The seventh annual All-Ireland Limousin Heifer and Bull Derby took place at Castlewellan Agricultural Show on Saturday with honours shared between Northern Irish and Southern Irish breeders.
From a 36-strong entry from the two regions, the judge Mr Dougie McBeath, Lower Greenyards Farm, Bamnnockburn, Stirling had the task of judging four classes comprising two bull and two heifer classes supported by long-standing sponsors Teemore Engineering Ltd and Bank of Ireland respectively.
Overall Bull Derby Champion was the January 2012-born Lynderg Hero, bred by Mr J Quail, Banbridge. Entirely homebred, this powerful young bull is by Lynderg Eisenhower, a Guards Boomer son, and is out of the dam Lynderg Diana, a Haltcliffe Underwriter daughter. Lynderg Hero followed on from his success at this year’s Royal Ulster Show where he stood Male Champion. Later in the day at Castlewellan, he went on to win the Limousin Championship, the Junior Bull Interbreed Championship and Overall Interbreed Championship in the Castlewellan Show classes, under Judge Mr David Leggat of United Auctions, Stirling.
In the All-Ireland Limousin Heifer Derby, it was Ardnacrusha Hilarious bred by Mr D Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare who won the Heifer Derby Championship. This stylish October 2012-born heifer is sired by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of Newtown Rebecca, a Gamin daughter.
Gaining the Reserve Heifer Championship was Elite Hope, bred by E Tynan, Mountath, Co Laois. Another sired sired by Wilodge Vantastic this heifer is out of the dam Ardlea Eire.
Standing as the Reserve Bull Derby Champion was Donnelly Hernando, bred by A Donnelly, Claremorris, Co Mayo. This stylish September 2012-born bull had won the second of the bull classes and is also sired by Wilodge Vantastic while being out of the dam Newtown Trixie, a tremendous breeding cow sired by Dauphin.
Having stood second in his class behind the eventual Bull Derby Champion, Lynderg Hero, Artanagh Houston from WJ McIlroy, Dromara also won the Junior Interbreed Reserve Championship in the Castlewellan Show itself. A breeding feature of the day, this March 2012-born bull is another by the prolific 42,000gns sire Wilodge Vantastic, and is out of Goldies Sonia, a Bailea Olympia daughter.
As with every year at the All-Ireland Derby, the Points Shield was up for grabs for the region gaining most points in the 2013 competition. As usual, this was a very close contest, but with the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club finally taking the honours.