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European Angus showcases expansion drive at Markethill Suckler Group meeting

19th November 2012

Harry McGaffin, European Angus Cattle Society (third from right, seated) and George McWhirter, (second from right, seated) chairman of the Markethill Suckler Group pictured with members of the County Armagh-based Group at its mid-November meeting.

European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin, was the guest speaker at the mid-November meeting of the Markethill Suckler Group.

The Group, which has been in existence for more than a decade now and which has close on 40 members was provided with a short history of the Society, its workings and its present day status within the beef sector.

The European Angus Cattle Society recently launched its own beef scheme initiative which is currently gathering momentum.

The Society is on the look-out for new members as it continues to make inroads into new markets with its supply chain partner, Hannan Meats of Moira.

“It’s a very exciting time for European Angus,” explained Harry McGaffin. “We have had a very eventful year to date which has included the staging of our first Society Open Day which was held in conjunction with a Young Handlers event back in July.
“This was held to mark the launch of our Beef Scheme initiative, which has been extremely well received both by farmers and consumers.”

During his presentation to the Markethill Suckler Group Harry pointed out that beef from the European Angus scheme has appeared on the menus of such celebrated chefs as Mark Hix in London and Brian McCann of Shu Restaurant in Belfast.

“Working closely with Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats who this year was named Supreme Champion in the Great Taste Awards and having award-winning farmers such as Paul Turley of Downpatrick involved in our scheme has been a tremendous boon for the Society,” continued Harry. “We have recently entered into a process agreement with Lakeview Farm Meats in Crumlin and things are going from strength to strength.
“With the scheme we are looking for R and U grades and are prepared to pay a premium for that.
“With our partner we have identified rewarding niche markets which we are very excited about and we aim to build further on this.”

European Angus Cattle Society secretary, Harry McGaffin (left) and Hugh Dickson of the Society (centre) pictured with Conor McAlister from Lakeview Farm Meats, Crumlin.

European Angus beef at Lakeview Farm Meats in Crumlin.

 



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