Classic Suckler & Breeding Heifer Derby

This is the third year of this Competition to find the best Commercial Suckler Herd in Fermanagh. Judging will be coordinated on Fermanagh farms during July/August. Lakeland Veterinary Service is sponsoring the popular Breeding Heifer Derby. Please download the Rules & the Entry Form from our website between 27th May & 28th June. The Winners of the Top Suckler Herd and the best Breeding Heifer will be revealed at Prize Night when the prizes & cups will be presented. This is the third year of this Competition to find the best Commercial Suckler Herd in Fermanagh. Judging will be coordinated on Fermanagh farms during July/August. Lakeland Veterinary Service is sponsoring the popular Breeding Heifer Derby. Please download the Rules & the Entry Form from our website between 27th May & 28th June.

Fermanagh Suckler Cow Classic Efficiency Competition £1,500

and the Lakeland Veterinary Services - Breeding Heifer Derby £500

With the continual focus on efficiency and sustainability in Suckler herds across NI - Fermanagh Farming Society are launching again their annual Suckler Cow Classic Competition to identify the best Suckler Cow Herd & the best replacement Breeding Heifers judged on farm in County Fermanagh. This year stock will be judged on farm and winners announced at the Prize Night in Autumn all entrants will be invited to attend. (Unlike the past two years when exhibitors who qualified for the Finals brought qualifying stock to Fermanagh County Show)

No other agricultural society in NI is promoting commercial suckler herds in this way. We invite applications from farmers from across Fermanagh who promote good farming practices, run a herd of functional self-sustaining suckler cows, breeding calves suitable for the present commercial market and who retain functional fit for purpose replacement heifers. In this way it is our intention to promote efficiency and sustainability within our suckler cow/calf production sector as a benchmark for future practices. With all input costs rising to unfathomable levels, we believe in steering toward less wasteful practices currently taking place across the competition sphere.

The Suckler Cow Classic.

ENTRY FEE: £20 per herd

PRIZE FUND:

1st £750 2nd £500 3rd £250

Criteria.

We are looking for a herd of functional non - Pedigree Suckler Cows, efficient, easy to feed, milky, profitable, rearing a calf born after 01/01/2024 with excellent growth potential and suitable for today’s market.

Those herds wishing to enter will be judged on farm during August.

Farmers who win the Herd Competition are ineligible to enter the following year.

Suckler Herd Competition

RULES

Entry fee £20 for the Herd Competition

This competition is open to all commercial Suckler Cow farmers in Fermanagh.

All entries will be judged on farm in August 2024.

To be judged as a functional herd – efficient, easy to feed, milky, profitable, breeding a calf with excellent potential for current commercial markets.

The judge’s decision is final.

Finalists must be prepared to be available for future publicity to promote this initiative.

We will accept email or hard copy applications forms between 27th May & 10th June 2024 Application forms will be available to download on our website:fermanaghcountyshow.com. One herd entry only.

Special Corporate Rosettes and cups will be presented to the prize winners 1st to 3rd place will be presented at Prize Night.

The Collum John Graham Memorial Cup is presented for the best Suckler Herd.

The directors have the right to amend the competition rules as and when required.

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Breeding Heifer Derby Sponsored by Lakeland Veterinary Services

Prize Fund: NO ENTRY FEE

1st £250 2nd £150 3rd £100

Criteria.

This competition is open to those who have entered the herds competition and have 3 or more homebred breeding heifer replacements with potential to produce and rear calves of good confirmation and growth potential suitable for the current beef markets.

RULES:

Non Pedigree Homebred Breeding Heifers.

The competition is open to all breeds of non-pedigree heifers, with the potential to rear a calf for current beef market.

Heifers must be born on or after 1st January 2023 and may be in calf.

Judge will choose the winners by visual assessment.

Temperament of animal will be considered.

The judge’s decision is final.

Winner must be prepared to be available for future publicity to promote this initiative.

The Classic Perpetual Challenge Cup to be awarded to the best Group of three or more Homebred Non Pedigree Beef Type Breeding Heifers.

Special Rosettes for 1st 2nd 3rd placed groups will be presented to the prize winners in this championship.

The directors have the right to amend the competition rules as and when required.

The Winners of the Top Suckler Herd and the best Breeding Heifer will be revealed at Prize Night when the prizes & cups will be presented.