Castlewellan Show on Saturday 14th July 2007 saw the Northern
Ireland Limousin Cattle Club and the Irish Limousin Society join together
to stage a unique event – a Show of Young Limousin Heifers
and Bulls made up of animals pre-qualified and drawn from both the
North and South of the island of Ireland.
John Moroney (right) Irish Limousin President,
A keenly-fought competition in the judging ring resulted in honours
even as the North took home the bull championship with the South gaining
the heifer title whilst the Challenge Shield for the overall highest
points gained went to the NI Cattle Club.
presents the Irish
Society Shield for the area
gaining most points in the Derbies
to Bryan McElroy, Chairman, N I Club, the winners.
A total of thirteen heifers and twelve bulls had pre-qualified
and, in spite of some fairly stringent rules imposed by the animal
health authorities, the parades in front of Scottish Judge Mr Archie
McGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, Glasgow were sensational and very
much appreciated by the huge crowd, who clamoured to admire some
of the best beef cattle to be found anywhere in Ireland, or further
afield, for that matter.
Demonstrating the Pride of Erin, there were Limousin cattle from
Carnlough to Cork, from Meath to Maghera, from Clare to Cullyhanna,
from Tyrone to Toomebridge and from Antrim to Ardnacrushna with
many miles travelled to bring them all to Castlewellan. Heifer Champion
was the November 2005 born Milbrook Ainsi II, a Mas du Clo daughter
and out of Milbrook Monique, exhibited by William Smith, Millbrook,
Oldcastle, Co Meath, Republic of Ireland. The Champion Bull title
went to James McKay of 88 Kilrea RD, Upperlands, Maghera, Co Londonderry,
Northern Ireland with the March 2006 born Ampertaine Bravo, sired
by Sympa and out of the dam Ultra.
Hailed as a tremendous promotional event for Limousin cattle, now
recognised as the numerically dominant beef breed, the Derby further
underlined the spirit of co-operation between the British and Irish
Societies and emphasised the qualities inherent in the breed in
respects of all aspects of beef production. John Gordon, President
of the NI Limousin Cattle Club summed it up by saying: “This
puts down a marker that says Limousin is the top breed and we’re
willing to demonstrate it anywhere.”
First & Heifer Champion: William Smith. Millbrook Ainsi 2, Sire:
Mas du Clo. Dam: Millbrook Monique
Second: Pat Phelan. Curraghree Amazing, Sire: Grahams Samson. Dam:Curraghree
Third: David Kenwell: Kendrom Betty, Sire: Jockey. Dam: Kendrom
Fourth: R S Clyde: Clydevalley Apricot, Sire: Ronick Gains. Dam:Clydevalley
Fifth: Christopher Murray: Annadale Beauty, Sire: Nenuphar. Dam:
Sixth: David Kenwell: Kendrom Beauty, Sire: Broadmeadows Cannon.
Dam: Ronick Unicer
First & Bull Champion: James McKay: Ampertaine Bravo, Sire:
Sympa. Dam: Ultra
Second: Mr & Mrs J Callion: Ashhallow Bombshell, Sire: Rocky.
Dam: Lyvennet Paris
Third: Miss J Gilliland. Ballyrobin Bestmate, Sire: Nectar. Dam:
Fourth: J . Adams: Fedneyhouse Brandy, Sire: Ulm. Dam: Lumbylaw
Fifth: Francis McAuley: Carmorn Bush, Sire: Grahams Unbeatable.
Dam: Carmorn Ulrika
Sixth: Brendan Clancy: Moloskey Bernard, Sire: Moloskey Showman.
Dam: Ardlea Maura
Irish Limousin Society Challenge Shield for Overall Highest Points
Winner NI Club: 30 Points; Irish Society: 12 points.
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