The Lusby family of Kilfennan, Waterside, Londonderry, renowned for their show successes with pedigree Ayrshires, broke new ground at Tyrone Farming Society’s 131st Omagh show last Wednesday.
The Lusbys collected the show’s top award, the Excelsior Cup for the champion dairy animal, for the third successive year – but this time with a crossbred.
And the animal, an eight-year-old cow produced by a Jersey cow-Ayrshire bull cross, took the red, white and blue rosette in the face of competition from many of the country’s leading pedigree Friesians and Ayrshires.
Shown by 13 year old Joe Lusby in the absence of owner, older brother Herbert – at present touring Canada as winner of the Burnhouse Award Scheme – the cow was born at Balmoral Show in 1964 and before coming to Omagh already had wins at Lurgan and Londonderry to her credit.
One man who was not surprised by the judge’s verdict was Mr Noel Lusby, who commented afterwards: “I knew she was a fine animal and stood a good chance of doing well.”
Runner-up for the Excelsior Cup was a Friesian entered by Mr D W Alcorn of Loughmuck, Omagh.
A pedigree Ayrshire also from the Lusby herd was placed fourth in the dairy championship and the same animal took the challenge cup for the best pedigree Ayrshire in the show.
Animals from the herd of Mr Thomas Hammond, Ballymaguire, Stewartstown, dominated the Friesian section and his five year old cow, Ballymaguire Rosetta 5th, took the supreme championship and best female awards.
The British Friesian Cattle Society’s prize for the champion male went to Mr W A Cochrane of Macosquin.
In the Hereford section, the Irish Hereford Breeders’ Association’s silver cup for the supreme champion went to Mr Jack Morrison of Armoy with his three year old bull Ardmulchan Coiner while the prize for the best animal of opposite sex to the champion was awarded to Cookstown breeder Mr W A Patterson’s heifer, Wiland Phyllis.
Ormeau Nosegay, a three year old cow entered by Mr Carl Sloan of Dromore, County Down, took the championship in the Jersey ring while a six year old cow from the farm of Mr Arthur E Morrow was judged best of breed in the Aberdeen Angus section.