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Cappamore Show stages 4th All Ireland Heifer and Bull Derby

A crowded ringside saw the 4th annual All Ireland Limousin Heifer and Bull Derby take place at Cappamore Show, Co. Limerick on Wednesday 18th August 2010. The All Ireland Derby is a cross border initiative between the Irish Limousin Cattle Society and the Northern Ireland Limousin Club. The Derby was first held in 2007 and has since been run successfully every year.

The Derby is a competition specifically for young bulls and heifers who qualified at relevant shows throughout the year. Qualifying shows this year included Roundfort, Charleville, Athlone and Clonmel in the South and Balmoral, Ballymena, Armagh, Omagh and Castlewellan in the North. The Derby is confined to bulls born on or after the 1st January 2009 and heifers born on or after 1st June 2008.

This event was kindly sponsored by Ulster Bank and Teemore Engineering. Teemore Engineering was established in 1974 and since then has built up a strong reputation as a leading manufacturer in livestock housing equipment. Ulster Banks continued support and interest in farming has been long known, without regular support and financial assistance events like this could not be undertaken. 

Judge for the day was Mr Ron Cruickshank from South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Ron along with his wife Aileen runs the notable Kype Herd and has bred many top prices in Carlisle including Kype Vandanne sold of 13,000 gns in October 2005.

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Ardlea Electra

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Heifer Derby winner with Pat Greaney and Derek Drinan, Ulster Bank

Leading the way in the All Ireland Heifer Derby was “Ardlea Electra” owned by Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. This stylish young heifer was born in January 2009 and is by Fieldson Alfy out a French cow Vorace. No stranger to success, this heifer had already claimed first prizes at the National Limousin Show in both 2009 and 2010.

Second prize went to D & C Murray, Newry, Co. down with their homebred heifer “Titchburn Elegance” also born in January 2009. She is by Wilodge Vantastic out of a Mas Du Clo dam, Annandale Bliss.

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Titchburn Elegance

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Titchburn Elegance with Derek Drinan, Ulster Bank sponsor

Third position went to another Wilodge Vantastic heifer, “Newtown Emma ET” from Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. This homebred heifer is out of an Ideal 23 cow Castleview Rub.

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Newtown Emma

All Ireland Heifer Derby line up:

  • 1. Ardlea Electra – Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois
  • 2. Titchburn Elegance – D & C Muuray, Newry, Co. Down
  • 3. Newtown Emma ET – Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim
  • 4. Moneykee Eileen – M Mc Garrigle, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh
  • 5. Roundhill Egiroflee ET – Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick
  • 6. Killcastle Dana Monique ET – Alan Kelly, Moate, Co. Westmeath
  • 7.Ballyrobin Estee – J Gilliland, Trillick, Co. Tyrone
  • 8. Cloonagh Elegant Lady – Garrett Behan, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
  • 9. Millgalte Ella – M Loughran, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
  • 10.Ardlea Donna – Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois

In the All Ireland Bull Derby the top spot went to Peter Murphy, Newry, Co. Armagh with his homebred bull “Carrickaldreen Enrico” born in March 2009. He is by Oxygene out of a Highlander dam, Barnattin Ursula.

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Carrickaldreen Enrico

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Bull Derby winner with Peter Murphy, Bryan McElroy and Denis Healahy Teemore Engineering

Second place went to “Killcastle Eric” from Alan Kelly, Moate, Co. Westmeath. This bull was born in March 2009 and is by Mas Du Clo out of a Genereux dam, Pelletstown Nickle.

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Killcastle Eric

Third spot went to “Annadale Excalaber” a January 2009 born bull from C Murray, Newry, Co. Down. He is by Sympa out a homebred Nenuphar cow, Annadale Beauty.

All Ireland Bull Derby line up:

  • 1. Carrickaldreen Enrico – Peter Murphy, Newry, Co. Armagh
  • 2. Killcastle Eric – Alan Kelly, Moate, Co. Westmeath
  • 3. Annadale Excalaber – C Murray, Newry, Co. Down
  • 4. Millgate Enrich – M loughran, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
  • 5. Roundhill Europe – Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, co. Limerick
  • 6. Derryguillinane Eric – John Joseph Walsh
  • 7. Wood Road Eric ET – Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
  • 8. Elegante Eager – Michael Kinane, Ballyglass, Co. Tiperary
  • 9. Birchpark Enrico – Owen Flannery, Mountshannon, Co. Clare

After both classes were judged the overall scores for the “Challenge Shield” between the two societies was tied and as a result the top male and female from each society teamed up for the judge to decide who to give the overall award to. After some deliberation the Northern Irish duo of “Titchburn Elegance” and “Carrickaldreen Enrico” were taped forward and the Challenge Shield returns to Northern Ireland for another year.

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Derby shield with club officials

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The winning pair from Northern Ireland

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society wished to express our sincere gratitude to the Cappamore Show society for their assistance is setting up this event. Also to the North Irish exhibitors and supports who travelled a long distance to take part in the event.

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North Ireland club members make a presentation to Paddy 7 Peggy Ryan, Cappamore Show

The next big event in the Irish Limousin calendar with be the Beef Expo taking place on Sunday 10th of October where young stock from around the country will battle it out in 14 individual classes as well as staging the Anglo Irish YMA Finals. 

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Northern Ireland team awaiting results

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Ron Cruickshank judging in wet conditions

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Young handler Daniel Moloney receiving his trophy from judge Peter O’Connell.

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Future breeders at Cappamore Show

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Northern Ireland exhibitors

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Judging in progress

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