NEIL Austin of Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, had near perfect show weather in which to judge the Salers classes at Balmoral Show.
Salers cattle numbers were strong and the quality of cattle in each and every class was extremely strong.
Neil’s pick of the day was Drumlegagh Oceana, an April 2019 born heifer that comes from a family line of champions.
Her dam and grand dam had both previously being crowned champion at Balmoral.
Bred by J & E A Elliott and ably brought out by stock person Kirsten Elliott, Oceana was sired by Drumlegagh Hamish and out of Drumlegagh Galaxy.
Oceana lifted the Overall Champ-ion title and the Highways Hotel Cup as well as the Wallets Marts Shield for the Best Homebred Animal.
J & E A Elliot also secured the Reserve Overall Championship title with Drumlegagh Poppy, a May 2020 Drumlegagh Hamish sired heifer out of Drumlegagh Larissa, who had also been selected as the Balmoral 2021 Junior Champion
Standing reserve to Poppy in the Junior Championship line up was Seamus Connell’s Male Champion Ballykeel Prince, a February 2020 born Imperial sired bull out of Ballykeel Mademoiselle.
The Salers Cattle Society Cup for the Best Pair and the Best Turned Out trophy went to B & P O’Kane of Lower Bolie Salers with Lower Bolie Ophra and Lower Bolie Princess.
The coveted Stockmans Shield was awarded to Hannah Burns, assisting the Lisnamaul herd, for her hard work and dedication throughout the whole show.
The society would like to thank the organisers of Balmoral Show for hosting such a fabulous event in difficult circumstances and would also like to congratulate all the exhibitors for a fantastic display of Salers cattle.
COW, in calf or with calf at foot born on or before 31 December 2018 – 1st PJ Maginn & Sons/ Lisnamaul Salers, Lisnamaul Kelly; 2nd Ballykeel Salers, Indiana; 3rd B&P O’Kane, Brookfields Abbey; 4th J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Luna.
HEIFER, born in 2019 – 1st J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Oceana; 2nd B&P O’Kane, Lower Bolie Ophra.
HEIFER, born on or after 1st January 2020 – 1st J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Poppy; 2nd PJ Maginn & Sons/ Lisnamaul Salers, Lisnamaul Princess; 3rd B&P O’Kane, Lower Bolie Princess; 4th J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Polina; 5th PJ Maginn & Sons/ Lisnamaul Salers, Lisnamaul Patsy; 6th Ballykeel Salers, Ballykell Penny; 7th PJ Maginn & Sons/ Lisnamaul Salers, Lisnamaul Pixie.
BULL, up to 2 years old on day of Show – 1st Ballykeel Salers, Ballykeel Prince; 2nd PJ Maginn & Sons/ Lisnamaul Salers, Lisnamaul Peter Pan; 3rd B&P O’Kane, Lower Bolie Rambo.
PAIR OF ANIMALS, bona fide the property of one exhibitor – 1st B&P O’Kane; 2nd J & EA Elliott; 3rd PJ Maginn & Sons/ Lisnamaul Salers; 4th Ballykeel Salers.
Male Champion – Ballykeel Prince,
Seamus Connell; Reserve – Lisna-maul Peter Pan, PJ Maginn & Sons.
Junior Champion – Drumlegagh Poppy, J & EA Elliott; Reserve – Ballykeel Prince, Seamus Connell.
Overall Champion (Highways Hotel
Cup) – Drumlegagh Oceana, J & EA Elliott; Reserve (Highways Hotel Cup) – Drumlegagh Poppy, J & EA Elliott.
Best Homebred Animal (Wallets Marts Shield) – Drumlegagh Oceana, J & EA Elliott.
Pairs (Salers Cattle Society Cup) – B & P O’Kane, Lower Bolie Salers.
Best Turned Out – B & P O’Kane, Lower Bolie Salers.
Stockmans Shield – Hannah Burns, Lisnamaul.