N.I. Young Limousin breeder Kile Diamond (Pointhouse Herd), Garvagh, Coleraine out shone the opposition and won Champion Young Beef Handler 2017 at the Great Yorkshire Show, in Harrogate.
A total of 38 young handlers were taking part in the competition, in different age groups, from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Kile was entered in the 12 to 13-year-old class and was competing against 7 other young handlers including his N.I. team mate Andrew Hamill.
Kile and Andrew had to prepare and groom their animal for showing. They then had to present and show their animal, on the judging lawns, to the judge Ms J Millican, Appleby, Cumbria who asked each young handler questions about the preparations they had undertaken for the class. Kile and Andrew secured 1st and 2nd places respectively. It was then onto the final for Kile against four other young handlers from the other classes and age groups.
Kile was victorious and along with his rosettes and certificates won a silver tankard and title Champion Young Beef Handler 2017. Asked how he felt about his success Kile commented “I am delighted to win this major show title and I love nothing better than being on the green on the end of a halter”.