Northern Ireland Blue Cattle Club

Antrim Show 2010


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British Blues win Battle of Antrim

Saturday 24th July 2010 was yet another triumph for British Blue Cattle breeders when the nation’s top terminal sire took the Interbreed Championship at Antrim Show.

Zara Chestnutt of Bushmills winning the Interbreed Championship and Norbrook Blue Championship with her cow, Clougher Wilma, which had an equally impressive calf at foot.

Interbreed beef judge Peter Henshall, a former Limousin Society chairman from Shropshire, noting how rarely a top show cow produces such as stunningly good calf.
“The turn out of stock at Antrim and appreciative gallery was amazing with the British Blue cow awarded the Interbreed Championship a truly exceptional example of the breed.”

Jim Ervine, Newtownabbey, exhibited the Reserve British Blue Champion at Antrim, a bull that clearly delighted breed judge Andy Woodburn from Ayrshire.
“Not only had British Blues the largest turnout of stock at Antrim Show, but the quality from top to bottom was amazing,” the Scottish judge said. “There was not a British Blue exhibited today that wasn’t a credit to the breed.”

Jim Reid from Lockerbie, who judged the Heifer Derby, was equally upbeat in his comments. “The sheer strength of entries for the Ulster Bank Blue Heifer Derby was amazing, no wonder two rings had to become one to accommodate this event. Oliver McGuinness’s white heifer was, to me, the obvious winner, but after that making placings in the right order was far from easy so good was the line out of stock. That outstanding heifer from Oliver’s Faughanvale Herd at Eglinton would take home rosettes from any show anywhere in the land.
“These are Blues bred as they should be with shape and mobility, cattle with real character able to do the job of producing better paying beef cattle from suckler and dairy herds alike.”

All with an interest in good cattle are reminded Zara Chestnutt hosts an open night on the family farm near Bushmills from 6.30pm on Frid, Aug 13, an opportunity to view the NI Blue Cattle Club Herd of the Year.

The following day, Sat, Aug 14 Moira Arena again hosts the Meat Joint Blue Calf Show and Young handlers Competition.



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