Fintona Show


September 16, 2014 NI National Charolais Show attracts champions

The National Charolais Show attracted 100 entries to its Fintona venue on Saturday 13 September where after a four hour judging stint, Scottish livestock enthusiast, Michael Durno, Glenlivet found his respective male and female champions in Coolnaslee Ivanhoe and Bessiebell Incredible.

Bessibell Incredible, Supreme Female Champion owned by J Smyth, pictured with David Benson, Chief Executive British Charolais and judge Michael Durno

Bessiebell Incredible, Supreme Female Champion owned by J Smyth, pictured with David Benson, Chief Executive British Charolais and judge Michael Durno

Coolnaslee Ivanhoe, Supreme Male Champion with judge, Michael Durno, owner GJ Crawford and Chief Executive David Benson of British Charolais

Coolnaslee Ivanhoe, Supreme Male Champion with judge, Michael Durno, owner GJ Crawford and Chief Executive David Benson of British Charolais

Ivanhoe, an 18 month old by the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend was bred and exhibited by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, County Down. He was no stranger to the ring having been placed first in his class and a member of the winning group of three at the Balmoral.

Bessiebell Incredible added another championship to her success this season by being awarded the female title. Bred and exhibited by Jack Smyth, Newtown Stewart, County Tyrone, this 16 month old was by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable and out of an Aghyoule bred dam.

A line up of eight entries in the pairs section was led by a couple of upcoming heifers from Harold Stubbs and his grandson, Alan Burleigh, Liznaskea, Fermanagh. Derryharney Jazzypants was a seven month old Blelack Digger daughter whilst team mate, Derryharney Jaffa was a five month old by Derryharney Outstanding.

Standing below them in reserve place was Killadeas Inverness and Killadeas Ireland from father and son team, Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Fermanagh.

 

Killadeas Inverness, Intermediate Male Champion owned by S & D Bothwell

Killadeas Inverness, Intermediate Male Champion owned by S & D Bothwell

Ballyoak Jackson Junior Male Champion exhibited by Sean McKenna of S & A McKenna

Ballyoak Jackson Junior Male Champion exhibited by Sean McKenna of S & A McKenna

Senior Female Champion Coolnaslee Harmony owned and exhibited by Mr G J Crawford

Senior Female Champion Coolnaslee Harmony owned and exhibited by Mr G J Crawford

Mr Stephen McKenna and his daughters showing the Junior Female Champion Liscorran Impressive

Mr Stephen McKenna and his daughters showing the Junior Female Champion Liscorran Impressive

Overall champions

Sup male: Coolnaslee Ivanhoe

Sup female: Bessiebell Incredible

Junior heifer: sup, S and A McKenna’s Liscorran Impressive, sire Moybraypark Paramount ET, dam Liscorran Gold

Intermediate heifer: Jack Smyth’s Bessiebell Incredible, sire Goldies Unbeatable, dam Aghyoule Finoula

Senior heifer: Gilbert Crawford’s Coolnaslee Harmony, sire Goldies Carnival, dam Coolnaslee Ulricka

Junior bull: sup, S and A McKenna’s Ballyoak Jack, sire Burradon Talisman, dam Thrunton Delightful

Intermediate bull: Stuart and David Bothwell’s Killadeas Inverness, sire Blackford Dynamite, dam Killadeas Teresa

Senior bull: Gilbert Crawford’s Coolnaslee Ivanhoe, sire Maerdy Fiend, dam Coolnaslee Valerie

Champion pairs

Alan Burleigh and Harold Stubbs with their winning pair of Charolais

Alan Burleigh and Harold Stubbs with their winning pair of Charolais

The Charolais Pairs on display

The Charolais Pairs on display

 

Sup: Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh; Derryharney Jazzypants and Derryharney Jaffa

Res sup: S and D Bothwell; Killadeas Inverness and Killadeas Ireland

Commercial

The Supreme Commercial Champion owned by Mr A Veitch with Mr P Fay of Linden Foods Ltd

The Supreme Commercial Champion owned by Mr A Veitch with Mr P Fay of Linden Foods Ltd

Sup, Alan Veitch, Shadow; res sup, Michael Gallagher, Faye.

