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NOVEMBER 09 2017
farm events diary
FRIDAY, November 10 - Collective auction of tractors,
trailers and farm machinery, 11am, Dungannon
Farmers’ Mart.
SATURDAY, November 11 - N.I. Limousin Cattle Club’s
annual prizegiving and dinner at 7pm, Valley Hotel,
Fivemiletown, tickets available to purchase from
the Club Secretary Shirley Fleming, tel. 07881
435042 or email nilimousincattleclub@gmail.
com or contact contact any committee member;
Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers’ Association’s
Eastern Region Nursery Trial at John Kinney’s,
Glenmakeeran Rd, Ballycastle, starts 10.00am,
details D McAuley 07860 567169; Northern Ireland
Sheepdog Handlers’ Association’s Western Region
Nursery Trial at Billy Lawrence’s, Carmean Rd,
Moneymore, starts 10.00am, details B Kelly 07753
260947; North of Ireland Sheepdog Society’s
Eastern Region Nursery Trial at 83 Raithkeel Road,
Broughshane, Co Antrim BT42 4QE, run by: Paul
Stevenson, 10am start, further info: P Stevenson
Farm Week, 113-117 Donegall
Street, Belfast, BT1 2GE
07753 566266; North of Ireland Sheepdog
Society’s Donegal Region Nursery Trial at Dunlewy,
Co Donegal, run by Michael Cannon, 9.00am start
(sharp) as their are 51 dogs entered, further info
James P McGee 00353 (86)2798219.
FRIDAY, November 17 - Killead Ploughing Society’s
annual dinner and presentation of awards,
Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick; N.I. Limousin
Cattle Club’s pedigree bull and female sale at
Dungannon Mart, show 10am, sale 1pm, 32 bulls
and ten females entered.
SATURDAY, November 18 - Pedigree Calf Fair
@ Beef NI Expo, RUAS complex, King’s Hall,
Belfast; Hillsborough ploughing match on lands
kindly granted by Mr and Mrs K Robinson, 14
Brankinstown Rd, Aghalee BT67 0DF, details tel.
Helen 9269 9295 or 07900 053805, Mercer 9268
2128 or James 07843 962645; Poultry fair, car
boot and home produce sale, Dungannon Farmers’
Mart; North of Ireland Sheepdog Society’s Eastern
Region Nursery Trial at 2A Deerpark Road, Glenarm,
Co Antrim BT44 0DP, run by Anthony McKeegan,
9.30am start, further info: A McKeegan 07761
631288; North of Ireland Sheepdog Society’s
Central Region Nursery Trial at 41 Alder Road, Co
Derry BT48 8DB, run by Brian Quigley, 9.30am
start, further info: Brian Quigley 07821 042178.
SUNDAY, November 19 - Monaghan Vintage Club’s
autojumble, Clontibret, Co. Monaghan, 9am-5pm.
THURSDAY, November 23 - Dungannon dairy sale,
show 10.30am, sale 11.30am.
FRIDAY, November 24 - NI Farm Toy and Model Show,
Magherabuoy House Hotel, Portrush, 2pm-10pm,
details tel. Alastair 07732 266502; Hillsborough
ploughing dinner and presentation of awards,
Hilden Bowling Club, Lisburn, details tel. Helen
9269 9295 or 07900 053805, Mercer 9268 2128
or James 07843 962645.
SATURDAY, November 25 - Clough Vintage Club’s
Christmas dinner, details tel. Bertie Shaw
07926 970643; Magherafelt Ploughing match at
Kilcronaghan, Tobermore BT45 5QL, For entries
and details contact the secretary Albert Hogg
(8674 8847) by Monday 20th Nov.
FRIDAY, December 1- NI Charolais Cattle Club’s
female sale, Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
TUESDAY, December 5 - Holstein NI bull show
and sale, Kilrea mart, show 11am, sale noon,
catalogues from HA McIlrath and Sons, details tel.
2954 0269; Aberdeen Angus Society’s show and
sale, Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
FRIDAY, December 8 - Collective auction of tractors,
trailers and farm machinery, Dungannon Farmers’
Mart, 11am.
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Dairy industry to meet at the
Royal Ulster Winter Fair 2017
S home to its own pedigree herds of Holstein
and Jersey cows, the
picturesque Clandeboye
Estate near Bangor was
a fitting setting for the launch of
one of the most highly anticipated
agricultural events of the year — the
Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s
(RUAS) annual Winter Fair.
Due to return to the Eikon
Exhibition Centre at Balmoral
Park on Thursday, December
14, the 32nd Royal Ulster Winter
Fair, in association with longstanding sponsor Danske Bank,
preparations are well underway for
the prestigious dairy event.
