A cross-bred Ayrshire from the Crumlin farm of Mr John M Price took the “blue riband” award – the Andrews challenge cup for the champion dairy cow – at Saintfield YFC and District Agricultural Society’s 26th show on Saturday.
Although the entries of pedigree Ayrshires and Abeerdeen-Angus were disappointing, there were good turnouts of Herefords, Jerseys and Friesians.
The sheep section was also well supported and show secretary Mr John Beck reported increased entries in the horse classes.
Friesian judge Mr James J Kelly of the Twenties, Drogheda, admitted he had a tough job nominating the champion before eventually settling for Barbican Dew Judy 5th, a nine-year-old cow shown by Mr David Heenan of Newcastle, in preference to a five-year-old animal entered by Purdysburn Hospital Management Committee.
“It was very close but the older animal has just that little more breed character,” said Mr Kelly. “She has carried her age very well.”
In the Jersey section, the championship prize went to Mr Carl Sloan of Dromore with Ormeau Nosegay while the “best Hereford in the show” award, the Martin perpetual cup, went to Mr J H Hall Fraser of Belfast with Ballyraggan 306th.
The champion Border Leicester was brought out by Mr Alex Minnis of Mossvale, Comber, while the top Suffolk came from the Crossamuckley flock of Mr William Montgomery.
The Victoria challenge cup for the best Cross-bred in the sheep section was won by a horned hoggett ewe entered by Mr H McCreery, Richhill.