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NIHBA Calf Show 15

A Galaxy of Stars on Show at the NI National Calf Show!

The United Feeds sponsored NIHBA National Calf Show held at Dungannon Farmers Mart attracted a good entry of top quality cattle from Northern Ireland’s leading Hereford Herds. Judging was in the capable hands of Darragh McManus from TD & WT Livesey’s Normanton Herd in Leicestershire.

The day started with the Young Handler Classes and here John Andrews from Larne won the Junior Section and Jack Wilson, Magheraveely the Senior Section. John then went on to claim the Stanley Christie Trophy for the Overall Young Handler Champion.

In the bull calves classes the Senior & Overall Champion was Solpoll 1 Milkyway  for J & W McMordie from Ballygowan, Co. Down. This 13 month old son of the 2015 UK Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry, is a full brother to Solpoll 1 Kitkat who set a new record price at the Spring Show & Sale in Hereford at 10,800gns.

Reserve Senior & Reserve Overall Male Champion was Dorepoll 1 Manhatten from Messrs Haire, Dundrod and the Manhatten Group. This 11 month old bull is by Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage and was sold in the Dorepoll Reduction Sale for 8000gns.

Junior Bull Calf Champion was Armagh exhibitor Stephen Baxter’s seven months old Umgola 1 Impact by Dernaroy 1 Impact.

Dungannon breeders C & M Beatty & Son collected the Reserve Junior Champion with Castlepoll 1 Superman a nine months old son of Castlepoll 1 Voyager.

They also won the youngest bull class with Castlepoll 1 Leisure, another son of "Voyager".

Leading the way in the Female Section was the Senior & Overall Champion Solpoll 1 Starlet M10 ET. This September calf is an embryo transplant daughter of three times Bull of the Year Solpoll 1 Dynamite.

The Haire family collected the Junior & Reserve Overall Female Champion with their January 2015 born calf Dorepoll 1 Catalina. This is another by their successful herd sire Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage.

The Reserve Senior title went to Trevor Andrews from Larne with Mountview 1 Diana another September 2014 calf by Trevor’s stock bull Appel 1 Curlie.

The Reserve Junior Female Champion went to Stephen Baxter with his March born calf Umgola 1 Lady 3rd by Lisola 1 Eddie.

The first prize winner in the Junior Class was Hilltop 1 Roberta 5th by Richmount 1 King Kong for Kathryn Greenaway.

In the Best Pair of Animals Class, it was J & W McMordie who once again came out on top with a Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage sired pair from Messrs Haire standing Reserve.

The NIHBA would like to thank Sponsors United Feeds, Judge Darragh McManus, photographer Alfie Shaw and the Wylie Family for the use of the Mart.