Weatherups Claim First Balmoral Show Championship
By Julie Hazelton
An outstanding heifer with lots of breed character was how Scottish judge Gerald Smith described the Simmental champion at this year’s 145th Balmoral Show (15th-17th May).
“This is an exceptionally stylish intermediate heifer with plenty of size, length, and good legs and feet. She is well fleshed, but not overdone,” said Mr Smith who runs the 100-cow Drumsleed pedigree herd, alongside 150 commercial suckler cows.
Claiming the plaudits at the event, held for the first time at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s new home at Balmoral Park , was the October 2011 born Silveroe Caroline, exhibited by the father and son team of Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, County Antrim.
Bred by Adrian Bateman, she was purchased at Roscommon in November 2012 for 2,800 Euros. Sired by the noted Kilbride Farm Newry, her dam is Clonagh Willow.
This much-admired heifer claimed the female championship award before clinching the breed’s supreme overall championship title. Leslie and Christopher Weatherup run the 40-cow Lisglass herd, and were delighted to secure their first-ever Balmoral Show championship.
Standing in reserve supreme position was an eye-catching cow and calf outfit from Garrett and Lyndsey Behan, who had made the journey from Ballyfin in County Laois.
The October 2009 born Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous is by the herd’s 8,500gns Welsh-bred stock bull Banwy T-Rex, himself Balmoral Show champion in 2009; while her dam is Cloneygowan Shania Babe ET. At foot was her Clonagh Tiger Gallant bull calf.
Gerald Smith said:”This is a super young cow with a nice bull calf at foot. She is feminine and walks well, but on the day is carrying slightly more flesh than the champion.”
Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous is no stranger to show success, having been reserve female of the year in 2011 and 2012; and winner of three national titles.
Claiming the male championship ribbons was the January 2012 born Killynure Darwin bred by Raymond and Joan Porter from Omagh, County Tyrone. He was sired by Omorga Murray, and is out of the home-bred Killynure Twinkle.
Killynure Darwin also secured the junior championship award; with reserve place going to the junior heifer class winner, Ranfurly Blende 4th, exhibited by David Hazelton, Dungannon. Born in January 2012, she is by Hillcrest Valentine, and out of the Raceview King daughter Ranfurly Blende 2nd.
The reserve male champion was Corhammock Cosmo Clarke, a June 2011 born Camus Frontier son, bred and exhibited by Jonathan Farrell from Markethill, County Armagh.
Concluding Gerald Smith said it was an honour to judge at Balmoral. “This is my first-ever visit to Balmoral Show, and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to judge the Simmental section, especially as it’s the first event at the new showgrounds.
“There was a good show of cattle, with quality animals at the top-end of each class. The intermediate heifer class stood out, while the cow class also had some very good examples of the breed.”
Results from the judging ring….
The Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Trophy for the champion Simmental: Leslie and Christopher Weatherup. Reserve: Garrett and Lyndsey Behan.
British Simmental Cattle Society Engraved Crystal Glasses for the champion: Leslie and Christopher Weatherup.
Imex Perpetual Cow Bell for the champion female: Leslie and Christopher Weatherup. Reserve: Garrett and Lyndsey Behan.
British Simmental Cattle Society Award for the best cow with calf at foot: Garrett and Lyndsey Behan.
Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy for the female champion: Leslie and Christopher Weatherup.
Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best Simmental heifer: Leslie and Christopher Weatherup. Reserve: Wesley Abraham.
William Black Memorial Perpetual Trophy for the male champion: Raymond Porter.
NI Simmental Club Trophy for the best male: Raymond Porter. Reserve: Jonathan Farrell.
NI Simmental Club Silver Award for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: Raymond Porter. Reserve: David Hazelton.
News Letter Sheild for the junior champion: Raymond Porter. Reserve: David Hazelton.
ABP Food Group Award for the junior champion: Raymond Porter. Reserve: David Hazelton.
NI Simmental Club Award for the best exhibitor-bred bull: Raymond Porter.
Qualifer for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year: Wesley Abraham.
Cow, born before 01/01/10 – 1, Garrett and Lyndsey Behan, Portlaoise, County Laois, Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous by Banwy T-Rex; 2, Jim Hamilton, Dungannon, Slatequarry Prince Diana ET by Omorga Prince; 3, Thelma Gorman, Armagh, Woodford Paula by Ballintlea King.
Heifer, born between 01/01/11 and 30/06/11 – 1, Garrett and Lyndsey Behan, Jennalyn Crimson Lady by Banwy T-Rex; 2, Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown, Magheracrigan Clare 2nd by Omorga Volvo.
Heifer, born between 01/07/11 and 31/12/11 – 1, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, Silveroe Caroline by Kilbride Farm Newry; 2, Wesley Abraham, Raceview Cindy Matilda ET by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, J and S Withers, Lisburn, Derrycallaghan Crown Princess by Glebefarm Reputation.
