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NI farmers clinch top honours at Agri Expo in Carlisle

Farmers from across Northern Ireland were victorious at Harrison and Hetherington’s 13th Borderway Agri Expo 2022, which returned to Carlisle on Friday, October 28th, 2022.

Clinching top honours as the overall supreme commercial cattle championship title winner and heifer champion was Sassy Girl.

The Limousin heifer is from the joint Little (Katrina and James) and Shortt (Allen and Emma Shortt, Co Tyrone, who secured a new Dutch Spotted breed price record of 28,000gns earlier this year) partnership.

The May-2021-born Trueman (Read our interview with the Savage family) Idol daughter – out of Ashmara Classy Girl – made her debut on the show circuit at Balmoral in May before she went on to claim first prize in the national at Carlisle in July.

Prime Suspect

On her heels claiming the reserve commercial cattle champion silverware was Prime Suspect, a British Blue-cross heifer from Duffton, Small (Co Down) and Wilkinson.

Out of a pedigree Limousin dam and Tanant Lotto, a Cogent sire, the Belgian-Blue-cross was bred by John Smith-Jackson and bought by the partnership at Carlisle in March.

She also claimed the reserve rosette in the heifer championship on the day.

Sassy Lady and Prime Suspect were the choice of Michael Alford, a farmer, butcher, and former Borderway Agri Expo winner, who presided over the main cattle classes at the winter agricultural event.

50 Shades of Grey 

Meanwhile, 50 Shades of Grey, an Irish-bred Limousin-cross, property of JCB Commercials, stood eighth in class 20, which comprised continental heifers.

They secured the Ampertaine Elgin-sired heifer – which according to the catalogue, Derrick Forde, from County Galway, bred – at the Elite Commercial Haltered Cattle Sale at Ballybofey and Stranorlar, Co-operative Livestock Mart, Co Donegal.

Hallfield Plato

Elsewhere, Hallfield Plato, a son of Broccagh Kingfisher ET,  bred by John Barry Moran, Co Westmeath, who set a new British Blonde breed record after selling for 12,000gns, was also on display at the event.

The November-2019-born bull made history at the British Blonde spring sale in Carlisle in May 2021.

Hallfield Plato
Image: Catherina Cunnane

That’s Farming’s editor, Catherina Cunnane, was present at the event, and you can view some footage – which we captured live – via our Facebook page.

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