Simmental breeders test judging skills

SIMMENTAL JUDGING RI Farm
COMPETITORS: Louise and Joshua Cowan from Fivemiletown were among the young breeders competing at the NI Simmental Club’s annual stockjudging competition.

SIMMENTAL breeders turned out in force for the club’s annual stockjudging competition, hosted by the Moore family’s noted Omorga Herd, based at Beragh in County Tyrone.

Club chairman Conard Fegan welcomed everyone and thanked the hosts for their excellent hospitality. “I am delighted to see such a great turnout of members, many of whom have travelled from as far away as Carrowdore, Kilkeel and Rostrevor.

TAKING PART: Ashton Wallace, Antrim, and Danny Clarke, Tynan, were the youngest competitors at the NI Simmental Club’s annual stockjudging competition.

“It has been a wonderful evening, and we are indebted to Bank of Ireland for its continued sponsorship.”

Master judge for the event was Robert Forde from the Mullyknock Herd in Tempo. He thanked the club for inviting him to judge, and praised the quality of cattle in each of the four classes.

The two top placed competitors in the under 21, and 21 to 30 year-old categories, will go forward to represent Northern Ireland at the British Simmental Cattle Society’s National Stockjudging final.

This year’s event takes place in Scotland during the Young Members’ Association’s three-day trip (August 23-25). The stockjudging competition will be hosted by Richard McCulloch’s Overhill House Herd at West Lothian on Saturday August 24.

Results from the 2019 competition include:

Under 21-years-old – 1, Cara Moore, Beragh; 2, Pearse Burns, Rostrevor; 3, Jonny McCammond, Randalstown.

21 to 30-years-old – 1, Ryan Gilmour, Dungannon; 2, Louise Cowan, Fivemiletown; 3, (joint) Zara Clarke, Tynan, and Paul McDonald, Tempo.

UNDER 21: Prize winners in the under 21 section were, from left

Open class – 1, Aiden McCarney; 2, Brian Cowan; 3, David Farrell.

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