It was a celebratory and joyous occasion for Newtownforbes duo Coote Geelan and his daughter Cynthia during the Balmoral Show last week, after Mr Geelan became the first Southern Irish man in over 40 years to win the Supreme Champion award in the Hereford Class with his 22-month-old bull Kye-Rodge.
The bull, which was bread by Padraig McGrath of Elfin, Co Roscommon from Bull Kye Playboy, was also awarded the the Male Champion title at the event.
“Well, I was delighted with the result and the fact that I am the first Southern Irish man to win this tile in at least 40 years adds a twist to proceedings,” Mr Geelan smiled. “We bought Kye-Rodge back in March from well known breeder Padraig McGrath and he was Reserve Champion at the Tullamore Sales in October 2011 and again in March of this year. We may bring Kye-Rodge to the Tullamore Show for the National competition later this year, but at this stage we may have to consider his retirement as well. We will have to wait and see what happens and what the future holds for him at this stage.”
According to the event’s organisers, the Hereford classes were very well supported on the day and the highest number of exhibits were also recorded this year. The Judge for the event was former Hereford Cattle Society UK Chairman and Co Armagh Hereford breeder, Mr Robin Irvine who stated that he was “very impressed” with the “muscling and beef qualities” of Mr Geelan’s champion.
Standing second in his class to the Supreme Champion, Panmure 1 Henry was purchased privately by J & W McMordie from JM Cant & Partners for an undisclosed record price for the herd last spring. His dam Panmure 1 Plum, was by the 2006 Royal Highland Show Supreme Champion Solpoll 1 Brigadier and bred by the McMordie Family. Henry’s full brother Panmure 1 Gino also exhibited at Balmoral was purchased by exhibitors R & K Murphy at the 2011 Spring Show & Sale at Hereford UK for £8100 Sterling.