Herefords are stars of the show in Fermanagh
Hereford breeders from across Northern Ireland headed west yesterday to enjoy the flagship event of the year — The National Show.
A wholly incorporated championship, which formed a centre piece to this year's Fermanagh County Show, the accolade of Supreme Hereford Champion went to the magnificent bull Solpoll 1 Dynamite.
Bred and exhibited by Ballygowan breeder John McMordie, the majestic animal weighed in at 1,300 kilos.
He is widely regarded as the top Hereford sire, age for age, in the British Isles at the present time.
“Dynamite was born in September 2006 and was the Hereford Champion at Balmoral in 2009 and 2010,” said Mr McMordie.
“Prior to that he had been selected as the Northern Ireland Bull of the Year in 2008. His sire is Udel 1 Vindicator, a bull we bought from Co Wexford breeder David Carroll. Udel is a former Hereford Bull and Sire of the Year in Northern Ireland and represents a unique mix of Australian and New Zealand bloodlines.”
But Dynamite isn't just a good looker. He has the performance figures to back all of that up.
“His BreedPlan figures confirm that he is in the top 5% for most traits,” said Mr McMordie.
The Reserve Hereford, Lancillo Hall Rosalinda 5th, is another example of the breed. A third calver, she was bought by Ballynahinch herdowner David Smyth as a calf in Hereford Market.
And Maghera Charolais breeder Gilbert Crawford had a summer to remember when his heifer Coolnaslee Countess was selected as the Supreme Beef Champion at Enniskillen yesterday.