European Angus showcases expansion drive at Markethill Suckler Group meeting
19th November 2012
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.
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.