Triple crown glory for Smalls

COMMERCIAL SHOW RI Farm
above: The reserve female champion from Alan Veitch.

SATURDAY, August 24, will be a day the Small family will not forget for a while. Under judge Colin Philips their British Blue-sired heifer was crowned Supreme Champion of the Commercial show for 2019. This is the third year in a row the Small family have been crowned champions at this event.

This heifer was purchased in partnership with Blair Duffton from Scotland in the springtime in Carlisle from show calf producer Craig Robertson. After standing first in the midweight heifer class, she was then crowned female and overall champion. This animal was also British Blue champion on the day under judge Ryan Law. The team of Small and Duffton now plan to compete at winter shows across the UK.

RIGHT: The overall champion from Small and Duffton.

Standing in reserve spot to Small and Duffton was the male champion, a Charolais steer exhibited by Alan Veitch. This 500kg steer is a full brother to the multi award winning heifer ‘Gold Rush’ that Alan sold at the club’s young stars event to Blair Duffton, the Scotish showman. Alan also had reserve female champion with his British Blue-sired heifer which earlier stood first in the lightweight heifer class.

Reserve male champion was Robert Miller with his Limousin sired steer.

In the calf championship it was JCB Commercials with its Limousin-sired heifer calf that took the top spot. This calf was purchased privately from Pearse McNamee from Ireland a few months ago. In reserve spot it was Small and Duffton with another Limousin sired heifer calf.

Judge Colin Philips said after the show: “I would like to thank the Commercial Cattle NI for inviting me over to judge their show, the standard of stock on show today was phenomenal and real credit to all breeders and exhibitors.”

Moving to the special classes under judge Ryan Law, firstly it was the butcher’s animal class where the entries had to weigh between 500-580kg. Taking the top spot in this class was Victoria Workman from Larne with her 530kg Limousin heifer. In reserve place it was the team of Small and Duffton.

The breeding heifer class was won this year by the team of JCB Commercials from Newtownards; standing in reserve was the McKee Brothers from Armagh.

In the pairs championship it was the team of Small and Duffton with their two lightweight Limousin heifer calves and in reserve was Robert Miller with his Blue-sired steer calves.

Charolais champion – McKenna Brothers with JCB Commercials in reserve.

Limousin Champion and Reserve – JCB commercials.

British Blue champion – Small and Duffton with Alan Veitch in reserve.

Native Champion – Hawkes and Simpson with Allen Short in reserve.

Blonde Champion – Rodgers Family with Johnston Family in reserve.

Any other breed champion – McKenna Family with Arron Woodside in reserve.

The Young Handlers were judged by Wendy Philips who had a very difficult task and couldn’t split her winners and so joint winners were Lucy Rodgers and Victoria Workman. In reserve was Jade Tumilty and Arron Woodside.

LEFT: The male champion from Alan Veitch.

The club would like to thank Maggie, Orlagh, Liam, David and Bartley and also a massive thanks to Emma Rodgers for looking after the judges.

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