Excellent Salers Entry at 150th Balmoral Show (photos by Alfie Shaw)

Salers cattle breeders put forward a high quality entry at the recent Balmoral Show, with a packed ringside of visitors following the judging.

The breed Championship was awarded to Drumlegagh Hamish from the Elliot family, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. This rising four year old home bred bull was placed Reserve Champion at the Highland Show in 2017 and has grown on exceptionally well since then.

Supreme Champion – Drumlegagh Hamish

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society were celebrating it’s 150th Balmoral Show this year, and to mark the occassion the judges for the beef cattle were all ladies. The Salers Society were delighted to welcome Welsh judge Sioned Pritchard to place this section.

Her Reserve Champion came from Pearse O’Kane, Greysteel, co Londonderry with his super two year old heifer Brookfields Eva, bred by G & R Wilson. This choice entry is sired by Brownhall Laurence and out of Moygara Kathryn.

It was a clean sweep in the Junior Championships for the Elliott family who secured both the Champion and Reserve positions with progeny sired by Drumlegagh Hamish. “Mars” stood in the winning spot, and is out of the Highland Show Champion Drumlegagh Galaxy. His herd mate Mia was in reserve and is out of Drumlegagh Gabriellla.

Junior Champion – Drumlegagh Mars

Reserve Junior Champion – Drumlegagh Mia

Show Results –

Judge      Sioned Pritchard, Wales

Cow, in calf or with calf at foot

1st                 Drumlegagh Galaxy         J & EA Elliott

2nd                Brookfields Abbey           Mr Pearse O’Kane

Heifer, born on or before 31st December 2016

1st           Brookfields Eve                 Mr Pearse O’Kane

2nd          Drumlegagh Luna             J & EA Elliott

3rd           Brookfields Rosheen      Mr Pearse O’Kane

Heifer, born on or after 1st January 2017

1st           Drumlegagh Mia               J & EA Elliott

2nd          Lisnamaul Molly                PJ Maginn & Sons

3rd           Lower Bolie Molly            Mr Pearse O’Kane

4th           Ballykeel Mademoiselle                Mr S Connell

5th           Lisnamaul Magic               PJ Maginn & Sons

6th           Ballykeel Missy-Moo      Mr S Connell

7th           Lisnamaul My Girl            PJ Maginn & Sons

Bull, up to 2 years old on the day of the show

1st           Drumlegagh Mars            J & EA Elliott

2nd          Drumlagagh Lancelot      J & EA Elliott

3rd           Drumlegagh Maximus    J & EA Elliott

4th           Ballybollen Moore           Mr E Gregg

Bull, over 2 years old on the day of the show

1st           Drumlegagh Hamish       J & EA Elliott

Pair of Animals – Salers Society Cup

1st           J & EA Elliott

2nd          Mr Pearse O’Kane

3rd           PJ Maginn & Sons

Junior Breed Champion male of female born on or after 1 January 2017

Champion                           Drumlegagh Mars            J & EA Elliott

Reserve Champion         Drumlegagh Mia               J & EA Elliott

Best Home Bred Animal – Wallets Marts Shield

Drumlegagh Hamish       J & EA Elliott

Show Champion Salers – Highways Hotel Cup

Drumlegagh Hamish       J & EA Elliott

Reserve Show Champion Salers – Highways Hotel Cup

Brookfields Eve                 Mr Pearse O’Kane