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A young Irish Moiled cow bred in Co. Fermanagh full-fills lifetime ambition for retiring English cattle breeder.

It was an unforgettable day on Sun 18th June at the Royal Three Counties Show for Chris and Margaret Ball from Uttoxeter, England when their young first calved Irish Moiled cow, Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th with her 7-month old heifer calf at foot, Prestwood Pandora won Overall Breed Champion, then was awarded the National Rare and Minority Supreme Interbreed Cattle Champion and finally came away with the very top accolade of the show winning the overall Champion of Champions Award.

The day proved to be a fantastic achievement for both the Irish Moiled Breed and for life-long cattle breeder Chris Ball as it was a lifetime ambition of Chris, to win the National Rare and Minority Interbreed title at The Royal Three Counties Show.

Northern Ireland judge, Mark Logan from Clandeboye Estate, Bangor  judged the Irish Moiled breed classes and who gave Pandora her first championship rosette of the day. Mark commented … “My champion exhibited tremendous breed character together with a great deal of style and excellent locomotion. She is an outstanding example of the breed”

Including all 10 cattle breeds, there were over 150 cattle in attendance at the National Rare and Minority Breed Show. The Interbreed judge Mr. P. Close from Berwickshire had an impressive line-up of ten fantastic Breed Champions to choose from, before tapping out the Irish Moiled, the Red Polled and the Longhorn as his final three.  He then had no hesitation in awarding the prestigious accolade of Supreme Interbreed Champion to the the young Irish Moiled cow, commenting on her excellent locomotion and how she presented herself in the show ring.

Later on in the day, Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th was very proudly exhibited by Chris in the Grand Parade were she was once again spotted by the Champion of Champions judge Mr. A. Dymond of Warwickshire. This top accolade of the show was awarded to Pandora 7th, the judge commenting that she was an exceptional animal especially in light, that he remembered, when the Irish Moiled breed was nearly extinct back in 1970 when there was only 30 left in the world and for the breed to make such a comeback was a credit to the breeders.

Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th was born in the hills of Ballyreagh, Tempo in Co. Fermanagh bred by Nigel Edwards and was sold at 5 months old to Irish Moiled breeder Michelle McCauley of Co. Down. At 8 months old she was exhibited at Balmoral Show 2015 in a strong class of 10 taking second place to a heifer 8 months older than her. Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th went on to have a very successful 2015 show season winning Junior Breed Champion at Castlewellan Show, Junior Breed Champion at the RBSTNI Show at Gosford and Senior Calf Champion at at the very first Pedigree Calf Fair Beef Expo NI.

After breeding Irish Moiled cattle for almost 20 years, Chris Ball sold all his Prestwood Irish Moiled herd in 2014 when diagnosed with cancer.  Within 18 months of selling his herd, Chris was fortunately given the all clear and his first outing again with his Irish Moiled tie on was to judge the Pedigree Calf Fair Beef Expo NI in Nov 2015, when he didn’t leave N. Ireland without shaking hands to purchase his Senior Champion, Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th.

In June 2016 Chris showed Pandora at the Royal Three Counties show and was delighted when she won her class and was awarded Overall Reserve Breed Champion commenting “this heifer was born to wear a halter” as she showed herself off to perfection in the show ring.

It was always Chris’s intentions to hang up his ‘showing boots’ after the Three Counties Show 2017 but after such a successful day, Chris’s wife Margaret wonders if she will be brave enough to hide the schedule when it comes out next year!

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