Entries in the cattle classes at the 21st annual show held by the Killeter Show Society at Mathernageeragh in County Tyrone last Wednesday were well up to those of previous years.
Unsettled weather conditions brought a good attendance of entrants to the dairy cow section and the judges, Mr Colin Edwards, Burt, Co Donegal, and Mr Jack McElroy, Waterside, Londonderry, had a number of high standard animals to assess for nine cups and £60 of prize money.
Officials of the Killeter Show Society were disappointed with the number of entrants in the beef classes, particularly the Aberdeen Angus, and it was only by the generosity of several farmers bringing bulls directly from hill farms that this section of the show remained open.
“The hill cows shown were particularly good,” said Mr Colin Edwards, “and the stock in the other classes were well turned out too.
“The only criticism I would have to make is against the professional showman. It is hardly fair to local farmers for whom this show is the district event of the year that they have to compete against the blue blood stock of the county.
“This is the biggest number of entries we have had in the horse and pony classes,” said Killeter Show secretary Mr Patrick McEvoy, Castlederg.
“The attendance is well up to expectatons with 333 entries. The cattle section is very encouraging with many of the stock entered being present at the show. Prize money for both cattle and horses has been doubled since last year.”