Fermanagh Show to host the National Beef Shorthorn Show

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n The oldest show cup, dating from1886, is the William Wilson Cup, held by show secretary Ann Orr and chairman Adrian Irvine.

FERMANAGH Farming Society is delighted to welcome members of the Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club to the West for the launch of the National Shorthorn Show, sponsored by Severfield NI Ltd, on Wednesday, August 7.

A big turnout of cattle is expected following the major comeback of the Beef Shorthorn breed across all of Ireland, including Fermanagh. For the past 40 years the continental breeds have been to the forefront of Fermanagh Show but the native breeds have become very strong again.

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The Poultry Show is sponsored by Rodney Noble Contracts – Woodchipping, a new local sponsor to this year’s show. There are a range of classes for Large Fowl, Bantam, Waterfowl and rare breeds. Junior classes for 12-16 year olds and under 12 years are in place to give young members the chance to exhibit birds and gain experience in showing.

The Goat Show is sponsored by RTD Crawford timber importers, Lisbellaw, the sole sponsor of the goat show providing a wide range of classes for pedigree and non-pedigree goats, also including a milking competition. This is the second year of the British Goat Society affiliated show in association with the Northern Ireland Goat Club. Big numbers of goats are expected to attend both pedigree and non-pedigree.

The main Dog Show is sponsored by Mackles Pet Foods and kicks off with a new Fancy Dress Competition for dogs and their owners. The theme is ‘A Nursery Rhyme’ so come along and enjoy this pre Dog Show event at 5.30pm. Entries are on field on Tuesday, August 6, at 6pm.

The Northern Ireland Lawnmower Association’s spectacular Grand Prix Ride, sponsored by Balcas, takes place on Tuesday evening along with YFC games including Tug of War and Tractor Handling.

Prize money has doubled to £20 per class in the main Home Industries Sections – Floral Art, Flowers & Potted Plants, Preserves, Eggs, Cookery, Photography, and Art & Crafts. In the Vegetable and Fruit sections Vaughan Trust has kindly provided £35 per class with £60 for the Veggie Box Class and the two juvenile classes. A number of classes now include classes for the Novice exhibitor, someone that has not won a first prize in Home industries before.

Charity of the Year: Air Ambulance Service & NI Children’s Hospice – Will Eleanor and Joseph Short have donated a Charolais heifer for a draw with tickets available on both days.

Free shuttle bus service on both days during show open hours – please watch the website for pre-show tickets.

A Supershow Platform will ensure that exhibitors can make their entries from home at any time of the day or night. Online entries and early bird tickets are available on the new website.

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The new system has been developed by Dotser for several shows across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Please note entries close July 15.

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