As the premier annual dairy event
in Northern Ireland, it provides an
opportunity for farmers, enthusiasts
and industry specialists to meet
and network. Competition will
again be fierce as quality livestock
from across Northern Ireland and
the Republic of Ireland compete
for the coveted title of Supreme
Danske Bank is once
again the sole sponsors
of the event, as it has
been since its inception
in 1986.
Robert McCullough,
Head of Agribusiness at
Danske Bank, said: ‘‘Our
close links to the dairy
industry and Northern
Ireland’s wider agri-food industry are important to us
and we hope that our long-term
investment in the Winter Fair
has contributed to its undoubted
really is
a not-to-be
missed event
for farmers
and industry
Proud message at this year’s
London Lord Mayor’s Show
THE message
from the British
farming industry
will be loud and
clear during this
year’s Lord Mayor’s
Show in the City
of London: ‘We’re
proud to produce
your food.’
Agriculture will
take centre stage in
the 802nd parade on
Saturday, November
11, thanks to
the Worshipful
Company of
Farmers, with its
own independent
entry in the
show for the first
time, supported
by the NFU and
manufacturer New
The organisations
will be highlighting
the economic and
importance of
farming, as well as
its crucial role in
helping to deliver
food security for
This year’s entry
led by Julian
Sayers, the newly
installed Master
of the Worshipful
Company of
Farmers, will
feature a New
Holland T7.270
tractor, one of the
most advanced and
powerful tractors,
and a CR8.80
combine harvester,
equipped with a
20-foot header,
showing full
support for the
Back British
Farming message.
The procession
will also include
eight young farmers,
each representing
the NFU’s regions.
They were
chosen after the
NFU launched
a nationwide
search to find
young farmers
who have made
an outstanding
contribution to the
agricultural sector.
Support for ploughing fundraiser
A crowd of around 400 attended
the fundraising barbeque
and auction held in Jackson’s
Farmyard, Ballynure.
The event was in aid of
Allen McAnally, Ballyboley
(Conventional) and Adrian
“With some 200 trade stands
focused on the dairy sector, and
the very best dairy cattle from
Northern Ireland and further afield,
the Winter Fair really is a
‘must attend’ event for
the sector.
“We believe the
balance of challenges and opportunities facing our
sector has now
shifted back in
favour of the opportunities and we
look forward to
discussing this more optimistic outlook with farmers and
industry representatives at this
year’s fair.”
Visitors to the Winter Fair can
expect to observe the highest
quality of livestock competing from
across the country and this year the
RUAS is delighted to welcome Hank
Van Exel, who is travelling from
California, USA, to judge.
The event also provides the
perfect opportunity to meet with
and hear from over 200 dairy
related trade exhibitors who will be
in attendance.
New to the 2017 Winter Fair is
the hoof trimming demonstration,
which will take place on the day.
Millfarm Hoofcare will share its
knowledge with a presentation and
practical display on the causes,
treatment and prevention of
lameness in cows – this is sure to be
an interesting addition.
Rhonda Geary, RUAS Operations
Director, commented: “Year on
year, the Winter Fair has continued
to grow. Now in its 32nd year, it sits
firmly within the agri-calendar as
Northern Ireland’s premier annual
dairy event.
“It really is a not-to-be missed
event for farmers and industry
enthusiasts. The one day show
offers the chance to interact with
dairy related trade exhibitors and
hear about up to date technological
advances, difficulties and solutions
within the industry.
“Once again we have the generous
financial backing of Danske Bank
this year. Their continued support
has played a pivotal role in making
the Winter Fair the very successful
event it is today.
“We are extremely proud of the
ongoing partnership between our-
Jamison, Ballycastle (Reversible)
going off to Kenya for the World
Ploughing Championships on
December 1 and 2.
Allen McAnally expressed
thanks to everyone who helped
in any way.
COUNTDOWN: RUAS President Cyril Millar and Rhonda Geary, RUAS Operations
Director, along with Robert McCullough, Head of Agribusiness at Danske Bank,
pictured at the launch of the 32nd Royal Ulster Winter Fair at Clandeboye Estate,
PICTURE: Brian Thompson
selves and Danske Bank as it
highlights our own, and the bank’s,
support of the dairy industry.”
This year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair
will take place at Eikon Exhibition
Centre, Balmoral Park, on Thursday,
December 14, from 9am to 5pm.
To keep up to date with 2017 Winter
Fair news check out website www.
winterfair.org.uk, Facebook Winter
Fair or Twitter @ruaswinterfair
q Admission for adults £10, 12-18
years £8, seniors (over 65) £8, under
12s free when accompanied by an
RUAS members enter free of charge.
Discounted rates available online at


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