ALL roads will lead to Dungannon on Saturday, September 7, for the 17th annual multi-breed dairy calf show.
The one-day event at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart has attracted a record 163 entries from young Holstein, Ayrshire and Jersey enthusiasts.
A spokesperson for the organising committee said: “We are excited by the enthusiasm shown for this year’s event. The calf show is one of the annual highlights for young breeders who enjoy the camaraderie and sportsmanship of taking part in the various showmanship and calf classes.”
The Holstein entries will be judged by Rory Timlin from the Atlantic Way Herd, based in Ballina, County Mayo; while Welshman Iwan Thomas has been tasked with judging the Ayrshire classes and the eight Jersey entries.
Judging gets underway with the showmanship classes commencing at 10am sharp. The breed championships are expected to take place around 3pm.
The Holstein showmanship section has attracted 35 competitors. The novice, junior, intermediate, senior and mature showmanship classes are kindly sponsored by World Wide Sires, and the overall winner will receive the Hamish Logan Trophy. The reserve champion will receive the Ulster Bank Cup.
Thompsons is continuing with its sponsorship of the Holstein calf classes, which have attracted 75 entries. The overall winner will win the Genus Crystal Award, while the runner-up will receive the McCann Shield. Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred championship.
The Ayrshire showmanship classes have 15 entries forward in the junior, intermediate and senior categories, sponsored by OB Construction. The champion handler will receive the Fullerton Trophy.
United Feeds has weighed in to provide financial backing for the Ayrshire calf classes. Thirty calves have been entered across the classes, and the overall champion will collect the Ardmore Cup.
Alison Beattie, from Farm Wardrobe based at Delvin, County Meath, is providing embroidered jackets for the championship winners in the Ayrshire section.
Organisers extend a warm welcome to everyone: “We are indebted to the Wylie family from Dungannon Farmers’ Mart for the use of its facilities, and to our valued sponsors for their generous financial backing.”