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Blelack Elijah Retains All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship
2011-09-08

Senior bull Blelack Elijah has clinched the Growvite All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship for the second year in succession.

The 2011 final was held at Bantry Show on the shores of the scenic Bantry Bay in west Cork. More than 50 entries travelled from throughout the north and south of Ireland to compete for a share of the 3,000 Euro prize fund.

The McFadden family, Owen, Angela and Marie. from Gibbstown, Navan, County Meath, with their 2011 All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Champion, Blelack Elijah, at Bantry Show, County Cork.This senior stock bull won the prestigious All-Ireland Trophy for the second year in succession.
Blelack Elijah

Judge, Colin Hutchings who runs the Kingsbrompton herd in Somerset was impressed with the quality of the cattle in each class. “This is my first time judging in Ireland and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tops in each class were fantastic and the cattle are a credit to the exhibitors who took part in this year’s final.”

Mr Hutchings who runs 75 Aberdeen Angus cows described the overall champion as a tremendous bull and a clear winner on the day. “This is a big powerful bull and an outstanding example of the breed. He is a real gentleman with superb bone structure and super legs and feet. This bull simply oozes breed character.”

The All-Ireland Championship title crowned another successful show season for the April 2007 Scottish-bred bull. Delighted owners Angela Armstrong McFadden, and husband Owen, run 50 pedigree cows in their Crerogue herd based at Navan in County Meath.

They purchased the bull from Neil Massie OBE at Perth in February 2009 for 7,000gns. “We’ve had great fun on the show circuit over the last two years,” explained Angela Armstrong McFadden. Blelack Elijah travelled north in May to scoop the breed honours at Balmoral Show, and also took the supreme championship titles at Mullingar, Tullamore, Tinahely and Virginia. He was also interbreed champion at Virginia Show and the reserve interbreed award winner at Bantry Show.

Runner-up for the prestigious All-Ireland Championship Trophy – a striking piece of silverware which dates back to 1902 – was Carrigroe D Lady Jane, a super cow with heifer calf at foot, shown by the brother and sister team of Sam and Sarah Matchett from Portadown, County Armagh.

The Matchett family – Nigel, Gail, Sarah and Sam completed the 300 mile trip in nine hours. They had a successful trip to Bantry Show, scooping three first prize rosettes as well as the reserve senior and reserve supreme championship titles.

Carrigroe D Lady Jane was purchased privately from John and Frank Appelbe, Clonakilty, County Cork. Born in October 2007, she is by Loughlynn Ace and bred from Carrigroe Lady Joue. This much-admired young cow won eight breed championships and three reserve interbreed titles on the Northern Ireland Show circuit this year. She was also crowned the 2011 Ulster Champion.

The Birches prefix was established in 2008 when Sam Matchett was given a pedigree heifer for his 8th birthday. The herd currently comprises of 12 breeding females.

“The reserve champion is a super family unit. She is strong and powerful and very feminine. This cow is doing her job and breeding well. She has a superb heifer calf at foot and is heavily in-calf with her second,” added the judge.

The junior championship was won by Dr Michael and Martin Sheahan from Grange, Kilmallock, County Cork, with a super yearling heifer. The home-bred Luddenmore Ellen Erica is by Rawburn Rommel, and has been unbeaten in her class this year. She was overall champion at Cappamore Show and reserve female champion at Tullamore Show.

Her dam, Elliot Erica was purchased privately in Scotland, and has won numerous championship titles. The Luddenmore prefix was founded in 2005 and currently consists of 25 cows. Herd numbers have been increasing rapidly due to an extensive embryo transfer programme using north Amercian and home-bred genetics. The Luddenmore herd is planning to host its first production sale in October 2012.

Colin Hutchings added:”The junior champion has great potential and is certainly a great prospect for the future. She is an eye catching heifer and was superbly presented. This heifer wasn’t as fit as some of the others, but I don’t like to see young animals with too much brisket.”

Claiming the reserve junior championship was Bunlahy General Blake, a November 2010 born Curzon Entertainer son brought out by Gerry Reynolds from Ballinlee, County Longford.

