Northern Ireland Charolais breeders turned out one of their best entries at Fintona on Saturday 6 September at their National Charolais Show where judge, Kevin Thomas, of the Newcastle Emlyn based Moelfre herd awarded the overall supreme title to the senior male champion, Cuillmore Casper, from father and son team, Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard.   

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Casper who was secured in Carrick on Shannon in spring after Stuart Bothwell awarded him the champion title, was an 18 month old by Dromisklin Viceroy. The Bothwells enjoyed one of their best ever days with entries by their current herd sire, Dunlon Ulick; they claimed the reserve intermediate male title with their 14 month old Killadeas Charade, the intermediate female title with the yearling, Killadeas Carmel and Killadeas Crocus, a 10 month old secured the reserve junior female championship.

Heading the female section were a pair of entries, both by Allanfauld Superscot, from Gilbert Crawford’s Coolnaslee herd, Maghera. The supreme and senior female awards went to Coolnaslee Bopeep, a rising two year old heifer out of a Roundhill Ohoh dam, while standing below her was the reserve senior female, Coolnaslee Countess.

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Derryharney Carryon, a 14 month old by Glenbridge Andrew from Harold Stubbs, Lisnaskea, carried off the overall reserve male and intermediate male championships, while Gordon Cutler, Bellananleck exhibited the reserve senior male champion, Lislea Con by Doonally New.

Fury Classic, the junior male champion came from Pat Hackett’s Clogher based herd and the reserve award in the junior male section went to James McBride, Strabane with Moorlough Chico, a Burradon Talisman son and sire of the 55,000gns Perth supreme, Thrunton Voldemort. 

The reserve intermediate female came from Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw exhibiting Thrunton Christina, a Solwayfirth Union daughter while Valerie McDonald, Newry carried off the honours in the junior female section with an Oldstone Egbert daughter, Glencoe Cutie.

The commercial section was judged by Ewan McPhearson, Oban who found his winner in a Charolais cross junior steer bred and exhibited by John Killen, Crossgar. The reserve title went to Louise Breen, Augher with her junior heifer.