Saturday 12th March saw the return of the NI Limousin Cattle Club & NI Young Limousin Breeders “Rising Stars” show, with breeders enthusiastic to return to the show ring after a long break due to the pandemic. The buzz was back in the market, all wanting to see what the Northern Ireland breeders have on their show team for the 51st Anniversary year of the British Limousin Cattle Society.

Llyr Hughes of the Pabo herd judged the Pedigree and Commercial classes and was blown away by the high standard of cattle presented in front of him commenting many times “you’ve good cattle here”. Entries were open to all pedigree and Limousin-sired commercials born in 2021. Classes were split into a senior, junior, pedigree and commercial section, with the pedigree and commercial going head-to-head for the supreme championship sponsored by Whinfellpark Limousins.

Llyr had this to say about the show and his champion: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. The welcome Laura and I received at farms and the show was fantastic. Exceptional show of cattle extremely well presented, which made a feast for the eyes! The title of the show is exactly what I had the privilege and honour to judge, and the champion is definitely a future star. This event will go from strength to strength”.

Judges Llyr and Laura Hughes

Senior Champion, Pedigree Champion and Supreme Overall Champion was awarded to Drumhilla Superstar bred and exhibited by Gareth Corrie, Newtownards. April 2021 born Drumhilla Superstar is sired by Gareth’s stock bull Ampertaine Majestic and out of the 15,000gns Glenrock Northernstar.  This young bull is full brother to the 9,000gns Drumhilla Rambo who was Reserve Intermediate Champion at last years October bull sale in Carlisle. Superstar will be destined for further showing throughout the summer and will be aimed for the sales later in the year.

Reserve Supreme Champion, Reserve Pedigree Champion and Reserve Senior Champion was awarded to Boleyn Sasha bred and exhibited by Michael Savage, Ballynahinch. January 2021 born Boleyn Sasha is sired by Ampertaine Elgin and out of the Wilodge Vantastic dam Drummin Libby. This young heifer is set for a very bright future with plans for further showing throughout summer 2022.

In the Junior section it was the father and son duo, Trevor and William Shields who were tapped out as Junior Champion with Glenmarshal Snapper. Snapper offers some outcross breeding being sired by 26,000gns Foxhillfarm Ourbest and out of Homebyres Vanhee daughter, Homebyres Duplicity. Following up with Reserve Junior Champion was Claragh Sapphire, bred and exhibited by John & Paul Rainey.  This young heifer is sired by Ampertaine Foreman and out of an Ampertaine Elgin daughter, Claragh Ignite who goes back to the herd matriarch Haltcliffe Avon.

Junior Champion Glenmarshal Snapper

The commercial section was well represented with top quality stock forward.  Retaining their Commercial Championship title from the 2020 Rising Stars show was team JCB Commercials with their Ampertaine Elgin sired heifer, 50 shades of Grey. This blue/grey heifer was bred by Derrick Forde, Galway and was purchased by the JCB team last November at the ‘Elite Commercial Haltered Cattle Sale’ in Stranorlar. In reserve was Keith and Stephen Williamson with their Castleview Gazelle heifer Déjà vu. Both these heifers have their spot booked into the 2022 RUAS Balmoral Show where hopefully they will continue their winning streak.

The pairs championships sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories attracted strong competition.  Made up of two animals exhibited by the same exhibitor and a combination of two males, two females or one male and one female the winner of this championship was John & Paul Rainey’s pair of heifers, Claragh Sofia and Claragh Sapphire. Following in reserve was Connor & Ryan Mulholland’s pair Deerpark Saffron and Deerpark Saturn.

Championship Results:

Supreme Championship sponsored by Whinfellpark Limousins

Supreme Champion: Drumhilla Superstar exhibited by Gareth Corrie

Reserve Supreme Champion: Boleyn Sasha exhibited by Michael Savage

Pedigree Championship sponsored by British Limousin Cattle Society

Pedigree Champion: Drumhilla Superstar exhibited by Gareth Corrie

Reserve Pedigree Champion: Boleyn Sasha exhibited by Michael Savage

Reserve Pedigree Champion Boleyn Sasha

Commercial Championship sponsored by Moocall

Commercial Champion: 50 shades of Grey exhibited by JCB Commercials

Commercial Champion 50 Shades of Grey

Reserve Commercial Champion: Déjà vu exhibited by Keith & Stephen Williamson

Senior Championship sponsored by Harrison & Hetherington

Senior Champion: Drumhilla Superstar exhibited by Gareth Corrie

Senior Champion Drumhilla Superstar

Reserve Senior Champion: Boleyn Sasha exhibited by Michael Savage

Junior Championship sponsored by Parklands Vets

Junior Champion: Glenmarshal Snapper exhibited by Trevor Shields

Reserve Junior Champion: Claragh Sapphire exhibited by John & Paul Rainey

Pairs Championship sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories

Pairs Champion: John & Paul Rainey (Claragh)

Pairs Champion John & Paul Rainey (Claragh)

