We put forward a strong team of 14 cattle for the National Livestock Show at Tullamore, which saw our efforts rewarded with three national titles, four reserve national titles and reserve overall male and female champions, as well a number of other awards under judge Jimmy Woods of the Popes herd, UK.
We started off the day on a great note with Clonagh Dora the Explorer winning her class of 17 heifers. This December 2012 heifer is by Banwy T-Rex out of a Raceview King cow, Clonagh Trixie Kitty.
Following on from this was Clonagh Dixie Princess Joan, who claimed the reserve national weanling heifer class. She is again by T-Rex out of a Freighduff Brendan cow, Clonagh Joan.
In the next national class for yearling heifers we were pulled in third with Jennalyn Dee Duffy by Banwy T-Rex out of the Raceview King daughter, Jennalyn Vee Duffy. Our Clonagh Wonderboy daughter, Clonagh Dainty Kay was also placed sixth in this class.
Clonagh Darling Eyes retained her national title in the next class making her the national junior heifer champion. Again by Banwy T-Rex, she is out of the multi award winning Rosten Barney cow Milton Senhorita.
Following her was Clonagh Classy Truly who secured the reserve national intermediate heifer title. She is by Banwy T-Rex out of a Raceview King cow, Clonagh Truly Scrumptious. Two other Clonagh bred heifers, Crystal Klowna and Cam Cam Baby were placed fourth and fifth in this class for their new owners.
The highlight of the day and the show season was undoubtedly Jennalyn Crimson Lady winning the much coveted Jenna Stone Memorial Trophy and national senior title. An emotional day for the family winning the award for the first time, we look forward to trying to retain it in years to come! Crimson Lady has had a fantastic summer show season starting with a win at Balmoral, breed championships at Clonmel, Ossory, Mullingar and Tinahely and winning both of the champion of champions classes she’s competed in. She is now retired to calve in November to our former herd sire Clonagh Wonderboy.
Our junior cow, Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous, was placed reserve national junior cow and eventually reserve overall female of the year for the third year in a row. She was shown with her much admired February-born bull calf, Clonagh Eye of the Tiger, by Clonagh Tiger Gallant.
In the male section we led the way with our October 2012 born calf, Clonagh Dancing T, winning the national weanling bull championship. He is by Banwy T-Rex out of our prolific bull breeder, Clonagh Tilly Fiona. He was later tapped forward as reserve overall male champion. Meanwhile, our other bull, Clonagh Devine Venus was placed fourth in the class. He is again by T-Rex out of a Raceview King daughter, Clonagh Venus Grace.
In the national yearling championship we were placed third and fourth with our two Banwy T-Rex sons, Clonagh Dizzy Rascal out of Clonagh Tizzy Edel and Clonagh Diamond Rock out of Clonagh Temptation.
We gained two more reserve national titles in the progeny pairs class with Clonagh Darling Eyes and Classy Truly in the senior section and Clonagh Dora the Explorer and Delightfully Fabulous in the junior section.
We were delighted to see one our regular handlers, Cian Martin win the senior section of the YISA handling class with his heifer Clonagh Cam Cam Baby.
As always we are extremely grateful for the help we received on the day this time from the “Clonagh International Grooming Team” of Dafydd Jones, Richard Sanders, Gayle Houliston, Varrie Logie and Nikki Hughes.