The championship line-up at this year's Tullamore Show which hosted the 23rd Irish National Limousin Show, was won by the Crawford family from Maguiresbridge but this time with stock from their Clones-based herd.
Claiming the day's female and supreme overall championship titles was the eight-year-old cow Clonlara Valance, shown with Erne Halfeen, her Sauvignon bull calf at foot. Sired by the 55,000gns Grahams Samson - Carlisle champion in 2003, she is bred from Darragh Noelle and was purchased privately in 2009 from Colin Hogg in County Clare.
Judge, Gary Swindlehurst, farm manager at the noted Procters herd based in Lancashire, awarded the male and reserve supreme championship ribbons to the Crawford family's senior bull Silvandene Defoe. This July 2008 born entry is by the highly acclaimed Mas du Clo, and bred from the French dam Niege.
Both animals are no stranger to success on the Northern Ireland show circuit, with Clonlara Valance having won the interbreed championship at Balmoral Show in 2010. The Crawford trio's haul of rosettes didn't end there, with Erne Fleur and Erne Fortress, both by the herd's internationally recognised stock bull Sauvignon, taking first and second prizes in their class. The uncalved senior heifer Erne Edna, also by Sauvignon, stood second in her class.
Tullamore Show is billed as one of the largest agricultural shows in Ireland, and to mark their achievements Herbie and Steven Crawford were presented with gold and silver medals by Freda Kinnarney, secretary of Tullamore Show, and Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.
Judge Gary Swindlehurst said: "This event has attracted a tremendous show of Limousin cattle, but the Crawford family's champion and reserve animals really stood out on the day. Both entries exhibit great strength and power, and are fine examples of the Limousin breed."