Breeder lifts championship in debut

Published: 8 Nov 2012 13:000 comments

The recent Northern Ireland Simmental Club's show and sale had a new breeder making his debut. Stephen Millar, who runs Millar Meats in Irvinestown and with a herd based in Newtownstewart, lifted the male and supreme championship titles.

Stephen Buick presents the Bruces Hill Perpetual Cup for the supreme champion to first-time exhibitor Stephen Millar, Newtownstewart. Included are handler Jack Smyth, and judge Thomas Hamilton, Dungannon. Picture: Julie Hazelton.

Stephen founded the 12-cow Glenrock herd three years ago and was making his debut in the show and sale rings, and was delighted to secure the day's male and supreme overall championship plaudits.

Leading the prize winning line-up was the July 2011 born Glenrock Cannon Ball, a Hillcrest King son, bred from a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter carrying the Magheracrigan prefix. He came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 2,600gns, selling to pedigree breeder Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh.

Following close behind at 2,500gns was the July 2011 born Woodford Crackerjack, bred and exhibited by Mrs Thelma Gorman from Armagh. Sired by Kilbride Farm Newry, he was bred from the Ballintlea King daughter Woodford Paula. Shown successfully during the summer, he was snapped up by Kenny Veitch from Lisbellaw,.

Judge Thomas Hamilton, Rock, Dungannon, said, "The overall winner is a super ended bull with good conformation and carried himself well on sound legs and feet."

The pre-sale show was generously sponsored by Bruces Hill Cattle Company and Farm Shop, who provided a new trophy for the overall champion. Stephen Buick presented the Bruces Hill Perpetual Cup to Stephen Millar.

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