Gosford Show 2011 - Irish Moiled Cattle Society

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Gosford Show 2011


Gosford Show 2011

The Irish Moiled Cattle Society held its annual show at the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Annual Show and Sale at Gosford Forest Park, Armagh on Saturday 3rd September. There was an exceptional turn out of cattle with the largest showing of Irish Moileds for many years.

Mr Mark Logan from Bangor was the judge for the day, the Society are grateful to him for taking up this task at such short notice as the original judge Mr John Brennan, Roscommon was unable to attend due to a family bereavement.

Judging commenced sharply at 10am with the cow class with Knowehead Lily (a young 1st calver) shown by Valerie Orr gaining 1st place closely followed by Glenfield Princess owned by Richard McConnell. In the maiden heifer over 12 month’s class, Sam Smiley with Glassdrummond Cherry 44th was the clear winner. The only bull of the day was Macmann Apple owned by Nigel Edwards. A high standard of animals were presented in the heifer calf class but Nigel Edwards with Prestwood Polly-Anna and Curraghnakeely Clematis gained 1st and 2nd place respectively. The largest turnout for some years in the bull calf class saw Valerie Orr with Knowehead Jack gain 1st and Nigel Edwards with Curraghnakeely Defender took 2nd place.

The breed championship then got underway with all the first prize winners of each class. Macmann Apple a young bull owned by Nigel Edwards and shown by Sam Martin took The Genetics Trophy for Champion Irish Moiled with Knowehead Lily owned and bred by Valerie Orr taking The Cummings Cup for Reserve Champion.

However the day was still not over with the Tesco Interbreed Cattle Derby and Interbreed Championship to compete for and one animal certainly came out on top. Macmann Apple took both the Junior Tesco Derby Championship and overall Interbreed Champion. It has been many years since an Irish Moiled has won such an accolade.

Cow Class 24
1st - Valerie Orr, “Knowehead Lily”
2nd - Richard McConnell  “Glenfield Princess”
3rd - Nigel Edwards “Curraghnakeely Breeda”

Maiden Heifer Class 26
1st - Sam Smiley “Glassdrummond Cherry 44th”
2nd - Nigel Edwards  “Curragnakeely Coronation”
3rd - Valerie Orr  “Knowehead Belle”

Bull Class 27
1st Nigel Edwards  “Macmann Apple”

Heifer calf under 12 months Class 28
1st - Nigel Edwards  “Prestwood Polly-anna”
2nd - Nigel Edwards“Curraghnakeely Clematis”
3rd - Valerie Orr  “Knowehead Jane”

Bull calf under 12months Class 29
1st - Valerie Orr  “Knowehead Jack”
2nd - Nigel Edwards  “Curraghnakeely Defender”
3rd - Sam Smiley “Glassdrummand Drumlin”

As well as the annual show the society had a display stand which saw plenty of enquires. The Irish Moiled is one of our rarest and most distinctive cattle breeds still classed as ‘At Risk’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and its at events like this the society can promote, the traits of this dual purpose animal, producing both high quality beef and milk from poorer quality grazing. The Society would like to thank the RBST Northern Ireland Support Group for organising the show and thank all exhibitors for all their hard work and effort in making the show such a success.
Anyone requiring further information should visit www.irishmoiledcattlesociety.com or contact Secretary Gillian Steele, on 07842185008 or email, gillian.steele1@btinternet.com.

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