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The finest breeding to the fore at popular Omagh Show

By Richard Halleron

The Omagh Show's inter breed sheep judge described his champion as the most perfect example of a Lanark Blackface ewe lamb he had ever set eyes on.

Scotsman Ken Fletcher went on to describe her as an animal with "film star qualities".

He added: "She has everything: great poise, tremendous skin and a fleece to die for.

"The lamb was the best amongst a tremendous turnout of sheep for the show.

"A number of the classes were exceptional in terms of the quality of stock taking part.

"These included the inter breed group of three final and, of course, the inter breed individual championship.

"This is a great time of the year to show sheep. Both ewes and lambs look particularly well."

The champion ewe lamb is owned by Patrick and Veronica Fullerton from Draperstown.

"We bought the mother in Scotland last year. She was in-lamb at the time," said Veronica.

"This was her first show outing. And, obviously, we are delighted with the result. We think she has tremendous breeding potential for the future."

Meanwhile, the Williamson family from Benburb were having a day out to remember in the cattle ring.

Their very choice cross-bred heifer was awarded the supreme championship of the show, having won the inter breed beef and commercial beef titles.

It's not often that a commercial beef animal will get the nod over an inter breed dairy championship in a head-to-head, which was the case at Omagh on Saturday.

The dairy cow in question is Priestland PS James Rose, owned by the McLean family from Bushmills.

She calved in February of this year for the fourth time.

The show saw her win a third dairy inter breed title of the season, having previously come out tops at Ballymena and Ballymoney.

The cow is currently giving 58 litres of milk per day.

"We have had a great start to the showing year," confirmed Iain McLean. "All of our stock performed extremely well at Ballymena and Ballymoney."

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