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Clogher show goes on despite downpour

BY RICHARD HALLERON

Heavy afternoon rain failed to stop play as literally thousands of people from across Northern Ireland and beyond turned out to take in the sights and sounds of this year's Clogher Valley Show.

Renowned for the quality of the livestock which the event attracts, even the most strident critic would agree that yesterday's event lived up to its billing.

Not surprisingly, Banbridge Limousin breeder Jim Quail carried the day with his outstanding young bull.

This Clogher victory adds to the myriad of accolades he has picked up so far in 2013.

The quality of this animal can be gauged after it got the nod over Gilbert Crawford's choice Charolais heifer in the final shake-up to determine who walked away with the Champion of Champions' title.

Meanwhile, Stewartstown Holstein enthusiast Jason Booth had a day to remember in the dairy rings.

His impressive second calver scooped both the Inter Breed title and the Black and White Championship.

Her victory yesterday follows a more than impressive outing in last weekend's Northern Ireland Shows' Association Dairy Cow of the Year final.

"Our plan is to breed from her as soon as possible," Jason said.

Over in the sheep rings it was a case of tradition holding sway with Co Down Hampshire Down breeder Trevor Fegan taking the Sheep Inter Breed title with a majestic two shear ram.

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