Balmoral Show: Winning Charolais is the darling of proud Connolly clan
A Co Down family are celebrating after they celebrated their first Charolais championship victory in 30 years at the Balmoral Show.
The winning animal was an impressive four-year-old cow, Wesley Glamorous, which was being shown by the Connolly family from Ballynahinch.
She was accompanied in the show ring by her five-week-old calf at foot, Brigadoon Lancelot.
"We bought the cow as a calf at a dispersal sale in England four years ago," Albert Connolly said.
"She is now a second calver and reflects all that is so positive about the Charolais breed."
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Welsh breeder Esmor Evans judged the Charolais classes.
"She has tremendous stature, is very clean cut and has tremendous beefing characteristics. The quality of the Charolais cattle entered for this year's Balmoral Show was exceptional, particularly the top end," he said.
Mr Connolly established the Brigadoon herd back in 1979.
"We have taken part in most Balmoral Shows since," he said. "But today has been very special. We also won the Group of Three class and the Reserve Junior Bull Championship."
Meanwhile, visitors to day one of the show may not have been aware that they were walking over the foundations of the future Eikon Exhibition Centre.
Groundwork has started, but had to be covered over to allow the erection of the main exhibition area at this year's show, according to Royal Ulster Agricultural Society chief executive Colin McDonald.
"Eikon will provide us with in excess of 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, which will have an associated parking area for up to 2,000 vehicles," he added.