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'Pair of the Year' title stays in Fermanagh

Published: 23 Aug 2012 13:000 comments

Finalists competing for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year title at Fermanagh County Show had all qualified at various nominated shows throughout the show season this summer. Seven pairs came under the expert eye of Peter O'Connell, from Cork. He eventually tapped out Adrian Richardson's bull and heifer duo, Cleenagh Cannon and Cleenagh Bambi, as the 2012 winners. These home-bred animals qualified at Armagh Show, and were described by the judge as well presented, and showing great power and conformation.

Adrian and Clive Richardson, Maguiresbridge, won the 2012 Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year Award with Cleenagh Bambi and Cleenagh Cannon. Making the presentation are, Philip Clarke, Merial Animal Health, sponsor; Nigel Glasgow, chairman, and Richard Rodgers, vice-chairman, NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club.

The runners-up were Coolcran Lady Cara and Coolcran Juliet Cinderella, two junior heifers bred by brothers Paul and Shane McDonald from Tempo, County Fermanagh. They had qualified at Omagh Show.

Overall, the judge described the Simmentals on offer as an excellent show with some very strong classes.

In other major awards, Adrian Richardson secured the Female of the Year Award with the home-bred Dripsey Super King daughter Cleenagh Bambi. This November 2010 born heifer made her showring debut at Armagh Show, winning the reserve supreme championship. She was supreme champion at Clogher Show, reserve champion at Omagh Show, female champion at Castlewellan Show, and stood first in her class at Enniskillen.

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