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Cherryvalley Dominate Beef Shorthorn Rings at Balmoral

It was a week to remember for Mervyn Robinson, stockman at Cherryvalley Estates as their team of five Beef Shorthorns excelled in the cattle rings as the sun shone at Balmoral Park. Breeders put on quite the show with a superb entry of quality Beef Shorthorns delighting the packed ringside that watched master judge George Somerville in action.

The Supreme Championship was awarded to the exceptional two year old heifer “Cherryvalley Take a Chance on Me”. Sired by stock bull Creaga Rolex, this beauty is out of Cherryvalley Pearl who was herself a Balmoral Champion in 2021. A popular winner on the day, this beautiful roan heifer also featured in an array of Interbreed Championships to include Second Reserve Interbreed Individual, and formed part of the winning Native Pairs, Trios and Team of Five.

Standing in the Reserve Supreme spot was Cherryvalley Estates junior stock bull “Meonside Randango” who was purchased at Stirling for 10,000 guineas last year. This rising three year old bull is sired by Elliot Salute, and will now return to work within the 70 strong Cherryvalley herd.

The Junior Championship was also dominated by the Cherryvalley show team when their yearling heifer “Cherryvalley Whats the Craic” was tapped out as winner. Giving her a run for her money was her stable mate “Cherryvalley Wild Track” who stepped out as Reserve Junior Champion. These prospects are both sired by the senior stock bull Creaga Rolex.

The first class of the day was awarded to Shankill Dodsie Roxana, presented by the Duncan family, Crumlin.This three year old daughter of DRS Supermario was shown in calf.  Following this was the senior cow class which was led by James Porter with his homebred “Uppermill Lovely Lissue” accompanied with her bull calf at foot. Glenisla Jackpot was behind this five year old entry.

Following the judging George Somerville complimented breeders on putting forward a tremendous show of Beef Shorthorn cattle, in what had been a challenging year for producing livestock due to adverse weather. He described his Champion “as everything a Beef Shorthorn heifer should be, stylish, mobile and full of breed character. She has the potential to be a tremendous brood cow”.

It was a clean sweep in the Native Championships with Beef Shorthorn proving unstoppable when it came to the Interbreed Pairs, Groups of Three and Teams of Five. In the performance weight recorded class William & Jill McAllister scooped first place with his homebred heifer “Burnside Lovely Madonna”

Breed Secretary Clive Brown was on hand throughout the judging, and was delighted to confirm a larger entry of Beef Shorthorn cattle was forward at this years Balmoral Show. “This is one of the earliest events for the breed each year in the calendar, and is seen as a flagship event for local breeders to promote their livestock.”

Sponsorship was kindly provided by Abbey Autoline who had their team headed up by Richard Henderson ringside to congratulate prize winners throughout the judging.

A full photo round up of Balmoral Show is available to view on www.agriimages.co.uk.

FULL RESULTS

Sponsor: Abbey Autoline

Judge: Mr George Somerville

618       COW or HEIFER, born in 2021 in calf or with calf at foot.  

1st        SHANKHILL DODSIE ROXANA exhibited by Duncan Emily, Aaron & Graham (Bred by WM Gott)

619       COW, born on or before 31st December 2020 in calf or with calf at foot.  

1st        UPPERMILL LOVELY LISSUE bred and exhibited by Mr James Porter

620       HEIFER, born in 2022.

1st           CHERRYVALLEY TAKE A CHANCE ON ME bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

2nd        UPPERMILL LOVELY LORETTA bred and exhibited by Mr James Porter

3rd        CHAPELTON GEM 7509 exhibited by Rocky’s Farm- Denis and Christine Taylor (Bred by Mr J W Biggar)           

4th        UPPERMILL ROTHES JUSTICE bred and exhibited by Mr James Porter

621       HEIFER, born on or after 1st January 2023.

1st        CHERRYVALLEY WHATS THE CRAIC   bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

2nd        CHERRYVALLEY AUGUSTA WONDER bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

3rd        BURNSIDE LOVELY MADONNA T683 bred and exhibited by Mr William McAllister

4th        DERRIAGHY LOVELY TARA bred and exhibited by Miss Leanne Green

5th        UPPERMILL SECRET SASHA bred and exhibited by Mr James Porter

6th        BOOTOWN TRIXY bred and exhibited by Maurice Millen

622       BULL, born on or before 31st December 2022.

1st        MEONSIDE RANDANGO exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms (Bred by D & T Bradley-Farmer)

2nd        BETHLEHEM MALTON EX94 exhibited by Leanne Green (Bred by Thomas Fox)

3rd        PERFECTION OF SKAILLHOUSE exhibited by Mr James Porter (Bred by Messrs C Macadie and Sons)

4th        AGHALEE S-BLENDED bred and exhibited by Duncan Emily, Aaron & Graham

623       BULL, born on or after 1st January 2023.

1st        CHERRYVALLEY WILD TRACK bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

2nd        BOOTOWN TOM bred and exhibited by Maurice Millen

3rd        DERRIAGHY THOR bred and exhibited by Miss Leanne Green

4th        BURNSIDE TAZ bred and exhibited by Mr William McAllister

5th        MAGHERONE TOPGUN bred and exhibited by Chris and Emma Clarke

Pairs

1st        Mr William McAllister – BURNSIDE herd

2nd        Miss Leanne Green – DERRIAGHY herd

Junior Champion

CHERRYVALLEY WHATS THE CRAIC   bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

Reserve Junior Champion

CHERRYVALLEY WILD TRACK bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

Male Champion

MEONSIDE RANDANGO exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms (Bred by D & T Bradley-Farmer)

Reserve Male Champion

CHERRYVALLEY WILD TRACK bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

Female Champion

CHERRYVALLEY TAKE A CHANCE ON ME bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

Reserve Female Champion

CHERRYVALLEY WHATS THE CRAIC   bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

Overall Champion

CHERRYVALLEY TAKE A CHANCE ON ME bred and exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms

Reserve Overall Champion

MEONSIDE RANDANGO exhibited by Cherryvalley Farms (Bred by D & T Bradley-Farmer)