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A sunny day, lots of good cattle, keen competition in the judging ring and honours spread round fairly evenly – this was the scene at Castlewellan show last Saturday as the N I Limousin Cattle Club and the Irish Limousin Society joined together to stage a unique event – a Show of Young Limousin Heifers and Bulls made up of animals pre-qualified and drawn from both the North and South of the island of Ireland.

And what a show it was.  A total of thirteen heifers and twelve bulls had qualified and, in spite of some fairly stringent rules imposed by the animal health authorities, the parades in front of Scottish Judge Mr Archie McGregor were sensational and very much appreciated by the huge crowd – three and four deep round the ring – who were clamouring to have a look at some of the best beef cattle to be found anywhere in Ireland – or further afield, for that matter.

All Ireland Limousin Bull & Heifer Derby 2007

The Business end !Archie McGregor (judge) in deep study assessing the bull line up

Many of the spectators were keen to see how the cattle in one part of the country sized up against the others and there was also much general interest in breeding lines.  The final line up resulted in splitting of the accolades with the south winning the Heifer Derby and the north winning the Bull Derby.  The shield for the club or society gaining most points went to the Northern Ireland Limousin Club.

John Moroney (right) President of Irish Limousin presenting the shield for the area gaining most points to Bryan McElroy, Chairman of N.I. Club (winners)

John Moroney (right) President of Irish Limousin presenting the shield for the area gaining most points to Bryan McElroy, Chairman of N.I. Club (winners)

There were Limousin cattle from Carnlough and from Cork, from Meath and Maghera, from Clare and Cullyhanna, from Tyrone and Toomebridge, and Antrim and Ardnacrushna and many miles had been travelled to bring them to Castlewellan.  Was their journey really necessary?  Well, it all depends on your point of view but  Irish Limousin breeders have strong desire to show the world that the quality of stock here is on a par – or better – than in Britain or France or anywhere else and the promotional benefits of showing a an event like this far outweigh the time and distance elements.
 

The Champion Heifer title went to Millbrook Ainsi 2 a Mas du Clo daughter from prolific cow Millbrook Monique from well known breeder William Smith, Millbrook, Oldcastle, Co. Meath while following her was another Meath Heifer Curraghree Amazing from Pat Phelan, Drumree, Co. Meath with his Grahams Samson heifer.

The Champion Bull title went to James McKay, Maghera with his Sympa son out of Ultra while hot on his heels was the husband & wife team of James & Allison Callion with their Rocky son out of Lyvennet Paris.

Millbrook Ainsi 2  All Ireland Heifer Champion 2007 with (l-r) William Smith (owner), Cormac McKervey & Ann Calwell of sponsors Ulster Bank. Kneeling with Champions Plaque is John Smith.

Millbrook Ainsi 2 – All Ireland Heifer Champion 2007 with (l-r) William Smith (owner), Cormac McKervey & Ann Calwell of sponsors Ulster Bank. Kneeling with Champions Plaque is John Smith.

Curraghree Amazing  All Ireland Heifer Runner Up 2007 with (l-r) Pat Phelan (owner), Cormac McKervey of sponsors & Archie McGregor (judge).  In front, David Oliver & Ann Calwell of sponsors Ulster Bank.

Curraghree Amazing – All Ireland Heifer Runner Up 2007 with (l-r) Pat Phelan (owner), Cormac McKervey of sponsors & Archie McGregor (judge).  In front, David Oliver & Ann Calwell of sponsors Ulster Bank.

Ampertaine Bravo  All Ireland Bull Champion 2007 with (l-r) Barney O Kane (handler), James McKay (owner) & Archie McGregor (judge) kneeling Meryvn Owens of sponsors IAWS Northern Ireland

Ampertaine Bravo – All Ireland Bull Champion 2007 with (l-r) Barney O’ Kane (handler), James McKay (owner) & Archie McGregor (judge) kneeling Meryvn Owens of sponsors IAWS Northern Ireland

Ashhallow Bombshell  All Ireland Bull Runner Up 2007 with owners James & Allison Callion (owners), Archie McGregor (judge) & Meryvn Owens of sponsors IAWS Northern Ireland

Ashhallow Bombshell – All Ireland Bull Runner Up 2007 with owners James & Allison Callion (owners), Archie McGregor (judge) & Meryvn Owens of sponsors IAWS Northern Ireland

Judging results:

Heifer Derby

Place:

Name:

Sire:

Dam:

Exhibitor:

1st

Millbrook Ainsi 2

Mas Du Clo

Millbrook Monique

William Smith

2nd

Curraghree Amazing

Grahams Samson

Curraghree Mercedes

Pat Phelan

3rd

Kendrom Betty

Jockey

Kendrom Utha

David Kenwell

4th

Clydevalley Apricot

Ronick Gains

Clydevalley Nighingale

RS Clyde

5th

Annadale Beauty

Nenuphar

Bernish Serena

Christopher Murray

6th

Kendrom Beauty

Broadmeadows Cannon

Ronick Unicer

David Kenwell

 

 

 

Bull Derby

Place:

Name:

Sire:

Dam:

Exhibitor:

1st

Ampertine Bravo

Sympa

Ultra

James McKay

2nd

Ashhallow Bombshell

Rocky

Lyvennet Paris

Mr & Mrs J Callion

3rd

Ballyrobin Bestmate

Nector

Ballyrobin Savonnah

Miss J Gilliland

4th

Fedneyhouse Brandy

ULM

Lumbylaw Nellie

J. Adams

5th

Carmorn Bush

Grahams Unbeatable

Carmorn Ulrika

Francis McAuley

6th

Moloskey Bernard

Moloskey Showman

Ardlea Maura

Brendan Clancy

 

 

 

Michelle Gildernew MP MLA (Minister for Agriculture) with winners, judge & sponsors in front of the winning pair & the beautiful Castlewellan Castle in the background.

Michelle Gildernew MP MLA (Minister for Agriculture) with winners, judge & sponsors in front of the winning pair & the beautiful Castlewellan Castle in the background.

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