Sun brings out record crowds for Limavady farm show
Record crowds were the order of the day at the Limavady Show, boosted no doubt by the tremendous weather.
Saturday's event saw the first of this year's major livestock finals with the culmination of the Northern Ireland Shows Association (NISA) Beef Heifer Championship taking centre stage. The man charged with making the final selection was Robin Dunlop, from Kirkcudbright in Scotland.
Parading before him was a selection of the best pedigree beef heifers to be brought out this season. Eventually, he opted for a Champion and Reserve, both from the Charolais herd of Maghera breeder Gilbert Crawford. Significantly, both are home-bred animals.
NISA chairman Kate Mark, who is a committee member of Limavady Show Society, confirmed that 2013 will go down in the record books as one of the most successful show seasons in living memory.
"Members of the general public are getting a real feel for the importance of the agri food sectors to the local economy. And we want to build on this for the future," she said.
Meanwhile, in the dairy ring, Iain McLean, from Bushmills, was having another good day at the office.
His excellent Holstein cow Grantchester Goldwyn Nellie was both the Dairy Inter-Breed and Holstein Champion. Sired by the renowned bull Braedale Goldwyn, she calved earlier this year for the fourth time.