The 2017 Competition, kindly sponsored by Gormley Motors of Dungannon, provided a packed itinerary in July for Judge Mr Dessie Greene of the Scauchmolin Herd, County Wexford. The Herd Competition was divided up into large and small categories. Mr Greene was also on the lookout for individual animals to award Best Cow and Calf, Best Stock Bull and Best Senior Heifer.
Large Herd Winner: Drumraymond Blondes,
Large Herd Runner Up: Ivaniskey Blondes.
Small Herd Winner: Ballygowan Blondes,
Small Herd Runner Up: Drumnafern Blondes.
Best Cow & Calf: Ballymacan Isobel,
Reserve Cow and Calf: Drumraymond Hidi Ho.
Best Senior Heifer: Drumnafern Legacy,
Reserve Senior Heifer: Silverwood Lily.
Best Stock Bull: Silverwood Blondes with Ardmore Gargoyle,
Reserve Stock Bull: Ivaniskey Blondes with Ark Lucas.
Mr Greene was very impressed with the overall standard of stock viewed, highlighting the ease of fleshing, great commercial attributes and consistency. Selecting winners in the individual animal categories proved difficult due to the number of quality cattle viewed. The Judge congratulated all the winners and entrants on their continued efforts, keeping the great fleshing and natural length of the breed to the fore. Mr Greene thanked the NI Blonde Club for organising the itinerary and for the hospitality both he and his wife Bridget were shown.
Upcoming Events: NI Blonde club Dinner & Prize giving Saturday 21st October, Corick House Hotel