The competitors were congratulated by sponsor Brendan Crowe of Univet/Tulivin based in County Cavan; and Irish Aberdeen Angus Association president, Joe Keville. Univet/Tulivin has been sole sponsor of the All-Ireland final since 1987.

Brendan Crowe said:”We’ve had a long association with the All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championships. It’s been another interesting and enjoyable day with strong competition in all of the classes. Last year’s winner was victorious for a second year, and this is testimony to the quality and longevity of the Aberdeen Angus breed. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s final.”

Results from the 2011 Growvite All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championships include:

Senior stockperson, aged between 17 and 25-years-old – 1, Nicola Martin, Saintfield, County Down.

Junior stockperson, under 17-years-old – 1, Sam Matchett, Portadown, County Armagh; 2, Sarah Matchett, Portadown, County Armagh; 3, Matthew Goulding, Tralee, County Kerry.

Bull, born before 01/09/09 – 1, Owen McFadden and Angela Armstrong McFadden, Navan, County Meath, Blelack Elijah by Nightingale Ernie.

Bull, born between 01/09/09 and 31/08/10 – 1, Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr, County Cork, Wedderlie Black Box by Abberton Mr Bionic; 2, James Kingston and Ruth Good, Riverstick, County Cork, Mogeely Emperor by Mosston Muir Lord Ringo.

Bull, born between 01/09/10 and 31/12/10 – 1, G D and D Reynolds, Ballinlee, County Longford, Bunlahy General Blake by Curzon Entertainer; 2, Bryan O’Halloran, Bandon, County Cork, Brairhill Ember by Rockn d Ambush; 3, John and Kate Tait, Midleton, County Cork, Westellen Mr Buster by Youngdale Superior.

Bull, born on or after 01/01/11 – 1, Matthew Goulding, Tralee, County Kerry, Goulding Eamonn by Tonroe Udi; 2, G A and D Reynolds, Ballinlee, County Longford, Bunlahy Hector by Mogeely Joe; 3, Denis Twomey, Causeway, County Kerry, Tubridmore Henry by Ankonian Elixir.

Cow, in-calf or in-milk, born before 01/01/08 – 1, Sam and Sarah Matchett, Portadown, County Armagh, Carrigroe D Lady Jane by Loughlynn Ace; 2, Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr, County Cork, Liss Bett by Gigginstown Rolls Royce; 3, Thomas F Beirne, Mohill, County Leitrim, Cloghogue Carol by Nakkeg Nord.

Cow, in-calf or in-milk, born on or after 01/01/08 – 1, Sam and Sarah Matchett, Portadown, County Armagh, Mogeely Lady Hilda H967 by Iona Bonder; 2, John and Kate Tait, Midleton, County Cork, Westellen Black Beauty by Rawburn Transformer; 3, Dermot Lynch and Josephine Byrne, Roundwood, County Wicklow, Fordel Esmercia by Netherton Figo.

Heifer, born between 01/09/08 and 31/08/09 – 1, Burke Family, Carrigaline, County Cork, Jesana Western Babe by Shankill Max.

Heifer, born between 01/09/09 and 31/08/10 – 1, Pat Meehan, Pallaskenry, County Limerick, Dalriada Parker J695 by Curragh Malcolm; 2, Denis Twomey, Causeway, County Kerry, Luddenmore Rosa Erica by Touchdown; 3, Desmond Martin, Saintfield, County Down, Goulding Jane by Aynho Rossiter Eric.

Heifer, born between 01/09/10 and 31/12/10 – 1, Dr Michael and Martin Sheahan, Kilmallock, County Cork, Luddenmore Ellen Erica by Rawburn Rommel; 2, Matthew Goulding, Tralee, County Kerry, Goulding Perry by Goulding Extra; 3, Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr, County Cork, Mogeely Lady Hilda by Westellen Black Buck.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/11 – 1, Sam and Sarah Matchett, Portadown, County Armagh, Birches Lady Jane by Cloghogue Evolution; 2, Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr, County Cork, Mogeely Lady Hilda L105 by Westellan Black Buck; 3, Louis A Byrne, Roundwood, County Wicklow, Tomriland Lady Elban by Cavanbellaghy Eric.

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