THE continued renaissance of
the Dexter cattle breed in Northern Ireland continued at the 152nd RUAS Balmoral Show, with a large entry of 38 high quality cattle on show.
The judge was Steve Adcock, a senior Dexter Cattle Society Judge and current Chair of the UK Dexter Cattle Society. In his comments after the award of the overall Championship to Ryan Lavery’s Derryola Dixie and Reserve Championship to the Bloomer family’s Northbrook Atlas, Steve expressed his delight at the quality and standard of the cattle on display.
In the first class of the day (cow born before 2019), which saw a large entry of 17 cattle, the first time handlers from the next generation of the Bloomer family, Jayne and Grace, did their dad Des proud by bringing home the red rosette with Northbrook Jane.
This was followed by an excellent class of heifers born in 2019 which gave Ryan Lavery’s Derryola herd their first win of the day.
Then came the ‘big boys’ and in a close competition of seven bulls the Bloomers’ Northbrook Atlas, the only Linear Assessed EX 96 Dexter bull in Ireland, edged out Ryan Lavery’s Rathnafishogue T Bone EX95 for the red rosette.
In the overall Championship, Ryan Lavery, the current Chair of the NI Dexter Cattle Group, got ‘the tap’ from Steve Adcock with Derryola Dixie, a 27th month old home bred heifer with heifer calf at foot. In close call reserve was the Bloomer family with their nine year old stock bull Northbrook Atlas.
This was Ryan’s first Balmoral Championship after a few close runs, including Reserve Champion in 2019, and the result delighted his many supporters in the NI Dexter Cattle Group, particularly founding member Deirdre Hilton, MBE, who said she was ‘delighted’ by the result.
The NI Dexter Cattle Group was particularly delighted to be awarded Best Beef Presentation from RUAS in recognition of the level of cleanliness of the breed lines in the cattle hall and their exhibitors’ professionalism in promotion of the Dexter breed.
The NI Dexter Group would like to thank all who contributed to this RUAS Balmoral Show being such a great success and looks forward to the next show in May 2022!