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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Clare-bred Shorthorn is supreme champion at NI calf show

Stuart Currie – Beautry Shorthorns, judge at the Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club, provides results from the event, which took place on November 12th, 2022, at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

The Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club are toasting success following what was described as their best-ever calf show, attracting a record entry from enthusiastic breeders right across the province.

For the first time, the calf show was live-streamed to allow a worldwide audience thanks to the support from Agri Lloyd, who sponsored this aspect of the event.

The live stream incorporated both the Beef Shorthorn and Hereford calf shows which ran as a joint event at the Dungannon Mart venue.

One of the highlights of the day was the impressive entry in the pairs section, which saw ten breeders compete for the red ticket.

Duncan McDowell and Richard McKeown came out as a winner in the class, closely followed by Leanne Green.

I would like to start by thanking the NI club for inviting me to judge and also the stewards who helped make the day such a success.

A nice easy introduction to the show ring with Mullaglass Lass being the sole entry in the senior heifer class, swiftly followed by Stickbridge Anna Roxy taking the second senior heifer class.

Woodvale Tessa and Annaghanoon Lady Sarah were real eyecatchers in Class three, with the former taking the red ribbon.

This heifer has class in abundance, a great top line and super mobility. She would go forward to be my champion female, with her second-placed rival a very worthy Reserve.

Class 4 had real depth to it, with Craigfaddock Flossies being the baby of the class taking the top award, with the second and third going on to take top honours in the pairs.

Three big boys appeared for the first of the bull classes, with Rascal of Ballyvaddy taking the first prize.

Croft Regal then took the first prize in the second senior bull class.

Class 7 proved to be the strongest of the male classes. Bushypark Sunshine caught my eye immediately, showing great masculinity, mobility and a top line with both width and length.

Mullaglass Sylvester was a worthy second. The final male class went to Castlemount Rock & Roll, a great-bodied young red bull.

Bushypark Sunshine clinched the male championship with Mullaglass Sylvester in reserve. The overall champion went to Bushypark Sunshine with Woodvale Tessa, a very close reserve.

The highlight for me was seeing ten impeccably matched pairs in the ring for the Finale, with the Castlemount herd taking the honours and Derriaghy a close second.

Huge congratulations to all exhibitors on a fantastic display of shorthorn calves, and I look forward to seeing them make their appearances at next year’s summer shows.

Judge Stuart Currie In Action At The Ni Beef Shorthorn Club's Calf Show Held At Dungannon Mart (1)
Photo: Agri Images
Results from the judging ring:
  • Supreme Champion: William Gott – Bushypark Sunshine bred by John Keane in Clare ;
  • Reserve Supreme Champion: Adam Armour – Woodvale Tessa S94.


  • 1st: Richard Henning


  • 1st: Tommy Jackson;
  • 2nd: P & G Hamill;
  • 3rd: Jeffrey Yendall.


  • 1st: Adam Armour
  • 2nd: Rachel Jordan
  • 3rd: Cherryvalley


  • 1st: David Alexander
  • 2nd: McDowell & McKeown
  • 3rd: McDowell & McKeown

Overall results:

  • Overall female champion: Adam Armour with Woodvale Tessa S498
  • Overall Reserve champion female: Rachel Jordan with Annaghanoon Lady Sarah


  • 1st: T&K Madden
  • 2nd: P and G Hamill
  • 3rd: T & K Madden


  • 1st: Richard Henderson


  • 1st: William Gott
  • 2nd: Richard Henning
  • 3rd: Jenson Lindsay


  • 1st: McDowell and McKeown
  • 2nd: Denver Reid
  • 3rd: Davy Alexander

Overall champion male:

  • William Gott with Bushypark Sunshine
  • Reserve Male Champion: Mullaglass Sylvester


  • 1st: McDowell and McKeown
  • 2nd: Leanne Green
  • 3rd: Cherryvalley

10: Senior Young Handler

  • 1st: Charlie Henderson
  • 2nd: Zara Lindsay

Junior Young Handler

  • 1st : Jenson Lindsay
  • 2nd: Ethan Lynd
  • 3rd: Reuben Lynd
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