The final major show of the 2018 season was staged over the weekend with the National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show taking place at the Showgrounds, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. The premier showpiece attracted a total youngstock entry of just under 90 calves, including a small but select entry from Northern Ireland. The event has grown in popularity and stature over the last number of years and is now one of the most keenly contested events of the year. There were up to 14 calves paraded for judging in some of the classes and for the first time in many years, the champion and reserve in both the male and female section were both found from the winners of the Spring born classes.
Show judge for the day was Mr. Noel Hooke of the Beech Hill Aberdeen-Angus Herd from Hillsborough, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Speaking after the conclusion of the judging, Mr. Hooke commented that he ‘was blown away with the incredibly high standard of cattle presented for judging throughout the day’. He also added that he had chosen to award prizes only to stock that were reflective of the commercial realities of the Aberdeen-Angus breed. Finally, he commented that both champions were exceptional animals and were very worthy winners, especially in the face of such tough and high quality opposition.
The supreme male championship was awarded to Anthony Scanlon, Carnaree, Ballymote, Co. Sligo with Owenmore Relter. This January 2018 born bull is sired by Bunlahy Kojak and is out of a homebred cow by Owenmore Kit. Expertly presented and shown by Anthony’s nephew, Bernard Kerins (who himself is a regular exhibitor on the show circuit), this one has taken many significant wins over the summer season, including a 1stprize win at the All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Championships in Mohill last August.
Supreme Male Champion, Owenmore Relter.
The reserve male championship went to Martin Garvey, Liscolvin, Hillstreet, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Roscommon with Liscolvin Rossie. Martin has been a regular winner at the National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show over the years and made a welcome return to the championship line-up on this occasion. This young bull calf is sired by the AI bull, Luddenmore Fionn G441 and is out of a Lawsons Ford Bagatelle Z094 daughter.
Reserve Male Champion, Liscolvin Rossie.
The supreme female championship went to Matthew & Rita Goulding, Kilmore, Ballyduff, Co. Kerry with Goulding Belinda U906. This stylish young heifer was born in January 2018 and is out of Goulding Belinda M545 and is sired by the homebred Goulding Man O Man, who is now standing in Irish AI and was himself a former 1st prize winner at the National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show. This one also took a 1st prize win at the All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Championships and is the latest in a long line of success stories for the well-known Goulding Aberdeen-Angus Herd.
Supreme Female Champion, Goulding Belinda U906.
Michael & Barry Smith, Market Street, Cootehill, Co. Cavan took the reserve female championship with Lawsons Ford Lady Helly U411. This one was born in February 2018 and is sired by Friarstown Evolver N274 and goes back to Rawburn Rommel E423 on the dam’s side. This young heifer has enjoyed a stellar season on the pedigree show circuit and had also taken 1st prize at the National Livestock Show in Tullamore.
Reserve Female Champion, Lawsons Ford Lady Helly U411.
Finally, in the young handlers section, former YDP Junior & Intemediate winner, Conor Craig from Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford won the senior section whilst Avril Crowe, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, who is just coming off a successful trip to this year’s YDP Finals in the UK, won the junior section.
Winner of the junior young stockperson, Avril Crowe.
Winner of the senior young stockperson, Conor Craig.
