The Northern Ireland Aberdeen Angus Club held its Summer Championship at the 102nd Clogher Valley Show.
Breed society president Angus Stovold from the noted 160-cow Rosemead Herd in Surrey, judged the annual show which attracted spectators from throughout the UK and Ireland.
‘It has been an outstanding show with strong classes, and the quality of cattle has been consistent throughout all classes. The quality was so high in some classes that there wasn’t much splitting the first and last placed animals.
“Today’s supreme and reserve overall champions are tremendous animals that could compete anywhere. I’ve attended a lot of shows this year, and I haven’t seen a better bull. He is exceptional and caught my eye the minute I saw him. This young red bull is the complete package, oozing breed character, good width and conformation, a great loin, and super legs and feet.
Mr Stovold continued: ”The heifer in reserve is tremendous, and boasts a beautiful head and depth of body. She is one I’d really like to take home. I’ve no doubt this heifer will mature into a great breeding female.
Claiming the supreme overall championship was the senior male champion Glenbrae Red Maverick X164 bred by William, Jane, Jamie and Lewis Dodd from Saintfield, County Down. This sixteen-month-old bull was sired by Mosshall Red Evolution P353, and is out of the Scottish-bred Gannon Red Mary S654.
Founded in 2012, the 15-cow Glenbrae Herd made its showring debut at Balmoral in May, with Red Maverick claiming the reserve junior and best of opposite sex to the champion awards. The first-time exhibitors have had a super show season, chalking up a number of accolades including the breed championships at Saintfield and Antrim shows.
Adrian and Graeme Parke’s 8-cow herd which dates back to 1996 secured the reserve supreme and junior female championships with the home-bred Coolermoney Ruth X086. First time shown, this March 2021 heifer was sired by Rawburn Jagger Eric R094, and is bred from Coolermoney Rachel V913. Coolermoney won the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s best small herd award last year, with Coolermoney Ruth X086 taking the prize for the best heifer calf.
Claiming the junior male championship was Old Barr Pitter Patter Y493 bred by Caolan McBrien from Enniskillen. Almost five-months old, this calf is one of five March-born ET calves by Idvies Eric S735, bred from the herd’s foundation female Idvies Pinky Promise R709. This calf was crowned Ulster Champion at Armagh Show in June.
The second placed bull calf Coolermoney Lord Harry Y167 from the Parke family secured the reserve junior male championship. Sired by the home-bred Coolermoney Rufus W016, this six-month-old calf was bred from Mogeely Lady Hilda N241.
Neville and Ivan Forsythe’s 30-cow Coltrim Herd, established 94 years ago, won the reserve junior female championship with Coltrim Lady Jane X585. This fifteen-month-old is a daughter of the home-bred bull Coltrim Javier Eric U911.
James Porter’s Old Glenort Herd, which comprises of 60 pedigree cows, won the senior female and reserve senior male championships at the one-day show. His award winning female was the seven-year-old Cardona Jewel Eric M826 daughter Old Glenort Edwina R616, shown with her fourth calf at foot, a heifer by Carlhurlie Gentilex S124.
The reserve senior male champion was James Porter’s four-year-old stock bull Blelack Dakota U898. Sired by Netherallen Peter Pershore E052, he was supreme champion at Stirling in October 2019.
Fermanagh breeder Fintan Keown took the reserve senior female honours with the two-year-old heifer Home Farm Lady Helen W522. She was sired by Haymount War Smith R578.
Results from the showring….
Supreme Overall Champion: William Dodd, Glenbrae Red Maverick X164. Reserve: Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Ruth X086.
Junior Male Champion: Caolan McBrien, Old Barr Pitter Patter Y493. Reserve: Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Lord Harry Y167.
Junior Female Champion: Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Ruth X086. Reserve: Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Coltrim Lady Jane X585.
Senior Male Champion: William Dodd, Glenbrae Red Maverick X164. Reserve: James Porter, Blelack Dakota U898.
Senior Female Champion: James Porter, Old Glenort Edwina R616. Reserve: Fintan Keown, Home Farm Lady Helen W522.
Sess Perpetual Trophy for the exhibitor-bred champion: Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Ruth X086.
Best Pair of Aberdeen Angus: Caolan McBrien, Old Barr Pitter Patter Y493 and Old Bar Pink Paddy Y504. Reserve: Robin Lamb, Richhill Elba W761 and Richhill Elba X842.
Bull, born before 01/01/21 – 1, James Porter, Blelack Dakota U898 by Netherallen Peter Pershore E052; 2, James Morrison, Hillmount Maximus W706 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377; 3, Moses Irwin, Mairs Croft Edward U815 ET by Netherallen Peter Pershore E052.
Bull, born between 01/01/21 and 30/06/21 – 1, William Dodd, Glenbrae Red Maverick X164 by Mosshall Red Evolution P353; 2, Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Coltrim Blackboy X493 by Coltrim Javier Eric U911; 3, Fintan Keown, Home Farm Lord Harry X647 by Haymount War Smith R578; 4, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Ralf X101 by Linton Gilbertines Dublier R970; 5, Moses Irwin, Denamona Jacklegs X817 by Liley Karlsberg U299.
Bull, born between 01/07/21 and 31/12/21 – 1, Joe Kelly, Tyrone Molly Extraendy X162 by Tubridmore Gizmo; 2, Alan and Naomi Morrison, Drummeer Black Bear X454 by Galcantray Preditor V9.
Bull calf, born on or after 01/01/22 – 1, Caolan McBrien, Old Barr Pitter Patter Y493 by Idvies Eric S735; 2, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Lord Harry Y167 by Coolermoney Rufus W016; 3, Alan and Naomi Morrison, Drummeer Boss Y605 by Keirsbeath Karma S539; 4, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Lord Henry Y171 by Dunlouise Jispey Earl E161; 5, Fiona Troughton, Tullybryan Lord Jono Y455 by Stouphill Bomber T182.
Cow, in-calf of in-milk, born before 01/01/20 – 1, James Porter, Old Glenort Edwina R616 by Cardona Jewel Eric M826; 2, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Mogeely Lady Hilda N241 by Jerusalem Walk On K180; 3, Fiona Troughton, Tullybryan Lady Jonelle S884 by Bunlahy John G; 4, Mark Clements, Gilkey Black Celine L926 by Gilkey Ranger E333.
Heifer, born between 01/05/20 and 31/12/20 – 1, Fintan Keown, Home Farm Lady Helen W522 by Haymount War Smith R578; 2, James Porter, Old Glenort Kim W501 by Carlhurlie Epic P021; 3, Daniel and Noel Willis, HW Missie W224 by HW Fabulous R565; 4, Robin Lamb, Richhill Elba W761 by Weeton King Lear R452; 5, William Dodd, Glenbrae Red Mouse W932 by Mosshall Red Evolution P353.
Heifer, born between 01/01/21 and 30/06/21 – 1, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Ruth X086 by Rawburn Jagger Eric R094; 2, Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Coltrim Lady Jane X585 by Coltrim Javier Eric U911; 3, Robin Lamb, Richhill Elba X842 by Netherton Matrix T880; 4, Rachel and Gordon Elliott, Minran Pamela X234 by Linton Gilbertines Preacher S088; 5, Robin Lamb, Richhill Missie X853 by Luddenmore Fort Knox T333.
Heifer, born on or after 01/01/22 – 1, Alan and Naomi Morrison, Drummeer Blackbird Y487 by Drummeer Bateman V286; 2, Noel Willis, Greenacres Top Lass Y201 by Netherton Americano M703.