Returning to Balmoral to make history yet again by claiming her third interbreed title was the January 2011 born Limousin Millbrook Ginger Spice, bred and exhibited by William Smith, Oldcastle, Co Meath. Sired by the prolific Wilodge Vantastic and out of Millbrook Baby and was shown with her five-month-old calf, by the Sympha son Millbrook Fearless, at foot.
Ginger Spice became the first junior champion to win the interbreed title in 2012 and has retained the title for two years on the trot now.
Mr Smith said: “It is very humbling to have such a great animal. Once you get your ticket into the lucky draw you just hope your number will come out.”
Judge Harry Emslie said: “Everyone of them could be a champion. I was just blown away by the sheer quality of all the animals.
“The quality was unreal. It is very difficult to get a beast to come back and win a championship. [But] when I stood behind her [the Limousin] I thought ‘that’s my champion.’”
In reserve was the commercial champion and junior interbreed title winner from Jack and Stephen Smyth, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone.
Born in January 2013 this Limousin x heifer is sired by a Tonka son and out of a Limousin x cow.