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Antrim Show one of the best in breed for quality of cattle

By Richard Halleron

This year's Antrim Show at Shane's Castle Estate attracted a tremendous turnout of livestock with more than 300 cattle entered for the various classes.

The highlight was the final of the McLarnon's dairy cow of the year event with the championship awarded to the Ayrshire 4th calver Sandyford Honest Blizzard EX94(2).

Owned by the Hunter family from Crumlin in Co Antrim, she has given 10,500L of milk at 4.5% butterfat and 3.4% protein since calving last October. She is due to calve for the fifth time in September.

Judge Jenny Daw from Hertford described her as a very balanced cow with a tremendous mammary system. She added: "It is more than noteworthy that the cow has maintained such tremendous style, despite having had four calves."

The McLarnon's championship reserve was awarded to the McLean family from Bushmills with their eyecatching Holstein cow Priestland PS James Rose.

Meanwhile, Limousin breeders were having a day to remember in the beef show rings. The Green family from Lisburn won the beef inter-breed title with their three-year-old calved heifer Glenrock Inclusive.

This success followed on from her Limousin championship victory at the recent Castlewellan Show.

Class judge Bruce Goldie from Dumfries said that his champion was a tremendous young cow with immense breed potential.

The beef inter-breed reserve was won by Robert Clyde from Templepatrick with his equally impressive Limousin heifer Clydevalley Jessie.

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