Animax Young Handler

Sup: Philip Johnston, res sup: David Rea.

Junior: 1, Oisin Quigley; 2, James Morrison; 3, Clarke Balfour. Intermediate: 1, David Rea; 2, Tara O’Brien; 3, Sarah Johnson. Senior: 1, Philip Johnston; 2, Gerard McShane.

Philip Johnston ANIMAX Champion Young Handler with judge Alison Connolly, Neil Acheson Animax sponsor

Philip Johnston ANIMAX Champion Young Handler with judge Alison Connolly, Neil Acheson Animax sponsor

Junior Young Handler Oisin Quigley with judge Alison Connolly and Neil Acheson Animal sponsor

Junior Young Handler Oisin Quigley with judge Alison Connolly and Neil Acheson Animal sponsor

 

 

 


October 2, 2013 Supreme Charolais on show at the NI National Show in Fintona

Large crowds gathered around the ring for one of the most successful National Charolais shows in years; the charolais club worked hard to bring together the 15th annual show in the Ecclesville Equestrian Centre in the secluded village of Fintona in County Tyrone. Who would ever dream of such a show specular of 100 Charolais cattle been shown in the large arena on a quiet Saturday afternoon. Judges Sharon Rothwell Wicklow and Ian Bell Cumbria were extremely impressed with the lineup of cattle presented to them for judging. Sharon Rothwell had the task of judging the Animax Young Handler Competition. It took a new format this year with preparation of the animal and knowledge of the breed being part of the criteria as well as handling skills in the showring, split into three sections it allowed many of our young people the opportunity to try their hand at handling.

Showing is a serious business and from early morning exhibitors were preparing their animals to ensure that they looked their very best. The competition was stiff as it is the last big opportunity to showcase their stock before winter. The event allows breeders to present their pedigree and commercial Charolais cattle to the wider agricultural community and the agri food industry.

The judging began with Sharon Rothwell in the show ring for the Senior Intermediate & Junior Animax Young Handler Competition; it was a tough competition amongst the most experienced handlers with Alan Burleigh & Philip Johnston through to the championship, in Intermediate we had seven entrants and again the young people were doing extremely well in the showring, Eimear McGovern & Mark Breen went through to the championship, these four put on a good show and Alan Burleigh was declared the champion with Eimear McGovern in Reserve place. The junior competition followed and it was lovely to see our 8yrs to 12 yrs leading their cattle proudly around the ring whilst focusing on the judge, the winner in this section was Jack Ritchie with brother Sam Ritchie taking reserve place.

Neil Acheson Animax was on hand to present the Animax cup to a very pleased Alan Burleigh.

Mr Ian Bell is from the well-known Hallbankgate Farm in Cumbria needs no introduction in the world of pedigree charolais; he entered the ring to judge thirteen pedigree classes with very good entries and spectators commented on the quality of the animals on show. After the pedigree championships everyone agreed the judging was completed expeditiously.

This was followed by the Commercial section with four classes for commercial stock judged by Sharon Rothwell; the Commercial Championships were sponsored this year by Linden Foods Ltd who were not disappointed with the result; S & K Williamson’s herd took the championship with a superb animal Goldilux being presented with the McAllister Trophy, and James Alexander Jalex herd took reserve place with Ted; both animals were a prime example of the very best commercials in the province.

The highlight was the British Charolais Cattle Society championships; Junior Intermediate and Senior Female Championships were hotly contested with spectators waiting to see which animals would take the Supreme Female in show. The overall Female title went to an exceptional heifer Coolnaslee Gracious an animal that has been showing herself well this past year; sired by Sportsman Columbo and out of a homebred dam Coolnaslee Delux. Owned by G J Crawford and winning the coveted Desmond Anderson Cup. The reserve champion went to Coolnaslee Gillian sired by Sportsman Columbo and also owned by GJ Crawford Maghera.

