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Foster helps Clogher Valley Show celebrate its centenary in style

By Julie Hazelton

Thousands flocked to the Co Tyrone village of Augher yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Clogher Valley Show.

Joining the celebrations was DUP leader Arlene Foster, who paid tribute to the show and its organising committee. "It is wonderful to be here on such a glorious day," she said.

"Congratulations to Clogher on its 100th birthday."

It was a day to remember for Bushmills dairy farmers Iain, Joyce, John, Matthew and Ellie McLean, who won the Holstein and Ayrshire championships.

Their Holstein leader Priestland 5446 Shot J Rose also clinched the interbreed dairy honours, and beat off stiff competition to take the supreme overall title at the final of the coveted Thompsons and NISA Dairy Cow of the Year Championships.

Breed judge David Boyd from Glaslough said: "I love this cow! She is simply world class - you don't expect to see a dairy cow of this calibre at a rural country show."

Runner-up in the dairy interbreed line-up was the Holstein reserve winner Relough L'Authority Dot from Ronald McLean, and sons Malcom and Barry, Dungannon.

Leading the beef interbreed line-up, and claiming the plaudits for the supreme champion of champions was the much-admired Charolais heifer Brownhill Mo, bred by brothers Tommy and Richie Devine from Strabane.

This two-year-old heifer has been shown three times. She stood reserve at Balmoral Show, and secured the Charolais and interbreed championships at Omagh Show.

Runner-up was the Aberdeen Angus champion, Coolermoney Frances from Adrian and Graeme Parke's herd at Strabane.

She was breed champion at Ballymena, Ballymoney, Newry, Limavady, and reserve champion at Omagh.

In the sheep section, top honours went to the Hampshire Down champion, a shearling ram, from Sean and Gillian Doyle's flock at Katesbridge.

This super sheep has chalked up seven successive breed championships in 2018.

Taking the reserve overall title was a two shear Suffolk ewe from Alastair Barkley's flock at Dunloy, Ballymoney.

There was something for everyone at the one-day show and one of the main attractions for the crowds was a display of photographs highlighting the changes that have taken place over the last century at the event.

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