With a total of 192 animals from the cream of Northern Ireland’s Friesian herds on parade at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s autumn show and sale last week, judge Mr B C Draper from Shrewsbury, had an unenviable task.
Competition was described as “razor keen,” especially in the bull classes, where Barbican Perky, a 1½ year old animal bred by Mr David Heenan of Barbican Farm, Newcastle, carried off the Northern Ireland Friesian Breeders’ Club award for the best bull.
Mr Robert G McCullough, of Glarryford, on his second visit to Balmoral as an exhibitor, just failed to complete a winning “double” when his bull Kildowney Denis took the reserve placing.
Messrs Andrew Reid and Sons, of Edengo, Garvaghy, Banbridge, entered the female Friesian champion, Braehead Dew Anne, while the reserve Tully Diplomas Gleeful was brought out by Messrs A and K Galbraith of Glenarm.
Most successful exhibitors in the Ayrshire section were Messrs R J Liggett and Son, Tullyhue, Tandragee.
In addition to winning the breed championship with Tullyhue Lightfoot 2nd, a four year old female, they shared the reserve prize with their heifer, Tullyhue Fairy 2nd, which tied with Crumlin breeder Mr Ian Duncan’s cow Lennymore Once Again.
In the group of three class, a trio from the Carrickblacker herd of Mr A M Nicholson lifted the challenge cup presented by the Belfast Livestock Salesmen.
Cuan Charming Duchess 27th shown by Messrs A and S Hamilton, Greyabbey, won the Dairy Shorthorn championship, while in the Aberdeen Angus section, local breeder Mr R A McBridge turned judge for the day and placed Castlederg exhibitor Mr John Crockett’s bull, Bun Man of Claremore best of its breed.
The Hereford classes attracted a surprisingly large entry. The Irish Hereford Breeders’ Association’s silver medal for the show champion was won by Lenaderg Major, a bull entered by Mr Victor McAllister of Banbridge.