Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Herd Competition 2018

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 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

Champion: 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

Champion: 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

Champion: 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