This was followed by the Junior Intermediate and Senior Male Championships, drawing out the best of the classes to compete for the coveted title of overall Supreme Male Champion which went to Derryharney Happy Harry sired by the well-known Shanleive Titus with a homebred dam Derryharney Evarose owned by HC Stubbs & AA Burleigh who were presented with the Robert Scott Shield by Sean McGovern council representative and judge Ian Bell. The Reserve Male champion in show was taken by Coolnaslee Hussar sired by Goldies Carnival dam Loganbar Bounty and owned by GJ Crawford Maghera.

The commentator for the event was Mr Edwin Morrison who had a busy stint on the microphone, with assistance from stewards and officials. Edwin also introduced and thanked the many sponsors who attended the show to present the winning rosettes and trophies. He thanked to all who had worked so hard to make the show such a success especially all the exhibitors for presenting their animals so professionally.

Show Sponsors:

In the pedigree section we are indebted to; Natural Nutrition, A N Irwin & Sons, Teemore Engineering, Dungannon Farmers Mart, Donnelly Quarries, Parkview Veterinary Clinic, Dovea Genetics, ob construction, Western Farm Enterprises, Gortin & Lisahally Livestock Marts, Genus ABS, Woolsey, AJS Promotions, British Charolais Cattle Society.

In the commercial section we are indebted to S & M Engineering, Bothwell Farm Supplies McGirr Haulage & McClelland’s Livestock Mart for financial support in the four main commercial classes and Linden Foods Ltd for sponsoring the Commercial Championships.

The show catalogue was sponsored by Bank of Ireland. The charolais club wishes to thank the management of the Ecclesville Centre for their assistance and also Omagh District Council for their support.

Coolnaslee Hussar Intermediate Bull Champion owned by Mr G J Crawford and exhibitied by Stuart Wilson

Coolnaslee Hussar Intermediate Bull Champion owned by Mr G J Crawford and exhibitied by Stuart Wilson

Derryharney Happyharry Male Champion owned by Mr H C Stubbs & Mr A A Burleigh with judge Ian Bell

Derryharney Happyharry Male Champion owned by Mr H C Stubbs & Mr A A Burleigh with judge Ian Bell

 

Coolnaslee Gracious Supreme Female in Show owned by GJ Crawford and exhibitied by Andy Patterson with Ian Bell Judge

Coolnaslee Gracious Supreme Female in Show owned by GJ Crawford and exhibitied by Andy Patterson with Ian Bell Judge

 

Killadeas Ivan Junior Bull Champion owned by S & D Bothwell

Killadeas Ivan Junior Bull Champion owned by S & D Bothwell

Coolnaslee Helga Intermediate Champion & class winner owned by Gilbert Crawford

Coolnaslee Helga Intermediate Champion & class winner owned by Gilbert Crawford

Coolnaslee Honey Junior Female Champion exhibited by Sam Milliken & Ann Orr secretary

Coolnaslee Honey Junior Female Champion exhibited by Sam Milliken & Ann Orr secretary

 

Class winner male calf class owned by Clive Hoey with Geoffrey Farlow Bothwells Farm Supplies sponsor

Class winner male calf class owned by Clive Hoey with Geoffrey Farlow Bothwells Farm Supplies sponsor

Best Cow & calf Coolnaslee Diane shown by Sam Milliken sponsored by Donnelly Quarry represented by Eimear McGovern

Best Cow & calf Coolnaslee Diane shown by Sam Milliken sponsored by Donnelly Quarry represented by Eimear McGovern

 

 

 

RESULTS 2013

Pedigree Male Classes: 

Class 1 – Bulls born on or between 1st January 2012 and 30th April 2012
1st MR H C STUBBS & MR A A BURLEIGH – DERRYHARNEY HAPPYHARRY. MBM0054609. (UK948371303074). b. 08/04/2012. s.SHANLEIVE TITUS. d.DERRYHARNEY EVAROSE.
2nd L A RICHARDSON & SONS – HILLVIEWFARM HANDSOME. MBM0053970. (UK948383013546). b.11/04/2012. s.MOWBRAYPARK ORLANDO. d.HILLVIEWFARM DAWN.
3rd S&A BELLEW – KILTYBANE HIGHFLYER. MBM0053195. (UK924222615692). b. 31/01/2012. s.TULLYGARLEY ALIBABA. d.KILTYBANE DOT

