Belfast Telegraph

Successful first outing at new site for Newry Show

Reece Johnston, Newtownhamilton
Reece Johnston, Newtownhamilton
Kile Diamond from Garvagh
Relaxing at the event
Aoife Magennis

By Richard Halleron

Large crowds marked the official opening of Newry Show's new grounds on lands adjacent to Bessbrook village.

"This is our 151st annual event. The new venue represents the next chapter in what has become one of the most successful development stories within Northern Ireland's farming and food sectors," said show secretary Brian Lockhart.

"The show has always managed to reflect this in a way that brings our entire community together."

He pointed to a bright future for agriculture.

"Consumers have never been more interested in finding out about the food that they eat. The farming sector must do a better job in meeting this challenge."

Meanwhile, the judges were having a difficult time sorting out the various prize winners.

The Graham family from Portadown had a day out to remember, winning both the Hereford and native breeds championship with their elite young bull Richmount 1 Rockafella. He was sired by the renowned polled Hereford sire Grousehall 1 Premier.

Polled cattle are born without horns and are in growing demand, given the significant management advantages they offer farmers.

James Graham explained: "Polled Herefords are now recognised as a separate category within the Hereford register.

"Rockafella also had a good Balmoral Show."

The continental inter-breed beef champion at Newry Show was bred and exhibited by William Nesbitt and son Roy from Armagh.

Their 13-month Limousin heifer Lisdrumard Olivia really caught the eye of judge David Clarke.

"The heifer has tremendous breadth and length. She has the makings of a great breeding cow," he said.

The dairy championship at Newry 2019 went to excellent first calved heifer Bannwater Beemer Sheba, owned and exhibited by Andrew Magowan from Rathfrialnd.

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