Limavady Show: New emphasis on food looking tasty

Brother and sister Charlie and Bella Millar, from Coleraine, with their dad Martin, demonstrating that the family's Texel sheep are easily managed
Brother and sister Charlie and Bella Millar, from Coleraine, with their dad Martin, demonstrating that the family's Texel sheep are easily managed

Tremendous crowds and a host of new attractions were the order of the day at this year’s Limavady Show.

“The event just keeps on getting better,” said show committee chairman Alwyn McFarlane.

“We are in the process of developing the event as a shop window for farming and food in the North West. This year was marked by the launch of our artisan foods’ marquee and it has proven to be a tremendous success with visitors.

“I took part in a cookery demonstration with the well- known chef Emmett McCourt just after lunch and the crowds in the new marquee watching on were tremendous.

“This is the future for Limavady Show and the committee fully intends building on this progress over the coming years.”

McFarlane pointed out that the clash of this year’s Limavady and Castlewellan Shows had no impact, whatsoever, on the number of breeders taking part in the myriad livestock classes catalogued for this year’s event at the Aghanloo show grounds.

The beef inter-breed championship was won by Maurice Savage, from Drumahoe, with an eye-catching 14-month-old Limousin bull Aghadolgan Jackson. Judge Alan Petrie, from Angus in Scotland, described the animal as one of the best young sires of its breed that he has seen in a long time.

“We intend taking him to Carlisle next February,” said Mr Savage.

The bull is home bred and was sired by Virginia Andy.

The beef inter-breed reserve at Limavady was a Charolais heifer Knoxwell Impulse, bred and exhibited by the Kerrigan family from Donemana. The plan is to take her to Clogher Show at the end of this month.

The Limavady dairy championship went to the McLean family, from Bushmills, with their Holstein second calver Priestland 5126 Shottle Sizzle VG87. She calved back in the spring and is currently giving 45 litres of milk per day. Earlier this year, the cow took the dairy inter-breed reserve at Ballymena Show.

Traditionally, Limavady Show attracts a tremendous turnout of sheep from all parts of Northern Ireland, and this year was no different. The Inter-Breed Championship went to Louise Breen, from Clogher, with her three-year-old Texel ewe Queenie.

“It has been a tremendous day out,” she said.

“The plan is to take the ewe to Clogher at the end of the month.”

The inter-breed reserve title went to Veronica and Patrick Fullerton, from Draperstown, with their Lanark Blackface ewe. Judge Alan Wight, from Biggar in Scotland, described the selection of sheep taking part in the inter-breed class as among the very best he had seen in a long time.

“It was a toss-up at the end between the Texel and the Blackface ewes. I just thought my champion had that little bit of extra class,” he said.