Class 2 – Bulls born on or between 1st May 2012 and 30th June 2012
1st S & D BOTHWELL – KILLADEAS HULK. MBM0054476. (UK945253959205). b. 05/05/2012. s.BLACKFORD DYNAMITE. d.KILLADEAS ELEGANT.
2nd S&A BELLEW – KILTYBANE HARVEY. MBM0057204. (UK924222615876). b. 21/06/2012. s.DEELEVIEW EVAN. d.KILTYBANE COLLEEN.
3rd MR S HEENAN – PARKVIEW HUSTLER. MBM0054735. (UK937317607204). b. 20/05/2012. s.SPORTSMANS COLUMBO. d.PARKVIEW CHERRY.

Class 3 – Bulls born on or between 1ST July 2012 and 31st August 2012
1st MR G J CRAWFORD – COOLNASLEE HUSSAR. MBM0056526. (UK95635815281). b. 04/07/2012. s.GOLDIES CARNIVAL. d.LOGANBAR BOUNTY.
2nd MRS V MCDONALD – GLENCOE HULK. MBM0055419. (UK924401002185). b. 23/07/2012. s.CLYTH DIPLOMAT. d.GLENCOE VICKY.
3rd MR H C STUBBS & MR A A BURLEIGH – DERRYHARNEY HARRISON. MBM0055643. (UK948371303133). b. 02/08/2012. s.THRUNTON BONJOVI. d.DERRYHARNEY VIOLA.

Class 4 – Bulls born on or between 1st September 2012 and 31st December 2012
1st L A RICHARDSON & SONS – HILLVIEWFARM HALO. MBM0055840. (UK948383013621). b. 03/09/2013. s.ALLANFAULD VAGABOND. d.ELGIN ELISHA.
2nd MR S MCKENNA – LISCORRAN HARDY. MBM0056195. (UK958214700381). b. 10/10/2012. s.BURRADON TALISMAN. d.KILLADEAS BELLE.
3rd MR S MCGOVERN – RATOARY HONKYDORY ET. MBM0057115. (UK958185508152). b.23/11/2012. s. OLDSTONE EGBERT. d.DEERFIN TINA.

Class 5 – Bulls born on or after 1st January 2013
1st S & D BOTHWELL – KILLADEAS IVAN. MBM0058178. (UK945253959953). b. 05/04/2013. s.BLACKFORD DYNAMITE. d.KILLADEAS VASE.
2nd MR R MCWILLIAMS –STRANAGONE ILIKEYOU. MBM0059325. (UK956085025653). b. 05/05/2013. s.DERESKIT FERNANDO. d.FALLENHINCH FANNA.
3rd DEVINE BROTHERS – BROWNHILL ISAAC. MBM0058079. (UK965185807527). b. 21/04/2013. s.SHAEN TOPPER. d.MOORLOUGH CLEO.

Pedigree Female Classes:

Class 6 – Cow in calf or milk any age
1st MR G J CRAWFORD – COOLNASLEE DIANE. MBF0038174. (UK95635813656). b. 13/01/2008. s.ALLANFAULD SUPERSCOT. d.COOLNASLEE PEARL.
2nd E JOHNSTON & SONS – ROSSMORE EVE. MBF0043897. (UK956361701751). b.27/04/2009. Bred by W D BELL (A) s.ALLANFAULD SUPERSCOT. d. ROSSMORE SARAH

Class 7 – Heifers born on or between 1st January 2011 and 30th June 2011
1st MR G J CRAWFORD – COOLNASLEE GRACIOUS. MBF0054074. (UK95635814732). b. 26/02/2011. s.SPORTSMANS COLUMBO. d.COOLNASLEE DELUX.
2nd MR G J CRAWFORD – COOLNASLEE GILLIAN. MBF00540769 (UK95635814802). b. 27/04/2011. s.SPORTSMANS COLUMBO. d.COOLNASLEE CARMEN.

