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Balmoral Show 2015: Beef Shorthorn clinches inter-breed

There were tears of joy for the Dorman family, Dungannon when their two-year old Beef Shorthorn bull was tapped out as inter-breed beef champion.

 


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Described by inter-breed judge, Jim Barber, Cheshire as a 'totally correct representation of it's breed, which moved freely and was full of meat', Lowtown Ireland beat off champions from 11 other breeds to take the top spot.

 

From Dominic and Teresa Dorman, it was shown here last year as a junior bull and had a prolific show season in that year, taking champion at six county shows across Northern Ireland and inter-breed champion at Armagh Show.

 

Twenty-year old daughter Michaela was on the halter of the home-bred bull, which is by the AI sire Carrarock Johnny and out of Tirnoney Orphan Florence. The Florence family goes back to the famous Beef Shorthorn breeder Dezzy Anderson.

 

Making up the show team was the seven Dorman children, James, Damian, Carhal, Colleen, Louise, Michaela, Corchennia.

Reserve champion

Reserve champion

Taking up reserve position was the Charolais champion from David and Albert Connolly, Ballynahinch, with the three-year old cow, Wesley Glamorous. 

 

Shown with it's five-week old bull calf at foot, it was cow-heifer champion here at Balmoral in 2014 and champion at numerous county shows in the same year.

 

It's dam, Wesley Acute was first in it's class at Balmoral in 2012 and it's sire, Balthayock Aesop is a top top figure bull, with +9 for milk production.

 

Glamorous, which makes up the 30-strong herd of Brigadoon Charolais at home, was was bought as a calf alongside it's mother five years ago from the Leicester-based Wesley Estate dispersal for 8,000gns. 

Junior champion

Junior champion

The junior championship saw Henry Savage, Co. Down dominate with his rising one-year old bull, Trueman Jagger. 

 

Home-bred, it was making it's show debut with 15-year old Jack O'Brian on the halter.

 

The Ampertaine Gigolo son is out of Trueman Grazia, which was reserve inter-breed champion here in 2012 and champion at the Red Ladies Sale, Carlisle before being sold for 14.000gns to a Dutch breeder in the same year.

 

It is part of the 20-head herd of Trueman pedigree Limousins.

Reserve junior

Tapped out in reserve for the junior beef was 14-month old Simmental bull Kilmore Franko from Chris Traynor, Co. Armagh.

 

In the ring for the first time, it was led by showman, Richard McKeown.

 

Out of Glebefarm Beauty, which was bought privately from Alfie Shaw, it is by Kilbride Farm Bantry, purchased at Stirling in 2012 for 12,000gns.

 

Mr Traynor has only been in the Simmental breed for four years and was exhibiting at Balmoral for the first time.

Beef results

Inter-breed (Judge, J. Barber, Cheshire) Supreme, H.D. Dorman, Lowtown Ireland (Beef Shorthorn); reserve, W.D. and J.A. Connolly, Wesley Glamorous (Charolais).

 

Inter-breed junior ( J. Barber, Cheshire) Sup, Trueman Limousins, Trueman Jagger (Limousin); res., C. Traynor, Kilmore Franko (Simmental).

 

Limousin (Judge, M. Cormack, Hereford) Sup., Connell Brothers, Bailey Ice Princess; res., Trueman Limousins, Trueman Jagger.

 

Aberdeen Angus (H.W. Sclater, Turriff) Sup., J. Porter, Luddenmore Fort Worth; res., J. Doyle, Drumhill Lady Heather P075.

 

Hereford (M. Roberts, Shropshire) Sup,. J. and W. McMordie, Solpoll 1 Stella L2; res., J.E., R.I, and W. Haire, Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthawk.

 

British Blue (G. Brindley, Shropshire) Sup., T. Dodds, Bushfield Ingrid; res., Martin Brothers, Springhill Just A Girl.

 

Dexter (J.C. Lee, Dorset) Sup., D. Tumelty and Sons, Ballyloughan Chevalier; res., W. Montgomery, Ballyloughan Amber.

 

Irish Moiled (R. McConnell, Co. Antrim) Sup., R.S. Boyle, Beechmount Snowy; res., S. Smiley, Glassdrummond Cherry 74.

 

Simmental (D. Donnelly, Ashbourne) Sup., J.L. and C.J. Weatherup, Dermotstown Delboy; res., T.W. Abraham, Raceview Cindy Matilida 525.

 

British Blonde (R. Davies, Cerediyion) Sup., I. and R. McElroy and Son, Ivaniskey Denise; res., H. and S. Griffin, Drumraymond Hidi Ho.

 

Charolais (E. Evans, Flintshire) Sup., W.D. and J.A. Connolly, Wesley Glamorous; res., J. and S. Smyth, Bessiebell Incredible.

 

Saler (A. Howatson, Wigtownshire) Sup., J. and E.A. Elliott, Drumlegagh Elsie; res., J. and E.A. Elliott, Gladiateur.

 

Beef Shorthorn (G. Turton, N. Yorkshire) Sup., H.D. Dorman, Lowtown Ireland; res., Caramba Shorthorns, Caramba Rothes Hottie.

 

Commercial (J. Nesbitt, Ayrshire) Sup., G. Corrie, Black Magic; res., D. Small, Cookie.

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