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Thousands of exhibitors and visitors enjoy Fermanagh County Show

By Julie Hazelton

The curtain fell on the 2018 agricultural show season at the 182nd Fermanagh County Show.

The two-day event attracted thousands of exhibitors and spectators from across Ireland.

Among the visitors were Royal Ulster Agricultural Society president Cyril Millar and his wife Ann, who were greeted by show society president Lord Anthony Hamilton.

North Antrim dairy farmer Iain McLean, who travelled from Bushmills, won the prestigious Farmers' Challenge Cup dating back to 1902 for the fifth year in succession.

His winning entry was the home-bred Holstein cow Priestland 5446 Shot J Rose EX93.

She was described by Co Louth judge Paul Flanagan as an outstanding example of the breed, with real style and a quality udder.

This fourth calver is no stranger to the limelight, having won numerous breed and interbreed awards, as well as the Thompsons/NISA Dairy Cow of the Year title.

The reserve interbreed title went to Fermanagh milk producer Seamus Gunn.

Ernevale Minister Rosina EX94 produced her sixth calf in April, and is yielding 55 litres of milk a day.

One of the highlights of the show was the final of the Linden Foods and NISA pedigree beef heifer championship.

The competition attracted finalists who had qualified at various shows recently.

Winner of the £300 cash award was the in-calf Beef Shorthorn heifer Castlemount Matrix Zippy bred by Duncan McDowell from Newtownards. She was interbreed champion at Ballymoney, native interbreed champion at Castlewellan, and won Antrim Show's interbreed heifer award for two successive years.

Butcher and pedigree cattle breeder Adrian Richardson from Maguiresbridge claimed the interbreed beef championship with the nine-month-old Charolais heifer Hillview Farm Nani.

Sired by Goldies Icon, she is bred from the Burradon Talisman daughter Hillview Farm Iona - one of just four cows in the herd.

Runner-up was the Limousin leader Deerpark Maisie, a two-year-old heifer bred by Conor and Ryan Mulholland from Aghalee.

In the goat section the overall championship went to milking entry from Roy Colvin of Stewartstown.

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