The British Limousin Cattle Society and the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club held the first NI Limousin Championship at Antrim Agricultural Show at Shanes Castle Estate, Antrim on Saturday the 26th July.
The event, which had a strong entry of 65 animals, saw Judge Ian Nimmo, Newmains, Wishaw, Lanark preside over 14 different classes for both pedigree and commercial Limousin cattle. The event was very well supported with breeders from mainland UK and Ireland travelling to see what was on offer.
Taking Overall Supreme Champion to win the Clyde Perpetual Challenge Cup was the noted show-winning bull Lynderg Hero bred by J Quail, Banbridge. This January 2012-born bull had already been crowned Supreme Reserve at both the Royal Ulster and Royal Highland shows this summer and again proved himself on the show circuit by taking the Senior and then the Overall Championship before going on to be crowned Interbreed Champion later on at the Antrim Show judged by Billy Glazebrook, Lanarkshire. Sired by Lynderg Eisenhower, a Guards Boomer son, and out of the homebred dam Lynderg Diana, a Haltcliffe Underwriter daughter, he caught the eye of judge Ian Nimmo to take the overall title here.
Following in Reserve Overall Supreme position was Culnagechan Ibrox bred by D Hume, Randalstown. This was the first time that Culnagechan Ibrox hit the show scene and he proved his worth by taking the Reserve Senior Championship and also the Pedigree Beef Stakes title also judged by Billy Glazebrook. This January 2013-born bull is sired by Carmorn Copilot and is out of Culnagechan Espana, an Ampertaine Abracadabra daughter with Nenuphar bloodlines.
Winner of the Calf Championship, sponsored by MSD UK Ltd, was Carmorn Icebreaker bred by F McAuley & Sons, Toomebridge. This October 2013-born bull is sired by Carmorn Cantona and is out of Carmorn Emer. In Reserve Calf spot was Melbreak Jewel bred by J & A Callion, Dromore. This January 2014-born heifer won her class and is sired by Dolcorsllywn Brynmor and is out of Melbreak Geneva.
The Junior Championship, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, was attained by Ballyrobin Ivy bred by J Gilliland, Antrim. This very stylish September 2013-born heifer is sired by Haltcliffe Doctor and is out of Ballyrobin Eshante, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter with Broadmeadows Cannon bloodlines. Following up as Junior Reserve Champion was Millgate Invest bred by M Loughran, Cookstown. Born in August 2013, this bull calf is sired by Swarland Eddie and is out of the dam Millgate Emma, who is full sister to the 18,000gns Millgate Caesar, Supreme Champion at Carlisle in February 2009.
The Intermediate Championship, sponsored by Thompson Feeds Ltd, went to Robineed Indie bred by D & D Robinson, Irvinestown. This March 2013 heifer is sired by Procters Cavalier and is out of Procters Viola, a daughter of Greenwell Ronick who earlier in the year had stood Junior Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral. Taking the Reserve Intermediate title was Culnagechan Istanbul bred by D Hume, Randalstown. This February 2013-born bull is sired by Ampertaine Commander and is out of the dam Goldies Topclass; he was previously Junior Reserve Bull Champion at Balmoral Show.
Other class winners in the senior section, sponsored by Nugent Engineering Ltd, Greenmount Stores Ltd, Ai Services and J A McClelland & Sons, were Carnew Heidi, bred by J & J Aiken and owned by MJ & WJ Lyons, Londonderry and Goldies Heiress owned by L Bradley, Knockloughrim who took the Senior Female award.
Finally, the Overall Commercial Champion, sponsored by the NI Commercial Cattle Club, went to Galway Girl owned by G Corrie & J Neill, Newtownards. This April 2013-born heifer is sired by Milbrook MUB and this title follows her success as a class winner at the recent Royal Highland Show. Overall Commercial Reserve Champion went to Kilkeel’s G Small for his heifer Mya. This August 2013-born heifer is sired by Hightown Daleshi and was also a class winner at the Royal Highland Show earlier on this summer.
Other Commercial Class winners were Wee Man owned by G Small, Kilkeel for steers born in 2014, being sired by Swarland Eddie; and Bonny owned by G Corrie & J Neil for heifers born in 2014, being sired by Stephick Flashi.
FULL Class Results:-CALF CLASSES Bull calf aged from the 1st Oct 2013- 1st Carmorn Icebreaker, C& A McAuley, 2nd Millcomb Incredibull, B & J McComb; Heifer Calf aged from the 1st Oct 2013, 1st Melbreak Jewel, J & A Callion; JUNIOR CLASSES – Bull aged from 01/06/13 -30/09/13 1st Millgate Invest, M Loughran, 2nd Artnagullion Icepop, W McAllister, 3rd Cornanagh Icon, MS & A Donaghy, 4th Ballyrobin Istabraq, J Gilliland, 5th Robineed Ibor, D & D Robinson;Heifer aged from 01/06/13 – 30/09/13 1st Ballyrobin Ivy, J Gilliland, 2nd Trueman Isabella, J Alexander, 3rd Derriaghy Isabel, D G Green & Sons, 4th Melbreak India, J & A Callion, 5th Clydevalley Insane, R Clyde; INTERMEDIATE CLASSES – Heifer aged from 1/02/13 – 31/05/13 1st Robineed Indie, D &D Robinson, 2nd Artnagullion Indigo, W McAllister, 3rd Isobell, J McParland 4th Ballyrobin Ida, S McGookin, 5th Robineed Irish, D & D Robinon; Bull aged from 01/02/13 – 31/05/13 1st Culnagechan Istanbull, D Hume, 2nd Millgate Ignatius, M Loughran, 3rd Carmorn Icatcher, C A & F McAuley, 4th Lisbeg Imp, W Wallace. SENIOR CLASSES, Female over 18 months and under 2 years, 1st Carneur Heidi, C & S Lyons, Female over 2 years of age 1st Goldies Heiress, L Bradley, 2nd Claragh Heidi, J & P Rainey, 3rd Lowbarn Fotty, R Clyde, 4th Millcomb Hala & calf, B & J McComb;Young Stockbull aged between 01/08/13 -31/01/14 1st Culnagechan Ibrox, 2nd Impossible, J McParland; Senior Stockbull 1st Lynderg Hero, J Quail, 2nd Antanach Houston, M Megarry, 3rd Limo Esso, R Clyde.COMMERICAL CLASSES, Heifer born 2014, 1st G Corrie & J Neill;Steer born 2014 1st G Small, 2nd, G Corrie & J Neill, 3rd R Boyle;Heifer born 2013 1st G Small, 2nd R Fleming; Heifer born 2013, 1st Corrie & Neill, 2nd G Small, 3rd J Smyth, 4th G Small and 5th G Small