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Saintfield Show will be back as cash target is met

By Richard Halleron

Published 22/06/2015

Alan Humphries with his champion Saler
Alan Humphries with his champion Saler
Clodagh and Caoimhe McGovern with their champion Charolais
A goat keeping an eye on proceedings
The Clyde family with their champion Limousin
David Smyth with his champion Hereford
Naomi Gregg with her piglets

"We will survive" was the message from Brian Hunter, chairman of Lisburn & Saintfield Show Society, at the organisation's big day out on Saturday.

"It was no secret that we have been under severe financial pressure," he added. "We needed to make a profit from this year's show, and I can confirm that has been achieved.

"It's too early to talk about the actual monies involved, but I'm happy to predict that the show will take place in 2016."

Mr Hunter admitted the good weather had helped attract a large crowd to the event in Balmoral Park.

"But we also need to look at fundamentally restructuring the show," he added.

"The first priority will be to seek a change in our calendar schedule. At present, our event directly clashes with the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.

"I have already approached the Irish Shows Association on this matter, and I've been promised the issue will be addressed as a matter of priority."

His comments came as, in the show rings, British Blonde breeder Paul McGarry, from Crumlin, was having a day to remember with his second calving cow, Budore Garnet, with calf at foot, winning the Interbreed Beef Championship.

"She calved at the beginning of March," he said."The cow is in tremendous condition."

The dairy championship went to Steven Robinson from Saintfield, with an elite Holstein third calving cow, Croagh Petrelle EX 90.

"She calved at the beginning of March and is currently giving 50 litres of milk per day," he said. "All things being equal, she will take her place in the final line-up on the big day at the Antrim Show."

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