Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein breeders are reminded that entries for the 14th annual multi-breed dairy calf show close on Monday 22nd August.
The one-day event takes place at Ballymena Livestock Mart on Saturday 10th September.
Judging commences at 10.00am. The Holstein section will be judged by Max Davies from the Davlea Herd based in Somerset; while the Ayrshire and Jersey classes will come under scrutiny from David Christophers from the Rosehill Herd in Cornwall.
A spokesman for the organising committee said: “This show attracts exhibitors from all over the country, and is the highlight of the year for many budding showmen and women. The schedule features showmanship classes for novice and experienced handlers, as well as a large number of classes for heifer calves from each breed.”
The Ayrshire showmanship classes are sponsored by Pat O’Boyle from OB Construction, and the Holstein showmanship classes are supported by Dennis Torrens from DT Services. John Thompson and Sons Ltd is continuing its sponsorship of the Ayrshire and Holstein calf classes.
Alan Armstrong from Western Farm Enterprises based in Lisnaskea has confirmed continued sponsorship of the Holstein exhibitor-bred championship.
The entry fee for calf classes and showmanship classes is £10 per entry.
Holstein entry forms and schedules are available from HYB secretary Andrew Patton on mobile 07789 285272. Alternatively, download from www.holstein-ni.co.uk
For a copy of the Ayrshire schedule and entry form contact club secretary Jayne McConnell on mobile 07734 231802.
Contact Ashley Fleming on mobile 07775 561823 for information relating to the Jersey section.