2012 N.I. National Charolais Show- Fintona
The National Charolais Show held at Fintona attracted visitors from all over the world as part of the World Charolais Congress Tour.
A strong commercial section was led by our steer “Gold Rush” who is having an brilliant year on the show circuit. The judge for this section was the legendary Archie MacGregor, Allanfauld.
Gold Rush was described on the day as a “great handling bullock, with tons of breed character and style”.
Going For Gold At Omagh
Our Charolais steer “Gold Rush” was in top form at Omagh Show at the weekend when he was tapped out Supreme Champion in the commercial section.
There was a great show of commercial cattle forward for judging with Stirling based Craig Malone having the task of placing the entries.
He described his champion as an “outright winner on the day with an endless loin and a dream to handle”. Craig is a previous Royal Highland Show commercial champion winner and knows exactly what he is looking for in a beast. “I like stock to handle well and have good sound locomotion. The entry of cattle today were a credit to all the exhibitors, with some very good young calves of note.”
On the day our limousin sired steer also won his class and we where very glad to see Chris Johnston coming up trumps in the calf class with his home bred heifer “Ibiza Blue”, this calf being sired by our very own Black N Blue Diesel.
This follows on well from the previous year when our Black N Blue Diesel sired heifer, “Bootylicious” won the calf class.
Miss Steak not such a Mistake.
Without a doubt, Jalex had their best day in the show ring to date when our Heatherview Cooper sired heifer was crowned Supreme Champion at the NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors Club’s Summer Spectacular event.
With well over 100 entries competing in what is the largest show of commercial cattle in NI, we knew the competition would be really strong – and it was! There was a tremendous display of cattle right through the calf, heifer and steer sections.
“Miss Steak” went over the bridge at 375 kilos on the morning of the show, and picked up a red ticket in the lightweight class under judge Liz Vance, Scotland. In the breed classes Leo McEnroe had her Champion in the British Blue section. It was back to Liz for the Overall, and we were absolutely delighted when she tapped her out as her pick of the day.
We had ten cattle out at the show (nine of which were home bred) and managed to take home Supreme Champion, Female Champion, British Blue Champion, Reserve Charolais Champion, 2 firsts and 5 seconds.
Miss Steak standing Supreme Champion
Miss Steak standing British Blue Champion
Little Mya (2), who was the youngest exhibitor at the show, was Any Other Breed Champion with her Belted Galloway bull calf Oreo.
Oreo- any other breed champion.
Jalex Scoop Reserve Steer Champion at Agri-Expo
Crowds flocked to rway Mart, Carlisle at the weekend to attend the 6th Annual Agri- Expo event which attracted over 12,500 spectators and livestock entries in excess of 800. This is a record number of visitors and entries for this event as it has now become established as a firm favourite in the agricultural calendar. In the short time since its inception the event has become England’s foremost winter livestock and agricultural show and also one of the largest in the UK. In many eyes it is now regarded as “the one to win” as the livestock numbers and visitors surpasses many other events.
After attending the event in 2011 and Jalex bred cattle doing well in the judging, we thought we would head over and entered four cattle to compete in the commercial section. The entry of almost 200 commercial cattle makes this event the largest of its kind in the UK.
We were delighted with how our cattle looked notching up two first prizes, a second and a fifth en route to being tapped out Reserve Male Champion with the Limousin sired steer “The Outlaw”. Sired by Crillaune Armani this eye catching black steer tipped the scales at 645 kilos, and is a half brother to “Black Magic” who was Male Champion at the Scottish Winter Fair two years ago for the MacPherson family, Oban.
We also scored well with our Heatherview Cooper daughter “Miss Steak” who stood top of a strong class of junior heifers. Weighing in at 454 kilos this British Blue heifer has had a successful season on the show circuit having being placed Supreme Champion at the NICCEC Summer Spectacular,
Our Black N Blue Diesel sired youngster “The Gambler” brought home a second prize ticket for the Jalex team. We were also pleased to see Diesel bred calves perform in other herds, with John Smith Jackson, Hightown have ing a very stylish Diesel sired placed 3rd in the lightweight male calf class.
Not to be outdone our Belted Galloway baby steer also picked up a ticket in the native section.
We were really pleased with how our trip went and our cattle were well received at Carlisle. Perhaps what makes it even more worthwhile is that all the cattle we exhibited were homebred, and sired by our own bulls.
