As part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations, the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club in partnership with the NI Young Limousin Breeders held their Rising Stars Show in Dungannon Farmers Mart on Saturday 14th March 2020 attracting a strong entry of 57 animals.

Entries were open to all pedigree and Limousin-sired commercials born in 2019. Classes were split into a senior, junior, pedigree and commercial section, with the pedigree and commercial going head-to-head for the supreme championship. The man in the middle of the ring choosing his placing was Andrew Gammie of the noted Westpit Herd, Aberdeenshire who had success recently in the show ring at the Scottish ‘Stars of the Future’ Calf show claiming the Senior Male Champion, Senior Champion and Interbreed Senior Champion with Westpit Orlando who then went on to fetch 12,000gns at the recent February sale in Carlisle. The herd have also been successful in the sales ring with Westpit Landlord selling for 17,000gns, Westpit McGregor 15,000gns, Westpit Nevada 14,000gns and Westpit Nashville 13,000gns.

7482 – Supreme Overall Champion ‘Bernish Princessjuli’ – sired by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerebus and Dam sired by Ampertaine Elgin 32,000gns.

Supreme Champion, Pedigree Champion and Junior champion went to a super stylish young homebred heifer Bernish PrincessJuli, exhibited by Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecorss. This young heifer oozed quality and show ring presence and backed with a very successful Pedigree, being sired by the 50,000 gns Wilodge Cerberus and out of a homebred dam Bernish JuliFortune who goes back to the noted Goldies Vitality. The future is bright for this young star.

7601 – Reserve Supreme Overall Champion ‘ 99 It’s a Surprise’ from JCB Commercials.

Reserve Supreme Champion and Commercial Champion was awarded to the JCB Team’s black heifer 99-Its-A-Surpise, sired by the Lodge Hamlet son, Pabo Mr Muscle.

Senior Champion and Reserve photographed with Sponsor Ruth Alexander from Jalex Tractors, Judge Andrew Gammie, Poppy Mulholland from Deerpark Limousins. On the left is Reserve Senior Champion from the Nugent Herd and lead by Mark Reid. Then we have Senior Champion from Deerpark limousins with owner Ryan Mulholland.

Reserve Pedigree Champion and Senior Champion was awarded to Deerpark Pluto exhibited by brothers Connor & Ryan Mulholland. This March 2019-born bull was sired by Plumtree Fantastic out of the foundation female Ampertaine Isadora. Reserve Senior Champion was the January 2019-born Foxhillfarm Priceless exhibited by Nugent Estate and Farm having purchased this heifer at the 2019 Weaned Calf sale in Carlisle. Priceless is sired by Objat and out of the 125,000gns Glenrock Illusion.

Judge Craig Douglas and Emma Rodgers Representative from The NI Commercial Cattle Club photographed with Commercial Champion and Reserve both coming from JCB Commercials. Lead into the ring by Mark Reid and Jack Smyth.

Reserve Junior Champion was Birchwood Polly, this is the first time the McGurk Family attended the calf show with their Trueman Jagger sired heifer and out of Grenville Frances by the noted Wilodge Vantatsic.

Judge Craig Douglas and NI Young Limousin Chairperson Louise Clarke photograph with all three class winner of the young handlers competition. On the left is the winner of the Junior section Paul Loughran, then the winner of the senior section and also Reseve Champion Handler is Mark Reid and last the Champion Handler of the day came from the intermediate section Victoria Workman. Thank you to our sponsors of this section Clippers Ireland and Elite Pedigree Genetics.

Reserve Commercial Champion went to the JCB Team again with their Trueman Idol-sired heifer, Tobasco. No stranger to the show circuit, this March 2019-born heifer was shown successfully throughout the summer of 2019 attaining the reserve commercial champion at the NI Limousin Championships at Antrim show and then going on to be the calf champion at Agri Expo in Carlisle.

Champion Pairs from The Rodgers Family shown by Lucy Rodgers and Victoria Workman.

A special mention must go to all our sponsors without whose support we would not be able to run an event like this in the Club’s 40th anniversary year. They include AJ Ewing, Alexander Tractors, APG Agri, British Limousin Cattle Society, Clippers Ireland, D Mulholland Ltd, Deerpark Limousin, Elite Pedigree Genetics, Fane Valley Stores, Harrison & Heatherington, Irish Limousin Society, Moocall, Tony at Muldrews Butchers, NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors Club, Norbrook, Parklands Veterinary Group, Provita Animal Health, Semenstore Ltd, Strabane Mills Ltd, Walter Watson Ltd & Whinfellpark Limousins.


