The 2011 recipient of Senior Female of The Year and also the RDS Champion of Champions Award is Milbrook Celine from the Milbrook herd of Mr William Smith Oldcastle Co Meath. This is the second year in a row that Celine has won this coveted award for the Smith family .
Prior to this year Celine had a long list of prestigious titles won including Championships at the National Limousin show 2009 and 2010, All Ireland Derby Heifer 2009 and Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral show 2010. Celine has continued on the Irish show scene to become a multi- award winning animal in 2011 with a string of 1st prizes, six Breed Championships and three Interbreed Championships.
The highlight of this year’s show circuit came in May when Celine was crowned the Limousin Breed Champion at Balmoral Show and then went on to further success when winning the coveted Individual Interbreed Championship, a most fitting tribute to both John& William Smith and indeed the entire Smith family who are celebrating 25 years of Limousin breeding .
Having been shown with her first calf at foot Milbrook Geline, Celine has an impeccable pedigree including six generations homebred. Celine is by the highly regarded Uk sire Greensons Gigilo and by another top profile dam Milbrook Ulla, herself with a fantastic show career including previous Female and Reserve Overall Limousin Championat Balmoral 2009 as well as Overall National Limousin Champion 2009, with Celine standing Reserve. Ulla has also been awarded Senior Female of The Year and 2008 RDS Champion of Champions.
Commenting at the Balmoral Show after placing Celine as the Champion, the Judge for the day Mr Alistar Graham said “ This is a powerful young cow, very modern, and with all the attributes that you would look for in a Limousin female. She has outstanding fleshing ability, breed character, and tremendous locomotion. For a young cow with her first calf at foot she has kept her flesh well and is doing a really good calf. She has size, was very well balanced and was clean in her front and tail head. A worthy Champion”