All Set for the Annual County Fermanagh Show

County Fermanagh Farming Society Ltd will be hosting its annual Fermanagh County Show on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th August 2014.

The countdown is now well underway to the event which is the last show in the Northern Ireland summer agricultural shows calendar.

Danske Bank Foodhall has been one of the show’s star attractions since its inception in 2000, drawing large numbers of visitors who happily graze through the marquee sampling the local produce and speaking to producers.

The Foodhall stand competition is supported by Killyhevlin Hotel who presented the crystal awards.

Farming and food go hand in hand and the need to learn more about how fine products are produced. Steward Andrea McIlveen is organising a range of Cookery Demonstrations to run over the two days and this timetable will soon be available.

Guest speakers at the event were Jilly and Simon Dougan, Food NI representatives. Simon is a chef and proprietor of the well-known Yellow Door restaurant. Both Jilly and Simon will impress upon us the high quality of food produced in Northern Ireland when compared to EU standards – Northern Ireland is at the top and we need to start shouting about it.

Launch of the Fermanagh County Show 2014

Launch of the Fermanagh County Show 2014

DOG SHOW

Celebrating its ‘Happy 18th Birthday’ the Dog Show attracts 130 – 140 dogs each year.

This year the show is hosting qualifying classes for the ISA Gain Dog All Ireland Qualifier at Clonaslee and a qualifier for the All Ireland Gun Dog Championship with 13 classes and six cups on offer.

Organisers wish to thank Wesley and Norma, who are the head stewards.

 

 

SCHOOLS

The school children’s section is a very important element of the Fermanagh Show; with up 3,500 attending. Admission is free to all children under 16 years old.

HOME INDUSTRIES

The Home Industries classes attract around 1,000 exhibits; a great display of arts and crafts, photography, cookery, vegetables, other home produce as well as cut flowers and floral arrangements.

The Kitchen Cafe is the new sponsor in the main cookery section and James Neill Ltd is sponsoring the Champion cake of the show.

Ringside Restaurant is sponsoring Juvenile Cookery.

Meanwhile, a new cup has been presented by Fermanagh Cottage Industries Cup for the Highest Points in Craft.

POULTRY

Sponsored by RDT Crawford, the poultry section features the opportunity fir visitors to vote for the most popular bird at the show voting paper in catalogue; with prizes for the male and female. Fermanagh Show is also qualifier for the ISA All Ireland Female Bantam Chicken Championship.

PETS

Fermanagh Show has large numbers of exhibits, especially in the pedigree rabbit section which is a firm favourite with children and adults.

VINTAGE SHOW

The Vintage section is a real attraction for both young and old to see the tractors and other machinery which served past generations on the land. This year there is a spectacular static display not to be missed.

TRADE

Is growing all the time, last year Fermanagh Show had 192 trade stands altogether. The closing date for applications is the 5th July and indoors and the Foodhall are already well filled.

YFCU

Organisers thank the Young Farmers who assist with the signage pre-show, and for putting on entertainment on the Tuesday evening. Fermanagh Show were delighted that the Show Queen – Miss Holly Walker was able to attend the launch and look forward to her involvement in the show in August.

COMMERCIAL CATTLE

A fantastic showcase for the beef industry the Commercial Halter Led Cattle Classes is a growing section across summer shows in Northern Ireland, with exhibitors investing in and breeding the best which are on show in the final show in Fermanagh, as a points show we also host the NICEC special qualifiers in advance of the finals.

There is a confined to Fermanagh farmers section supported by Vaughan Trust, to encourage local farmers to get in the show ring and with specific classes for suckler cows and calves not halter trained. This all culminates in the Teemore Engineering and Easy Fix Slat Rubber Products Supreme Commercial Championship with a prize fund of £500

This year the society has been presented with a new cup the Collum John Graham Memorial Cup for the Commercial ‘Champion of Champions’.

RARE BREED CATTLE & SHEEP

There will be a special rare breed display indoors on Tuesday and Wednesday with lots of interesting breeds to check out. Along with a sheep shearing demo on the Tuesday evening.

PEDIGREE BEEF SECTIONS

A good entry is expected in the pedigree breeds Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Blondes, Simmental and Charolais sections. It is hoped that last year’s big numbers will have attracted new exhibitors to Fermanagh County Show.

The Inter-Breed Beef Championship is sponsored by John Thompson & Sons, Brian Keys Dromore and L A Richardson and this pulls out the cream of the pedigrees at the end of the show.

Fermanagh Show thanks a range of local businesses for sponsoring Fermanagh Pedigree Livestock Breeders section for Native and Continental cattle. This club is now well established and encourages breeders to weight record and take advantage of the excellent farm trips organised annually, this is all about good practice on these ‘Go and See’ visits.

Organisers thank the Fermanagh Simmental breeders for their support in the Simmental section and look forward to working with new sponsor First Trust Bank.

Blonde Herd of the Year will also be chosen at the show.

Thanks go to all the breed societies who support the show and to Merial Animal Health who sponsor the Ivomec Pair of the Year Final; and to Danske Bank sponsors of the Male and Female Pair of the year.

Fermanagh Show is a points show and this final is a real gem to attract the cream of the crop to the show.

DAIRY CLASSSES & CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Holstein section is sponsored this year by Glanbia, followed by both in the coloured Dairy classes, and the Ulster Farmers Mart and United Feeds classes, National Milk Records supports the Pair of Dairy Cows.

Championships: Cogent UK Heifer Championship and Teemore Babe Championship. The Fane Valley All Ireland Championship with exhibitors competing for the 1902 Farmers Challenge Cup for the Supreme All Ireland Dairy Championship.

YOUNG HANDLERS

Young exhibitors are encouraged to get into the ring and show off their skills, with two classes in dairy, beef and sheep. Young people are important and the show wishes to encourage them to become involved in handling and showing.

SHEEP CLASSES & CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fermanagh Show has sections for both purebred and crossbred sheep, this year they have introduced ‘A Fleece of Wool Competition’ sponsored by Ulster Wool Board Ltd. They have been presented with four new cups to increase the competition in this end of the livestock section. Organsiers are grateful to the Knox Kerr families to Three Valleys Veterinary Ltd and to Women in Agriculture who donated the new trophies.

A new goat section will be taking place – the last time Fermanagh Show had goats was 1986 in the old showground’s.

CONCLUSION

The society is indebted to all sponsors for their continued support of the livestock, home industries and trade sections of the show and especially hope that new sponsors will be happy at Fermanagh Show.

Each year the society makes new and lasting links across the food and agricultural industry and are looking forward to working with the Food NI team in the search for new avenues and opportunities for showcasing ‘Good Food’ at Fermanagh County Show.

Show secretary added: “For pre-show tickets sales we depend on local businesses to assist with sales; this speeds the entry process at the gates on the day.

“We are indebted to NFU Insurance, Fermanagh Cottage Industries, Fermanagh Tourist Information Centre, Dowlers Lisnaskea, Erne Veterinary Group Enniskillen and Lisnaskea, Lisbellaw Medical Hall and Tom Read Menswear Irvinestown and Fermanagh County Show office.”

Ticket details

Gate admission: All adults £9, under-16yrs Free. Purchase advance show tickets at £7

If you are a bus pass holder you can take a bus to Enniskillen bus depot and hop on the show bus all free of charge.

 

Free Park & Ride

Fou Shuttle Buses on Tempo Road loop and Enniskillen town Wellington Car Park during show opening times.

Check www.fermanaghcountyshow.com for times etc.

(Source – Farming Life – 10/07/2014)

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