THE Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association BBQ was held on Saturday, August 14, at the Portadown based Richmount Herd of Club President James Graham, where a great crowd of breeders had gathered to view the herd and hear the results of the herds competition, with 23 herds competing for the various awards.
Coming out on top and taking the prestigious award for Northern Ireland Herd of the Year 2021 was John and William McMordie, of Solpoll Herefords, Ballygowan.
They will now go on to represent Northern Ireland in the overall UK competition.
They achieved this by taking three of the four calf awards, firstly with Solpoll Dainty V7 taking best Autumn Heifer calf.
She is from one of the herd’s best cows and her brother was best bull calf in the 2017 Herds Competition. V7 is from a very promising first crop of calves sired by Herberry 1 Herbert.
Taking best Autumn Bull calf, Solpoll Viscount is sired by current stockbull Solpoll 1 Promoter, which has already 40 calves in the herd. His full brother sold for £10,000 this February with his dam a full sister to Hereford Spring Sale Champion Solpoll 1 Perfection.
On to the spring calves, taking Best spring born heifer was Solpoll Duchess V23. Her dam is a two-time Tullamore Show Female Champion and she is sired by Australian sire Wirruna Lennon.
In reserve was the herd of John Conlon, Drumatee Herefords, Market-
hill. The judge remarked on the quality of stock in the Drumatee Herd.
Taking best in the Medium Herd section was John and Karen Taggart, Carrowdore, Newtownards.
In a fiercely competitive Small Herd section, the Kinnego Herd of Ciaran and Peter Kerr, Lurgan, took first place – cementing that place with the award for best spring born bull calf with Kinnego 1 Valentino.
Taking the Best Stock Bull was Robin Irvine, Whitecross, County Armagh. Blakesley 1 Nobility, having already been shown succesfully, impressed the judge enough to take the award.
Herds Competition judge Gary McKiernan, from the very successful Corlismore Herd in Cavan, said that the quality of cattle was high across the country and he had seen some great cattle, enjoyed his task and thanked the committee for asking him to judge.
The NIHBA would like to thank all sponsors supporting the event – firstly WD Meats for providing the tremendous steaks for the BBQ. Burkes of Cornascriebe, Freeburn Farm Feeds, Animax Tracesure and lastly Flynn & Co Accountants, Portadown, for sponsoring the herds competition awards.
This year’s charity was the Air Ambulance and a sum in excess of £3,000 was collected for charity. The NIHBA wishes to congratulate James Graham and family for the tremendous effort they put into hosting a very successful event and bringing all those interested in Herefords together.
Best Autumn Born Bull – 1st. Solpoll 1 Viscount, John & William McMordie; 2nd. Mountview 1 Kojo, Trevor Andrews; 3rd. Country Crest Jack, Ciaran Kerr.
Best Autumn Born Heifer – 1st. Solpoll 1 Dainty V7, John & William McMordie; 2nd. Benburn 1 Juliet, Alan Shaw; 3rd. Solpoll 1 Duchess V14, John & William McMordie.
Best Spring Born Bull Calf – 1st. Kinnego 1 Valentino, Ciaran Kerr; 2nd. Solpoll 1 Vagabond, John & William McMordie; 3rd. CarneyHill 1 Viceroy, John & Karen Taggart.
Best Spring Born Heifer Calf – 1st. Solpoll 1 Duchess V23, John & William McMordie; 2nd. Kinnego 1 Valentina, Ciaran Kerr; 3rd. Broughan Jubilee, Lauren & Shane Curry.
Best Stockbull – 1st. Blakesley 1 Nobility, Robin Irvine; 2nd. Dorepoll 1 Perfection, Ivan Haire; 3rd. Solpoll 1 Promoter, John & William McMordie.
Small Herd – 1st. Ciaran Kerr, Kinnego; 2nd. Marcus Murdock, Lisnaree; 3rd. Nathanial Shaw, Sessiagh.
Medium Herd – 1st. John & Karen Taggart, CarneyHill; 2nd. Trevor Andrews, Mountview; 3rd. Robin Irvine, Graceland.
Large Herd – 1st. John & William McMordie, Solpoll; 2nd. John Conlon, Drumatee; 3rd. David Wilson, Lisrace.
Overall: Solpoll Herd; Reserve: Drumatee Herd.