An excellent line up of Salers cattle was to be found in the exhibitors hall at the Balmoral Show, Rob Livesey stepped in to judge the Salers after Jock Watson had to stand down due to ill health, we wish Jock well.
Alongside the top quality offering in the pedigree rings, a Salers cross heifer won the Northern Irish Asda/ABP Beeflink Steak Competition.
The steak from a 23 month old Salers sired heifer won the top accolade in the first Asda/ABP Beeflink steak compettion of the summer season at the Royal Ulster Show. The steak came from a 343kg carcass consigned to ABP’s Lurgan abbattoir by Downpatrick based Brendan Starkey, the carcass graded U-3. This highlights the quality of meat the breed produces.
Brendan Starkey receiving his prize from Ainsley Harriott, Celebrity Chef and Jim Viggars from ASDA.
Established and new breeders brought out a quality entry in the Salers rings to impress Judge Rob Livesey who travelled from the Scottish Borders to attend the 144th Annual Balmoral Show.
He found his pick of the day in the mighty brood cow “Unity” from John Elliott and family, Newtownstewart. This imported French cow has enjoyed an amazing show career to date chalking up an incredible 5 Breed Championships at Balmoral.
George McCall travelled from Armagh to enjoy a successful show laying claim to the Reserve Supreme Championship with his French heifer “Fiere”. This heifer was purchased recently as a new bloodline for the Carrick View herd.
“Drumlegagh Elyna” secured the Junior Championship for the Elliott Family. This smart homebred heifer is sired by the herd’s senior stock bull Blason and out of Drumlegagh Rosy.
D Clements & Sons, Portaferry were in Reserve position in the Junior Championship with their quality yearling bull “Emerald Icarus”. This red ticket winner was bred by the exhibitor, and sired by the French bull Turbulent.
Laying claim to the award for the best entry bred by exhibitor was PJ Maginn and Sons, Downpatrick. This was for their five year old stock bull “Lisnamaul Buster” which is by Omer.
The Best Pair came from the Drumlegagh herd of John Elliott with George McCall standing in reserve position
Cow in calf or with calf at foo
1st J Elliott’s Unity
2nd G McCall’s Babette
3rd G McCall’s Clarine
4th J Elliott’s Alliance
Heifer born on or before 31st December 2010
1st G McCall’s Fiere
2nd G Wilson’s Drumlegagh Corrisa
3rd J Elliott’s Drumlegagh Daniella
4th G McCall’s Carrick View Flo
5th J Compston’s Carrick View Felletin
6th PJ Maginn and Sons’ Lisnamaul Debbie
7th PJ Maginn and Sons’ Lisnamaul Danielle
8th G Wilson’s Manusmore Kala
Heifer born on or after 1st January 2011
1st J Elliott’s Drumlegagh Elyna
2nd J Elliott’s Drumlegagh Eve
3rd D McClements and Sons’ Emerald Imelda
4th D McCalements and Sons’ Emerald Hayley Poll
5th PJ Maginn and Sons’ Lisnamaul Eimear
6th G McCall’s Carrick View Gaultier
7th Seamus Connell’s Ballykeel Honey
Bull up to 2 years on day of show
1st D McClements and Sons’ Emerald Icarus
Bull over 2 years old on the day of show
1st J Elliott’s Fanfan
2nd PJ Maginn and Sons’ Lisnamaul Buster
Pair of Animals, bona fide the property of one exhibitor (SCS Cup)
1st J Elliott’s Alliance and Fanfan
2nd G McCall’s Clarine and Babette
3rd PJ Maginn and Sons’ Lisnamaul Eimear and Lisnamaul Debbie
Best home bred animal (Wallets Marts Shield)
PJ Maginn and Sons’ Lisnamaul Buster
Junior Breed Champion (Highways Hotel Cup)
Champion J Elliott’s Drumlegagh Elyna
Reserve Champion D McCalements and sons’ Emerald Icarus
Show Champion (Highways Hotel Cup)
Champion J Elliott’s Unity
Reserve Champion G McCall’s Fiere