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 Strong entries forward for annual NI calf show

The Northern Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Club’s 7th annual calf show, held at Dungannon Farmers Mart attracted upwards of 100 entries.  

Judges were Owen and Angela Armstrong McFadden, who run the 50-cow Crerogue herd based at Navan in County Meath.  

Scooping the yearling heifer championship was Coolermoney Rachel K051, bred and exhibited by the father and son team of Adrian and Graeme Parke.

She is by Nakkeg Nord and notched up five reserve supreme championship titles this year. She was also crowned heifer calf champion at last year’s calf show.

Runner-up in the yearling heifer line-up was  Knockadrinan Bell K496 shown by Sam and Sarah Matchett from Portadown. Bred by Tom Reynolds, Bornacoola, County Leitrim and sired by Knockadrinan Precise G398.

The Matchett brother and sister duo claimed a host of accolades at the one-day event, including the supreme and reserve titles in the bull calf championship, and the reserve commercial championship.

Their bull calf champion was the home-bred Birches Prince L967. This six-month-old entry is sired by the herd’s stock bull, Cloghogue Evolution.  

 The yearling bull championship was awarded to Home Farm Ebony Ahead K894, stock bull in Joel Richardson’s pedigree and commercial herd based at Portadown. Sired by Rawburn Rommel E423 and bred by Fintan Keown, Belleek.     

A February 2011-born Bosullow Elmark G209 daughter forward from Robin Lamb and sons Stuart, Ben and Peter, from Richhill scooped the heifer calf championship. The home-bred Richhill Elba L596 won her class at Armagh and Clogher shows.  

The award for the best pair of calves for the second year running went to Adrian and Graeme Parke who exhibited twin heifers sired by Coneyisland Legend.  

The commercial championship was awarded to the April 2010-born Bessiebell Nancy, a Mountjoy Pagan daughter bred from a Salers cross Angus dam, shown by Jack Smyth, Newtownstewart.

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