Cumbrian Judge, Matt Ridley had his work cut out selecting his top cattle eventually choosing Fedneyhouse Callum as his champion, from John and Margery Adams, Bainbridge. Callum is by Mr Adams stock bull, the Mas Du Clo sired ‘Elite’ French bull, Ulm and out of his homebred Opus cow, Fedneyhouse Sally.
The judge commented “My champion was a worthy winner-he has tremendous hind quarters and second thigh, good breed characteristics and would be an excellent choice as a breeding bull for either a pedigree or commercial herd.”
Taking reserve place was Millgate Caesar from Michael Loughran, Cookstown. Despite being the youngest of the NI bulls, he had the highest Beef Value (LM +40) and was admired by the judge who commented on the quality of the bulls saying it had great legs and tremendous quality.
Peter Murphy came third with his bull Carrickaldreen Celtic, a Pacha son out of a dauphin Cow. Laurence McEldowney took fourth spot with Carntogher Crackpot, a Woodhouse Vince son and out of Carntogher Rascal-a Daim daughter.
Competition was also fierce on the heifer front, with all eyes focussed on William Smith and Milbrook Baby, a two year old Brookmill Usefill daughter, to see if he could repeat his success from CastleWellan last year. Luckily for William, Baby took the top spot.
In second place with Bridgeford Brooke was Bryan McElroy and in third place Pat Greaney with Tom Bailey’s heifer Bailey Countess.