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.

Brendan Starkey receiving his prize from Ainsley Harriott, Celebrity Chef and Jim Viggars from ASDA

Brendan Starkey receiving his prize from Ainsley Harriott, Celebrity Chef and Jim Viggars from ASDA

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

Class Results:

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