Commercials make history at Lurgan and Ballymoney


lurgan12 1037 web.jpgIn a remarkable turn of events at Lurgan and Ballymoney Shows held at the weekend, commercial cattle romped to success securing the “Champion of Champions” accolade for the first time ever.


Young Sam Matchett, Portadown couldn’t wipe the smile off his face when his British Blue heifer “Mystique” secured the top cattle title at Lurgan Show following on from her earlier success when she was placed Commercial Champion. Sired by Ross Alo and bred by Benburb based Stephen and Keith Williamson – this was a popular win on the day when she was tapped out by Interbreed judge Tom Clarke.


Jonny Aiken had the task of judging the Overall Supreme Championship at Ballymoney Show, selecting the Charolais steer from James Alexander as his pick of the day. “Gold Rush” is sired by Thrunton Alpha, and was bred by Libby Clarke, Lurgan.



gold rush cropped web.jpgBoth judges were highly impressed with the quality of dairy and beef cattle that were in the final line up, but considered their commercial champions as outright winners which oozed style and quality.


Reserve Champion Commercial at Lurgan Show was awarded to the super Goldies Oswald daughter “Gigglebizz”, bred and exhibited by Nigel and Sandra Cochrane, Portadown. Standing in the Reserve spot at Ballymoney Show was a well made Charolais heifer from Alan Farlow, Garvagh.