Silverwood and Glenville Blondes lead the way

This biennial event was judged by Sean Galvin from Macroom, Co Cork and kindly sponsored by Ganson.

In women, Sean looked for correctness, especially in terms of leg and leg, muscle, strength and thickness, as well as length, submissiveness and maternal qualities. “When it comes to cow-calf pairings, the quality of the calf was the most important thing here,” he said.

Large herd (10 breeding cows plus)

Best Large Herd Winner; Silverwood Blondes – Norman McKnight admiring his cows with his sons Neil and Colin and grandsons Noah and Lewis
Best Small Herd Winner; Glenville Blondes – Dean, Owen and Jack Farrell with one of their female heifers

1st Bridge Obama Moneyscalp in blondes

2nd Nigransha Paddy Power on Ivaniskey blondes

A selection of Silverwood Herds cows that win on grass

1st Ballygowan Rita in the Ballygowan herd

2nd Ballygowan Rosie in the Glenville herd

Conor, Rachel, Hollie and Caoimhe Jackson with Glenvale Perry, winner of a special award from the judges for doing such a good job in breeding twin heifers

1st Ballygowan Hollie with Ballygowan Tilly in the Ballygowan herd.

2nd Terelton Linda with her calf Moneyscalp Thor in the Moneyscalp herd.

Most promising young bull

1ST Drumnafern Square Pants in the Drumnafern herd.

2nd Moneyscalp Samson in the Moneyscalp herd.

He was awarded a special award for doing well on twin heifers that produce cows.

Best Stock Bull Winner: Bridge Obama with Gary in tow. Also includes Gerard McClelland with Moneyscalp Samson

Special prize – cow-breeding twins

Glenvale Perry calves on Jackos Blondes with Tish and Stone.

McKnight family grand herd winners Silverwood Blondes, Newry, have retained this title from 2019. Colin McKnight reflects on the Herds continued success: “Our females are mainly driven by Ardmore Gargoyle. We work with a lot of AI at Silverwood and are not afraid to try different bulls, whether French or British genetics, as well as new or old sires. We have 22 in our Herd we have cows and we like cows that have the right length and depth of legs and feet. but also dominant.”

Junior Herd winners were Glenville Blondes from Dean Farrell and family, Crossmaglen.

Although Dean has been a big fan of the breed for many years, he only recently started a flock. He chose blondes for their quiet nature and his two sons, Owen and Jack, already have their own heifers in the herd.

Dean has a specific type he is looking for. He explained: “We look for nice square plates, a straight topline and a nice head in our heifers. We currently have six breeding cows foot cave and one heifer. At the moment, we are equipping all our cows with artificial cows, but as the number increases, we intend to buy a bull.”

Ballygowan Blondes and Drumnafern Blondes were respectfully placed second in the large and small herds.

Ballygowan also placed in the individual animal awards. Ballygowan Hollie and her foot calf Tilly won best cow and calf. Owner David Gibson says, “Holly is a big, strong wide cow with a solid breeding history, her first bull calf is running with a local commercial breeder and her second is a bull to Homestead Blondes, Rita, the best 2020 winner. the heifer born is her third heifer and her 2021 bull calf Sebastion sold privately to Newland Blondes and excelled on the male show circuit winning the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh shows. Hollie is by Ashtonlodge Tyson and returns to Landais with plenty of maternal milk. Rita is the daughter of Ark Maverick and full sister of Sebastian.

Moneyscalp Blondes won best stock bull with Bridge Obama. Obama was bought for his tall, serious meat ability and great personality. His bloodline goes back to the famous Bridge Cracker Jack. Obama was crowned overall champion Blonde at seven local shows in 2022 and was awarded the 2022 Bull of the Year award. Gerard and Gary McClelland are very pleased with her performance to date, noting the square plates, early growth, fleshiness and pleasing calving ease. – especially with heifers.

Club chairman Brian McGartland’s Drumnafern Herd won the most promising young bull award for junior bull Drumnafern Squarepants.

Brian was delighted that Squarepants won the most promising young bull award and the first animal to win the Francie Carson memorial trophy. Francie was a great supporter of the breed and the club.

The square breeches are bred from the French sire Glacon and the dam of Gazou, who goes back to Budore Gale. Brian wanted to experiment with the double French cross and was not disappointed. The Brian breed is easy to keep and easy to meat, they are no different from commercial cattle on the farm. If they need to be spoiled, he says. Buyers of bulls are not going to spoil them, so they should be treated the same here.

Conor Jackson’s cow, Glenvale Perry, was given a special award as Sean was so impressed with the work he did with the twin heifers. Conor commented: “Perry is a shapely, long and quiet cow calving with beautiful twin heifer calves, Jocko’s Tish and Tash. They have thrived since birth as Perry has an endless supply of milk.

Some of the popular livestock will be on sale at the Blonde Show and Sale on Friday 21st October at Dungannon Farmers Mart. There are three quality bulls included in Silverwood Blondes. Moneyscalp Samson takes second place in the most promising young bull category. Samson, sired by Proven Dollar, won seven junior bull class awards at this year’s Castlewellan Show, as well as the overall Blonde champion.

The club would like to congratulate all herd and individual winners, along with some excellent cattle.

A spokesperson said: “We would like to thank Sean and Geraldine Galvin for giving freely of their time and expertise to judge the competition. Also Best Blonde Cattle to Ken Hill for accompanying the judge on the tour of Northern Ireland.

“We are indebted to Ganson for their continued sponsorship of the herd race – thank you.”

Best Heifer Born 2020 Winner: Ballygowan Rita
Best cow and calf winner; Standing with Ballygowan Hollie Tilly
Winner of Most Promising Young Bull; Drumnafern square trousers

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