After two months of intensive heats – at venues all over the Province – Saturday’s Antrim Show saw the Fleming family’s truly elite Jersey second calver Potterswalls Glams Elisha crowned as the Northern Ireland Shows Association Dairy Cow champion.
Judge Edward Griffith, from South Yorkshire, characterised her as an almost perfect example of the breed.
“In my opinion she has all the attributes of a top class dairy cow,” he said.
He added: “The line-up of cows for this year’s final was excellent. But, in truth, I could not fault the winner.”
Antrim Show is also unique in hosting a significant number of the most important Inter-Breed beef cattle and sheep competition finals.
Banbridge Limousin breeder Jim Quail also had a tremendous day at Antrim courtesy of his elite bull Lynderg Hero winning both the Breed Championship and the Supreme Beef Inter-Breed accolade.
“Antrim is our flagship show of the year as it plays host to the Northern Ireland Limousin Championships,” Jim explained.
He added: “Breeders were out in large numbers for this year’s event and the standard of competition was exceptionally high.”