Luddenmore take the supreme at 2023 National calf show

It proved a weekend of dreams for Dr Michael Sheahan who after securing the top female price in the Extravaganza premier sale on Saturday went on to take the supreme National calf show championship on Sunday with his Luddenmore herd.

Taking the title of senior male champion and supreme Angus Beef Ireland National calf show champion was the aptly named Luddenmore Victorious. This September 2022 born bull, showed to perfection by Cathal O’Meara, is one of the first sons to be shown out of the herds stock bull Drumhill Lord Hampstead V127. While his dam is homebred HF Rebel daughter Luddenmore Elba S297.

Tasked with judging this year’s event was Alwyn Armour of the Woodvale herd in Northern Ireland. He praised the overall quality of the cattle on show at the event and described his supreme champion as “correct, powerful, soft fleshed and with a great head”.

ABI supreme National calf show champion Luddenmore Victorious, exhibited by Cathal O'Meara. /A Moore Media

Armour found his reserve supreme champion in the form of Kerins Warrior. This March 2023 born bull was brought out by Bernard and Jacinta Kerins who travelled down from Co Sligo to exhibit. This young bull is one of only a very few Penguin Henry M503 sons registered in the country and came out on top of stiff competition to also take the junior male championship.

Reserve supreme National calf show champion Kerins Warrior from Jacinta and Bernard Kerins. / A Moore Media

Taking the title of senior female champion on the day was Bellingham V Trish3 from the Connell Brothers. No stranger to success, Trish took the title of supreme title at the Associations All-Ireland finals back in August. Sired by Intelagri Matteo, she is out of a Bohey Jasper bred dam. Standing reserve in this section was Clontead Lady Hotshot X392 from Eustace and Deirdre Burke. This September 2022 born daughter of Rawburn Boss Hogg also claimed a number of prestigious prizes throughout the summer shows.

Senior female champion Bellingham V Trish from the Connell Brothers. / A Moore Media

In the junior female championship, top spot went to Mogeely Elana Z895 from Albert and Jennifer DeCogan. This February 2023 born heifer is sired by former stock bull Drumbeera Everest U241. Standing reserve in this section was Lisduff Philly Z121, which was bred by Leo McEnroe. This stylish January heifers sold to a Northern breeder for €8,000 at the Extravaganza sale the previous day.

Junior female champion Mogeely Elana Z895 from Albert De Cogan. /A Moore Media

Standing reserve senior male champion to the supreme was Gurtavoher Venice from the herd of John Barlow and family. This September 2022 born bull is by the herds stock bull Clooncarne Pellet and won a number of prizes throughout the summer.

Finally, standing reserve junior male champion to the reserve supreme was Liscahill Lord Hector Z665 from PJ Kenny. This January 2023 born bull is sired by Stouphill Bomber.

The whole event attracted a massive prize fund of €10,000, due in no small part to the very generous sponsors across the sections. These included the events main sponsors Angus Beef Ireland, AB Ireland, Munster Bovine/Progressive Genetics, Elite Pedigree Genetics/Rawburn Aberdeen Angus, Certified Irish Angus/ABP, Dovea Genetics, ARC animal care and Marteye.

With such a big prize fund on offer, the show attracted a massive entry of 115 animals from all four corners of Ireland.

Full result to follow.