The Northern Ireland Charolais Club was delighted with the large entry of Charolais cattle entered in the MINSUPS Charolais Grand Final at Clogher Valley Show. The cattle entered came from across the whole of the province with several new breeders exhibiting for the first time in the championship. Qualifiers were picked up across the summer shows in a bid to increase numbers for the Grand Final.
Judging got off to a good start the judge for the championship was Murray Lyle of Loganbar Charolais Dunblane Perthshire Scotland; Murray is a well-known Charolais breeder and judge at sales and shows across the UK.
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MINSUPS Charolais Championship NI Results:
Bulls born from 1 April 2013 to 31 July 2013
Champion Senior Bull: “Jetterspass Inglebert”, bred by Brendan Reavey, Newry Down
This 13 month old was sired by Corrie Alan dam Bellisle Francescia.
Reserve Champion Senior Bull: “Jetterspass Ivan ”, bred by Brendan Reavey, Newry Down a 14 month old bull sired by Corrie Alan dam Goldhill Ellie.
Bulls born from 1 August 2013 to 31 December 2013
Champion Intermediate Bull: “Ratoary Icebreaker ET”, bred by Sean McGovern, Clogher, County Tyrone. This 10 month old was sired by the Oldstone Egbert , dam Deerfin Tina .
Reserve Champion Intermediate Bull: “Ratoary Irishman ET”, bred by Sean McGovern, Clogher, County Tyrone. This 11month old is sired by Conval Frank, dam Deerfin Tina
Bulls born on or after 1st January 2014
Champion Junior Bull: “Ballyoaks Jackson” bred by S & A McKenna Clogher Tyrone. This 4.5 months old bull calf is sired by Burradon Talisman dam Thrunton Delight
Reserve Champion Junior Male: “Coolnaslee Jenson” 6 month old bull calf bred by G J Crawford Maghera County Londonderry and sired by Meardy Fiend dam is Aghinure Unice.
Heifers born 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013
Champion Senior Heifer: “Coolnaslee Invisible”, bred by G J Crawford, Maghera, County Londonderry. Sired by Meardy Fiend out of a homebred dam Coolnaslee Dreamer.
Reserve Champion Senior Heifer: “Bessiebell Incredible “bred by Jack Smyth, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, This 14 month old heifer is sired by Goldies Unbeatable ET dam Aghyoule Finoula ET
Heifers born 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013
Champion Intermediate Heifer: “Derryharney Icedancer”, bred by HC Stubbs & AA Burleigh, Lisnaskea County Fermanagh. This year old is sired by Liscalley ETI is out of a homebred dam Derryharney Evarose.
Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer: “Killadeas Imelda”, bred by S & D Bothwell, County Fermanagh. This 8 month old is by Blelack Wigger, is out of a homebred dam Killadeas Fathma.
Heifers born on or after 1 January 2014
Champion Junior Heifer: “Derryharney Jinglebells”, bred by H C Stubbs & A A Burleigh, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh. This five month old heifer is by Goldies Carnival and out of a homebred dam Derryharney Emma.
Reserve Champion Junior Female: “Cappagh Jude ”, bred by Robin S & Mrs A Todd, Banbridge County Down. A six month old heifer sired by Thrunton Fairfax, out of a homebred dam Cappagh Esther ET
A Champion and a Reserve Champion was chosen from each of the qualifying classes resulting in a final line up of six top quality Charolais Champions & six Reserve Champions.
The MINSUPS Grand Final is a fine way to bring to an end the summer showing season for the NI Charolais Club. It has been another important year in the Charolais calendar; a year in which the club continues to focus on youth and what can be done to create interest and encourage young charolais members. Young charolais judges had great success at the UK Finals at NEC bringing back two cups Caoimhe McGovern took first place in the intermediate section and Gerard McShane took third place in Senior 19 yrs to 26 yrs
In the Pairs Fairway Competition the ladies team of Eimear & Caoimhe McGovern took silver with an outstanding mark of 277 points following in third place Alan Burleigh & Ryan Murray. There were nine regions competing with a total of 53 competitors so the Northern Ireland region can be very proud of the success of their charolais youth.
DIARY of EVENTS:
Charolais Club BBQ Charity Auction & Games Night in Lisburn Rugby Club Saturday 16th August
Ulster Bank Suckled Calf Shows will be held in Armoy, Ballymena, Dungannon, Draperstown, Enniskillen, Hilltown, Lisahally, Markethill, Plumbridge & Swatragh.
Saturday 13th September – NI National Charolais Show Ecclesville Centre Fintona
Friday 7th November – Autumn Show and Sale in Dungannon
Saturday 15th November – Club Dinner & Awards Ceremony Valley Hotel Fivemiletown at 8pm
The club want to thank our sponsor MINSUPS for their financial support and attendance at all qualifying shows & the Grand Final; to the British Charolais Society for their match funding of the championship. Thanks to the management of Clogher Valley Show for hosting the final and for all their assistance throughout the championship, to all show co ordinaters; qualifying shows and the press for coverage of the MINSUPS qualifiers and the Grand Final.