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Castlewellan Show: Farm fixer impressed with our local fare

BY RICHARD HALLERON

The Castlewellan Show enjoyed a special guest at the weekend – none other than Farm Fixer Nick Hewer.

The television star of The Apprentice was at the show along with a television crew to spend the day filming for a programme to be broadcast this autumn.

The well-known businessman has taken an interest in farming through his roots as his mother is from Bangor.

And Lord Alan Sugar's right-hand man was quick to confirm that, as a region, Northern Ireland boxes above its weight in producing vast quantities of high quality food.

"The diversity of the foods produced in this part of the world is extremely impressive," he told the Belfast Telegraph

"It really is a case of ensuring that every opportunity is taken to promote all of this effectively.

"People are prepared to pay a premium price for high quality food and drink, which they know the origin of. The growing success and popularity of farmers' markets throughout the UK is proof positive of this."

Hewer was among the many who enjoyed Saturday's mix of colour and elite livestock.

Out in the show rings, many old rivalries were being renewed.

The Dairy Championship was won by a spectacular daughter of the renowned Holstein sire Picston Shottle. Owned jointly by Ashley Fleming, from Seaforde, and John Henning, from Moira, the young cow looked an absolute picture in the ring.

"Hopefully, she will have the opportunity to take part in the Shows' Association Cow of the Year Championship, which will be held over the coming weeks," confirmed Ashley Fleming.

"She calved down well and is now in full milk. The quality of the dairy cows bred on local farms just keeps getting better," he added.

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