THE rearranged 2021 Balmoral Show was a great one for the loc-al Hereford breeders with 29 entries from 10 exhibitors.
Not only in the breed classes but in the Interbreeds, the breed performed well placing highly in most competitions.
Judge Jeff Thomas, from Cornwall, a breeder of Devon cattle, found his Supreme Champion in the shape of the 2015 born Solpoll 1 Starlet M19, shown with her strong heifer calf at foot from John and William McMordie.
She is the fourth Panmure 1 Henry daughter to win
Balmoral Show. Jeff des-cribed her as a “good strong powerful cow with real style. She has bred and fed a real good calf.”
Not just a show cow, she also was dam of the Reserve Female Champion Starlet T4. This 23 month old is a daughter of Solpoll 1 Promoter and was a class winner at Virtual Calf Show last year.
The Male & Reserve Ch-ampion was also the Junior Champion, the March 2020 born Solpoll 1 Triumph. A son of the Moeskaer Mentos, he was much admired and judge Jeff Thomas commented “he is a good type of bull, has excellent feet, thick and full on plates and nice across his top”.
The final Championship pos-
ition was filled by the Senior Bull Class Winner the Jan-uary 2018 born Solpoll 1 Real Good, an ET son of NBG The Wonderer of a Panmure 1 Henry sired cow. Rounding off an excellent show day for John and William McMordie they also took first place in the group of three.
Stephen Cherry took the youngest heifer class and the Reserve Junior Championship with Ballypallady 1 Tigerlilly, a January born Dorepoll 1 Chinook daughter.
Magheraknock Niki S2, from David Smyth, won the remaining female class with his March 2019 born Free Town Mentor daughter.
Marcus Murdock took the pairs class with a pair sired by Romany 1 Lawbreaker.
In the interbreed com-petitions the Supreme Ch-ampion, Starlet M19, placed third in the Individual Ch-ampion of Champions. Judge John Elliot commented: “All
three females put on a maternal masterclass and on another day the Hereford could have won the show.”
Solpoll 1 Triumph was placed Native & Interbreed Beef Performance Bull Ch-ampion with Solpoll 1 Starlet T4 placed Native & Reserve Interbreed Beef Performance Heifer.
Marcus Murdock’s pair of heifers were placed second in the exhibitor bred pairs.
The Native Interbreed Pair (both from J & W McMordie) and Group of Three (McMordie & Cherry) both placed third with a first place in the final class of the week, the Native Team of Five consisting of cattle from Haire, McMordie, Murdock, Cherry and McMordie.