McAllister family from Kells also had a successful day with Burnside Lovely Mystique, a Paintearth Rama daughter, claiming Reserve Calf Champion.
Sisters Charlotte and Sophie McAllister claimed first and second in the young handlers, beating last year’s winner Mark McCrellis into third.
Yearling Bull born June to December 2017: 1st Mullaglass Lothario, R Henning; 2nd Lurig of Ballyvaddy, T&K Madden; 3rd Lookout of Ballyvaddy, T&K Madden.
Yearling Heifer born June to December 2017: 1st Burnside Lovely Maud, W McAllister; 2nd Mullaglass Flossies 2nd, R Henning; 3rd Stolan Lily, J McConaghie.
Yearling Champion: Mullaglass Lothario, R Henning; Reserve Yearling champion: Lurig of Ballyvaddy, T&K Madden.
Bull calf born 2018: 1st Craigfaddock Maximillian, D Alexander; 2nd Maximus of Ballyvaddy, T&K Madden; 3rd Craigfaddock Magnus, D Alexander.
Heifer calf born January/February 2018: 1st Bushypark Sparkler 3rd, P&A Hamill; 2nd Burnside Lovely Mystique, W McAllister; 3rd Burnside Lovely Madonna, W McAllister.
Heifer calf born March-June 2018: 1st Mullaglass Lady Annetta 6th, R Henning; 2nd Mullaglass Lucy 7th, R Henning; 3rd Bushypark Beauty 13th, P&A Hamill.
Calf Champion: Bushypark Sparkler 3rd, P&A Hamill; Reserve Calf Champion: Burnside Lovely Mystique, W McAllister
Supreme Champion: Mullaglass Lothario, R Henning; Reserve Supreme Champion: Bushypark Sparkler 3rd, P&A Hamill
Pairs: 1st T&K Madden; 2nd W McAllister; 3rd R Henning.
Young Handler: 1st Charlotte McAllister; 2nd Sophie McAllister; 3rd Mark McCrellis.