Junior Stockperson (open to boys and girls aged 14 years and under)
1st: Avril Crowe, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
2nd: Zara Sheahan, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
3rd: Fiona Mulligan, Dromod, Co. Leitrim
4th: Paul Bohan, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Senior Stockperson (open to boys and girls aged 14 – 18 years)
1st: Conor Craig, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford
2nd: John Smyth, Oldcastle, Co. Meath
3rd: Stephen Crowe, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
4th: Jack Cronin, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon
Bull born between 01.09.2017 – 31.10.2017
1st: Thomas Mulligan’s Clooncarne Pellet by Beryl Jamey
2nd: John & Kate Tait’s Westellen Duke T826 by Bova Lord Bonanza N266
3rd: John Brady’s Lisnafanna Rich Doug T038 by Drumcrow Joker
4th: Cathal Duignan’s Laheens Prince Of Eslin by Rawburn Jagger Eric R094
5th: Albert & Jennifer DeCogan’s Mogeely Jerry T544 by Wedderlie Oscalade R250
Bull born between 01.11.2017 – 31.12.2017
1st: Michael Reynolds’ Bohey Paschal by Westellen Diego M734
2nd: Martin Garvey’s Liscolvin Porter by Steil Knockranny 248
3rd: Joe Kelly’s Glostermin Lord Harrison T021 by Friarstown Ideal Pete K202
4th: John McEnroe’s Liss Marol T742 by Liss Darl R561
Bull born between 01.01.2018 – 15.02.2018
1st: Anthony Scanlon’s Ownemore Relter by Bunlahy Kojak
2nd: Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Evaluator U410 by Friarstown Evolver N274
3rd: Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Rocket by Ardrossan Admiral A2
4th: Adrian Parke’s Cloghogmill Eric U546 by Cloghogmill Prince Pete R255
5th: Cathal Duignan’s Laheens Reputation by Weeton Diamond Mine P444
Bull born between 16.02.2018– 31.03.2018
1st: Martin Garvey’s Liscolvin Rossie by Luddenmore Fionn G441
2nd: Tom Reynolds’ Knockadrinan Ronan by Drumgowna Norman
3rd: Matthew & Rita Goulding’s Goulding Role Model by Goulding Man O Man
4th: Martin Garvey’s Liscolvin Ros by Netherton Americano M703
5th: Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Real Macoy by Friarstown Evolver N274
Bull born after 01.04.2018
1st: Matthew & Rita Goulding’s Goulding Real Leather by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052
2nd: Mark Beirne’s The Grove Retriever by Rawburn Boss Hogg N630
3rd: John McEnroe’s Liss Michael U801 by Liss Darl R561
4th: Geraldine Shanley’s Aughnamona Rebel by HF Rebel 53Y
5th: Thomas Mulligan’s Clooncarne Ronan by Clooncarne Frank
Goulding Real Leather.
Heifer born between 01.09.2017 – 31.10.2017
1st: John Mullooly’s Lavally Lady Jacqui T363 by Dillon Knight Eagle Challenger
2nd: Matthew & Rita Goulding’s Goulding P Tibbie 892 by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052
3rd: Bernard Kerins’ Kerins Perkemi by Bunlahy Kojak
4th: John & Kate Tait’s Westellen Flora T820 by Balmachie Rannai D005
5th: Thomas Mulligan’s Clooncarne Princess by Clooncarne Kyle
Lavally Lady Jacqui T363.
Heifer born between 01.11.2017 – 31.12.2017
1st: Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Aurora T238 by Netherton Mr Brazillan E377
2nd: Martin Garvey’s Liscolvin Peach by Bohey Jasper
Millbawn Aurora T238.
Heifer born between 01.01.2018 – 15.02.2018
1st: Matthew & Rita Goulding’s Goulding Belinda U906 by Goulding Man O Man
2nd: Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Razzle Dazzle by Ardrossan Admiral A2
3rd: Adrian Parke’s Coolermoney Rose U773 by Netherton Figo C244
4th: Louis Byrne’s Tomriland Piella Bell U342 by Weeton Diamond Mine P444
5th: John Brady’s Lisnfanna Emily U040 by Balmachie Lord Jock R198
Heifer born between 16.02.2018 – 31.03.2018
1st: Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Lady Helly U411 by Friarstown Evlover N274
2nd: Matthew & Rita Goulding’s Goulding R Philippa 919 by Oakchurch Dirk N131
3rd: Tom Reynolds’ Knockadrinan Rita by Lisduff Dandy K895
4th: Mark Beirne’s The Grove Rona by Carrington Park Time On B7
5th: John & Kate Tait’s Westellen Myrlo U836 by Liss Darl R561
Heifer born after 01.04.2018
1st: Tom Reynolds’ Knockadrinan Ruby by Drumgowna Norman
2nd: Thomas Mulligan’s Cloonarne Rita by Rawburn Boss Hogg N630
3rd: John McEnroe’s Liss Bilban U816 by Liss Marty P417
4th: Matthew & Rita Goulding’s Goulding Rebella Patriot by Retties JFK M195
5th: Pat & Finbarr Cahill’s Shankill Marisa U160 by Drumhill Lord Harry R635
On the back of the success of this year’s national Aberdeen-Angus calf show, the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association now turns its attention to the upcoming autumn sales season, with its premier sale of bulls and heifers taking place at Carrick-On-Shannon mart on Saturday, November 10th. It is expected that over 30 lots will be on offer in total, with many four and five star cattle and easy calving bloodlines from the best-known herds in the country going under the hammer. Entries are now being taken, and for more information please contact the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association office on 071 9632099 or email email@example.com as soon as possible.