Balmoral Show 2016
Once again Hereford exhibitors pulled out all the stops and presented a top notch entry of cattle at the 148th Balmoral Show. For the second year in a row the Breed had the largest entry amongst a record number of almost 700 head.
Scooping the top honours and notching up their very first Balmoral win was Auchnacloy based couple Paul & Wendy Beatty with their home-bred heifer Tirelugan 1 Lilly. This rising two year old heifer was purchased in utero of her dam Solpoll 1 Stardust J12, and is out of the highly successful sire Panmure 1 Henry. Judging was in the hands of Society President Michael Clark, who described his Champion as "simply outstanding, with tremendous breed character and style".
The Reserve Championship was awarded to John & William McMordie, Ballygowan for Solpoll 1 Starlet M10. This September 2014 born daughter of their home-bred “Dynamite” stock sire, is out of one of the most prolific families within a high performing herd.
C & M Beatty & Son, Dungannon collected the Male Championship with their stock bull Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger after he stood top of the line in the April to December 2014 bull Class. “Lone Ranger” was purchased in January this year at the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association Premier Sale.
A strong class of 2015 born bulls were led by the greatly admired Dominarigle 1 Prince 658 brought out by Mrs Jacqueline Martin, Saintfield. This young prospect sired by Gurteragh Justice was also tapped out Junior Champion and Reserve Male Champion by the Judge.
The Reserve Junior came from the 2015 born heifer class, which was one of the largest of the entire show. Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 a daughter of the well-known sire Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage, was bred and exhibited by the Haire Family, Dundrod who chalked up several ribbons at the show.
The red ticket was awarded to Solpoll 1 Pansy C4 an eleven year old cow from the McMordie team, accompanied with her Panmure 1 Henry sired heifer calf at foot.
Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk another entry by Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage was winner of the Senior Bull Class for J.E, R.I & W Haire. “Knight Hawk” is no stranger to success at previous Balmoral Shows.
The Group of Three cattle from one exhibitor saw the Solpoll team selected as class leaders, with the Haires in second and Co. Leitrim based Coote Geelan in third.
All of the classes were watched by a packed ringside of visitors to the show. Sponsorship for the Hereford section was kindly provided by Lidl.
Photos by Alfie Shaw Report by Libby Clark