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Mingle with the Moilies & AGM

Young Handlers are ‘Stars’ of the Show

Everything ‘Moilie’ was celebrated at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on Saturday 4th July. Visitors to picturesque Ballycultra Town where treated to a whole day of demonstrations and fun activities.

The day began with a show of Irish Moiled Cattle, judged by Irish Moiled Breeders from all corners of the British Isles. Derek Steen, Lockerbie, Scotland, Seamus Holmes, Donegal and Victor Campbell, Ballinderry put their heads together to place the excellent display of cattle before them.

Congratulations to Brian O’Kane on obtaining Breed Champion with his cow Carnearney Rose and to the reserve champion, Curraghnakeely Silvia 1st a heifer from Michelle McCauley.

The crowd where continued to be entertained by a ‘Traditional Dress’ Class judged by the Mayor and Mayoress of North Down and Ards Council. From flat caps and waistcoats to milk maids the overall winners where Robert Boyle and his grandson Cole Hogg, who were perfectly turned out as ‘Master’ and his Apprentice. Mayor, Alderman Alan Graham commented that, ‘The display today is a great sight and a credit to everyone involved, as a farmer myself I understand the importance of celebrating our farming history, including this wonderful breed.’

There was something for everyone throughout the day including, cattle preparation demonstrations by Eamon McGarry, history presentation by Greg Walsh, Irish Historian and a classification demonstration by Holstein UK. Also Caoimhe Nic An tSaoir from Scullery Made and Jeremy Stanley (The Pickled Quince) cooked up a storm in the Old Rectory House with a slow cooked Irish Moiled Beef Brisket and Irish Moiled Beef was also for sale from Tully Farm.

However the stars of the whole day were the young handlers, a key part of the event may have been celebrating the important history of the Irish Moiled but the efforts of the young people show the breed has a bright future. Firstly the young handlers  where put through their paces by judge Alison Connolly in Showmanship classes and the kids certainly showed the adults how it should be done. Well done to John Smiley, Ballynahinch on gaining ‘Best Young Handler’ with Robert McConnell, Glenwherry in Reserve.

The next stage of the masterclass was a ‘Strictly’ style game show competition where the kids scored the adult handlers on their efforts, with Maggie McQuiston keeping the crowds entertained with her excellent commentary. Everyone watching got a fun and very entertaining as well as informative insight into correct ring craft through watching the good and bad behaviour of the contestants!

Visitors to the event went away with an understanding of the breeds past and future, with some very positive comments from the ring-side on how much the quality of the breed has improved. Numbers of this rare breed are still classed as ‘At risk’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust so it is as important as ever to promote the breed through its historical importance and its function today as an easy kept suckler cow and its premium beef.

The day was not over for members with the closing of the Museum and chance to relax and catch up from breeders and friends from all over with a BBQ with delicious Tully Farm Irish Moiled Beef in the Old Court yard followed by the Society AGM. Members also had the opporunity to take part in an informal demonstration on Embroyo transfer by AI Services. 'Bobby Drew' then got everyone up on their feet for a jive or too in the Old Pariocial Hall until late!

The Irish Moiled Cattle Society wish to thank everyone who helped make the day such a success, in particular the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Brian Burnett, Randox Laboratory and Corrie Meats for their support of the event.

Carnearney Rose with her calf Ravelglen Cal who took 1st and went on to win overall breed champion owned by Brian O'Kane, congratulated by the Mayor of North Down and Ards Council
Best Young Handler, John Smiley being congratulated by Brian Burnett
Best Traditional Dress - Robert Boyle and Grandson Cole Hogg with judges the Mayor and Mayoress of North Down and Ards Council with Mary Forsythe in 2nd
Reserve Breed Champion, Cuuraghnakeely Sylvia 1st from Michelle McCauley and Nigel Edwards

Cattle Classes

Judged by Derek Steen, Victor Campbell & Seamus Holmes
Class 1 - Cow with calf
1st Carnearney Rose, Brian O'Kane; 2nd Roes Hall Lizzy, Nigel Edwards; 3rd Beechmount Snowy, Robert Boyle.

Class 2 - Heifer (1.1.13 - 31.8.14)
1st Curraghnakeely Slyvia, Michelle McCauley; 2nd Beechmount Daisy 2, Robert Boyle; 3rd Glassdrummond Cherry 74, Sam Smiley; 4th Beechmount Bambs, Robert Boyle; 5th Ravelglen Holly, Brian O'Kane; 6th Ravelglen Shelley, Brian O'Kane.

Class 3 - calf (Born on or after 1.9.14)  
1st Ravelglen Julie, Brian O'Kane; 2nd Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th, Michelle McCauley; 3rd Curraghnakeely Commotion, Nigel Edwards; 4th Ballyvesey Drift, Robert Davis; 5th Beechmount Barney, Robert Boyle; 6th Ballyvesey Tasha, Robert Davis.

Champion Carnearney Rose, Brian O'Kane
Reserve Champion Curraghnakeely Slyvia, Michelle McCauley

Traditional Dress
1st Robert Boyle & Cole Hogg; 2nd Mary Forsythe; 3rd Zara Davis.

Young Handlers
Champion Young Handler - John Smiley, Senior.
Reserve Champion Young Handler, Robert McConnell, Junior.
Finalist, Zara Davis, Senior.
Finalist, Cole Hogg, Junior.
Finalist, Lucy Steele, Junior.
Joshua Condy, Senior
Kirsten Davis, Senior
Conrad McConnell, Junior
Penny McConnell, Junior
Leah Steele, Senior

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