Balmoral Show this year provided NI Limousin Breeders with an opportunity
of displaying the strength of the Breed - now acknowledged
as being the largest in numbers in the UK - but also demonstrated
the quality of the animals currently being bred in Northern Ireland.
The Champion, Carmorn Voney, with
owner and exhibitor, Peter Smyth.
In keeping with the breed’s status, the Limousin
had, again, the greatest numbers on display in the Beef sector
and, in the sunshine on judging day, the cattle lawn surrounds
were packed with people to see and take note of the impressive
turnouts in all the classes which provided Judge Mr Aled Edwards
- who, as well as being a Limousin breeder himself and an accomplished
Judge, is also the British Limousin Society Chairman – with
a massive selection task. Mr Edwards paid tribute to the breeding
advances that had been made locally and, during his judging comments,
he explained that, in his judgments, he would be placing emphasis
on animals which he considered likely to produce the type of offspring
which would meet market demands, both in the pedigree and in the
commercial field and he complimented the exhibitors on their display.
CARMORN-BRED HEIFER TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP
Mr Edwards selected as his Supreme Champion Carmorn Voney, an
October 2004-born heifer owned and shown by Peter Smyth of
Coleraine. This classy heifer had been bred in the Carmorn
herd of C & F McAuley of Toomebridge.
His Reserve Supreme Champion was a two-year-old heifer, Ronick
Voile, shown by David Kenwell of Dromore, Co Tyrone, and bred
by the Dick Family of Stirling, Scotland, while the Champion
Bull was Sarkley Ritchie shown by Father & Son team, A & T
Clyde of Antrim with the Reserve Male Championship going to the
Crawford Brothers from Fermanagh with their stylish junior bull,
While there was immense competition for class placings – there
were eleven classes in all with some as high as eighteen entries – the
competition really “hots up” when it comes to the “Specials”.
These awards are made possible, in the main, by generous sponsorship
from a variety of outlets- you can read about these on the “Thank-you " panel
on this page.
The McBriar Cup for the Champion was won by Peter Smyth as was
the Special for the Best Limousin Female while the Broadmedows
Breeders Cup went to Francis McAuley. The Smyth Cup for the Male
Champion was won by A & T Clyde and the Special prize for
the best Intermediate Bull went to the Campbell family of Carnlough.
The prize for the Best Junior Bull bred by exhibitor was won
by James McKay of Maghera with the Best Junior Heifer award going
to Peter Murphy of Newry and Peter was also awarded the Scott
Cup for the best animal on show, bred by exhibitor.
The William Mulligan Memorial Rose Bowl was awarded to David
Kenwell for his Intermediate Heifer and the Best Pair prize to
Mr James McKay of Maghera while the Group of Three award was
won by the Campbell Family with the Herbert Lusby Memorial Trophy
for the best Group of Three by the same sire being presented
for a well-presented group of Ronick Luke’s progeny.
Further success was enjoyed by the breed in the interbreed
competitions and this year Limousins were awarded 1st Reserve
in the Interbreed Championship, 1st Reserve in the Interbreed
Pairs and 2nd Reserve in the Interbreed Group of Three. Furthermore,
the Limousin senior stockjudging team had a second place in the
popular Hereford Competition. But, in the end, performance
is of paramount importance and John Adam’s first and second
in the Marks and Spencer’s Interbreed Bull Performance
Class brought to a climax a show in which, following recent reports
of yet higher prices being offered for Limousin stock including
those bred locally, breeders have a right to be proud of the
efforts that they have taken that has resulted in these golden-red
cattle being the “cream of the bunch.”
And Achievement Highlights Limousin Year
Gearing up for SFP with Charolais
Rose Group Limousin heifers sell to 3,600gns