Homebred Charolais bull claims the silverware from Balmoral show; Stranegone Jones won the supreme charolais championship at Balmoral this year for young breeder Robert McWilliams Drumbane Rd Maghera. A twenty seven month old son of Blelack Digger and homebred dam Stranegone Erin won his class and went on to take the Male Championship. He was up against stiff opposition in the overall line up for the Supreme Championship but he came out on top taking the sash and competing successfully in the Interbreed pairs and the group.

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The judge Mr Brian McAllister tapped him forward and said ‘Stranegone Jones’ is the kind of bull we want to promote the Charolais breed. Stranegone won the following club trophies: THE BREEDERS PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP for Best Charolais Bull exhibited by a club member and THE BRADIN PERPETUAL CHALLENGE TROPHY for Best Charolais animal exhibited by a club member and THE BRIGADOON PERPETUAL CHALLENGE TROPHY to the best homebred Charolais in show exhibited by a club member. Crowning it all off Stranegone Jones was placed as 2nd Reserve Champion in the interbreed Champion of Champions.

Club chairman David Connolly was busy on the show circuit again this year and Brigadoon Jemma following on her success at last year’s show, took the overall Female Championship , a twenty seven month daughter of Brampton Petition with dam Royal Gemma The female heifer championship brought success to Brigadoon Charolais herd but success did not stop there as she took the Reserve Supreme title winning several club trophies.The Champion Beef Show Team award was again won by Brigadoon Charolais crew.

The Charolais Junior Breed Champion sponsored by abp was won by young breeder Thomas Keelagher from Fivemiletown with ‘Aghinure Les’ a homebred just turned two year old bull a son of Hillviewfarm Handsome and homebred dam Aghinure Duchess. Later Aghinure Les competed in the MARKS AND SPENCERS BEEF JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS taking the reserve Interbreed Championship title. The prize for the best Junior Female in show £100 & £50 went to the herd of Martin & Cyril Millar with ‘Glenleary Lubeck’ Cyril is British Charolais President this year. The reserve championship went to Fermanagh breeders S & D Bothwell with Killadeas Lily.

Competing against 11 other breeds in the LINDENS FOODS BEEF GROUP INTERBREED CHAMPIONSHIP the Charolais breed were the Reserve Champions with triple Stranegone Jones, Brigadoon Jemma, Coolnaslee Jasmine. There was a good turnout of Charolais this year and the NI breeders put in a special effort with their new banners powering the Charolais brand across the cattle halls. The Charolais stand in the Pedigree Beef Pavilion was beautifully branded promoting Charolais as the number 1 pedigree breed.

Showing Results

Class 565 – Cow, born before 1st January 2013, in calf or in milk having had at least one calf 1st – WD & JA Connolly – Wesley Glamorous – s. Balthayock Aesop 2nd – Edgar Johnston & Sons – Castlenure Honey – s. Thrunton Bonjovi

Class 567 – Heifer, born on or between 1 January and 30 June 2014 1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Jemma – s. Brampton Petition 2nd – Mr Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Jasmine – s. Maerdy Fiend 3rd – Nigel & Gail Matchett – Tawny Jasmine – s. Doonally New 4th – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Juniper – s. Royal Capitan

Class 568 – Heifer, born on or between 1 July and 31 December 2014 1st – Mr Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Jillie – s. Barnsford Ferny 2nd – Mr Will Short – Woodpark Jessiej – s. Deeside Gulliver 3rd – Mr David Bothwell – Killadeas Jade – s. Gwenog Braveheart 4th – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Jewel – s. Brigadoon Hustler

Class 569 – Heifer, born on or after 1 January 2015 1st – Martin & Cyril Millar – Glenleary Lubeck – s. Conval Frank 2nd – Mr David Bothwell – Killadeas Lily – s. Blackford Dynamite 3rd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon Himself 4th – Mr Harold McGaffin – Melbreak Lady – s. Liscally Eti

Class 570 – Bull, born on or before 1 January 2015 1st – Mr Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Jones – s. Blelack Digger 2nd – Mr Gilbert Crawford – Newhouse Jupitur – s. Silver Joss 3rd – WD & JA Connolly – Goldies Icon – s. Goldies Uppermost 4th – Mr Richard Beattie – Derryharney Jumbo – s. Thrunton Voldemort

Class 571 – Bull, born on or between 1 January and 31 March 2015 1st – Mr Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lincoln – s. Sportsmans Columbo 2nd – Mr William Whyte – Innishrush Lancelot – s. Kelton Trident 3rd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lincoln – s. Royal Capitan

