Over 100 Aberdeen-Angus cattle were catalogued for the 2017 AIB National Livestock Show at Tullamore with exceptional entries present in the junior sections particularly.
The biggest show on the entire Irish showing calendar in the Republic, this year’s show saw a massive increase in prize money, with a combined total of almost €8000 up for grabs, including significant sponsorship across the calf classes from Angus Beef Ireland.
The three-way joint judges of Mr. John Blackburn, Northern Ireland, Mr. Derek Lovell, Bandon, Co. Cork and Mr. Miller Wilson of Canada did an outstanding job of co-ordinating their opinions and views to select their prize-winners and champions from a tremendous line-up of cattle across each section.
The overall supreme senior championship went to Albert & Jennifer DeCogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork with the senior stock bull, Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535. This one was purchased in Scotland last Spring and has wracked up many championships from his first year on the Irish show circuit. The Mogeely herd also won the overall supreme championship at last year’s Tullamore Show too and are familiar faces in the championship enclosure at summer shows the length and breadth of the country.
Image: Overall Senior Champion, Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535
Not content with the senior championship alone, the DeCogan duo also claimed the reserve senior championship with their homebred senior cow, Mogeely Miylo P291. This cow was shown with a strong bull calf at foot and is a former 1st prize-winner at both the All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Championships and the National Livestock Show.
Image: Reserve Overall Senior Champion, Mogeely Miylo P291
John McEnroe & family, Liss, Oldcastle, Co. Meath took the reserve senior female champion with the 1st calved junior cow, Liss Mrylo R532. This young two year old cow was shown with a heifer calf at foot and is the latest in a long line of show winners from the Myrlo cow family at Liss.
Image: Reserve Senior Female Champion, Liss Myrlo R532
Pat & Finbarr Cahill, Shankill Lower, Cavan, Co. Cavan secured the reserve male championship in the senior section with their stock bull, Drumhill Lord Harry R635. This two year old bull also took the reserve supreme championship at the 2017 All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus championships at Newry earlier this summer.
Image: Reserve Senior Male Champion, Drumhill Lord Harry R636
Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan, Colarty, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford emerged victorious in the junior section clinching the overall junior championship with the yearling heifer, Millbawn Nancy. This one was the reserve female champion at the 2016 National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show last October and came through a combined entry of almost 70 youngstock between bulls and heifers to take the overall junior championship.
Image: Overall Junior Champion, Millbawn Nancy
John McEnroe & family, Liss, Oldcastle, Co, Meath claimed the reserve junior championship with the intermediate bull winner and junior male champion recipient, Liss Darl R561. This September 2015 born bull is sired by Te Mania Berkley B1 and has been retained at Liss to act as junior stock bull for the 80-cow strong pedigree herd.
Image: Reserve Overall Junior Champion, Liss Darl R561
Albert & Jennifer DeCogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork took the reserve junior male championship with the bull calf, Mogeely Memo S467 who was also the overall junior champion at the 2017 All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Championship at Newry back in June.
Image: Reserve Junior Male Champion, Mogeely Memo S467
Eustace & Deirdre Burke, Ballyginnane, Carrigaline, Co. Cork secured the reserve championship spot in the junior female section with their heifer calf, Clontead Pamela S214. This one is sired by Friarstown Ideal Pete K202 and has won several 1st prizes on the Munster circuit this summer.
Image: Reserve Junior Female Champion, Clontead Pamela S218
Cow with calf at foot, born before 31.08.2014
1, Albert De Cogan’s Mogeely Miylo P291 by Rosemead Karona J957
2, Michael & Niamh Barron’s Ashtown Katie by Goulding Jumbo King K436
3, Michael & Oliver Flanagan’s Moydrum Frauline Star by Cardona Black Star E394
4, John McDermott’s Nightingale Pride Jenannie H455 by Nightingale Defiance E264
Junior cow or senior in-calf heifer, born between 01.09.2014 and 31.08.2015
1, John McEnroe’s Liss Myrlo R532 by Mogeely Lord Harrow M191
2, Patrick Murphy’s Berry Magic by Goulding Jumbo King K436
3, Anthony Scanlon’s Owenmore Mella by Owenmore Kit
4, John Brennan’s Owenmore Maizy by Owenmore Kit
Senior heifer born between 01.09.2015 and 31.08.2016
1, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Nancy by Cudlobe Millenium
2, Tom Mulligan’s Clooncarne Nicky by Baronagh Producer N662
3, John McEnroe’s Liss Duchess R569 by HF Rebel 53Y
4, Joseph & Michael Moran’s Powerstown Molly by Drumcrow Piping Hot M517
Junior heifer born between 01.09.2016 and 31.12.2016
1, Eustace Burke’s Clontead Pamela S214 by Friarstown Ideal Pete K202
2, Keith Vickery’s Carbery Nicole by Goulding Jumbo King K436
3, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Lady Hazel S471 by Rosemead Karona J957
4, Eustace Burke’s Clontead Patriot S218 by Rawburn Boss Hogg N630
Heifer calf born in 2017
1, Martin Mulcahy’s Rathfort Mel T085 by Aughnanoma Jimmy
2, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Petra by Bunlahy John G
3, Michael Dullea’s Carrigroe Polly by Rathosheen Hugo
4, Thomas Beirne’s Drumbeera Lady Thatcher T226 by Bova Lord Blackwood H175
Image: 1st prize junior heifer calf, Rathfort Mel T085
Senior bull born between 01.09.2014 and 31.08.2015
1, Albert DeCogan’s Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 by Cardona Proud Punch L752
2, Pat & Finbarr Cahill’s Drumhill Lord Harry R635 by Nightingale Proud Jake G405
Intermediate bull born between 01.09.2015 and 31.08.2016
1, John McEnroe’s Liss Darl R561 by Te Mania Berkley B1
2, Anthony Scanlon’s Owenmore Nick by Owenmore Kit
3, Alan Gibbon’s Kilteevan Nicky by Maine Dragon
4, Dermot Lynch’s Tomriland Enigma S293 by Mogeely Lord Hugh M204
Junior bull born between 01.09.2016 and 31.12.2016
1, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Memo S467 by Wall Royal Leo L837
2, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Black Catch S467 by Mogeely Joe H979
3, Shane McKiernan’s Drumcarbin Nutcracker by Retties JFK M195
Bull calf born in 2017
1, John McEnroe’s Liss Butcher T705 by Fordel Mighty Paudie R248
2, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Prizeman by Rawburn Eventer 2nd
3, Michael & Niamh Barron’s Grange View Pride by Mogeely Joe H979
4, Martin Mulcahy’s Rathfort Jon Eric T088 by Bunlahy Myles
Image: 1st prize junior bull calf, Liss Butcher T705
1, Albert DeCogan’s Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 & Mogeely Miylo P291
2, John McEnroe’s Liss Myrlo R532 & Liss Darl R561
3, Anthony Scanlon’s Owenmore Mella & Owenmore Nick
4, Eustace Burke’s Clontead Pamela S214 & Clontead Patriot S218
Here are some other images from a great day:
Image: Line-up in the overall senior championship
Image: Line-up in the overall junior championship
Image: The three judges in action