Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Spectators and livestock flock to Saintfield Show

Eamon McGarry prepares his bull for show.
Alison Connolly from Saintfiled sets to work on the coat of her prized bull.
Moses Irwin from Fintona with his sharley bull.

Spectators and exhibitors from throughout Northern Ireland flocked to the 64th annual Saintfield and District Agricultural Show on Saturday.







Organisers were delighted with the increased entries in all sections, and the numbers of visitors through the gate.

Show president, Dr J M McKelvey, and chairman, Jim Kirk, welcomed everyone to the event and thanked them for their participation.

Special guests included Graham Furey, president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union; and Brian King, president of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

Attractions at this year’s show included an array of trade stands, a vintage tractor parade, livestock and poultry judging, as well as a bumper equestrian section, which featured a large turnout of miniature horses and donkeys, and a carriage driving competition.

For the younger generation there was quad bike racing and a bouncy castle and slide. The dog show attracted a large turnout of entries.

Competition was also hotly contested in the home industries section, which featured a wide range of home baking, preserves, craftwork, flower arranging and art.

The prestigious Secretary’s Shield for the best overall trade stand was awarded to Mourne Lights from Kilkeel, manufacturers of a wide range of traditional outdoor lights. The runner-up was Eddie Carr from Banbridge, who makes walking sticks and shepherds crooks.

The parade of prize winning cattle was led by the Holstein champion and interbreed dairy champion, Hilltara Jordan Tury, exhibited by Denis O’Neill on behalf of owners Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, County Down.

The reserve interbreed dairy honours went to the Jersey heifer, Clandeboye Option Amethyst, shown by Mark Logan, on behalf of Lady Dufferin of Clandeboye Estates based at Bangor.

Leading the beef interbreed line-up was the Hereford champion, Solpoll Dynamite, a senior bull bred and exhibited by John and William McMordie from Ballygowan.

Scooping the reserve interbreed honours was the Charolais champion, Aughafin Biddy, a heifer shown by Raymond Crawford, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh.

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