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Thousands enjoy a great day out at Castlewellan agricultural show

By Julie Hazelton

Published 20/07/2015

At Castlewellan Show are Hayley Graham with her dog Paddy
At Castlewellan Show are Hayley Graham with her dog Paddy
Sarah Wilson
Caylan Hylands with her prize-winning sheep
One of the Castlewellan show judges
Laoise Owens saying hello to a goat

Thousands of visitors packed into picturesque Castlewellan for the 48th annual agricultural show.

The Co Down village was a hive of activity from early morning as sponsors, exhibitors, judges and spectators flocked to the idyllic 50-acre forest park for the one-day show.

One of the largest agricultural shows in Ireland, its popularity has further increased in recent years following the BBC's Farm Fixer series hosted by The Apprentice aide Nick Hewer.

Show secretary Jackie Fitzpatrick was delighted with the success of the event, reporting that entries across all sections were on a par with previous years.

"In fact, entries are marginally up in some sections, especially the school craft which attracted an overwhelming 1,680 entries," she said.

"Agriculture remains at the forefront, with more than 4,000 entries catalogued in the equine, cattle, sheep, goat, poultry and pig classes."

The schedule ensured visitors were entertained throughout the day. Activities included the Jonny and Molly Show, archery, threshing and blacksmith demonstrations, live music, a dog agility display and a parade of vintage vehicles. The NI Stickcarvers Club showcased a large entry of sticks and crooks.

Girl power dominated the beef cattle section, with three cows claiming the top prizes in the interbreed championship line-up.

Supreme overall champion was Wesley Glamourous, a four-year-old Charolais cow exhibited by the father and son team of Albert and David Connolly from Ballynahinch, Co Down.

Runner-up was the British Blonde winner Budore Garnet, a four-year-old cow shown by Paul McGarry and son Eamon from Dundrod, Co Antrim. Claiming the second reserve award was the Limousin leader Lowbarn Fotty, a five-year-old cow from Robert Clyde's 50-cow herd in Templepatrick, Co Antrim.

Overall champion in the interbreed dairy line-up was the October 2011-born Corringham Windbrook L Juice VG88, a second calver from David Simpson's Damm herd at Lisburn, Co Antrim. In the sheep section the overall championship award was claimed by a Charollais ewe from Diane Christie's flock based in Comber, Co Down.

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