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Good turnout for Saintfield Show at Glenbrook Farm

Aoife Magennis, Downpatrick with Odine, reserve
Salers champion
Aoife Magennis, Downpatrick with Odine, reserve Salers champion
Charlie Beatty from Aughnacloy with prize-winning Jacob sheep, Pearl
Emily Peters and Laura Neill
Sheep judge Peter Davey from Ballynahinch

By Julie Hazelton

Exhibitors and visitors travelled from across Northern Ireland for the second successive year of the Saintfield Show at Glenbrook Farm near Boardmills, Co Down.

Dentist Peter Lawson has owned Glenbrook Farm since 1993.

"It's great to see the spirit of the exhibitors and the local people turning out on a damp day. We are delighted to see increased support across all sections of the show, and I hope everyone had a great day," he said

President Norman McBriar thanked everyone who supported the country show.

"Exhibitors have travelled from all over Northern Ireland, and we are indebted to our host, sponsors, judges and the numerous people who have contributed to the success of this year's show," he said.

Saintfield's 74th annual show marked a milestone for Charolais stalwart Albert Connolly from Ballynahinch, who has been showing cattle at Saintfield Show for 60 years.

Co Down flock owners Sean and Gillian Doyle, and son Liam, from Ballyward, had a clean sweep in the interbreed sheep line-up.

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Their Suffolk shear ewe caught the eye of judge Kate Gunn to secure the overall sheep championship. Taking the reserve award was the family's Hampshire Down shearling ram.

The interbreed dairy line-up was led by the Holstein cow Glenwood Destry Regina EX91 owned by Sam Wadsworth and Karen Hunter. Runner-up was the red and white fourth calver Ernevale Destry Lulu EX93 owned by Steven Robinson, Crossgar.

Leading the interbreed beef parade was the two-year-old Shorthorn heifer Ashvale Beatrice, bred by Richard, Fiona and Caroline McKeown, Templepatrick.

She was reserve junior champion at Balmoral Show, and scooped the breed championships at Armagh and Lurgan.

Crawford Bros travelled from Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh, with a team of Limousins. Their senior bull Haltcliffe Nijinsky took the reserve interbreed title.

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