Class 8 -Heifers born on or between 1st July 2011 and 31st December 2011
1st MR G J CRAWFORD – COOLNASLEE GLAMEROUS. MBF0054072. (UK95635815034). b.08/08/2011. s.SPORTSMANS COLUMBO. d.COOLNASLEE CARMEL.
2nd L & M BREEN – KILBRIDEFARM GAIL. MBF0054426. (UK906234428401). b. 06/08/2011. Bred by W H ROBSON & SONS. s.DOONALLY VIEW. d.KILBRIDEFARM ELLEN.

Class 9 – Heifers born on or between 1st January 2012 and 30th April 2012
1st MR G J CRAWFORD – COOLNASLEE HELGA. MBF0059432. (UK95635815211). b.01/03/2012. s.SPORTSMANS COLUMBO. d.COOLNASLEE DAYDREAM.
2nd S & D BOTHWELL – KILLADEAS HAZEL. MBF0056537. (UK95635815211). b. 18/03/2012. s.BLACKFORD DYNAMITE. d.KILLADEAS ERIE.
3rd MR R T V HEWITT – SILVERBRIDGE HOLLY. MBF0055773. (UK963162403546). b.20/01/2012. Bred by MR W J J BROWN. s.THRUNTON BONJOVI. d.SILVERBRIDGE EMILY ET.

Class 10 – Heifers born on or between 1st May 2012 and 31st August 2012
1st MR C WALSH – GLENCOE HARMONY. MBF0060408. (UK924401002222). b. 30/08/2012. Bred by MRS V MCDONALD. s.DARTONHALL BRANDY. d.BROWNSPRIDE VALENTINO.
2nd MR M CONNOLLY – PALACE HELENA. MBF0058636. (UK958132419012). b. 20/08/2012. s.DOON ULTIMATE. d.PALACE DEIRDRE.

Class 11 – Heifers born on or between 1st September 2012 and 31 December 2012
1st MR G J CRAWFORD – COOLONASLEE HONEY. MBF0059438. (UK95635815336).b. 02/09/2012. s.GOLDIES CARNIVAL. d.COOLNASLEE VALE.
2nd MR R H SINNAMON – AUGHAFAD HANNAH ET. MBF0059655. (UK959020413666).b. 26/10/2012. s.THRUNTON VOLDEMORT. d.BLAKESTOWN DELROMEY.
3rd MR G J CRAWFORD – BLELACK HARMONY. MBF0059033. (UK521115303054). b. 03/10/2012. Bred by MR N F MASSIE, OBE. s.BALMYLE DINGLE. d.BLELACK BABE.

Class 12 – Heifers born on or after 1st January 2013
1st MR S MCKENNA – LISCORRAN IGNITE. MBF0061366. (UK958214700403). b. 04/04.2013. s.NEWHOUSE BIGAL. d.THRUNTON DANCER.
2nd MR H C STUBBS & MR A A BURLEIGH – DERRYHARNEY ISOBEL. MBF0059741. (UK948371303181). b. 08/01/2013. s.HILLVIEWFARM PERFECT. d.DERRYHARNEY GLORIA.
3rd DEVINE BROTHERS – BROWNHILL INDIGO. MBF0059749. (UK965185807516). b. 20/1/2013. s.GOLDIES UNBEATABLE ET. d.BROWNHILL FOXY.

Class 13 – Pairs
1st MR G J CRAWFORD
2nd MR H C STUBBS & MR A A BURLEIGH
3rd S & D BOTHWELL

Pedigree Championships:
Females:
Senior Champion COOLNASLEE GRACIOUS owned by MR G J CRAWFORD
Senior Reserve COOLNASLEE GILLIAN owned by MR G J CRAWFORD
Intermediate Champion COOLNASLEE HELGA owned by MR G J CRAWFORD
Intermediate Reserve GLENCOE HARMONY owned by MR C WALSH
Junior Champion COOLNASLEE HONEY owned by MR G J CRAWFORD
Junior Reserve AUGHAFAD HANNAH ET owned by MR R H SINNAMON
Supreme Female Champion in Show COOLNASLEE GRACIOUS owned by MR G J CRAWFORD
Reserve Female Champion in Show COOLNASLEE GILLIAN owned by MR G J CRAWFORD

