Almost 60 Simmental Show entries to compete for share of £4,000 prize fund
Organisers have confirmed that almost 60 entries have been received for the forthcoming National Simmental Show, writes Julie Hazelton.
The one-day event, supported by principal sponsor Danske Bank, will take place at the 175th Armagh County Show on Saturday 11th June.
Judging gets underway at 10.00am sharp. Officiating in the judging ring is British Simmental Cattle Society president Stewart Stronach from the noted Islavale Herd based at Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire.
Club chairman Keith Nelson said: ”We are pleased to see a return to the showring following a two-year hiatus. Our inaugural show at Omagh in 2019 was a huge success, and this year’s event is shaping up to be another spectacle in the Simmental calendar.
“The organising committee is excited about the forthcoming National Show, and delighted to confirm that almost 60 entries have been received from breeders throughout Northern Ireland.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our principal sponsor Danske Bank, and the numerous local companies and agricultural businesses who have confirmed their support for our second National Show. Their generosity is greatly appreciated.”
The catalogue for Northern Ireland’s National Show features classes for pedigree Simmental cattle of all ages, including cows, senior, intermediate and junior heifers, junior bulls, calves born in 2022, and the best pair of animals owned by exhibitor.
The prize money in the livestock classes comprises of 1st £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50 and 4th £25.
Budding showmen and women will also have an opportunity to compete for a share of the prize fund in the young handlers’ classes for 8 to 12-year-old handlers, and 13 to 18 year-old handlers.
Danske Bank will provide crystal awards for the supreme, male, female and junior championship prize winners. Competitors in the junior bull classes will be competing for the prestigious DANI Rosebowl, awarded to the best performance recorded bull; and there is also a prize for the exhibitor gaining the most points on the day.
Sponsors of the NI National Simmental Show include: Danske Bank, British Simmental Cattle Society, Yara Fertiliser, Irwins Feed, Countyside Services, George Hamilton Machinery, Noel Kilpatrick Financial Services, TMet, Biocell Agri Ltd, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, Animax, ABP Food Group, Fane Valley Stores and Moocall.
The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club extends a warm welcome to its National Show. Admission tickets can be purchased from the Armagh Show website www.armaghshow.com