Kindly sponsored by Chestnutt Animal Feeds Ltd of Stranocum, Ballymoney, the British Blue Show Exhibitor competition is organised by the NI Blue Cattle Club to acknowledge exhibitors for their commitment to promoting British Blues at regional agricultural shows throughout Northern Ireland.
Presentations were made at the NI Blue Cattle Club’s annual dinner at Corrs Corner recently.
The winner was Trevor Dodds from Mayobridge with runner up Ernie Gregg from Ahoghill.
Trevor had a very successful year with his Bavan Herd beginning at Balmoral with Junior Champion, Best Junior Heifer and Reserve Champion. He then continued his success at regional shows with Champion and Champion Pairs at Ballymoney, Champion Pairs and Northern Ireland British Blue Heifer Champion at Antrim. The Northern Ireland Best Heifer at the Club’s Herd Competition followed.
However, Trevor’s greatest achievement was winning the Linden Foods/NISA Pedigree Heifer Champion at Clogher Valley Show as this was a first for a British Blue and his heifer Timoney Garnet was the youngest out of 20 interbreed qualifiers.
Ernie owns the Ballybollen Herd and with help from his daughter Naomi, they had Senior Bull at Balmoral and along with success at regional shows, they were second in the Club’s Small Herd Competition.
The NI Blue Cattle Club extends their gratitude to Chestnutt Animals Feeds Ltd for sponsoring this event and thanks to all exhibitors for participation.
Other presentations included the Bimeda Herd Competition trophy to James Martin, Springhill Herd from Newtownards, the Calf Show Champion to Sam Robinson, Rahoon Herd from Crossgar, Bank of Ireland Young Bull Champion to Jim Sloan, Ballygrange Herd from Kilkeel and, Greenvale Heifer Champion to Trevor Dodds, Bavan Herd from Mayobridge.