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Show debut for European Angus

19th May 2013

The European Angus Cattle Society was showing in the beef cattle classes for the first time ever at this year’s Balmoral Show.

An event made all the more memorable with the Show’s new venue at Balmoral Park, according to Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin.

European Angus is a relatively new Cattle Society in Northern Ireland but it’s very much a home grown phenomenon. The Society registers 100% Aberdeen Angus down to 50% Angus while the other 50% comes from Limousin.
This gives the Society two genetic pools to pick from.

This year’s European Angus classes, judged by Leo McEnroe from Virginia, County Cavan, were sponsored by Devenish Nutrition, the agri-technology company.

David Lester from Armagh was named Champion with his yearling heifer, Aughnagurgan Erica while Hugh Dickson and family from Moneyrea were awarded Reserve Champion with their young bull, Bluebell Bank Labyrinth.

European Angus Results:

Aughnagurgan Erica, yearling heifer belonging to David Lester, Armagh.

Reserve Champion:
Bluebell Bank Labyrinth, young bull belonging to Hugh Dickson, Moneyrea.

Cow Class:
1st David Lester, Armagh: Aughnagurgan Erica G972.

Heifer Class:
Heifer born between 1st November 2011 to 31st October 2012:
1st David Lester, Armagh
2nd David Lester, Armagh
3rd Robert Thompson, Banbridge


Bull Class:
Bull born between 1st November 2011 to 31st October 2012
1st Hugh Dickson, Moneyrea
2nd Hugh Dickson, Moneyrea
3rd Harry McGaffin, Gilford

David Lester, second left, is presented with the Champion award in the European Angus classes for his young heifer, Aughnagurgan Erica by Ciaran Conway from sponsors, Devenish Nutrition. Looking on is handler, Mark Lester and judge, Leo McEnroe.

Alanna Dickson from Moneyrea with her Reserve Champion bull, Bluebell Bank Labyrinth. Left is Ciaran Conway from European Angus Class sponsors, Devenish Nutrition and (right) judge, Leo McEnroe from Virginia, County Cavan.

The European Angus Young Bull Class. From the right, judge, Leo McEnroe, Ciaran Conway from Class sponsors, Devenish Nutrition, Alanna Dickson, representing the Dickson family, 1st, Andrew Shaw, representing the Dickson family, 2nd, Andrew Magowan, representing Harry McGaffin, 3rd and Robert Steenson, representing David Lester, 4th.

Waiting for the judging to begin in the European Angus Beef Cattle Classes are, from left, Judge, Leo McEnroe; Stewart, Niall Montgomery; Ciaron Conway and Simon Caughey from Class sponsors, Devenish Nutrition and Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin.

Smiles better: Smiles all round as European Angus Society members enjoy the Society’s debut at this year’s Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park, from left, Malcolm Megarry, Hugh Dickson and Harry McGaffin.

On parade: Young heifers are put through their paces in the European Angus heifer class.

Andrew Shaw representing Hugh Dickson, with Bluebell Bank Paparazi is presented with second prize in the European Angus Young Bull class at this year's Balmoral Show by Ciaran Conway from Class sponsors, Devenish Nutrition.

Robert Thompson is presented with third prize for his young heifer, Fortring Bessie in the heifer class of the European Angus Beef Cattle Class at this year's Balmoral Show. Making the presentation is Simon Caughey of sponsors, Devenish Nutrition.

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