Wednesday 23th Nov 2022

Record entries and top prices at Beef & Lamb Championships 2022

Record entries and top prices at Beef & Lamb Championships 2022

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) hosted the fifth Royal Ulster Premier Beef & Lamb Championships on Tuesday 22nd November 2022 at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Lisburn. 

With a record number of entries for 2022, an unrivalled turnout of beef cattle, calves and lambs competed for renowned Championship titles. Winner of the coveted Allams Cup and the highly sought-after title of Supreme Champion, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, was JCB Commercials from Co. Down with their heifer Totally Illegal. On the night the animal sold for £6500 to Kitson Family Butchers from North Yorkshire. Reserve Champion of Show was awarded to James Alexander from Randalstown with his British Blue Heifer Bluffer, selling for £7500 to Gordon Cameron from Archaracle, Scotland.

Robert Miller from Moneymore won the popular Ulster Housewife’s Champion with his Limousin Heifer Dashing Princess, selling to the Mayfly Restaurant, Kesh for £3000 while the Reserve Ulster Housewife’s Champion was awarded to Martin Gallagher from Omagh.

The prestigious Champion Calf of the show was exhibited by Joseph McCarragher from Armagh, purchased on the night for £2900 by Norman McCleary.

Lambs shown on the day competed for the title of Best Butcher Pair with Jamie McCutcheon from Trillick receiving this prestigious award, going on to sell for £400 to David Kerr from Kircubbin. S & J Smyth from Newtownstewart received the title of Reserve Best Butcher Pair.

The top priced animal of the Show was James Alexander’s Breeding Heifer which sold for £10000 to Ivan Lynn from Armoy. The leading price in the lamb sales ring was £500 for Clive Richardson’s Any Other Breed pair, purchased by Barry Latimer from Trillick.

Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, RUAS commented, ‘‘We were delighted to host the fifth Royal Ulster Premier Beef & Lamb Championships, this is a pinnacle event for the local beef and lamb industries. We were delighted to have record entries, great prices on the night and to welcome a host of potential buyers to the Eikon Exhibition Centre. As always, our exhibitors pulled out all the stops showcasing an unrivalled selection of beef cattle and lambs in this most prestigious fatstock show and sale of the year. 

She continued “We are thankful to have the generous backing of our sponsors and we would also like to extend our thanks to the local cattle and sheep breed clubs and societies, who supported the Championships and kindly contributed towards the prize fund.

‘‘We are proud to be able to run this show and sale, showcasing the quality produce from Northern Ireland within the beef and lamb industries.”

Full results from the Championships can be viewed HERE

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