Aberdeen Angus breeders travelled the length and breadth of the country to compete at the Growvite All-Ireland Championships, held this year at Mohill Show, County Leitrim.
Scooping the prestigious All-Ireland Perpetual Championship Trophy, and the 250E cash prize was the senior Aberdeen Angus bull, Blelack Elijah, shown by Owen and Angela Armstrong McFadden, Navan, County Meath.
Judge Alwyn Armour, who runs the noted Woodvale herd at Dromara, County Down, said the bull had great breed character and a wonderful head, good legs and feet, and great fleshing ability.”
Standing in reserve supreme was Liss Miglo B434, a seven-year-old cow from John McEnroe’s herd at Oldscastle, County Meath. Sired by Gigginstown Rolls Royce, she was accompanied by her October 2009 born Mosston Muir Lord Ringo heifer calf.
The junior championship was snapped up by Bunlahy Beatrice K246, a seven-month-old heifer calf bred by Messrs G A and D Reynolds, Ballinalee, County Longford. Sired by Young Dale Superior 14S, she is out of the home-bred Bunlahy Beatrice Y073.
Standing in reserve junior position was the second prize winning heifer calf, Shankill Lady Heather, shown by Pat and Finbarr Cahill, Cavan. Born in January 2010, she is by the herd’s stock bull, Cashelane Bart – which stood second in his class to the champion at the All-Ireland final.