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European Angus plans Open Day and Young Handlers’ event to mark launch of Beef Scheme initiative

20th June 2012

The European Angus Cattle Society is to hold an Open Day and Young Handlers’ event to mark the start of a Beef Scheme initiative aimed at providing European Angus breeders with a premium for their beef.

The Society has entered into a Partnership scheme with Peter Hannan of Moira-based Hannan Meats as part of a programme that is designed to provide European Angus breeders with a direct route to market that will result in enhanced profits, dependant upon grades.

The Open Day, which is being held at Harry McGaffin’s farm in Gilford on the 7th July and which commences at 1.30pm, is designed to provide information about the European Angus breed and the Society’s new beef scheme initiative.

“As a Society we believe in the hybrid approach to producing a quality end product in today’s demanding beef sector,” explained Harry McGaffin, Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society. “With European Angus you combine the eating quality of the Angus breed with the Carcass quality of the Limousin breed, which results in better quality grading, the retention of good meat yield and a quality end product.”

Peter Hannan is managing director of multi-award winning Hannan Meats and according to Harry McGaffin his company will play an integral role in the scheme.
“Hannan Meats has been extremely successful in introducing quality Northern Irish beef into some of the leading hotels and restaurants in the UK and we are confident that the company can do the same for European Angus beef producers,” continued Harry.

Peter Hannan will be in attendance on the day along with European Angus Cattle Society members to answer any questions that potential new members might have, either about the Society or the Beef Scheme.“With this initiative we believe we have the right all round formula in place for producing quality beef at a price that will be beneficial to breeders,” added Harry. “The scheme is based upon U & R grades, which depending upon weight, equates to an
excellent premium. We have bulls in place, we have European Angus AI available and we are ready to work in partnership with interested breeders.”

A Young Handlers event is also being staged as part of the proceedings and the Irish Beltex Club will also be in attendance.
A spokesperson said: “The Irish Beltex Club is privileged to be invited along by the European Angus Cattle Society on the 7th July.
“We will have some pedigree stock as well as Beltex cross ewes and lambs on show, so that anyone considering using a Beltex ram this year as their terminal sire can see the results for themselves.”

Boer Goats will also be on display with local expert David Little on hand to answer questions in relation to the breed and William and Jane Collins from the Lougherne Stud will be passing on their expertise in horse breeding.

“We will also have a number of companies exhibiting farm related products,” added Harry. “Our aim is that it will be a fun-filled day that is both informative and rewarding.”

An open invitation is extended to the event and a barbecue will also be held on the day with proceeds going to the ‘Make a Wish’ Charity Foundation.

The Society is hoping that the Open Day and Young Handlers’ aspect of the proceedings will become an important annual date in the European Angus calendar of events.
Harry McGaffin’s farm is located at 47a Ballymacanallen Road, Gilford, BT63 6AE. For directions and more information about the event contact Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin, telephone 0771558 4887.

The European Angus Cattle Society is launching a new Beef Scheme initiative in partnership with Moira-based Hannan Meats. Pictured at a recent information evening are, from left, Cameron Magowan and Harry McGaffin, European Angus, Peter Hannan, Managing Director, Hannan Meats and Andrew Magowan, European Angus.

Moneyreagh Young Farmers, Tiffinee Dickson and Alanna Dickson, get some practice in for the European Angus Young Handlers event which will be staged at Harry McGaffin’s farm in Gilford on the 7th July.

Mule ewes with Beltex sired lambs at foot.

Crossbred ewes with Beltex sire lambs.

A Beltex ram.

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