MILBROOK & CARRICKALDREEN ANIMALS WIN ALL-IRELAND DERBY
A tremendous showcase of Limousin cattle from both Northern and Southern Ireland was presented at the All-Ireland Bull & Heifer Derby held at Clogher Show on Wednesday 29th July 2009 where for the third year in succession William Smith of Oldcastle, Co Meath won the Ulster Bank All-Ireland heifer title. Peter Murphy took the prestigious award of the top All-Ireland bull sponsored by Teemore Engineering with Carrickaldreen Dallywag, a Pacha 19 January 2008 son.
Judge for the day, Peter Henshall, said that the depth of females in the line-up was superb and Irish breeders were to be congratulated in producing stock of such high breeding quality. In selecting Milbrook Celine as his Heifer Champion, he remarked that she was a tremendous heifer with style, scope and in fact an all round female.
|William Smith and Milbrook Celine, the All-Ireland Heifer Champion with Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank and William’s son John
Millbrook Celine, much admired at last year’s Beef Expo Ireland, has an excellent pedigree. Her dam, Millbrook Ulla, is a daughter of former stock bull, Poker, and is out of Millbrook Petal, Senior Heifer Champion and Overall Reserve Female Champion at Tullamore in 2006, and the Reserve Overall Champion at Beef Expo 2008. Her sire, Greensons Gigolo, is a renowned breeder of quality pedigree Limousin cattle and the fifth most prolific bull of all time in the British herdbook.
|Karl Connell with Peter Murphy’s Carrickaldreen Dallywag, which won the Teemore Engineering All-Ireland Bull Derby. They are presented with their award by Nicky Johnston, Sales Manager, Teemore Engineering.
Peter Murphy, Mill Road, Mullaghbawn, Newry, Co Armagh took the All-Ireland Bull Derby with Carrickaldreen Dallywag. He is sired by Pacha 19 who also sired Mr Murphy’s third prizewinner in last year’s corresponding Derby in Virginia. Dallywag’s mother, Carrickaldreen Alice was herself third in the 2006 heifer derby, as well as being Junior Champion and best exhibitor bred Limousin at Balmoral in 2006. Dallywag, who has a Beef Value of LM+21, was described by the judge as a worthy winner in an excellent line-up of young bulls. He had style, a good top line, width and good locomotion even in soft conditions and is destined for Carlisle or Stirling later in the year.
Two rings ran simultaneously judging the ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ animals which had to be shown separately due to DARD veterinary regulations. The top heifers and bulls from each side of the border then went head to head to decide the overall winners.
|Erne Cinderalla 2nd prize Heifer Derby.L-R Raymond Crawford, Herbie Crawford, Peter Henshall, Ann Caldwell
Mr Henshall selected Raymond Crawford’s Erne Cinderella as his top Northern heifer which went on to take Overall Reserve. Interestingly this heifer is sired by Milbrook Vic, bred by William Smith at Oldcastle and now the senior stock bull with Ian Davidson’s Ballyrickard herd at Larne. Erne Cinderella had qualified at Armagh Show and was a stylish heifer with plenty of scope. Peter Henshall selected Michael Molloy’s heifer Mullary Chantelle, a Shire Milton daughter in third place.
|Noel Fennessy from Co Limerick with Wood Road Donald, second in the Teemore Engineering All-Ireland Bull Derby, being congratulated by Nicky Johnston.
In Reserve spot in the Bull Derby was a Sympa son, Wood Road Donald the youngest bull in the class from Noel Fennessy, who had travelled up from Castleconnell, Co Limerick. The judge then chose Culnagechan Douglas, shown by Gary Hume for his father Derek, as his third place bull. Douglas is a powerful, stylish son of Cloughhead Umpire and out of Kype Vicky.
|Culnagechan Douglas was third in the Teemore All-Ireland Bull Derby for Derek Hume. Gary Hume who showed the bull receives his award from Nicky Johnston
The Challenge Shield for the overall highest points gained between the two Societies stays with the Northern Ireland Club after winning 24 points to 18. The NI Limousin Cattle Club and the Irish Limousin Cattle Society wish to compliment all the breeders for the presentation of their stock not only at Clogher but at the qualifying shows throughout Ireland. Thanks also go to DARD and DAFF for their co-operation in helping the exhibitors with the veterinary regulations. A special thanks goes to the Clogher Show Committee for providing excellent facilities and for their help in staging the event together with sponsors Ulster Bank & Teemore Engineering Ltd for their generous support.
|Ann Calwell presents Michael Molloy and Mullary Chantelle with their third place plaque in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Heifer Derby
|4th Ashmara Duchess from Neil Martin and shown by Moses Irwin
|5th Stephen Clyde and Clydevalley Daily
|6th Cullnagechan Celina shown by Gary Hume for his father Derek Hume
|4th Tom Hickey with his father’s bull Brookland Dynamite
|5th Carmorn Dauphin from Francis McAuley
|6th Michael Loughran with Millgate Denis
|Paul Sykes, Breed Development Officer Irish Limousin Cattle Society presents Bryan McElroy with the Challenge Shield watched by Elizabeth Rodgers, Secretary and John Gordon, President NI Limousin Club and William Smith, President Irish Limousin Cattle Society
|Ulster Bank All-Ireland Heifer Derby – Heifers born after 1 June 2007
|Name of Exhibitor
|Date of Birth
|William Smith, Oldcastle, Co Meath
|Raymond Crawford, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh
|Michael Molloy, Dunleer, Co Louth
|Curragharee Pretty Woman
|Neill Martin, Dromara, Co Down
|Robert S Clyde, Templepatrick, Co Antrim
|Derek Hume, Randalstown, Co Antrim
|Teemore Engineering All-Ireland Bull Derby – Bulls born after 1 January 2008
|Peter Murphy, Mullaghbawn, Co Armagh
|Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co Limerick
|Wood Road Donald
|OV Navida B
|Derek Hume, Randalstown, Co Antrim
|John Hickey, Thurles, Co Tipperary
|Francis McAuley, Toomebridge, Co Antrim
|Michael Loughran, Cookstown, Co Tyrone