2013-06-26  facebook twitter rss

Shanvalley Blondes on Top at Highland Show

Two animals bred and owned within Co Down scoped the male and female breed titles as well as, the Overall Supreme Blonde Championship title at the Fourth National Blonde Show, held at the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh.

Savage Brothers and Son, Ballynahinch, County Down, bred both animals and their rising two-year-old female took the Junior; Intermediate and Overall Supreme Breed title.

Shanvalley Giggles with right, Paul Savage on halter and left, Shane Savage

Shanvalley Giggles with right, Paul Savage on halter and left, Shane Savage

Shanvalley Giggles, sired by Silverwood Colley and bred out of Classic Abbie, scooped the overall title from former stable-mate and Champion bull, Shanvalley Fighter. Three year old Fighter, sired by Seaview Barney, is owned by McCabe Brothers, Downpatrick.

Shanvalley won several awards at the recent Balmoral Show and decided to exhibit at the Highland for the first occasion. Sean and twin-brother Paul, along with Sean’s son, Shane, were thrilled with the result that places their breeding firmly on the Blond map.

Commenting on the breed titles, Sean said,” This is a tremendous result for the family and it makes it all very worthwhile when you get this kind recognition. The decision to attend the Highland was not taken lightly and I would also like to congratulate the McCabe family on their success with the recently purchased bull, Shanvalley Fighter.”

Sean says the herd originated from the famous Sandbrook herd from County Carlow and the Larkhill herd from County Down. His later father, Vincent, started the Shanvalley herd in 1983, which has since been built into a 70 strong operation by Sean and Paul. The family business owns 10 acres and rents a further 100 acres of neighbouring land.

Savage Brothers continue to rely on the original bloodlines for their success and whenever the opportunity has been presented, have introduced other select bloodlines into the herd. The brothers are now exporting their own bloodlines and are confident that this success will further increase their profile and reputation within the breed.


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