Irish Limousin breeders had a memorable time at this year’s Royal Ulster show which was staged at Balmoral Showground’s from 16th to the 18th May.
Leading the way and recording a double when receiving the overall Championship for the second year in succession was Oldcastle breeder William Smith with Milbrook Ginger Spice. This daughter of the ever popular Wilodge Vantastic and by Milbrook Baby who has back breeding which includes Ferry, Talent, Oakley Politician and the famous foundation female Tulipe.
The judge on the day Miss Christine Williams, Shifnal, Shropshire commented at the end of the show on the style and presence that Milbrook Ginger Spice displayed. Indeed these qualities were also evident to the other judges in the interbreed ring when Ginger Spice not only was awarded the Junior interbreed championship but also went on to win the coveted Dunbia Beef Champion of Champions, again for the second year in succession, a tremendous achievement.
Milbrook Ginger Spice
Milbrook Ginger Spice
A delighted Smith family
Earlier in the day Milbrook Ester won the class for a cow or heifer, in calf or with a calf at foot born between 1st January 2009 and 31st September 2009. Ester, who is a daughter of Sympa and by a homebred dam Brookmill Ursula with breeding that includes Festin, is herself a multi- award winning female.
The Senior cow class saw one of the most acclaimed animals within the Limousin show scene Milbrook Celine taking first place. Celine who herself had the previous year taken the Limousin championship before being awarded the Dunbia Beef Champion of Champions. Celine, who is by Greensons Gigilo and by another highly acclaimed dam Milbrook Ulla, has the accolade of winning every possible title within the country.
Another awarding winning herd Elite from Edward Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois saw them taking a hat-trick of first, second and third place in the class for a heifer, in calf or maiden, born on or between 1st July and 31st December 2010. Taking first place was another high profile female Elite Forever Free, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter by Ardlea Coillte, second went to another Vantastic daughter Clonmack Fleur bred by Freddie Valette, Nenagh and shown at the Premier October heifer sale by John Kenny, Drumkerrin. Third place was awarded to Elite Forever 1, another Vantastic daughter.
Elite Forever Free
Milbrook saw their team of Milbrook Ginger Spice, Milbrook Celine and Milbrook Ester winning the group of three award, while a few moments later Edward Tynan’s pair of heifers Elite Forever Free and Elite Forever 1 were awarded the pairs trophy.
Winning group of three
On the second day of the show Irish Limousin were again well represented when Milbrook Ginger Spice teamed up with Jim Quail’s French bull Electeur to take the Reserve Interbreed pairs competition.
Later in the day Electeur joined Elite Forever Free and Elite Forever Free 1 to be awarded Reserve in the Asda Beef Group Championship.
Standing Overall Supreme Limousin Champion was Trueman Grazia from Henry Savage & Sons, Newry, Co. Down, this April 2011 born heifer sired by Haltcliffe Vermount is by Cookstown B1425 from the herd of Oonagh McGloughlin, Kells, Co. Meath.
In the male section Overall Male Champion was awarded to Carmorn Gailardo an Ampertaine Emperor son and by Carmorn Bethany.
Standing Reserve Overall Male Champion was Electeur from Jim Quail’s Lynderg herd, Banbridge, Co. Down
Reserve Junior Male Champion went to Derek Frew’s June 2011 born Frewstown Gifted sired by Carmorn Cantona and out of Frewstown Ugirl.