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The changeable weather last week did not dampen the spirits of the Irish Limousin breeders whose cattle successfully competed with the best of the Northern Irish at the Royal Ulster Show in Belfast. It was very encouraging to see both supreme and reserve breed titles go to Irish bred cattle, “Clonlara Valance” and “Millbrook Celine”.

The Limousin breed dominated the interbreed classes in a clean sweep over the two days of judging winning the overall beef interbreed, junior beef interbreed, interbreed group of three and interbreed pairs titles.

Wednesday afternoon saw the victorious cow, “Clonlara Valance” from the Crawford Brothers, Co. Fermanagh take the overall interbreed title. This six year old cow was purchased privately last year from Mr. Colin Hogg, Co. Clare. She is a Grahams Samson daughter out of Daragh Noelle.

Clonlara Valance

Clonlara Valance - Overall Breed and Interbreed Champion

Incidentally her dam was a half sister of Clonlara Volcano who bred the 2nd highest price bull at last week’s Premier sale in Roscrea. “Roundfield Emazon”, from Mr. Brian Killeen, Co. Clare was a regular prizewinner at summer shows in 2009 as well as claiming the Clare Club January bull calf championship.  He sold for €4,600 to the Bridgefield Herd of Mr. George Mc Cague, Newry, Co. Down.

Adding to the Irish Limousin trophy cabinet on Thursday was the interbreed group of three consisting of the overall breed champion and interbreed champion “Clonlara Valance” from the Crawford Brothers as well as “Sylvandene Defoe” again from the Crawfords, but this time exhibited under their Southern Ireland prefix based in Clones, Co. Monaghan. This pair was joined by the reserve champion female “Milbrook Celine” from William Smith, Co. Meath. This two and a half year old heifer was no stranger to success having won the overall title at the National Livestock Show last year and the Reserve overall at the National Limousin Show. She also claimed the much coveted Irish Limousin Derby title in Clogher Valley as well. She is by Greensons Gigolo and out of the equally successful show cow, Millbrook Ulla.

Milbrook Celine Reserve Female Champion Balmoral 2010

Millbrook Celine - Reserve Female Champion

Interbreed group of three Balmoral 2010

Interbreed Group of Three

In the Limousin breed classes notable Irish success in the Junior cow class went to the Crawford Brothers, Co. Fermanagh with the first prizewinner “Finisklin Ciera”, a Pelletstown Upstanding daughter bred by Seamus Reilly. Their sister herd also took the second prize position with “Curraghree Colette”, bred by Pat Phelan.

Finisklin Ciera

Finisklin Ciera - Junior Cow class winner

Irish females also dominated the senior cow class with “Clonlara Valance” taking the red rosette for the Crawford Brothers shortly followed by former Beef Expo champion, “Drummin Veronica” from John McInerney, Co. Clare. Crawford bros also won the dry cow class with their cow “Sarkley Bikita”, a first prizewinner also from last years National Limousin Show.

It was a mixture of Irish owned and bred in the Intermediate bull class for a bull born between 1st July and 31st July 2008 with Crawford Brothers leading the way with “Sylvandene Defoe” a Mas Du Clo son. Following on from this was “Killmactransa Den Man” from William Campbell, Ballymena. This Mas Du Clo bull was bred by Jimmmy Mc Hugh. In third position was another Irish bred bull, “Powerfull Dollar Bill” from William Bradley, Co. Londonderry. This bull was by Milon-MN and bred by Philip Crowe.

Taking the senior bull class was “Drummin Beau” from Howard Mc Farland, Co. Tyrone. This 2006 born bull was by Mas Du Clo and a full brother to former Beef Expo champion, Drummin Veronica bred by John Mc Inerney, Co. Clare.

The crawford family being presented with the trophy for the most points in the Limousin section

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