The Irish Shows’ Association was heavily represented at the first event of Clogher Valley Show, the official opening of the Foodhall sponsored by Glanbia and Mid Ulster Council.

The President, David Sheean from Bruff, Co, Limerick and his wife, Mary were making their first visit to the one-day show and explained it was one of 136 ISA affiliated shows across Ireland this year, nine of which are held in Northern Ireland.

He said he endeavoured to get to as many as possible but this is difficult when you consider there wee 12 shows taking place on the one day, July 21.

The Association was also represented by Jim Harrison, General Secretary.

One of the judges selected was Nicholas Byne who keeps a number of ponies at his farm at Ougherard, Connemara. While he had taken part in a number of shows in Northern Ireland, this was first first time in the Clogher Valley.

Cecil Morton from Glanbia, handed over the sponsorship cheque to the organisers.

He explained Glanbia’s buying of milk from farmers in Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh and Antrim as well as trading with Fivemiletown Co-op. Most of the milk supplies go to Bailey’s Cream Licquer through milk processing in Virginia or mozzarella cheese in Magheralin.

One of the other major sponsors, Mid Ulster Council supported the Food Hall.

Victor Chestnutt, Deputy President, Ulster Farmers’ Union, said farming and food had an amazing future after Brexit.

He said however that farmers must stop being the price takers but rather the price makers.

The Show Chairman, Nicholas Lowry said this was the 24th opening of the Glanbia Food Hall and during the Show, would host cookery demonstrations as well as a junior and senior cook off competitions at selected times.

He reported on the hosting of the UK Charolais Junior Stockjudging for the first time this year.

Other speakers included the Chariman of Mid Ulster Council, Martin Kearney.

Kenneth Gracey from Forthill Farm in Armagh, was tempting many of the guests to sample his innovative meats, most of which come from rare breeds including Longhorn cattle.

This year the main livestock exhibits swap over, the cattle on the field on the left driving from Augher and the sheep on the right.

The Show has been supported heavily again this year by a number of firms who had trade displays for people to visit.

These also included the Home Industries.

This year’s Show is the 101st.