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.
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.
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.
Archie Macgregor judging the commercial championship
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.”
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