Record Charolais entry at Fintona 2012
The NI National Charolais Show attracted a record turnout of 100 pedigree entries plus 27 commercial and 16 young handler entries at Fintona on Saturday 16 June. Heading the male section was a 12 month old by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo. Sandelford Gilberto was out of a home-bred dam going back to Oldstone Egbert and was owned and bred by G Henderson, Bushmills, County Antrim. Reserve male champion went to Glencoe Galliant owned and bred by V McDonald, Newry, County Down. This 12 month old by Clyth Diplomat and out of a home-bred dam had already been awarded honours this year with the junior male championship at Balmoral.
Female champion went to Cornascriebe Flo, a two year old that had already secured reserve champion of champions at Balmoral earlier in the summer. By the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a home-bred dam, this one was owned and bred by Messrs J A Watson and Son, Portadown, County Armagh. Reserve female champion was awarded to Coolnaslee Fergie, a 23 month old bred and owned by G J Crawford, Maghera, County Londonderry. Fergie, by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo and out of a home-bred dam, had previously secured champion heifer at Balmoral.
In the commercial section, overall commercial champion went to Olympic Gold, a bullock from J Alexander, Randalstown, County Antrim. Reserve commercial champion was awarded to heifer Vanilla Ice from S McIvor.
Archie Macgregor, commercial cattle judge and owner of the Allanfauld Charolais herd, commented: “It was a very good show of commercial Charolais cross cattle with a real variety of ages and some younger entries with great prospects. My champion was a mature bullock with tremendous beef throughout and a fantastic loin and good end. He was a very good example of a Charolais cross beast, while my reserve also had a good end and was very clean throughout.”