Sponsors and Judge pay tribute to the high quality entries

The Annual Limousin Carcase competition, held this year at Linden Foods at Dungannon, attracted a big entry and Judge Mr Terry White from LMC, together with Mr Willie Waugh, from Linden Foods and Mr David Workman, Head of Northern Bank Agribusiness, who were joint sponsors of the event, commented on the excellence of the carcases forward and congratulated the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club on the management of the event.

The competition was well supported with entries from right across Northern Ireland and the quality of carcases on show in each of the five classes left no doubt in the minds of all concerned of the rightness of Limousins being named “The Carcase Breed”. There were classes for light heifers and heavy heifers, for light and heavy steers and a class for young bulls. There was an understandable condition that all animals presented for slaughter had to be Limousin or Limousin/cross.

The judge for the day was Mr Terry White, LMC Classification Manager, and with such quality on offer he faced a tremendous task in placing the entrants in the classes and in selecting the ultimate winners of the Championship and Reserve Awards. The Northern Bank had generously sponsored the first prize award in each class while Linden Foods sponsored the Champion and Reserve prizes. Club Chairman, Mr Bryan McElroy, when welcoming all who attended the event and congratulating the winners, expressed his thanks to Mr White for judging the carcases and said that we were once again deeply indebted to Linden Foods for facilitating the Club with the use of the premises and for their financial sponsorship. He reminded those present of the continuing interest the Northern Bank had in the Club’s affairs, mentioning their support in last year’s competition and said that a special word of thanks needed to be said to Mr David Workman, Head of the Bank’s Agribusiness and Mr Marcus McCollum, an Agribusiness Manager for not only assisting with the funding but also for their willingness to have a “hands on” presence at the Club’s events. A well-attended show of the carcases, some 70% of which had been graded E’s and U’s, and the prize distribution, brought the proceedings to a close.
The competition results are as follows:

Young Bulls:
1st: J Little, Tempo 2nd: J Wilson, Rathfriland 3rd: Mrs C Dolan, Enniskillen
Light Heifers:
1st: S V Patterson, Ballygawley 2nd: B Downard, Armagh 3rd: R Thompson, Coleraine
Heavy Heifers:
1st: W Fleming, Desertmartin 2nd: H McGinn, Ballygawley 3rd: B Downard, Armagh
Light Steers:
1st: B Downard, Armagh 2nd: R Thompson, Coleraine 3rd: R Thompson, Coleraine
Heavy Steers:
1st:W H Graham, Tempo 2nd: H J Lennox, Magherafelt 3rd: M Walls, Hilltown
Champion: W Fleming Reserve Champion: W D Graham
Victor Patterson, winner of the Light Heifer Class with (from left) Marcus McCollum Northern Bank, Club Chairman Bryan McElroy and Judge T White.
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W D Graham receives his first prize rosette from David Workman as (from left) W Waugh, Liz Rodgers and Terry White look on.
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The Light Steer class was won by B Downard seen receiving his prize from David Workman, Northern Bank. Also pictured are Bryan McElroy and Terry White.
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The Champion!! Mr W Fleming is presented with his cheque by Mr W Waugh, Linden Foods as T White and B McElroy look on.
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This group of second Prizewinners are (left) H J Lennox, Miss H McGinn, J Wilson, R Thompson, and B Downard.
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“These are the points you need to look for!!” Carcase judge Terry White explains the finer areas of carcase assessment to Northern Bank’s Marcus McCollum.
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Reserve Champion!! Smiles all round as W D Graham accepts the reserve Champion Cheque from W Waugh with T White and B McElroy in attendance.
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The Champion Carcase.
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Some of the prizewinners at the Limousin Carcase competition with (left) David Workman and Willie Waugh and extreme right Marcus McCollum.
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A Quartet of Firsts!! Displaying their red rosettes are (left) W Fleming, V Patterson, W D Graham and B Downard.