Reserve Pairs Champion: Connor & Ryan Mulholland (Deerpark)

3rd: Liam Campbell (Spage)

4th: Michael Loughran (Millim)

Class Results

Class 1: Senior Males sponsored by Firmount Veterinary Clinic

1st: Blackwater Spartan exhibited by Keith & Stephen Williamson

2nd: Ballyrickard Spongebob exhibited by Ian Davidson

3rd: Johnstown Samson exhibited by Chris Johnston

4th: Deerpark Saturn exhibited by Connor & Ryan Mulholland

Class 2: Senior Males sponsored by Portglenone Refrigeration Services

1st: Drumhilla Superstar exhibited by Gareth Corrie

2nd: Millgate Speedy exhibited by Michael Loughran

3rd: Bernish Sportsman exhibited by Kieran McCrory

4th: Ballyrickard Scooby exhibited by Ian Davidson

Class 3: Senior Females sponsored by Fane Valley Stores

1st: Boleyn Sasha exhibited by Michael Savage

2nd: Deerpark Saffron exhibited by Connor & Ryan Mulholland

3rd: Spage Sally exhibited by Paul Campbell

Class 4: Senior Females sponsored by Lifeline – Uniblock

1st: Claragh Sofia exhibited by John and Paul Rainey

2nd: Spage Stella exhibited by Paul Campbell

3rd: Ronick Sopretty exhibited by Trevor Shields

4th: Birchwood Sarah exhibited by Marty & Ronan McGurk

Class 5: Junior Males sponsored by Bothwell Farm Supplies

1st: Millim Scania exhibited by Michael Loughran

2nd: Millim Streamline exhibited by Michael Loughran

3rd: Frewstown Springtime exhibited by Derek Frew

Class 6: Junior Males sponsored by Walter Watson

1st: Glenmarshal Snapper exhibited by Trevor Shields

2nd: Pointhouse Sircolm exhibited by Michael & Kile Diamond

3rd: Spage Sidney exhibited by Paul Campbell

4th: Seanita Superhero exhibited by Sean & Anita McKeown

Class 7: Junior Females sponsored by Abbeyautoline

1st: Claragh Sapphire exhibited by John and Paul Rainey

2nd: Keenaught Salmanella exhibited by Niall Quinn

3rd: Millim Sparkle exhibited by Michael Loughran

4th: Ashview Sally exhibited by Chris Johnston

Class 8: Junior Females sponsored by A Hyde Feeds

1st: Slieve Sabrina exhibited by Gareth Wilson

2nd: Doogary Star exhibited by Oliver McDonald

3rd: Seanita Shellie exhibited by Sean & Anita McKeown

4th: Birchwood Supersonic exhibited by Marty & Ronan McGurk

Class 9: Commercial Males sponsored by Rutledge Contacts Ltd

1st: Barney exhibited by Denzel Johnston

2nd: Blackjack exhibited by Adam Hall

Class 10: Junior Females sponsored by Beatty Fuels & Farm Feeds

1st: 50 shades of Grey exhibited by JCB Commercials

2nd: Déjà vu exhibited by Keith & Stephen Williamson

3rd: Whitney exhibited by Neil Megarry

4th: Bellamianta exhibited by OMC Commercials

NILCC & NIYLB would like to thank all our sponsors of this year’s show: A Hyde Feeds, Abbeyautoline, Beatty Fuels and Farm Supplies, Bothwell Farm Supplies, British Limousin Cattle Society, Fane Valley Stores, Firmount Veterinary Clinic, Harrison and Heatherington, Moocall, Norbrook Laboratories, Parklands Veterinary Group, Portglenone Refrigeration, Rutledge Contracts Ltd, Uniblock – Lifeline, Walter Watson and Whinfellpark Limousins.

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped in any way and thank you to Llyr and Laura Hughes for coming over and judging the 2022 Rising Stars show.

YLB NI Rising Stars 2022 Young Handlers’ Competition

Eight very enthusiastic and smartly turned out young limousin breeders took to the show ring to compete against one another in their first young handler competition of 2022.  With competition fierce, this class was open to young breeders aged between eleven and twenty-one.

Under the watchful eye of judge Laura Hughes, from the Pabo Herd in Wales, no stranger herself to the bustling show ring and with many success’ over the years, it was great to see so many young breeders showing style and presence, with their limousin calves, on their first outings to a show ring.  Some of our more experienced young breeders also took to the halter to compete and their handling skills were evident as they get better with every show they attend.

 Merchandise for goodie bags was provided by our sponsors Whinfellpark and the British Limousin Cattle Society and presented to all taking part.  YLBNI Chairperson Louise McMullan commented “we hope to see these young folk back again when we’re holding open days and at the local summer shows! Our young people are the next generation of stockmen/women, which is something very special”.

Competition results:

1st – Niall Feeney

2nd – Molly Bradley

3rd – Darryl Geary

4th – Teresa McKearney

5th – Mia Ferguson

6th – Shea Halferty

7th – Paul Loughran

8th –  Adam Hall