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.
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
A Young Handlers event is also being staged as part of the proceedings and the Irish Beltex Club will also be in attendance.
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.