Males:
Senior Champion DERRYHARNEY HAPPYHARRY owned by MR H C STUBBS & MR A A BURLEIGH
Senior Reserve KILLADEAS HULK owned by S & D BOTHWELL
Intermediate Champion COOLNASLEE HUSSAR owned by MR G J CRAWFORD
Intermediate Reserve GLENCOE HULK owned by MRS VALERIE MCDONALD
Junior Champion KILLADEAS IVAN owned by S & D BOTHWELL
Junior Reserve STRANAGONE ILIKEYOU owned by MR R MCWILLIAMS
Supreme Male Champion in Show DERRYHARNEY HAPPYHARRY owned by MR H C STUBBS & MR A A BURLEIGH
Reserve Male Champion in Show COOLNASLEE HUSSAR owned by MR G J CRAWFORD

Commercial Section
Class 14 –Junior commercial steer showing no hard teeth
1st TED OWNED BY JAMES ALEXANDER
2nd SUNSHINE OWNED BY DAVID SPIERS
3rd JUNIOR OWNED BY CRAWFORD & BEATTIE

Class 15– Junior commercial female showing no hard teeth
1st GOLDILUX OWNED BY S&K WILLIAMSON
2nd OWNED BY D&A MCCREA
3rd LEXIE OWNED BY ALAN HEMPTON

Class 16 – Suckled calf, male, born after 30th September 2012
1st OWNED BY CLIVE HOEY
2nd HAMMY OWNED BY O’KANE BROS
3rd TOUSAR OWNED BY DECLAN MCKENNA

Class 17 – Suckled calf, female, born after 30th September 2012
1st GOLDEN WONDER OWNED BY DECLAN MCKENNA
2nd OWNED BY KENNETH VEITCH
3rd MISS DYNAMITE OWNED BY O’KANE BROS

Supreme Commercail Champion at National Charolais Show owned by S & K Willaimson with judge Sharon Rothwell & Sponsor Keith

Supreme Commercial Champion at National Charolais Show owned by S & K Willaimson with judge Sharon Rothwell & Sponsor Keith

Reserve Commercail Champion Ted owned by James Alexander Jalex Herd at National Charolais Show

Reserve Commercail Champion Ted owned by James Alexander Jalex Herd at National Charolais Show

 

Commercial Championship:
Supreme Commercial Champion GOLDILUX owned by S&K WILLIAMSON
Reserve Commercial Champion TED owned by MR JAMES ALEXANDER

Champion Young Handler Alan Burleigh with sponsor Neil Acheson  ANIMAX at National Charolais Show in Fintona

Champion Young Handler Alan Burleigh with sponsor Neil Acheson ANIMAX at National Charolais Show in Fintona

 

 

Eimear McGovern Reserve Champion Young Handler at the Show

Eimear McGovern Reserve Champion Young Handler at the Show

 

Young Handler Classes:
Junior Class (Under 12’s)
1st JACK RITCHIE
2nd SAM RITCHIE
3rd EMMA WHYTE

Intermediate Class (12-18)
1st EIMEAR MCGOVERN
2nd MARK BREEN
3rd CAOIMHE MCGOVERN
4th SARAH JOHNSTON

Senior Class (18-26)
1st ALAN BURLEIGH
2nd PHILIP JOHNSTON
3rd PAUL KINGHAM
4th CRAIG HEWITT

Championship:
Overall Champion Young Handler and the Animax Cup –ALAN BURLEIGH
Reserve Overall Champion Young Handler – EIMEAR MCGOVERN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 8, 2012 Fintona Show 2012

Record Charolais entry at Fintona 2012

Male champion Sandelford Gilberto

Male Champion Sandelford Gilberto shown by owner Gary Henderson . Front row – BCCS Chairman Martin Donaghy, President of Charolais International Dai Lewis, Gary’s son Gareth accepting the Robert Scott Shield, judge JK Currie and BCCS Chief executive David Benson

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.”