As is traditional at the Co. Down venue, Castlewellan was marked by a tremendous turnout of top-quality livestock.
The supreme beef inter-breed championship was won by the Rodgers family, from Dromara, with an elite five-year-old Blonde d’Aquitaine cow with a seven-month-old calf at foot.
Former Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president and pedigree livestock breeder, Victor Chestnutt, judged the beef inter-breed classes at Castlewellan.
The north Antrim man confirmed that he had selected his champion as soon as she entered the ring.
“She is an excellent animal example of the breed – fantastic conformation and great locomotion. But the presence of the calf also confirmed that she is a working cow. And this is what cattle breeding is all about,” he said.
The Rodgers family has been breeding Blonde d’Aquitaine cattle for the past 30 years.
Cow and Calf
1st Rodgers Livestock, HILLHEAD OLIVIA (s. Allacott Herbert / d. Hillhead Gillian) with HILLHEAD TNT (s. Gledney Rab)
1st Mr G McClelland, MONEYSCALP SHAUNA (s. Shanvalley Oralia / d. Terelton Linda)
1st Mr G McClelland, MONEYSCALP TINKERBELL (s. Shanvalley Oralia / d. Moneyscalp Paris)
1st Mr G McClelland, BRIDGE OBAMA (s. Aaron Isilmo / d. Bridge Ladybird)
2nd Messrs Mark & Conor Savage, GLEDNEY SAXTON (s. Shanvalley Notorious / d. Gledney Lacy)
1st Rodgers Livestock
2nd MONEYSCALP THEO
1st Moneyscalp Blondes with Bridge Obama and Moneyscalp Shauna
OVERALL CHAMPION - Rodgers Livestock, HILLHEAD OLIVIA (s. Allacott Herbert / d. Hillhead Gillian) with HILLHEAD TNT (s. Gledney Rab)
RESERVE - Mr G McClelland, MONEYSCALP SHAUNA (s. Shanvalley Oralia / d. Terelton Linda)
Interbreed Champion of Champions
Rodgers Livestock with Hillhead Olivia and Hillhead TNT
Junior Young Handler 1st Owen Farrell 2nd Caitlin McGartland 3rd Jack Farrell
Senior Young Handler 1st Gary McClelland
Interbreed Junior Young Handler
1st Owen Farrell
2nd Caitlin McGartland
Overall Young Handler
2nd Owen Farrell