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Day of bullish competition at 51st Castlewellan Show

Alan Wilson with the Charolais and inter breed beef champion
Alan Wilson with the Charolais and inter breed beef champion
The young handlers class at Castlewellan Show
Martin Scott presenting Patricia Swandel with her rosette

By Julie Hazelton

Castlewellan is billed as one of the largest agricultural events in the province, and this year's one-day show didn't disappoint.

Thousands of visitors, exhibitors and livestock breeders flocked to the 51st annual show in the Co Down town's 50-acre forest park.

Show secretary Jackie Fitzpatrick reported increased entries in the equine, sheep and poultry sections.

One highlight was the final of the hotly contested Danske Bank and NISA sheep championship, judged by Jimmy Sinclair.

The supreme championship went to William McAllister of Kells, Co Antrim, showing a two-crop Charollais ewe from his Artnagullion flock.

Mr McAllister also claimed the second reserve championship with a three-crop Charollais ewe.

Claiming top honours in the inter breed line-up was a Texel shearling ewe from the Hanthorn family's Mullan Flock based at Tynan in Co Armagh.

In the dairy cattle, the plaudits went to the Fleming family's Jersey cow Quintrell Kyros Indigo.

Leading the beef inter breed line-up was the senior Charolais bull Harestone Jackson, owned by Joe Wilson and Sons from Newry.

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