The inaugural Northern Ireland junior Limousin championships at last Saturday’s Antrim Show saw the top two titles claimed by two of the province’s leading herds, with the bull championship going to James’ McKay’s Ampertaine herd and the heifer championship claimed by the Savage family’s Trueman herd.
Winning the bull championship under the day’s judge, George Hutton of the Cloughhead herd, was Ampertaine Goldcard, on his first-ever show outing, This April 2011-born bull is sired by breed legend Sympa, and is out of the homebred dam, Ampertaine Duchess, a Fieldson Alfy daughter.
Coming in as reserve bull champion was Rahoney Geoffrey, a June 2011 born bull bred by H and D McFarland, Trillick, Co Tyrone. He is sired by the 50,000gns Wilodge Ceberus and is out Rahoney Abigail, a Tanat Mostyn daughter.
A quality heifer line-up saw Mr Hutton place Trueman Grazia champion. This April 2011-born heifer had previously placed reserve breed champion and reserve female champion at Balmoral Show in May this year. Sired by 100,000gns sire Haltcliffe Vermount, she is out of Cookstown B1425.
Mr Hutton placed Ballyrobin Galaxy as the reserve heifer champion. Bred by local breeder J Gilliland, Antrim, this stylish May 2011-born heifer is sired by Haltcliffe Underwriter, a Sympa son, and is out of the homebred dam, Ballyrobin Scallywag.