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Young Handlers shine as European Angus launches Beef Scheme initiative

9th July 2012

The European Angus Cattle Society Open Day organised as part of its Beef Scheme launch has been hailed as a “major success”.

The Open Day, held at Harry McGaffin’s farm in Gilford to provide information about the European Angus breed and the Society’s new beef scheme initiative, attracted a considerable crowd.

“We are absolutely delighted with the attendance and the interest that was shown in the breed at this our inaugural Open Day event,” said Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin.

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, dependent upon grades.

“We are a young Society very much going forward and the event was staged both to promote the breed and the scheme,” continued Harry. “We are looking to grow the Society and as firm believers of the hybrid approach in producing a quality end product we believe both the breed and the scheme have a lot to offer.”

European Angus cattle were on show on the day both inside and outside the parade ring.
The Young Handlers were put through their paces by Alison Connolly from Saintfield and Cameron Magowan from Rathfriland with his young bull, Bannwater Jacko came out top on the day.
In second place was Tiffinee Dickson from Moneyrea and in third place was Cathy McGaffin from Gilford.

Alison Connolly provided a Young Handlers workshop prior to the competition, passing on tips on grooming, handling technique and etiquette within the parade ring.

Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats, who was also in attendance, praised both the Society and the Young Handlers.
“The event provided me with the opportunity to talk to breeders interested in the scheme and it was great to witness the enthusiasm of the Young Handlers taking part on the day,” said Peter.

The Irish Beltex Club was also in attendance along with Jane Collins of the Lougherne Stud and a number of other companies exhibiting farm related products.

A cheque for £800, part of the proceeds of the Charity auction and raffle held at the European Angus Steak Tasting Competition Awards Dinner back in March, was presented to the ‘Make a Wish’ Charity Foundation.
The remaining £500 raised on the night will go to the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund. (NICCUF).

To round off proceedings a barbecue was held, again with proceeds going to the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation.
A further £180 was raised for the Charity.

European Angus Open Day 2012

Judge Alison Connolly presents the European Angus Young Handlers trophy to Cameron Magowan from Rathfriland. Tiffinee Dickson, from Moneyrea (centre) was runner-up and Cathy McGaffin, Gilford, third.


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