Top N.I. Herefords Honoured!
Northern Ireland's top Hereford Breeders were honoured at their recent Annual Awards Dinner.
The winners of the prestigious Hereford of the Year Awards are based on points earned from throughout the summer show season.
Top headlines went to Ciaran Kerr’s Kinnego herd who made it two in a row by again winning the Bull of the Year award with his 3 year old sire, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite (pictured right). He dominated the Hereford classes at the local shows carrying off 6 Supreme Hereford Championships but also had a remarkable run of success in the Interbreed Championships – taking Reserve Overall Interbreed titles in Armagh, Saintfield and Castlewellan before securing the Overall Beef Interbreed Championship in a very strong entry at the Clogher Valley Show. His current dominance in the breed was emphasised when he was also awarded Best Stock Bull in the 2017 Herds competition.
It was a big night for the newest and youngest competitor on the show circuit. New breeder Courtney Halliday overcame the established herds to bring home the awards for the Hereford Female of the Year and the Supreme Champion at the National Show; a remarkable achievement for a young lady who just recently established her herd with the purchase of a heifer from Mervyn and Henry Richmond’s Corraback herd in County Fermanagh. This is a herd noted for the strength of its female lines and Courtney’s selection of Corraback Joan 15th (pictured left) by Mara Flook and out of Corraback Joan 5th – herself Female of the Year in 2013 - proved to be an inspired one. As Courtney made her debut on the show circuit she was quickly recognised as a force to be reckoned with and success followed success. Competing in the yearling heifer class, which is always the largest and most competitive section in the Hereford schedule, Joan was awarded the red rosette at Lurgan, Armagh and Saintfield before going one better by taking the Reserve breed Championship at both Castlewellan and Clogher Valley. The best was still to come however - at the National Hereford Show at Antrim and the largest turnout of Herefords of the season, Joan took the eye of judge Robert Thomas winning the Yearling Heifer Class, the Female Championship and finally the Supreme Hereford Championship.
Mark and Laurence Moore had a season to remember, taking the Horned Bull of the year and Reserve Overall Bull of the Year awards with Annaghbeg Domino (pictured right) who had won Supreme Championships at Omagh and Enniskillen Shows. This promising young sire will be offered for sale at the Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon on 13th February. They also registered significant success at the National Show taking the award for the breeder winning most points having won best home bred heifer and the Best Group of Three.
The Corraback herd of Mervyn and Henry Richmond have always been strong competitors for the Rose Bowl awarded to the exhibitor of the most successful Pair of Herefords by the Same Sire and 2017 has been no exception. Again, it was a pair by Mara Flook who took the honours and the winning combination of a yearling bull and heifer were undefeated in this class throughout the season.