Great turnout for 110th Antrim Show at Shane’s Castle

One of the first major qualifier-based titles of the summer – the NISA: Bank of Ireland Pedigree Junior Bull of the Year championship – was awarded at this year’s Antrim Show.

And the silver wear went west following the more than impressive showing of the 10-month old Simmental weanling, Mullyknock Gallant, exhibited by Fermanagh breeder Robert Forde.

The McGovern sisters from Clogher with their Charolais bulls at Antrim Show. Picture: Julie Hazelton

The McGovern sisters from Clogher with their Charolais bulls at Antrim Show. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Judge Dougie McBeath, from Stirling, described the animal as an outstanding young bull with tremendous potential.

“It has all the characteristics of a top quality beef breeding sire, including great length and shape,” he added.

Forde confirmed that he intends taking the bull to one of the Stirling sales in 2017.

“Most satisfying for me is the fact that the bull was up against competing animals that were significantly older. He definitely has tremendous scope and we will see how he develops over the coming months.”

Meanwhile in the dairy show rings, the McLean family, from Bushmills, was having another excellent day out.

They won their fifth inter breed dairy championship of the summer with the Ayrshire 4th calver, Marleycote Sea Lilly.

The judge, Robert Hunter, from Lanarkshire, described the cow as an excellent example of the Ayrshire breed.

“The fact that she has calved successfully on four occasions, and still looks so well, is testimony to her tremendous dairy strength,” he said.

“Longevity is so important from a dairy breeding perspective. We milk Holstein and Jersey cows at home. So it takes a truly outstanding animal of another breed to catch my eye.”