The countdown is on as Simmental breeders from across the province prepare for the final of the 2015 Ivomec Super Pair of the Year competition.
Generously sponsored by Merial Animal Health, the competition is now in its tenth year, and will reach a climax at Fermanagh County Show next Wednesday (August 5).
Breeders have been competing throughout the summer to qualify for a place in the final line-up.
Nominated qualifying shows for the competition included Balmoral, Ballymena, Armagh, Omagh, Castlewellan and Clogher.
Sponsor, Philip Clarke, territory sales manager of Merial Animal Health said: “The competition is growing from strength-to-strength, and attracts the cream of the province’s Simmental cattle.
“Congratulations and good luck to all those who qualified for this year’s final. I have no doubt that the final line-up will feature some strong contenders for the title.”
The winner of the 2015 Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year Competition will receive the prestigious Merial Crystal Decanter and a 500mls pack of Ivomec Super injection. All finalists will be awarded a 200mls pack of Ivomec Super.
Judge for the event is Scottish breeder Michael Durno from the Auchorachan herd based at Ballindalloch in Banffshire.
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Richard Rodgers added: “The Ivomec Super Pair of the Year competition is one of the highlights in the club’s annual calendar.
“Thanks to Merial Animal Health for its continued sponsorship; and good luck to all of the qualifiers competing at next week’s final.”
Ivomec Super is an endectocide which kills fluke, worms and external parasites in one injection. The product has been producing consistent results for more than 20 years, and it is easy and convenient to administer.
Qualifiers for the 2015 Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition include:
Balmoral Show: Keith and Andrea Nelson, Rosslea, County Fermanagh – Scribby Farms Exquisiter by Drumlone Anchor, and Scribby Farms Elegant by Drumlone Anchor.
Ballymena Show: Robin and Darla Boyd and Family, Portglenone, County Antrim - Slievenagh Flirt by Auroch Amos ET, and Slievenagh Essence by Kilbride Farm Bantry.
Lurgan Show: Thelma Gorman, Armagh, County Armagh – Woodford Penny by Kilbride Farm Newry, and Woodford Patricia 3rd by Breaghey Diamond.
Armagh Show: David Hazelton, Dungannon, CountyTyrone - Ranfurly Blende 5th by Whitemire King Kong, and Ranfurly Formula 1 by Carnkern Titan.
Omagh Show: William and George Nelson, Rosslea, County Fermanagh – Drumacritten Fred by Drumlone Anchor, and Drumacritten Fermanagh by Omorga Volvo.
Castlewellan Show: Joe Wilson, Newry, County Down – Ballinlare Farm Esmeralda by Auchorachan Wizard, Ballinlare Farm Edelweiss by Auchorachan Wizard.
Clogher Show:Chris Traynor, Armagh, County Armagh – Kilmore Fitz by Kilbride Farm Bantry, and Kilmore Floyd by Kilbride Farm Bantry.
Traditionally Fermanagh County Show also hosts the finals of the Simmental Club’s Male and Female of the Year Awards. Danske Bank (formerly Northern Bank) has been sole sponsor of this competition since 1997. The winners are determined using a points system which is collated at nominated shows throughout the summer. Commemorative engraved crystal tankards, rosettes and cash awards will be presented the winners and runners-up.
Club chairman Richard Rodgers concluded: “We are indebted to Danske Bank for its continued sponsorship of this competition.
“There has been strong competition in the Simmental classes on the summer show circuit, and it is almost time to add up the points and reveal the winners of the 2015 awards.”
Next week will be busy for members of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club, as its annual charity barbecue takes place in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday, 7th August, commencing at 8pm.
Tickets are priced at £15 each, and this year’s chosen charity is the Southern Area Hospice in Newry. To reserve tickets contact club secretary Robin Boyd tel: 07799 346784.