Heifer, born on or after 01/01/12 – 1, David Hazelton, Dungannon, Ranfurly Blende 4th by Hillcrest Valentine; 2, Garrett and Lyndsey Behan, Clonagh Darling Eyes ET by Banwy T-Rex; 3, Roger Henderson, Desertmartin, Drumsamney Adele’s Whiz Kid by Auchorachan Wizard.
Bull, born on or before 31/12/11 – 1, Johnathan Farrell, Markethill, Corhammock Cosmo Clarke by Camus Frontier.
Bull, born on or after 01/01/12 – 1, Raymond Porter, Omagh, Killynure Darwin by Omorga Murray; 2, Derek Costello, Drogheda, County Louth; 3,Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, Slievenagh Donald by Curaheen Vio.
Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, Garrett and Lyndsey Behan; 2, Wesley Abraham; 3, David Hazelton.
|15th – 17th May 2013||JUDGE: Mr G Smith|
|CLASS & POSITION||NAME OF ANIMAL||SIRE||DAM||EXHIBITOR|
|Supreme & Female Champion||SILVEROE CAROLINE||J L & C J WEATHERUP|
|Reserve Supreme & Reserve Female Champion||CLONAGH ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS||GARRETT BEHAN|
|Male Champion||KILLYNURE DARWIN 12||OMORGA MURRAY||KILLYNURE TWINKLE||MR R S R PORTER|
|Reserve Male Champion||CORHAMMOCK COSMO CLARKE 11||CAMUS FRONTIER||REHALL WINNIE||MR J FARRELL|
|Cow born before 01.01.10, in calf or in milk having had at least one calf||1. CLONAGH ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS||GARRETT BEHAN|
|2. SLATEQUARRY PRINCE DIANA||OMORGA PRINCE||WOODHALL DIANA||MR T J HAMILTON|
|3. WOODFORD PAULA||BALLINTLEA KING||WOODFORD KATE||MRS T H GORMAN|
|Heifer, born on or after 01.01.11 and on or before 30.06.11||1. JENNALYN CRIMSON LADY||GARRETT BEHAN|
|2. MAGHERACRIGAN CLARE 2ND||OMORGA VOLVO||DRIPSEY TWLIGHT PRINCESS KIM||MR T W ABRAHAM|
|Heifer, born on or after 01.07.11 and on or before 31.12.11||1. SILVEROE CAROLINE||J L & C J WEATHERUP|
|2. RACEVIEW CINDY MATILDA 525 ET||KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY||RACEVIEW MATILDA-STELLA||MR T W ABRAHAM|
|3. DERRYCALLAGHAN CROWN PRINCESS||GLEBEFARM REPUTATION||DERRYCALLAGHAN WINNER||JOHN R & SIMON WITHERS|
|4. CASTLEMOUNT CHRISSY||CAIRNVIEW SNAZZY||EDENBANN ANGELA||DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL|
|Heifer, born on or after 01.01.12||1. RANFURLY BLENDE 4TH D1||HILLCREST VALENTINE||RANFURLY BLENDE 2ND||MR W D HAZELTON|
|2. CLONAGH DARLING EYES||GARRETT BEHAN|
|3. DRUMSAMNEY ADELES WHIZZKID||AUCHORACHAN WIZARD||SPERRIN VIEW ADELE||JONATHAN HENDERSON|
|4. RANFURLY WEIKEL 11TH D3||HILLCREST CHAMPION||SOUTH PARK KING KONG WEIKEL 2ND||MR W D HAZELTON|
|Bull, born on or before 31.12.11||1. CORHAMMOCK COSMO CLARKE 11||CAMUS FRONTIER||REHALL WINNIE||MR J FARRELL|
|Bull, born on or after 01.01.12||1. KILLYNURE DARWIN 12||OMORGA MURRAY||KILLYNURE TWINKLE||MR R S R PORTER|
|2. BARNATTIN DINNY||DEREK COSTELLO|
|3. SLIEVENAGH DONALD 12||CURAHEEN VIO||SLIEVENAGH RUBY||DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL|
|Pairs, property of one exhibitor||1. GARRETT BEHAN|
|2. S D ABRAM FARMS|
|3. MR W D HAZELTON|
|4. MRS T H GORMAN|
|Beef Bull Interbreed Performance||KILLYNURE DARWIN 12||OMORGA MURRAY||KILLYNURE TWINKLE||MR R S R PORTER|
|Ivomec Super Pairs Qualifiers||1. MAGHERACRIGAN CLARE 2ND||OMORGA VOLVO||DRIPSEY TWLIGHT PRINCESS KIM||MR T W ABRAHAM|
|1. RACEVIEW CINDY MATILDA 525 ET||KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY||RACEVIEW MATILDA-STELLA||MR T W ABRAHAM|