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Ballymoney: Brexit is hot topic round display rings

Julie Ann Cairns with the champion Limousin bull
Julie Ann Cairns with the champion Limousin bull
Alana Farlow at Ballymoney Show

By Richard Halleron

The potential impact of Brexit on the local farming industry was the main talking point among exhibitors, judges and visitors at Ballymoney Show.

But it's not just agriculture here that is consumed by the issue; it's the same for farmers in Scotland.

Andrew Warnock from Lanarkshire judged the sheep interbreed classes at Ballymoney. "The sheep industry will be every exposed to a no-deal Brexit," he said. "Flockowners throughout the UK are very dependent on lamb exports to Europe for their survival. If tariffs were to be introduced on our lamb exports to countries like France, it could have a devastating impact on farm incomes here."

Meanwhile, Andrew was having a challenging day in the show rings. "The quality of the sheep entered for the show is exceptional," he said.

The sheep interbreed title went to Bluefaced Leicester breeder William Adams, owner of the Holmview flock.

The McLean family notched up a dairy interbreed championship year-on-year double with their majestic Holstein cow Priestland 5446 Shot J Rose. The animal went on to secure the supreme championship of the show.

The beef interbreed championship was won by the Crawford family from Co Fermanagh with their eye-catching Limousin bull Haltcliffe Nijinsky. The two-year-old was also selected as the Limousin champion of the show.

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Clydesdale horses are a traditional feature at the event and Graffin Hanna from north Antrim has spent a lifetime breeding them.

His yearling filly Mac Fin Queen of the Roses won the reserve championship."Northern Ireland is one of the world's most important breeding centres for Clydesdales," he said.

The Clydesdale championship was won by the three-year-old mare Agivey Sophie. She was exhibited by David Patterson from Garvagh.

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