Rare sunshine at Irish Moiled National Show
Irish Moiled breeders old and new came to Gosford Forest Park to put on a great display at the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) NI Support Group Show and Sale on Saturday 5th September. The Show of Rare and Minority Native breeds includes the Irish Moiled Cattle Society’s National Show and we were fortunate to have a wonderful sunny day which this summer has been rarer than the continued high quality of cattle on show this season.
Judge, Mark Logan who is no stranger to assessing cattle said, ‘This has been the best display of Irish Moileds in terms of quality I have ever had the pleasure of judging here at Gosford’.
First in the ring was a very strong class of 4 cows. 1st place went to Roeshall Lizzie from Nigel Edwards, Tempo, an eye catching, well balanced, easy fleshing cow, in close 2nd was Knowehead Lily from Valerie Orr, Ballygowan a very functional 5th calver and in 3rd was the young Beechmount Daisy from Robert Boyle, Millisle.
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Next up was the Maiden heifers. The winner was Glassdrummond Cherry 74 from Sam Smiley, Ballynahinch, exhibiting growth, depth and style she definitely has a good future in front of her. In 2nd was the very correct and great bodied heifer Ravelglen Holly from Brian O’Kane followed closely by the stylish Knowehead Holly from Valerie Orr.
Mr Logan then had the choice of 2 very good bulls and his pick was Curraghnakeely Mr G from Nigel Edwards, a very correct young bull exhibiting good growth with Valerie Orr’s stock bull Curraghnakeely Simply the Best in 2nd, a smart, easy fleshing 3 year old bull.
In the heifer calf class lots of quality was on show and taking top spot was Curraghnakeely Pandora 7 from Michelle McCauley, a smart calf that exhibits great growth for her age. In 2nd and 3rd were 2 animals from Brian O’Kane, Ravelglen Julie and Ravelglen Clodagh the youngest calf of the class.
For the bull calves a smaller entry of 2 and it was Robert Boyles, Beechmount Barney in 1st followed by the young Ravelglen Cal in 2nd.
With the classes judged all 1st and 2nd prize winners came forward for the breed championship which made for a great sight for the spectating crowd. Mr Logan pulled out his short lead of 5 from the 12 cattle in the ring and from this it was Champion cow Roeshall Lizzie who got the tap for Breed Champion followed by in-
Irish Moileds then went on to compete extremely well in the interbreed classes, in the Tesco Interbreed Derby where animals qualify from competing at select local shows throughout the summer, Rosehall Lizzie was Reserve in the Senior Derby with Beechmount Bambs taking Champion in the Junior Derby followed by Curraghnakeely Pandora 7 taking Calf Derby Champion.
Finally in the Overall Supreme Interbreed Championship, Rosehall Lizzie went on to take Reserve Interbreed Champion finishing off what was a fantastic display of quality Irish Moileds.
The Irish Moiled Cattle Society wish to thank the RBST NI Support Group for once again organising a great show and congratulations to those who brought out cattle to put on such a great display.
To find out more about Irish Moiled Cattle visit www.irishmoiledcattlesociety.com
1st Rosehall Lizzie – Nigel Edwards
2nd Knowehead Lily – Valerie Orr
3rd Beechmount Daisy
1st Beechmount Bambs – Robert Boyle
2nd Beechmount Daisy 2 – Robert Boyle
1st Glassdrummond Cherry 74 – Sam Smiley
2nd Ravelglen Holly – Brian O’Kane
3rd Knowehead Holly – Valerie Orr
1st Curraghnakeely Mr G – Nigel Edwards
2nd Curraghnakeely Simply The Best – Valerie Orr
1st Curraghnakeely Pandora 7 – Michelle McCauley
2nd Ravelglen Julie – Brian O’Kane
3rd Ravelglen Clodagh – Brian O’Kane
1st Beechmount Barney – Robert Boyle
2nd Ravelglen Cal – Brian O’Kane
Reserve Breed Champion
Curraghnakeely Pandora 7
Reserve Champion Calf