The Limousin classes were judged by Alistair Graham who runs the Tandagree herd, Madden Road, Tandragee, Co Antrim. Early in the day when Mr Graham was doing his first commentary of the day there was a poignant moment when many spectators thought of the great servant to Balmoral show and to the Limousin breed the late Mr Willie Wilson who will be greatly missed.
Irish breeders also featured successfully in many classes during the day:
Class 534 COW, in milk with calf at foot, born on or before 31st December 2007
Having been placed Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral the previous year all eyes were on Milbrook Celine when she came in to the ring with her heifer calf Milbrook Geline at foot. Competing in this class also was the previous year’s Limousin Overall Champion and Interbreed Champion Clonlara Valance, owned by Crawford Bros, Clones Co Monaghan and bred by Colin Hogg Co Clare. Valance by Grahams Samson and Daragh Noelle looked in splendid condition and thus set a hard task for the judge Mr Alistar Graham owner of the Madden herd in Co Armagh. Mr Graham deliberated for some time before eventually awarding 1st place to Milbrook Celine with 2nd going to Clonlara Valance. Mr Graham in his commentary paid tribute to the quality of both females.
Class 529 heifer born on or after 1st April 2010
Erne Fanciful took 1st place , entered by Raymond Crawford, Fanciful is by their successful sire Sauvignon and Curraghree Belinda a dam bred by Pat Phelan Drumree Co Meath. 3rd place in this class went to Millgate Flora from Laurence Crilly, Flora is by Ballyline Udolf bred by Bertie Mannion Curraghboy Athlone Co Westmeath. 5th place went Castlebrock Farah from Oliver & Martin Davis Ballinaee Co Longford an Acajou daughter by a French dam Actress
Class 530 heifer born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2010
1st prize awarded to the much admired Milbrook Florence, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter by Milbrook Baby, All Ireland Heifer Derby winner in 2008.
A few minutes later Milbrook Florence was tapped forward to take the Junior Limousin Championship with David Green’s Derriaghy Fancypants in Reserve position.
Class 531 heifer in calf or maiden born on or between 1st July and 31st December 2009
1st place went to Trueman Euphonium, another much admired Wilodge Vantastic daughter by Hollybank Oprah. Euphonium entered by Henry Savage & Sons who bred the £38,000 Trueman Duet, 3rd place in this class was awarded to Ardlea Enebelle from Dan Tynan Mountrath Co Laois. Enebelle is by the French Sersia sire Neuf and the well known Ardlea Annabelle.
Class 532 heifer incalf , born on or between 1st October 2008 and 30th June 2009 and due to calf before the age of 39 months.
Again Milbrook took 1st place with Milbrook Ester a Sympa daughter by Brookmill Ursula. Ester herself was no stranger to success having been Overall Limousin Female Champion and Joint Reserve Female Interbreed Champion at 2010 Beef Expo in Kilkenny. 3rd place went to Ardlea Electra from Dan Tynan, this Fieldson Alfie daughter from the French dam Vorace had also won her class at the 2010 Irish Limousin National Show. Milbrook Enya stood 4th, bred by Neuf and Milbrook Ulla Enya had been placed 2nd at the Beef Expo.
In Class 535 cow certified in calf any age not in milk , having had a calf in the year prior to the show.
Crawford Bros saw their entry Curraghree Sensation placed 2nd to Sarkley Bikita another entry from their Northern Ireland based herd. Sensation a Geannt daughter by Curraghree Mercedes was bred by Pat Phelan Drumree Co Meath.