Judge for the commercial section was Gareth Corrie, Newtownards who carried out his task with speed and expertise. Overall Cattle Champion went to breeder Tecwyn Jones of Llanwrst, Conwy for the second year running. This year the breeder took the top prized spot with Limousin cross heifer, Black Beauty, daughter of Shire Apollo. The heifer followed up their win at Countryside Live swiftly taking out the Agri-Expo title, and prior to these two events had only been shown locally
Harrison & Hetherington were delighted to see this sixth successive event prove such a success and it was attended by sheep and beef breeders across the UK. Speaking afterwards Harrison & Hetherington’s Operations Director and Agri-Expo Director David Pritchard said: “It was a fantastic day for the industry. The support was overwhelming, with huge attendance and an exceptional quality of livestock. On behalf of everyone here at Harrison & Hetherington I would like to thank all of the judges, the exhibitors and the sponsors for their support. Without this support Borderway Agri-Expo would definitely not be the hugely successful event that it has become.”
A list of all results can be found on www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/agri-expo.
Steer Champion “The Outlaw” was a red ticket winner and Reserve Male Champion for James Alexander, Jalex Commercials.
James Alexander secured the Reserve Steer Champion at the highly successful “Expo” event which saw almost 200 entries compete for a generous prize fund. Pictured is Melanie Alford with her Champion steer, Tara O’Brien with Reserve Champion and Gareth Corrie who was judge at the event.
Miss Steak getting her red rossette in the lightest heifer class off the day.
Our heifer Miss Steak in the ring.
National Irish Chaolais Show 2012
A Tullygarley Alibaba sired calf was placed Male Champion at the 2012 Irish National Charolais Show in Carrick in Shannon.
The calf, out of a belgian blue heifer, the result of a flush was bred by Clive and Roy Stevenson, Co.Donegal won the Male Calf class before being tapped as overall Male Champion.
Alibaba semen is available in the UK from Bob Temple and in Ireland through Dovea.
We had a team of cattle up in Belfast this year for N. Irelands premier Fatstock Show and Sale and went home content with 2 Breed Champions.
The first of these was our British Blue Heifer “Lady Luck”. She won the Senior British Blue Class before being tapped out as BB Champion of the day. She was later sold to Mr Niell to be used for breeding.
Our next successful entry was our sole Shorthorn entry.- “Rusty Gold” Rusty Gold a pure bred steer bred by Shorthorn breeder David Alexander of the Craigfaddock Herd won the Shorthorn steer class before being placed Shorthorn Champion.
Rusty Gold was later purchased by the days judge- Peter Hannon of, The Meat Merchant, Moira. Mr Hannon was purchasing the Shorthorn Champion on behalf of high end retail store, Fortnum and Mason London. www.fortnumandmason.com .
Rusty Gold was slaughtered the following day and graded a U3 carcass.
Rusty Gold in the Final Line up.
Ballymena Fatstock 2012
Ballymena is our local Mart so we where delighted to have such a successful day to end the 2012 show season with. We had 3 cattle on show.
The 1st of these to be in the ring was Blue Pearl, our Black N Blue Diesel sired calf. Out of a large entry of stock she was tapped out as Butchers Best on the day and later sold for £2600 weighing 550kgs- £4.70.kg.
She sold to local wholesale meat suppliers and butchers, “Crosskeys Meats”02894478481 to be sold in their butchers shops. This very sweet heifer had plenty of flesh and if your in the area we recommend getting a few steaks or a roast or two of her. www.crosskeysmeats.com The heifer killed out an E grade with a 67% KO.
Our limmy sired steer The Outlaw, just back from his trip to Carlisle Agri Expo where he was Reserve Male Champion had a fantastic day, after winning the heavy weight steer class he was placed Open Champion, before going to the final line up where he was placed Overall Supreme Champion of the day.
This super steer which was champion at Limavady show and Reserve at Antrim Show as well as his win at Carlisle, was snapped up by High end butcher- Mr. Mcdowell of Farmview Meats, Castlereagh, Belfast for £2500, he graded an E4L, and was full of meat, i for one will be ordering a Fillet or two from him. I recommend you do the same- 02890448444.
Finally our Black N Blue Sired Steer The Bachelor was shown by handler Rochard Fleming in the Young Farmers Classes where he won his class and was placed Young Farmers Champion., then in the final line up he was placed Overall Reserve Supreme Champion behind The Outlaw leaving us with a clean sweep.
The Bachelor had a very successful summer show season with us and was sold to quality butcher and supporter of Ballymena Fatstock Show- Tom Mcmaster, Carrickfergus. 02893353313 .
Again i will express that these shows only work with the support of both sponsors and buyers alike so i would urge anyone in the area of the 3 fore-mentionded butchers to call in and request some beef from these animals.
Clogher Valley Show 2012
Clogher is always one of those shows where you can be sure of some fantastic cattle, and this year was no exception with a good show of stock forward.
Our Charolais steer Goldrush was crowned T.J. Booth Beef Bullock Champion and went on to be Reserve Supreme Champion of the show. we are delighted with Gold rush’s performance this year to date.