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Rainy day out for crowds at Clogher Valley Show

By Richard Halleron

Published 30/07/2015

Alex Calhoun, champion young handler at Clogher Valley Show
Alex Calhoun, champion young handler at Clogher Valley Show
LorindaKane and Niko at Clogher Valley Show
Lynsay Hakes at the Clogher Valley Show
Ruth Hamill at Clogher Valley Show

The Clogher Valley Show, one of the highlights of Northern Ireland's agricultural calender, attracted fans in their droves yesterday despite the cancellation of equestrian events and some rain.

Among the big winners was three shear ewe Carnew Lucille, first in the sheep final.

"We've had a tremendous year, made all the more satisfying given the fact she is home bred," said owner Jonathan Aiken.

The Connolly family from Ballynahinch triumphed in the beef inter-breed championship with their outstanding Charolais cow, Wesley Glamorous. Judge Ian Anderson said the animal was possibly the best example of the breed he had seen.

"She has everything: strength, shape and length," he added

The dairy classes at Clogher saw the McLean family, from Bushmills in Co Antrim, sweep the boards yet again.

They won the Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein championships. Their elite black and white cow, Priestland 4951 Shot Bedazzle, took the dairy inter-breed championship and, for good measure, the supreme cattle championship.

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