Round-up of the big winners at today’s Balmoral Show

Nichola Henry of principal sponsor, Ulster Bank, made a new friend on the final day of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park. She is pictured kidding around with a prize-winning goat
Nichola Henry of principal sponsor, Ulster Bank, made a new friend on the final day of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park. She is pictured kidding around with a prize-winning goat

Today will live long in the memory of the Fleming family, from Seaforde in Co Down, as their elite Jersey cow – Potterswalls Glams Elisha – notched up her second Dairy Inter-Breed Championship title in a row. This is the Flemings’ 7th Balmoral inter-breed championship, having done the double twice.

“We are truly delighted with today’s result,” said Ashley Fleming.

“Elisha calved a few weeks ago and she really is looking tremendously well. What makes it all the more special is the fact she is home bred. We also bred her sire.”

The cow is currently giving almost 50 litres per day with milk solids exceeding 10%.

“Jersey cows produce very high quality milk,” Ashley explained.

“This is a key attraction of the breed, which is growing in popularity with local milk producers at the present time.

Today’s Inter-Breed Reserve was the Dairy Shorthorn Champion Marleycote Princess Jill 31st. Owned by the McLean family, from North Antrim, she won the UK Dairy Expo for the third year in a row back in March.

The Honourable Mention was awarded to Conor McAufield’s Holstein Champion; the 2nd calver Clonpaddin MPW Jill. She was bred by Co Wicklow breeder John Hurley.

Sheep producers also enjoyed their big day at Balmoral. The winner of the Inter-Breed title was the two-year-old Charollais ewe – Naughty but Nice – owned by Diane Christie, from Comber. Bred by George and Jason Booth from Co Tyrone, the ewe was sired by the elite ram Tullyear Krackerjack. This was Diane’s fourth Balmoral Inter-Breed title.

The Inter-Breed Reserve went to Co Down flockowner David Mawhinney with his three shear Border Leicester ewe. She was purchased at a flock dispersal sale in Lanark last September. Sired by the elite ram Kinninmonth Kentucky, the ewe gave birth to triplet embryo transfer lambs, sired by the renowned tip Eildon Everest, earlier this year.

Heavy rain this afternoon failed to dampen the spirits of the visitors attending yoday’s show. The RUAS has confirmed that that total visitor numbers to Balmoral Park over the three days of this year’s event were well up to expected levels.

A society spokesman said that developments will continue apace at the new Balmoral site over the coming months. These will include the building of the new Eikon Exhibition Centre and the development of a ‘Green Energy’ Park, which will have a focus on solar power and the generation of electricity from biomass.