Scottish breeder Willie Brown jnr was impressed with the quality entry at the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association’s National Calf Show, held at Tullamore in October.
“It’s been a good show with strong classes, and some excellent calves,” said Mr Brown, who was on his first-ever trip to Southern Ireland, who hails from the noted 95-cow Drumdow herd based at Turnberry in Ayrshire. He awarded the day’s male championship to Tara Karachi, a 10-month-old bull calf bred by Malachy and Joe Tighe, Piperhill, Batterstown, County Meath.
Sired by the Hoff Limited Edition son Rawburn Rommel E423, he is out of the home-bred Tara Melody E382 – one of 100 breeding females in the herd which dates back to 1989. Tara Karachi made his show ring debut at the one-day event.
Runner-up was the eight-month-old Steil Leader 262 exhibited by Cathal and JJ McCormack, Castlerea, County Roscommon. A regular prize winner at local shows, he was sired by the 30-cow herd’s stock bull The Moss Kriss L128 – purchased at Stirling for 3000gns. His dam is the Bohey Jasper daughter Dunlaveymore Eileen – reserve female champion at the calf show six years ago.
“The male prize winners stood out. They are powerful young bulls with tremendous conformation and breed character,“ said Mr Brown.
Claiming the female championship ribbons was Liscolvin K895, an eleven-month-old heifer exhibited by Martin and Geraldine Garvey from Hillstreet, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim. She is a daughter of the popular AI sire Netherton Mr Brazilian E377, and is out of Liscolvin Hilda – All-Ireland junior champion in 2011.This heifer is no stranger to success, having won the All-Ireland junior championship at Mohill Show in August, and the reserve breed championship at Ballina Show.
Standing in reserve position was the seven-month-old Millbawn Lady Letitia owned jointly by Conor Craig and his aunt Amanda Bogan, from Edgeworthstown, County Longford. She is by the Aynho Rossiter Eric B125 son Lisduff Dandy K895 and is out of the Luddenmore Fionn G441 daughter Drumboy Hilda.
Conor’s late grandfather purchased Drumboy Hilda at an elite sale in Carrick-on-Shannon last December. She traces back to breeding from his Millbawn herd founded more than 30 years ago. Conor and Amanda have re-established the Millbawn prefix and have had tremendous success with Lady Letitia in recent months. She won first prizes at Bonniconlon, Tullamore, Bailieborough, and was reserve breed champion at Fingal and Mullingar.
Willie Brown added: ”The female champion is growthy heifer with super breed character. The reserve champion is a real picture. She is a cracking young calf, very well turned out, and is full of potential for the future.”
The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association is indebted to its sponsors for their continued support: Mogeely herd; Angus Beef Ireland; Weatherbys Ireland GSB Ltd; Natural Nutrition; auctioneer Tom Cox; Crowes Sawmills; Westellen Herd; Bova AI; Glabia plc; FBD Insurance; Agrimin; National Cattle Breeding Centre; Gerry McMorrow Haulage; Tullamore Court Hotel; South East Aberdeen Angus Club; and Connaught and Leinster Aberdeen Angus Club.
Young Handling Results
Joint 1 David Goulding and James Murray Good
3 Emmet Glynn
4 Ronan Mulligan
Joint 5 Liam Kelly, Adrian Glynn and A Murphy
1 Conor Craig
Joint 2 Stephen Crowe, Avril Crowe, Sam Dudley and John Smith, Oldcastle, Co Meath.
Bull, born between 01/09/13 and 31/10/13 – 1, John and Catherine Tait, Middleton, Co Cork, Westellen Mr Big N750 ET by Bosullow Elmark G209; 2, Matthew and Rita Goulding, Tralee, Co Kerry, Meeno Kane by Coneyisland Legend E112; 3, John and Catherine Tait, Westellen Mr Bandit N755 ET by Bosullow Elmark G209.
Heifer, born between 01/09/13 and 31/10/13 – 1, Edward Dudley, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Castlelough Mystic Buffy N133 by Clontead Ecco; 2, Martin Garvey, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, Liscolvin K893 by Rosemead Karona J957; 3, Cathal and JJ McCormack, Castlerea, Co Roscommon, Steil K Evelyn 251 by Te Mania Berkley B1.
Bull, born between 01/11/13 and 31/12/13 – 1, Michael and Joe Tighe, Batterstown, Co Meath, Tara Karachi by Rawburn Rommel E423; 2, Martin Garvey, Liscolvin K900 by Crussin Mark F207; 3, Pat and Finbar Cahill, Shankill Lower, Co Cavan, Shankill Masel N831 by Eastfield Black Buddy K155.
Heifer, born between 01/11/13 and 31/12/13 – 1, Martin Garvey, Liscolvin K895 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377; 2, Cathal and Cormack Duignan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, Laheens Krissie by Deveron Latimer G188; 3, Pat and Finbar Cahill, Shankill Lady Hattie N 101 by Eastfield Black Buddy K155.
Bull, born between 01/01/14 and 15/02/14 – 1, Cathal and JJ McCormack, Steil Leader 262 by The Moss Kriss L128; 2, Brian and Mary Faughnan, Mohill, Co Leitrim, Molloy Lord Hake P180 by Lisduff Dandy K895; 3, Harold and Hazel Ferguson, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, Edgeworthstown Lord Hugh P008 by Luddenmore Fionn G441.
Heifer, born between 01/01/14 and 15/02/14 – 1, Shane Murphy, Banteer, Co Cork, Mercury Lovely Tinge by Friarstown Ideal Pete K202; 2, Matthew and Rita Goulding, Goulding L Perry 603 by Nightingale El Paso J489; 3, Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr, Co Cork, Mogeely Miylo P291 by Rosemead Karona J957.
Bull, born between 16/02/14 and 31/03/14 – 1, Malachy and Joe Tighe, Tara Marvel P118 by Luddenmore Earthquake K121; 2, Edward Dudley, Castlelough Master Braxton P139 by Clontead Ecco; 3, Kenton Crowe, Mohill, Co Leitrim, Aughakil Prince P360 by Clonbroney Enda.
Heifer, born between 16/02/14 and 31/03/14 – 1, Amanda Bogan and Conor Craig, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, Millbawn Lady Letitia by Lisduff Dandy K895; 2, Matthew and Rita Goulding, Goulding Missie P617 by Abberton Eminem M285; 3, Bernard Kerins, Ballymote, Co Sligo, Kerins Leonie by Aynho Rossiter Eric B125.
Bull, born on or after 01/04/14 – 1, Brian and Mary Faughnan, Molloy Lord Hardcore P190 by Rosemead Karona J957; 2, John McEnroe, Oldcastle, Co Meath, Liss Mr Bidodle P458 by The Moss Ethelorance L132; 3, Patrick Murphy, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Berry Lady by Berry Jack.
Heifer, born on or after 01/04/14 – 1, Matthew and Rita Goulding, Goulding L Perry 636 by Abberton Eminen M285; 2, Adrian Glynn, Castleplunkett, Co Roscommon, Steamsfort Valerie P251 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377; 3, G Shanley and D Spring, Bornacoola, Co Leitrim, Aughnamona Lulu by Aughnamona Hedian.