The FBD National Livestock Show in Tullamore took place last weekend with a total entry of over 100 Aberdeen-Angus cattle catalogued across 16 different classes. The largest one-day show in the country, this year’s event saw 60,000 spectators descend onto the spectacular 260 acre show site in Blueball just outside the town of Tullamore in the heart of the midlands. A three-way panel of joint master judges officiated over the Aberdeen-Angus section on the day, with Mr. Robin Lamb of Richhill Aberdeen-Angus, Mrs. Dawn Miller Wilson from Canada and Mr. Michael Horan of Coolcran Aberdeen-Angus taking on judging duties this year.
The supreme Aberdeen-Angus senior championship was awarded to Pat & Finbarr Cahill, Shankill Lower, Cavan, Co. Cavan with their three year old stock bull, Drumhill Lord Harry R635. This bull took the reserve All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus championship at Newry Show in 2017 and was described by the judges as “a perfect specimen of the breed” and topped a tremendous section of senior cattle to secure the supreme senior championship. This one is sired by Nightingale Proud Jake G405 and is out of Blelack Lady Heather J169 and drew many compliments from the packed audience of spectators ringside.
Pictured below is Supreme Senior Aberdeen-Angus Champion, Drumhill Lord Harry R635:
The reserve championship in the senior section went to Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan, Millbawn, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford with their junior cow, Millbawn Nancy. This two year old cow was shown with a prize-winning Spring 2018 born heifer calf at foot and had previously been awarded the junior champion at last year’s Tullamore show. The cow is sired by Canadanian AI bull, Cudlobe Millenium 12M and was one of the youngest females to be shown with a calf at foot on the day.
Pictured below is Reserve Supreme Senior Champion, Millbawn Nancy:
Albert DeCogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork secured both the reserve female and reserve male championships in the senior section with Knockadrinan Blackbird P599 and Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 respectively. The former was recently awarded the 2018 Munster Provincial Trophy and was shown with a prize-winning Autumn 2017 born heifer calf at foot, whilst the latter is sired by Cardona Proud Punch L752 and was last year’s supreme senior champion at Tullamore Show.
Pictured below is Reserve Female Champion, Knockadrinan Blackbird P599 and Reserve Senior Male Champion, Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535:
Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535.
John McEnroe, Liss, Oldcastle, Co. Meath emerged victorious in a fiercely contested junior section, winning the junior championship with the senior heifer, Liss Kim S641. This one is sired by Te Mania Berkley B1 and is an embryo daughter from the Scottish-bred donor brood cow, Halbeath Kim E152 – who is sired by Blelack Telestar A240. The junior section, which was kindly sponsored by Angus Beef Ireland, offered substantial prizemoney across both male and female sections and attracted a tremendous entry of top quality youngstock.
Pictured below is Supreme Junior Champion, Liss Kim S641:
One of the youngest exhibits at this year’s show, Knockmountagh Robert from Eamon & John McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Drogheda, Co. Louth took the reserve junior championship. This one was born in February 2018 and is sired by Rawburn Jagger Eric R094 and was out of a homebred dam. This young calf had previously been awarded the overall junior male championship earlier in the day.
Pictured below is Reserve Supreme Junior Champion, Knockmountagh Robert:
The reserve junior male championship also went to a 2018 born calf with Knockadrinan Rob from Tom Reynolds, Knockadrinan, Johnston’s Bridge, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim securing the reserve junior title. This young bull was born in March 2018 is a son of Liscahill Donall J310 and is out of Bohey Georgina.
Meanwhile, the reserve junior female championship was awarded to Bernard Kerins, Carnaree, Ballymote, Co. Sligo with the September 2017 born heifer calf, Kerins Perkemi. This one was a 1st prize-winner at several shows this summer and is a daughter of the former All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus reserve supreme champion, Kerins Kemi and is sired by Bunlahy Kojack.
Pictured below is Reserve Junior Female Champion, Kerins Perkemi:
Senior bull born before 31.08.2015
1, Pat & Finbarr Cahill’s Drumhill Lord Harry R635 by Nightingale Proud Jake G405
2, Albert DeCogan’s Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 by Cardona Proud Punch L752
3, John McEnroe’s Mogeely Lord Harrow M191 by Wedderlie Blackbox J935
Intermediate bull born between 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2017
1, Tom Mulligan’s Clooncarne Prestige by Clooncarne Frank
2, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Prizeman by Rawburn Eventer 2nd
3, John McEnroe’s Liss Butcher T705 by Carton Roe David
4, Frank Gibbons’ Mullencross Pentatty by Westellen Diego M734
Senior bull calf born between 01.09.2017 – 31.12.2017
1, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Jerry T544 by Wedderlie Oscalade R250
2, Eustace Burke’s Clontead Prime Time T250 by Treebridge Embleton P469
3, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Dreamer T534 by Wedderlie Blackbox J935
4, Shane McKiernan’s Drumcarbin Prince Mamba by Rawburn Transformer
Junior bull calf born in 2018
1, Eamon & John McKiernan’s Knockmountagh Robert by Rawburn Jagger Eric R094
2, Tom Reynolds’ Knockadrinan Rob by Liscahill Donall J310
3, Tom Mulligan’s Clooncarne Rommel by Baronagh Producer N662
4, Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Real Macoy by Friarstown Evolver N274
Senior cow born before 31.08.2015
1, Albert DeCogan’s Knockadrinan Blackbird P599 by Nightingale Dunbarr K551
2, John McEnroe’s Liss Minree M415 by The Moss Ethelorance L132
3, John Brady’s Cheeklaw Emilia R527 by Cardona Proud Punch L752
4, Eustace Burke’s Clontead Lady Jane R177 by Goulding Extra
Junior cow/senior in-calf heifer born between 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2016
1, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Nancy by Cudlobe Millennium 12M
2, Michael O’ Connor’s Clonmeen Maisey by Rawburn Edge J983
3, John McEnroe’s Liss Myrlo S608 by Mogeely Lord Harrow M191
4, John Brennan’s Ownemore Nolleen by Owenmore Kit
Senior heifer born between 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2017
1, John McEnroe’s Liss Kim S641 by Te Mania Berkley B1
2, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Lady Hazel S471 by Rosemead Karona J957
3, Bernard Kerins’ Kerins Nikemi by Redwood Eiger
4, Joe & James Kelly’s Portanes N Vanessa by Ballykeevican Kaptain
Senior heifer calf born between 01.09.2017 – 31.12.2017
1, Bernard Kerins’ Kerins Perkemi by Bunlahy Kojak
2, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Lady Diana T540 by Wedderlie Oscalade R250
3, Goulding Genetics Ireland Ltd’s Goulding P Tibbie 892 by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052
4, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Blackbird T542 by Rosemead Karona J957
Junior heifer calf born in 2018
1, Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Lady Helly U411 by Friarstown Evolver N274
2, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Razzle Dazzle by Ardrossan Admiral A2
3, Tom Mulligan’s Clooncarne Riona by Lisduff Dandy K895
4, John Brady’s Lisnafanna Emily U040 by Balmachie Lord Jock R198
Lawsons Ford Lady Helly.
Best Pair of Aberdeen-Angus cattle
1, Albert DeCogan’s Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 & Knockadrinan Blackbird P599
2, Joseph & Michael Moran’s Powerstown Nancy & Powerstown Natalie
3, John McEnroe’s Liss Minree M415 & Mogeely Lord Harrow M191
4, John Brady’s Lisnafanna Rich Doug T038 & Lisnafanna Dustin T037
Other images from the day are shown below: