Well over 1,000 attended the recent Fatstock show in the Kings Hall Complex Balmoral Belfast. This multi breed extravaganza or Christmas Special is the highlight in the calendar for all the breeders who want to see stock displayed at their very best. Offering 27 classes for beef breeds and a prize fund of £9,000 along with twelve silver cups for the breed champions and the coveted Allams cup for the Supreme Champion in Show. Animals are prepared for months in order to have them reach their potential just in time for the show. The judges this year were John Currie Kilmarnock Scotland and the Housewife’s Choice competition was judged by butcher and beef farmer well known Tom McMaster.
For Northern Ireland charolais we had success with Alan Veitch Drumlone Lisbellaw exhibiting in the Calf Spectacular sponsored by Norbrooke; winning his class and going on to take the Calf Spectacular Championship across all the breeds with a calf that has been out on the local show circuit this summer. Sired by a charolais and bred from a BB x Lim cow this seven month calf is a very classy young animal with lots of potential selling at £2,300
Beating off very stiff opposition was Declan & Fergal McKenna Clogher who won the Reserve Supreme Championship with a Baby Charolais Calf called Pip who had taken the Charolais Championship earlier in the day. Pip is sired by Fury Action out of a Limousin dam weighing 600 kgs and selling to Omagh meats for £2,300 Alan Farlow Garvagh won the reserve Championship in the Charolais section with a 690 kgs animal which sold to McKee’s Maghera for £2,150
Next highlight in NI Charolais Calendar is the Export show & sale in Dungannon on Friday 7th March