Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

In Pictures Balmoral Show 2013 - all the fun of the fair

It wasn’t just Prince Edward who declared the new facilities at the Balmoral Show impressive — feedback from breeders and visitors alike was resoundingly positive.

The end of a perfect day.    Richard Fleming relaxing after a hard day at the Balmoral show.  The cattle belong to Albert Connolly's from Ballynahinch Brigadoon Charolais.  Picture by Bernie Brown.
The end of a perfect day. Richard Fleming relaxing after a hard day at the Balmoral show. The cattle belong to Albert Connolly's from Ballynahinch Brigadoon Charolais. Picture by Bernie Brown.

“The organisers have done a tremendous job,” commented Ballyclare Simmental breeder Michael Robson.

“The cattle lawns are an absolute picture and the stalling available for the cattle is as good as the facilities on offer at any other comparable event held in the UK and Ireland.”

Charolais judge Bob Adams, from Angus in Scotland, agreed.

“The organisers must be congratulated on the work they have put in to convert the new site into a fantastic show venue.”

RUAS vice-president Jean Mann said Edward had told her he was “very impressed” by the Maze show.

One family that had even more reason to smile were the Martins from Newtownards in Co Down. They celebrated day one of Balmoral with a rare breed championship double.

No strangers to success at Northern Ireland’s premier agricultural show, brothers James, Thomas and Samuel first caught the judge’s eye yesterday with an elite British Blue heifer. Springhill Golden Girl went on to pick up the overall Blue championship of the Show. The Martins continued their run of form to pick up the Beef Shorthorn Male Championship with an excellent young bull. “Golden Girl is home bred,” James Martin confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph.

“She was born in January 2011 and was sired by the elite Belgian bull Gitan. We flushed her a few weeks ago. Twelve Grade One embryos were produced, which will add significantly to the breeding value of the animal.”

James went on to confirm that a strong demand for pedigree livestock still exists, particularly in Great Britain.

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