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Smyth heifer finds her ‘Mojo’ at Limavady Show

Dean Wylie from Newbuildings with his forst prize beef bullock at the Londonderry/Limavady Show.

Dean Wylie from Newbuildings with his forst prize beef bullock at the Londonderry/Limavady Show.

Jack Smyth from Newtownstewart in Co Tyrone won the Beef Inter Breed championship at the weekend’s County Londonderry Show.

Jack won with his more than impressive Limousin cross heifer Mojo at the event, held at its now traditional Limavady home.

Jack, who spokle to the News Letter about his success, said: “She has already won the commercial championship at Balmoral this year and our plan is to take her to Clogher in a couple of weeks.”

He added: “Later on in the year we may well let Mojo take her chance in one or other of the major fatstock shows – possibly the Allam’s Christmas event.”

Adding to Jack’s good mood on Saturday past was the fact that his home bred heifer Bessiebell Incredible won the Charolais Championship at Limavady.

The Inter Breed sheep title at the show was won by Ballymena flockowner Patrick Donnelly with a truly eye catching Suffolk ewe.

Patrick explained: “She has an impressive show record.”

He said: “But, more than that, her lambs have impressed buyers throughout the UK and Ireland.”

Patrick added: “And that is the real mark of a genuine champion.”

Meanwhile in the dairy cattle show rings, Cyril and Martin Millar from Coleraine were having a day out to remember.

Their second calver Picston Spitfire Baby Five won the Holstein Championship.

“She calved back in December and our plan is to flush her over the coming weeks,” Martin Millar explained.

“Our next day out will be at Antrim Show for the NISA Dairy Cow Championship Final,” she continued.

“And we will see how she gets on there.

“From a performance point of view we can’t fault her: she is currently giving 55 litres of milk per day.”

Limavady Show always provides Clydesdale horse breeders with their flagship mid-summer celebration.

No other regional venue caters for these magnificent animals so well and as, had been widely expected, large numbers of enthusiasts turned out for the event on Saturday — all of them vying for the top honours.

This year’s breed championship was won by the Hanna family from Ballymoney with their more than impressive two year old filly Macfin Diamond Queen.

“We are delighted with the progress that she is making,” Griffin Hanna told the News Letter.

“She is home bred and has already won at Balmoral and the Royal Highland Show this year.

“It’s a great honour to have bred a Clydesdale that is good enough to take on the Scots in their home patch.

“All being well we will breed from her next year.”

“We currently have a young stallion standing at stud in Australia.”

Griffin said: “The business opportunities are there to export Clydesdale breeding stock to countries around the world.”

And Griffin added: “But it’s all about having the right type of animal to meet this demand.”

• For a full list of results, go to the Farming life website or see Saturday’s Farming life

Jack won with his more than impressive Limousin cross heifer Mojo at the event, held at its now traditional Limavady home.

Jack, who spokle to the News Letter about his success, said: “She has already won the commercial championship at Balmoral this year and our plan is to take her to Clogher in a couple of weeks.”

He added: “Later on in the year we may well let Mojo take her chance in one or other of the major fatstock shows – possibly the Allam’s Christmas event.”

Adding to Jack’s good mood on Saturday past was the fact that his home bred heifer Bessiebell Incredible won the Charolais Championship at Limavady.

The Inter Breed sheep title at the show was won by Ballymena flockowner Patrick Donnelly with a truly eye catching Suffolk ewe.

Patrick explained: “She has an impressive show record.”

He said: “But, more than that, her lambs have impressed buyers throughout the UK and Ireland.”

Patrick added: “And that is the real mark of a genuine champion.”

Meanwhile in the dairy cattle show rings, Cyril and Martin Millar from Coleraine were having a day out to remember.

Their second calver Picston Spitfire Baby Five won the Holstein Championship.

“She calved back in December and our plan is to flush her over the coming weeks,” Martin Millar explained.

“Our next day out will be at Antrim Show for the NISA Dairy Cow Championship Final,” she continued.

“And we will see how she gets on there.

“From a performance point of view we can’t fault her: she is currently giving 55 litres of milk per day.”

Limavady Show always provides Clydesdale horse breeders with their flagship mid-summer celebration.

No other regional venue caters for these magnificent animals so well and as, had been widely expected, large numbers of enthusiasts turned out for the event on Saturday — all of them vying for the top honours.

This year’s breed championship was won by the Hanna family from Ballymoney with their more than impressive two year old filly Macfin Diamond Queen.

“We are delighted with the progress that she is making,” Griffin Hanna told the News Letter.

“She is home bred and has already won at Balmoral and the Royal Highland Show this year.

“It’s a great honour to have bred a Clydesdale that is good enough to take on the Scots in their home patch.

“All being well we will breed from her next year.”

“We currently have a young stallion standing at stud in Australia.”

Griffin said: “The business opportunities are there to export Clydesdale breeding stock to countries around the world.”

And Griffin added: “But it’s all about having the right type of animal to meet this demand.”

 

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