Beef Shorthorn Suckler Herd of the Year Award 2012

A Northern Ireland Herd has walked away with the Beef Shorthorn of the year award 2012.

In an awards presentation before the start of the Beef Shorthorn showing at Stirling Bull Sales, Stirling, Antrim Estate of Glenarm, Ballymena was announced as the overall winnner for their herd of 100 organic cows.

Runners up were Iain Malcolm, Coilechat, Callander; Robert and Lesley Mitchell, Denholm, Hawick and N B Taylor and Son, Milburn, Penrith.

Judges, Ian Pritchard – beef specialist at the SAC said: “Each of the finalist herds recorded calf rearing percentages that were well above national figures, they exhibited good fertility with cows beeing easy fleshed, hardy, kind in nature an they were long lived – the traits needed in a modern suckler cow.

“However Antrim Estate just had the edge,” he said. “Bryan Wilson was paying close attention to detail to achieve both high physical and financial performance.”