Team Jalex Notch Up First Ever Balmoral Championship
Commercial Beef Champion- Steady Eddie
Male Champion- Steady Eddie
Female Champion- Eddie Rocket
Native Breed Champion- Baby Guiness
Exhibitor Bred Champion- Steady Eddie
All eyes were on the cattle rings at Balmoral Park as a packed ringside watched the very best commercial beef cattle compete for the Supreme Championship kindly sponsored by Tesco.
Exhibitors pulled out all the stops to present a top drawer selection for Hugh Dunlop, who travelled from Ayrshire to place the strong entry representing both north and south of the border.
Hitting the headlines, and winning their first Balmoral Championship was the Jalex team of James Alexander, Randalstown with their Limousin sired steer “Steady Eddie”. This super yearling is the first calf by the Jalex stock bull “Swarland Eddie”, and is out of a former show cow within the herd. This was only the second outing Steady Eddie has had to date, having earlier in the year secured the commercial championship at the NI Limousin Young Breeder’s calf show in January. On his way to lifting the Supreme award, Eddie also scooped the Male Championship, and the coveted prize for the best exhibitor bred entry.
Winning his first Supreme Championship at Balmoral Show was James Alexander, Randalstown with his commercial steer “Steady Eddie“. This super prospect was also best animal bred by exhibitor at the show, which was held for the first time at the new venue of Balmoral Park.
Giving him a run for his money was the Reserve Male Champion which stayed with him all the way to follow the Jalex steer into Reserve Supreme position. This Charolais steer was shown by owner Andrew Rea, Straid who purchased him from breeder Alan Veitch
It was back to the Jalex stable for the Female Championship when their Swarland Eddie sired heifer “Eddie Rocket” stormed her way to victory. Enthusiastic showman Sam Matchett picked up the Reserve Female Championship with his British Blue bred heifer “True Blue”. Both of these choice heifers had earlier in the day stood top of the line in their respective classes.
The Jalex team scooped the Female Championship with their Limousin heifer “Eddie Rocket”. This heifer is half sister to the Supreme Champion as they are both sired by Swarland Eddie (Photos: Alfie Shaw AgriImages)
Baby Guinness secured the special class for entries sired by a native bull for James Alexander. This youngster is sired by the Aberdeen Angus bull Ballyshannon Warner. Runner up was Robert & David Simpson, Aughnacloy for their Aberdeen Angus sired steer “Buffalo Bill”.
Winner of the award for the best entry sired by a Native bull was “Baby Guinness” from James Alexander, Randalstown.(Photo: Alfie Shaw AgriImages)
James Alexander celebrates with wife Ruth and daughters Mya (3), Alicia (2) and Isla (1) following scooping the Supreme Champion Commercial at Balmoral Show with their Limousin steer “Steady Eddie”. (Photo: Alfie Shaw AgriImages)
For a full round up of this and all events log onto www.commercialcattleni.co.uk
The NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors Club are hosting a Charity and Family Fun evening on Saturday 29th June at James & Nelson Alexander’s farm, Randalstown. Proceeds raised will go to Prostate Cancer NI. Everyone welcome. For details and tickets contact Ryan Law 07738283199