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Crowds travelled from far and near to enjoy a perfect day at the ABP Newry Show on Saturday which saw the All Ireland Aberdeen Angus Final held in Newry for the first time. The show welcomed almost 100 international delegates, who are currently in the UK and Ireland to participate part in the World Aberdeen Angus Forum.

Cheeklaw Emlyn owned by the Matchett family, Portadown was the winner of the All Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship Final at the ABP Newry Show. Gail and Sam Matchett are pictured with judge of the event Desmond Mackie and John Gribbin and Michael McGlynn, Tullyvin, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Cheeklaw Emlyn owned by the Matchett family, Portadown was the winner of the All Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship Final at the ABP Newry Show. Gail and Sam Matchett are pictured with judge of the event Desmond Mackie and John Gribbin and Michael McGlynn, Tullyvin, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The visitors came from as far away as Canada, Uruguay, South Africa and New Zealand to watch breed judge - Desmond Mackie, from Lisburn - tap out Cheeklaw Emlyn as Newry’s Aberdeen Angus Champion. Bred by husband & wife team Nigel & Gail Matchett from Portadown, the animal went on to win the show’s Inter-Breed Championship, and for good measure, the prize of the day, the All-Ireland title!

Kile Diamond exhibits Million Dollar Baby, the Commercial Champion at the ABP Newry Show, owned by Robert Miller, Moneymore. Looking on is Niall Kearney, ABP, sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Kile Diamond exhibits Million Dollar Baby, the Commercial Champion at the ABP Newry Show, owned by Robert Miller, Moneymore. Looking on is Niall Kearney, ABP, sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Mackle described the bull as an almost perfect example of the Angus breed, adding “Aberdeen Angus beef has a tremendous image, one which is well merited. But, from a production point of view, the cattle are easily managed. What’s more they can be brought through to finishing weights at an early age, using grazed grass and silage as the main feed sources in their diets.”

The All-Ireland reserve championship went to Co. Cavan farmer, Finbar Cahill with Drumhill Lord Henry.  The bull was bred by Cookstown herdowner Jonathan Doyle and bought by the Cahill family early this year.  The All-Ireland Junior Championship was won by Albert DeCogan Co. Cork  

Newry Show Chairman Kyle Henry confirmed the role played by Newry Show in highlighting the importance of the agri-food sector to the South Down area.

Maria and Lindsay Johnston, Ranui Angus, New Zealand and Paul Jeenes, Junior Vice President, Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, just some of the visitors to Newry Show for the All Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship Final. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Maria and Lindsay Johnston, Ranui Angus, New Zealand and Paul Jeenes, Junior Vice President, Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, just some of the visitors to Newry Show for the All Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship Final. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

“We are helping to communicate a strong message regarding the provenance of the food produced throughout our catchment area and the exemplary standards achieved by local farmers.

“We want to build on this for the future. Brexit will throw up a host of opportunities and challenges for the farming and food industries. Continuing growth will be an ongoing priority for both sectors.

Competing in the horse jumping at Newry Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Competing in the horse jumping at Newry Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

“This will be driven by the continuing under supply of home produced food within the UK as a whole. So there is every opportunity for farmers here in Northern Ireland to help fill this gap.”

One of the most outstanding success stories of the 2017 show season has been the rise to prominence of the commercial beef heifer Million Dollar Baby, owned by Moneymore farmer Robert Miller. So, it didn’t come as a great surprise when this very choice animal won Newry’s Commercial Beef Championship which was sponsored by ABP.

ABP Newry’s Sheep Inter Breed Championship was won by the Brannigan Brothers, from Kilcoo, with their elite Texel offering. The show season of 2017 is turning out to be one to remember for Texel breeders right across Northern Ireland, with a host of Inter Breed Championships already in the bag.

ABP Newry Show 2017 Results

CATTLE

Dairy Cattle

Inter-breed Champion: A McGowan

Eugene Rooney, Warrenpoint was overall winner in Home Industries at the ABP Newry Show and niece Annie Brady is pictured holding some of the home cooking that helped win the award. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Eugene Rooney, Warrenpoint was overall winner in Home Industries at the ABP Newry Show and niece Annie Brady is pictured holding some of the home cooking that helped win the award. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

McLarnon's/NISA Qualifier: A McGowan

Holstein Classes:

Champion: A McGowan

Beef Cattle

Supreme Champion: S&S Matchett; reserve: R Miller

Inter-breed Champion: S&S Matchett; reserve: K McOscar

Danske Pedigree Beef Bred Bull Champion: S&S Matchett; reserve: K McOscar

BOI Beef Calf Champion: S Crawford; reserve: Johnston Farms

Inter-breed Pair: 1st) R Miller; 2nd) Johnston Farms

Qualifiers:

BOI/NISA Junior Bull: 1st) T Dodds; 2nd) Savage Brothers

Linden Foods/NISA Pedigree Beef Heifer: 1st) Savage Brothers

Aberdeen Angus classes

All-Ireland Champion: S&S Matchett; reserve P&F Cahill

Senior Champion: S&S Matchett; reserve: P&F Cahill

Junior Champion: A De Cogan; reserve: M&R Goulding

Charolais classes

Champion: M Ritchie

Simmental classes

Champion: J Whitcroft; reserve: T Gorman

Rene Faloon presents the Annetts Landscaping Judges Choice Award to Ellen Faloon at Newry Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Rene Faloon presents the Annetts Landscaping Judges Choice Award to Ellen Faloon at Newry Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Salers classes

Champion: P O'Kane; reserve: S Connell

Limousin classes

Champion: S Crawford; reserve: M McConville

Blonde classes

Champion: Savage Brothers; reserve: Johnston Family

Commercial classes

Champion: R Miller; reserve: R Miller

British Blue classes

Champion: T Dodds; reserve: T Dodds

The Champion Goat at Newry Show was Corrinshego Heidi exhibited by Arthur Mullan, Corrinshego who is pictured here receiving his award from Brian O'Hare, Chairman, Goat Section. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Champion Goat at Newry Show was Corrinshego Heidi exhibited by Arthur Mullan, Corrinshego who is pictured here receiving his award from Brian O'Hare, Chairman, Goat Section. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Shorthorn classes

Champion: J Peters

Young Handlers classes

10-18yro: 1st) Molly Bradley; 2nd) Serena Murphy; 3rd) Victoria Johnston

SHEEP

Inter-breed Champion: Brannigan Brothers; reserve: S Fagan

Inter-breed classes

Group of Three: 1st) T Bell; 2nd) S Fagan

Pairs: 1st) T Bell; 2nd) S Fagan

Lanark Black Face classes

Champion: S Fagan; reserve: M Grant

Suffolk classes

Champion: D Ford; reserve: D Ford

Charollais classes

Darryl Branagan, Kilcoo with the Texel Champion at the ABP Newry Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Darryl Branagan, Kilcoo with the Texel Champion at the ABP Newry Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Champion: T Bell

Texel classes

Champion: Brannigan Brothers; reserve: B Casement

Zwartables classes

Champion: J Owens; reserve: C McCracken

Hampshire Down classes

Champion: P Lawson; reserve: P Lawson

Qualifiers

Cydectin Young Handlers: 1st) Liam Doyle; 2nd) Eve Ford; 3rd) D Kelly

Danske/NISA: 1st) M Grant; 2nd) T Bell

GOATS

Champion: A Miller

Reserve: S Wilson

 

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