LOCAL Beef Shorthorn breeders enjoyed their annual dinner and prize giving recently in the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown. Special guest for the evening was Sam Coleman, well known livestock breeder and judge for the herd competition.
Sam gave an excellent slide presentation using photographs of all the herds he had visited before moving on to the presentation of prizes.
It proved a memorable evening for the Cherryvalley herd owned by Dr Peter Fitzgerald from Crumlin. The herd was represented by herd manager Stephen Williamson and not only scooped the overall championship but also the majority of the section awards, including stock bull, brood cow, bull calf and group of heifers. Reserve overall went to the Mullaglass herd of Richard Henning, who also lifted the junior bull award.
A new feature of the competition was the commercial herd section for those suckler producers using a Beef Shorthorn bull. This was a close contest with the eventual winner being Glenarm Estate represented by Bryan Wilson. Runner up was well known commercial cattle producer David Henderson from Lisbellaw.
Champion herd: Cherryvalley, Dr P Fitzgerald; Reserve – Mullaglass, R Henning
Large herd: 1st Cherryvalley, Dr P Fitzgerald; 2nd Mullaglass, R Henning; 3rd Cooper, T McGuigan.
Small Herd: 1st Glebefarm, A Shaw; 2nd Priestland, S McCollum; 3rd Newtownbutler, J Mohan.
Brood cow: 1st Croobview Denise, Dr P Fitzgerald; 2nd Mullaglass Lass, R Henning; 3rd Priestland Crocus, S McCollum.
Stock bull: 1st Creaga Logic, Dr P Fitzgerald; 2nd Glasgeivnagh Willow 15th, S Cosgrove; 3rd Ballyart Lucky, T McGuigan.
Junior bull: 1st Mullaglass Lexus, R Henning; 2nd Laird of Longfield, A Shaw; 3rd Tullyjac Lightning, R Henderson.
Bull calf (large herd): 1st Cherryvalley, Dr P Fitzgerald; 2nd Croobview, D Bailey; 3rd Cooper, T McGuigan.
Bull calf (small herd): 1st Stolan, J McConaghie; 2nd Priestland, S McCollum; 3rd Newtownbutler, J Mohan.
Champion bull calf: Cherryvalley, Dr P Fitzgerald; Reserve: Croobview, D Bailie
Heifer calf (large herd): 1st Croobview, D Bailey; 2nd Cooper, T McGuigan; 3rd Cherryvalley, Dr P Fitzgerald.
Heifer calf (small herd): 1st Glebefarm, A Shaw; 2nd Magherone, C Clarke; 3rd Drummond, T Reid.
Champion heifer calf: Glebefarm, A Shaw; Reserve: Croobview, D Bailie.
Group of heifers: 1st Cherryvalley, Dr P Fitzgerald; 2nd Croft, R Henderson; 3rd Stolan, J McConaghie.
Cow family: 1st Crocus, S McCollum; 2nd Lady Annetta, R Henning; 3rd Delia, J McConaghie.
Commercial herd: 1st B Wilson, Glenarm Estate; 2nd D Henderson, Lisbellaw; 3rd W Martin, Broughshane.