Hillhead Mario
Hillhead Mario

Hillhead Mario sired by our stock bull Allacot Herbert took the Junior Championship at the Balmoral Show.

It was the first Young Blonde bull sired by our Stock bull Allacott Herbert to be shown.

He took first place at Balmoral in a very strong class of young bulls  and went on to win Junior Male and Overall Junior Champion .

Geoff ,Lizzie , Emma ,Martin and Lucy Rodgers presented with M R Rodgers Hillhead Shield for Junior Male Champion at Balmoral Show
Geoff ,Lizzie , Emma ,Martin and Lucy Rodgers presented with M R Rodgers Hillhead Shield for Junior Male Champion at Balmoral Show
Emma Rodgers with Supreme Blonde Champion Hillhead Estelle
Emma Rodgers with Supreme Blonde Champion Hillhead Estelle
Emma and Geoffrey Rodgers with Blonde Judge Neil Brown and rep from Thompsons
Emma and Geoffrey Rodgers with Blonde Judge Neil Brown and rep from Thompsons
Rodgers Family Martin Snr Geoffrey and Elizabeth with Children Emma 14 Martin 12 and Lucy 7 and Leanne Workman.
Rodgers Family Martin Snr Geoffrey and Elizabeth with Children Emma 14 Martin 12 and Lucy 7 and Leanne Workman.

Hillhead Estelle went one further this year and was Supreme Blonde Champion topping an excellent entry in the Blonde section.

Judge Mr Neil Brown of the “Hackleton Herd” who has bred several breed champions, said this is one animal he would  like to take home, this three year old Sauveur daughter with a her Hillhead Clint calf at foot.

Estelle went on to be placed third in the Overall Beef Interbreed Champion of Champions.

Rodgers Family also exhibited in the Limousin section attained second place to the Res Female Champion with a sweet eight month old heifer Draperhill Gabby. Our Senior heifer who had only calved a week before was placed third.

Our British Blue Draperhill Delilah with her sixth month old calf was placed second in a very strong cow class.

Barney on his first outing to RUAS our blue x blonde bullock came second in the heavy weight class.

This was a great week for the Rodgers Family and we would like to thank all who helped us through the week.

 

 

Hillhead Blondes head to Carlisle Spring Show & Sale Friday 24th February 2012 with Hillhead Flute, Hillhead Feallaini and Hillhead Foxglove 11

Lot 171 Hillhead Flute  This Palace son has tremendous length and confirmation.

Lot 171 Hillhead Flute  This Palace son has tremendous length and confirmation.

 

 Lot 173 Hillhead Fellaini. This bull is full French bred, sired by our stock bull Sauveur.

Lot 178 Hillhead Foxglove 11. Foxglove's 3/4 sister was Female Champion in Carlisle Oct 2011. Foxglove's service details at time of sale.

Lot 178 Hillhead Foxglove 11. Foxglove's 3/4 sister was Female Champion in Carlisle Oct 2011. Foxglove's service details at time of sale.

Hillhead Fiona was the top price female at Carlisle which sold for 3,000gns.

Hillhead Fiona
Hillhead Fiona

Hillhead Fiona II, an in-calf heifer, is the first daughter of the herds senior herd sire Sauveur to be sold at Carlisle.

Fiona won the female championship ticket and sold in calf to Hillhead Clint who bred the champion at the 2010 RUAS.

She goes to J Smith of Driffield, East Yorkshire.

Hillhead Firefly, a 13 month old son of the Hillhead stock sire, Palace, and out of a Sauveur bred daughter. Selling for 3,200gns Firefly was sold to James and Peter Weightman of the Hallfield herd, Easington, Peterlee.

Hillhead Firefly,
Hillhead Firefly,

 

Pictured in the Farmgate meats store in Magheralin were Alan Montgomery, Martin Rodgers, William Kinkead, William Smith, Paul Christophi and Philip Wright shop manager.
Pictured in the Farmgate meats store in Magheralin were Alan Montgomery, Martin Rodgers, William Kinkead, William Smith, Paul Christophi and Philip Wright shop manager.

On a recent visit to the farm of Martin and Geoffery Rodgers Hillhead Blondes Ballynahinch by William Smith of Farmgate Meats Magherlin he bought two super blonde heifers .