Class 1: Senior Males – Sponsored by Harrison and Hetherington

1st: Ballyrickard Pluto – Ian Davidson, Larne

2nd: Dernasigh Prince – Molly Bradley, Killylea


Class 2: Senior Males – Sponsored by Whinfellpark Limousins

1st: Deerpark Pluto – Connor & Ryan Mulholland, Aghalee

2nd: Mcparland Pingo – McPartlim Genetics Ltd, Newry

3rd: Kilclass Patman – Dermot McCusker, Castlewellan


Class 3: Senior Females – Sponsored by Fane Valley Stores

1st: Foxhillfarm Priceless – Nugent Estates, Portaferry

2nd: Rhiwllech Pauline – J&A Callion, Dromore

3rd: Rathkeeland Poshgirl – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge

4th: Trueman Paloma – Robin Patton, Bellecks


Class 4: Senior Females – Sponsored by Parklands Veterinary Group

1st: Rathkeeland Phoenix – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge

2nd: Rathkeeland Philipa – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge

3rd: Spage Pippa – W&P Campbell, Carnlough

4th: Ballyrickard Pippa – Ian Davidson, Larne



Senior Championship – Sponsored by Alexander Tractors & 4x4s

Senior Champion – Deerpark Pluto – C&R Mulholland, Aghalee

Reserve Senior Champion – Foxhillfarm Priceless – Nugent Estates, Portaferry


Class 5: Junior Males – Sponsored by A.J. Ewing

1st: Millgate Pablo – Michael Loughran, Cookstown

2nd: Draperhill Paddy – Rodgers Livestock, Dromore

3rd: Kilclass Peter – Dermot McCusker, Castlewellan

4th: Ballyrickard Prince – Ian Davidson, Larne


Class 6: Junior Males – Sponsored by Semenstore

1st: Draperhill Philipe – Rodgers Livestock, Cookstown

2nd: Johnstown Premier – Chris Johnston, Fivemiletown

3rd: Millgate Paul – Michael Loughran, Cookstown

4th: Rathkeeland Peakyblinder – Crawford Bros, Maguiresbridge


Class 7: Junior Males – Sponsored by Walter Watson

1st: Melbreak PSG – J&A Callion, Dromore

2nd: Donardview Prince, Timothy McCracken, Castlewellan


Class 8: Junior Females – Sponsored by Provita Animal Health

1st: Bernish Princess PrincessJuli – Kieran McCrory, Sixmilcross

2nd: Millgate Promise – Michael Loughran, Cookstown


Class 9: Junior Females – Sponsored by Moocall

1st: Birchwood Polly – Birchwood Limousins, Cookstown

2nd: Bernish Princessfortune – Kieran McCrory, Sixmilcross

3rd:Collegeland Penny – Thomas Clancy, Dungannon

4th: Collegeland Prettygirl – Thomas Clancy, Dungannon


Class 10: Junior Females – Sponsored by Norbrook

1st: Homebyres Pixie – J&A Callion, Dromore

2nd: Spage Princess – W&P Campbell, Carnlough

3rd:Spage Penny – W&P Campbell, Carnlough

4th:Donardview Primrose, Timothy McCracken, C


Class 11: Junior Females – Sponsored by Damien Mulholland Ltd

1st: Spage Posh – W&P Campbell, Carnlough


Junior Championship – Sponsored by Deerpark Limousin

Junior Champion – Bernish PrincessJuli – Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross

Reserve Junior Champion – Birchwood Polly, Birchwood Limousin, Cookstown


Pedigree Championship – Sponsored by Irish Limousin Cattle Society

Pedigree Champion – Bernish PrincessJuli – Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross

Reserve Pedigree Champion – Deerpark Pluto, Connor & Ryan Mulholand, Aghalee


Judging the Commercials, Young handler Competition and Pairs championship was Craig Douglas of the noted Whinfellpark Herd.


Class 12: Commercial Females (under 420kgs) – Sponsored by Strabane Mills Ltd

1st: 99-Its-a-Surprise – JCB Commercials

2nd: Rolo – Brendan O’Hare, Mayobridge

3rd: Cracker – James Alexander, Randlestown


Class 13: Commercial Females (over 420kgs) – Sponsored by NI Young Limousin Breeders

1st: Tobasco – JCB Commercials

2nd: The Sweetner – James Alexander, Randlestown

3rd: Black Pearl – JCB Commercials

4th: Ruby, Niall Quinn – Dungannon


Commercial Championship – Sponsored by Northern Ireland Commercial Cattle Club

Commercial Champion – 99-Its-a-Surpise, JCB Commercials

Reserve Commercial Champion – Tobasco, JCB Commercials


Supreme Championship – Sponsored by British Limousin Cattle Society

Supreme Champion – Bernish PrincessJuli – Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross

Reserve Supreme Champion – 99-Its-a-Surpise, JCB Commercials


Pairs Championship – Sponsored by Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club

1st: Rodgers Livestock

2nd: Michael Loughran

3rd: J&A Callion

4th: JCB Commercials


Young Handler Competition

Overall Young Handler, Sponsored by Clippers Ireland – Victoria Workman

Reserve Young Handler, Sponsored by Elite Pedigree Genetics – Mark Reid


Junior (Aged 8 – 12) – Sponsored by Tony at Muldrews Butchers

1st: Paul Loughran

2nd: Thomas Callion

3rd: Mya Alexander

4th: Augus Callion


Intermediate (Aged 12 – 18) – APG Agri

1st: Victoria Workman

2nd: Molly Bradley

3rd: Lucy Rodgers

4th: Serena Murphy


Senior (Aged 18 – 28) – Clippers Ireland

1st: Mark Reid

2nd: Martin Rodgers