Class 572 – Bull, born on or after 1 April 2015 1st – Mr Thomas Keelagher – Aghinure Les – s. Hillviewfarm Handsome 2nd – Mr Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Looper – s. Goldstar Hugo 3rd – RH Sinnamon & Sons – Aughafad Louis – s. Thrunton Bonjovi 4th – Mr Brian Quinn – Hillviewfarm Limitededition – s. Inverlochy Ferdie

Junior Heifer Champion Martin & Cyril Millar – Glenleary Lubeck – s. Conval Frank

Reserve Junior Heifer Champion Mr David Bothwell – Killadeas Lily – s. Blackford Dynamite

Junior Male Champion Mr Thomas Keelagher – Aghinure Les – s. Hillviewfarm Handsome

Reserve Junior Male Champion Mr Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lincoln – s. Sportsmans Columbo

Junior Champion Mr Thomas Keelagher – Aghinure Les – s. Hillviewfarm Handsome

Reserve Junior Champion Mr Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lincoln – s. Sportsmans Columbo

Female Champion WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Jemma – s. Brampton Petition

Reserve Female Champion Mr Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Jasmine – s. Maerdy Fiend

Male Champion Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Jones – s. Blelack Digger

Reserve Male Champion Mr Thomas Keelagher – Aghinure Les – s. Hillviewfarm Handsome

Supreme Champion Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Jones – s. Blelack Digger

Reserve Supreme Champion WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Jemma – s. Brampton Petition

Best Group of Three Animals Champion – Gilbert J CrawfordReserve – WD & JA Connolly

SPECIAL CLUB & INTERBREED AWARDS JOHN CURRY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP – Best Charolais Heifer WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Jemma

SPECIAL PRIZE TO THE BEST AND RESERVE BEST JUNIOR FEMALE IN SHOW £100 & £50 £100 Martin & Cyril Millar – ‘Glenleary Lubeck’ £50

Reserve Mr David Bothwell – Killadeas Lily

HA CURRY PERPETUAL TROPHY – Best Junior Charolais Bull Cup Winner – Thomas Keelagher ‘Aghinure Les’

Res. Cup winner – Gilbert Crawford Coolnaslee Lincoln

SPECIAL PRIZE TO THE BEST AND RESERVE BEST JUNIOR MALE IN SHOW £100 & 350 £100 Winner Thomas Keelagher ‘Aghinure Les’

£50 Reserve Gilbert Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Lincoln’

THE ORAGE PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Best Charolais Cow or Heifer WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Jemma’

THE BREEDERS PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Best Charolais Bull exhibited by a club member Robert McWilliams – ‘Stranegone Jones’

THE BRADIN PERPETUAL CHALLENGE TROPHY Best Charolais animal exhibited by a club member Robert McWilliams – ‘Stranegone Jones’

BRIGADOON PERPETUAL CHALLENGE TROPHY – Presented to the best homebred Charolais in show exhibited by a club member Robert McWilliams – ‘Stranegone Jones’

SPECIAL PRIZE TO THE SUPREME CHAMPION IN SHOW £100 Robert McWilliams – ‘Stranegone Jones’

SPECIAL PRIZE TO RES. SUPREME CHAMPION IN SHOW £50 WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Jemma’

BALMORAL BEEF INTERBREED CHAMPIONSHIPS LINDENS FOODS BEEF GROUP INTERBREED CHAMPIONSHIP Reserve Champions Stranegone Jones, Brigadoon Jemma, Coolnaslee Jasmine

MARKS & SPENCERS BEEF PAIRS: Brigadoon Jemma, Stranegone Jones

Reserve INTERBREED JUNIOR CHAMPION: Thomas Keelagher ‘Aghinure Les’

2nd Reserve Champion interbreed Champion Stranegone Jones

Champion Beef Show Team award Brigadoon Charolais WD & JA Connolly

In the BEEF YOUNG HANDLER COMPETITION we had great success and Club Members are delighted that so many young Charolais breeders are getting involved.

21 -25 yrs Senior Champion Philip Johnston Gallion Charolais

18-21 yrs Reserve Champion Adam Johnston Gallion Charolais 3rd Chris Collier Brigadoon Charolais

16-18 yrs Reserve Champion Adam McGookin Brigadoon Charolais Highly Commended Sarah Johnston Gallion Charolais