Despite the very poor weather there was a tremendous turnout of livestock at Fermanagh Show 2105.
The Beef Inter Breed championship was won by the Matchett family, from the Birches area of Co Armagh. Their home bred Aberdeen Angus cow, Birches Lady Heather M026, caught the eye of the judge, John Applebee, who described her as an almost perfect example of the Angus breed. The presence of her calf at foot, born in April, further highlighted the cow’s value as a breeding animal.
There was excellent representation from Angus, Hereford, Charolais and Simmental breeders at this year’s Fermanagh Show with many having travelled long distances to get there.
The Sheep Inter-Breed Championship was won by Desmond Knox, from Kesh, with a two shear Rouge tip. The animal was bred by his brother George and nephew Albert from Crumlin in Co Antrim, owners of the Kinsella flock. Judge David Mawhinney described his champion as a breeding ram with tremendous potential.
The Texel classes were extremely competitive at the show. Recent weeks have seen Augher-based Louse Breen pitting her wits against Omagh-based Brian Williamson & Adrian Liggett. Breen won the inter breed sheep championship at Limavady with her eye catching two shear ewe while Wilson & Liggett took home the honours at Antrim and Augher with their own two shear breeding female. But on the day that was in it, young Louise brought the Texel championship rosette back home to South Tyrone. Well done to her!
The Dairy Inter-breed title was won by the McLean family with their Holstein third calver Priestland 495 Shott Bedazzle. Fermanagh Show brings to an end what can only be described as an immensely successful show season for the North Antrim household. Bedazzle alone won four Holsten Breed titles and three inter-breed championships in 2015.