 

Cattle on the Rodgers farm Ballynahinch.
Cattle on the Rodgers farm Ballynahinch.
Pictured with the Carcase are Martin Rodgers Alan Montgomery William Smyth Owner of Farmgate Meats and Philip Wright Shop Manager.
Pictured with the Carcase are Martin Rodgers Alan Montgomery William Smyth Owner of Farmgate Meats and Philip Wright Shop Manager.

These two heifers were reared on the Rodgers farm.

When the heifers were slaughtered they killed out very well as listed.

Heifer one live weight was 605kgs-dead weight was 406kgs-grading E3 and 67% kill out.

Heifer two live weight was 619kgs-dead weight was 412kgs-grading U2 and 66%kill out .

William likes the blonde carcase because of the lean meat and little fat.

Hillhead Firefly
Hillhead Firefly
Hillhead Firefly
Hillhead Firefly
Hillhead Fiona
Hillhead Fiona

Hillhead Blondes offer for sale 1 Bull and 1 in-calf heifer at this months Blonde Sale in Carlisle on Friday the 21st of October.

Hillhead Fiona
Hillhead Fiona

Hillhead Firefly Lot 26

D.O.B 28/08/2010 Hillhead Firefly is a heifers calf, his pedigree combines both PALACE and SAUVEUR breeding. He shows tremendous length and confirmation.

Hillhead Fiona 11 Lot 27

D.O.B 11/01/2010 Hillhead Fiona 11 This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a potential show heifer, she is the first Sauveur female progeny to be sold in Carlisle. Hillhead Clint ( service sire) of the 2010 Blonde Champion at the RUAS

Hillhead Estelle winner of the Blonde Championship and Ulster Bank Heifer Derby qualifier at Saintfield pictured with Emma Rodgers, Richard and Kathryn Robinson from Ulster Bank, Howard McIlwaine, Tommy Collins, Chairman NISA and Aaron O'Rourke Judge.
Hillhead Estelle winner of the Blonde Championship and Ulster Bank Heifer Derby qualifier at Saintfield pictured with Emma Rodgers, Richard and Kathryn Robinson from Ulster Bank, Howard McIlwaine, Tommy Collins, Chairman NISA and Aaron O'Rourke Judge.

The Rodgers Family from Dromara enjoyed the weather and success at last Saturdays Saintfeld Show.

Home bred in calf heifer Hillhead Estelle took the Blonde Championship and the Ulster Bank Heifer Derby Qualifier at the Show.

A Sauveur Daughter took the Female Championship at the recent Blonde Society Sale at the Pedigree Sales Arena in Moira.

Hillhead Felicity led by Geoffrey Rodgers with John Henning from Northern Bank
Hillhead Felicity led by Geoffrey Rodgers with John Henning from Northern Bank

Hillhead Felicity bred by M R Rodgers and Son from Ballynahinch, Co. Down, won Champion Female.

Felicity is out of Hillhead Verity who was breed champion at both The Royal Ulster Show and Highland show, and sired by 2005 and 2006 Paris show winner Sauveur. The prizewinner sold to Paul Downey from Co.Antrim for 1600gns a welcome addition to his Lurgy herd.

For the Rodgers family from Dromara in Co Down 2010 has been a year in which their pedigree beef bloodlines have continued to gain recognition in countries around Europe. This year’s Balmoral Show was marked by the attainment of their 15th ‘Royal’ title with the supreme young Blonde bull Hillhead Dandy, who won the Supreme Blonde Championship at the Spring Show.

Dandy was subsequently purchased by the Epps family, who live in France – but who farm on the Island of Islay.

Hillhead Dandy
Hillhead Dandy

“Dandy was bought to improve the quality of the beef calves produced from the cows already on the island,” Geoffrey Rodgers confirmed.

“And that’s a job Dandy is bred to do. His sire Hillhead Clint is a tremendous example of the Blonde breed. He is also a former Balmoral Champion and his semen is in strong demand from farmers throughout the British Isles and beyond.”

Mr Epps’ specific interest in Blonde cattle stretches back over a significant number of years.

“We bought our first Blonde bull, primarily for use on heifers, and were very pleased with the temperament and growth rate of the calves. Several of the Blonde cross calves, out of heifers, stood on a par with the Charolais cross calves when it came to sale time,” he explained.