Two show championship wins in four days – that’s the remarkable record of Gert, a cross-bred Ayrshire cow shown by Betty Anderson of Killylea, County Armagh.
At Newry last Wednesday Gert took the £25 prize and cup for the best dairy animal in the show and followed up this success at Armagh on Saturday with a win in the dairy championship class, taking another £25 prize and a rosebowl presented by the Armagh Show Committee.
The judge, Mr William A Armstrong, described Gert as a “worthy champion”. All the animals in the championship class were, he said, of a very high standard. “There was no tail end whatsoever,” he told FarmWeek.
Praise for the quality of the cross-bred exhibits came from judge Mr Robert Orr of Saintfield. “The general standard was good and there were some useful heifers on show,” he said.
The show’s other top award, the £15 prize and the Ulster Farmers’ Mart cup for the best beef animal, went to Dungannon exhibitor Mr Jervis W Williamson’s Hereford heifer, Culkeeran Barbara.
Culkeeran Barbara was also the winner of the top beef award at Newry show on Wednesday.