The All-Ireland Limousin Heifer & Bull Derby held on Saturday 1st September 2012 at Elphin Show, Co Roscommon saw honours even with the Northern Ireland-bred Banville Gladiator taking the Bull title and the Female Championship going to Milbrook Gingerspice from Southern Ireland.
This prestigious annual event, first held in 2007, is a cross-border initiative between the Irish Limousin Cattle Society and the Northern Ireland Limousin Club and is confined to exhibitor-bred bulls and heifers. Despite difficult ground conditions, the day stayed dry with an excellent turnout of quality cattle from a record entry of 60 animals competing in four classes.
Overall Bull Champion under Judge Mrs Vicky Smith of the Columbpark Herd, Caseberry Farm, Bradninch, Exeter, Devon was Banville Gladiator from the Berry Brothers, Banbridge who had come through as winner of the first class for bulls born between 1st January 2011 and 31st July 2011. May 2011 born, Banville Gladiator is sired by the stock bull Beechlodge Chancellor, a son of Milbrook Tanko, and is out of Banville Elsie. Placing second in the same class and going on to take the Reserve Male title was the June 2011-born Frewstown Gifted bred by Derek Frew, Antrim who is by the stock bull Carmorn Cantona and out of the homebred dam Frewstown U-girl.
Coming through from the first heifer class for heifers born between 1st June 2010 and 30th June 2011to take the Female Championship was Milbrook Gingerspice exhibited by William Smith, Oldcastle, Co Meath. This January 2011 born heifer is no stranger to the show circuit having taken both Junior and Overall Interbreed titles at this year’s Royal Ulster Show. Milbrook Gingerspice is sired by the noted Wilodge Vantastic and is out of Milbrook Baby. Mirroring the placings at Balmoral, Reserve Female Champion went to Trueman Grazia bred by Henry Savage, Newry with his Haltcliffe Vermount daughter and out of Cookstown B1425.
Every year points are awarded for the top six places in each class with the Challenge Shield going to the region with the highest number of points. This year, for the first time, the shield was won by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society.
The NI Limousin Cattle Club would like to thank Judge Vicky Smith, Elphin Show, hosts Irish Limousin Cattle Society and sponsors Stuart Wilson from Teemore Engineering, Michael Gibbons from Natural Nutrition and Michael Philips from Connacht Gold.
Class 1 Bulls Born between 1st January 2011 and 31st July 2011 – Sponsor Teemore Engineering
1st Berry Brothers Banville Gladiator UK927004782267 17/05/2011 Beech Lodge Chancellor Banville Elsie
2nd Derek Frew Frewstown Gifted UK912335607051 26/06/2011 Carmorn Cantona Frewstown U-girl
3rd Dan Tynan Ardlea General IE221064551029 22/03/2011 Fieldson Alfy Ardlea Coillte
4th Derek Frew Frewstown Glory UK912335606977 20/06/2011 Carmorn Cantona Frewstown Valet
5th Michael Loughran Millgate Garry UK963000123821 26/07/2011 Norman Ely Millgate Donna
6th Michael Loughran Millgate Gucci UK963000123773 09/06/2011 Sympa Millgate Cherry
Class 2 Bulls Born on or after the 1st of August 2011 – Sponsor Natural Nutrition
1st Frank Buckley Mistic Gucci IE151602080378 01/09/2011 Wilodge Cerberus Bremore Victoria
2nd John Kenny Carrefour General IE301447550154 05/09/2011 Wilodge Cerberus Carrefour Daphane
3rd John McInerney Drummin Guinness IE131206380965 21/09/2011 Sympa Drummin Cliona
4th Stanley Richardson Newtown Grant IE231230690509 10/08/2011 Ampertaine Abracadabra Newtown Clodagh
5th Michael Molloy Mullary Giovanni IE261020880042 01/08/2011 Ultime Mullary Chantelle
6th Gerry Walsh Gerrygulliane Glen IE272503020029 18/12/2011 Machermore Augusta Derryguillane Daisy
Class 3 Heifers Born between 1st June 2010 and 30th June 2011 – Sponsor Connacht Gold
1st William Smith Milbrook Gingerspice IE281084520923 16/01/2011 Wilodge Vantastic Milbrook Baby
2nd Henry Savage & Sons Trueman Grazia UK92403065563 01/04/2011 Haltcliffe Vermount Cookstown B1425
3rd Ed Tynan Elite Forever free IE221062760719 22/09/2010 Wilodge Vantastic Ardlea Coillte
4th Ed Tynan Elite Forever 1 IE221062750718 21/09/2010 Wilodge Vantastic Ardlea coillte
5th Raymond Crawford Rathkeeland Fleur IE291694550012 20/06/2010 Sauvignon Ballydaniel Adeline
6th Joe Moran Cappaduff Gold Girl IE271419780084 17/02/2011 Rocky Cappaduff Abby
Class 4 Heifers Born on or after the 1st of July 2011 – Sponsor Connacht Gold
1st Ed Tynan Elite Giselle IE221062750742 01/09/2011 Wilodge Vantastic Uriel B
2nd Ed Tynan Elite Galway IE221062780745 03/09/2011 Emerson Bremore Cindy
3rd John McInerney Drummin Genevieve IE131206390966 21/09/2011 Cloughhead Umpire Drummin Cliona
4th Raymond Crawford Erne Golden Girl UK948413907373 16/12/2011 Sauvignon Lake Tamaria
5th William Smith Milbrook Girly IE281084580961 08/09/2011 Ionesco Milbrook Evelyn
6th Albert Finney Chinauley Gloria UK927029605903 01/11/2011 Tehix Limo Ella