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Balmoral Show 2014

Starlet turns heads in the Hereford ring at the Royal Ulster

Report by Libby Clarke   Photos by Alfie Shaw

All eyes were on the Hereford ring at last weeks Royal Ulster Balmoral Show with breeders pulling out all the stops to ensure that quality and quantity was the order of the day. Indeed the Hereford section was the largest of any of the cattle with a tremendous 77 head entered for NI’s flagship agricultural event.

Alwyn and Adam Armour will certainly mark the 2014 event at Balmoral Park as one to remember when they scooped the Supreme Champion with their very first Hereford from their recently established herd.  “Solpoll 1 Starlet J19” (pictured above right) was shown by Adam Armour and stood top of a magnificent line up of in-calf females earlier in the day, en route to securing the Female and then the Overall titles. This outstanding two year old heifer is a daughter of former three times RUAS Champion “Solpoll 1 Dynamite”, and was selected by the Armour family in a private sale from John & William McMordie.

Judge for the event was Andrew Owen, Church Preen Herefords who travelled from Shropshire to place the super entry.

Never far from the headlines is the Haire family from Dundrod who notched up the Reserve Supreme, Grand Male & Junior Champion ribbons with their homebred yearling bull “Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood” (pictured left). This greatly admired youngster has a pedigree packed with show accolades with his mother a former Junior Champion and grand dam a past Breed Champion. His sire is Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage who won the Senior Class at Balmoral this year. “Knighthood” was spotted by a breeder last week and will now head to England for pedigree use.

The Reserve Grand Female Champion came from the first class of the day, and was exhibited by John and Karen Taggart, Carrowdore. Their eight year old cow “Knockmountagh Olga” has enjoyed a super show career and was shown with her calf at foot. She is sired by Churchill Storm, and is out of Knockmountagh Aileen. There were 10 cows forward in this class making it the largest Senior Female Class in the entire beef section.

Andrew McMordie celebrated success with his September 2012 born Solitude 1 Kingdom (pictured below left), a son of Gouldingpoll 1 Captain winning the Reserve Grand Male Championship. This red ticket winner represented a sole entry from Andrew’s Solitude herd based at Ballygowan and sold at the show to a local pedigree breeder.

“Craigy Honey Pie 2nd” was winner of the July – December 2012 born female class for Desmond Martin, Saintfield. This home bred heifer is sired by the highly successful Parkhill Pompeii and out of a Duibhgiolla dam.

John and William McMordie were winners in a strong class of yearling heifers with “Solpoll 1 Dainty K18”. This January 2013 born entry also secured the Reserve Junior Championship and is sired by their stock bull Panmure 1 Henry. This class winner teamed with Solpoll 1 Stardust K20 won the Best Progeny Pair class before being joined by Solpoll 1 Klinsmann to win the Group of Three award, all sired by “Henry”. The following day “Klinsmann” went on to win the Native Breed Beef Performance Class.


William Waugh, Linden Foods was on hand to congratulate the winners.


Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage was winner of the Senior Bull Class


Solpoll 1 Dainty K18 was winner of the Junior Heifer Class

Solpoll 1 Klinsmann was winner of the Native Breed bull Performance Class