Newry Show pulls in global audience
This year's ABP Newry Show took on an international dimension as it hosted the All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championships.
Visitors came from as far away as Canada, Uruguay, South Africa and New Zealand to watch judge Desmond Mackie, from Lisburn, tap out Cheeklaw Emlyn as Newry's Aberdeen Angus champion. Bred by husband and wife team Nigel and Gail Matchett, the animal went on to win the show's inter-breed championship, and for good measure, the All-Ireland title.
Mackle described the bull as a near-perfect example of the Angus breed. "Aberdeen Angus beef has a tremendous image, one which is well merited," he said.
The All-Ireland reserve championship went to Co Cavan's Finbar Cahill with Drumhill Lord Henry. The bull was bred by Cookstown herd owner Jonathan Doyle and bought by the Cahill family early this year.
The All-Ireland junior championship was won by Albert DeCogan, Co Cork.
Heifer Million Dollar Baby, owned by Moneymore farmer Robert Miller, won Newry's commercial beef championship.
Newry's sheep inter-breed championship was won by the Brannigan brothers, from Kilcoo, with their elite Texel offering.