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.

Challenge Shield Presentation

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.

Line-up of Junior Bulls

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.

Bull Champion Banville Gladiator

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.

Female Champion Millbrook Gingerspice

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.

Judge Vicky Smith


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

Reserve Bull Champion Frewstown Gifted

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

Reserve Female Champion Trueman Grazia

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