For the first time in the history of Balmoral show a commercial beast won the junior interbreed title.
Record setter was father and son duo Jack and Stephen Smyth, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, with their Limousin x heifer.
Born in January 2013 she is sired by a Tonka son and out of a Limousin x cow, and was purchased in a private deal. The win cemented Jack and Stephen their first ever interbreed title at the show.
Judge Harry Emslie, from Aberdeen, said: “She is the only one that come into the ring and said ‘look at me’”.
He added: “It is difficult to put a commercial above a pedigree but I felt she ticked all the boxes for the modern cattle industry.”
Runner-up was James Alexander’s pedigree bull Its All Good, from Randalstown, Co. Down. This homebred Swarland Eddie son is out of Tyrone Dulani and was exhibited by Eamon McGarry. The Jalex herd is well known in the commercial industry, having won the commercial championship last year, but the junior interbreed title secured them their first win with a pedigree animal.