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Double delight for the ladies at the European Angus Young Handlers’ event

24th August 2013

It was ladies day at the European Angus Open Day with the girls recording a ‘one-two’  in the Senior section of the Young Handlers’ event which was further boosted by young Killylea handler, Molly Bradley, making it a double by lifting the Junior title.

In the Seniors it was Banbridge student, Kathy McGaffin, who lifted the silverware with Tiffinee Dickson from Moneyrea finishing in second spot. In third place was
Cameron Magowan from Rathfriland.

Judging this year’s event was David Lester from Armagh, who prior to the competition laid on a workshop for the Young Handlers, providing tips on everything from clipping cattle for showing to fixing halters and inserting snaffles.

Staged at European Angus Cattle Society Secretary Harry McGaffin’s farm in Gilford this is the second year that the competition has been held.
Compere for the event was Francis Lively from Rathfriland.

“The event is something which our young handlers certainly look forward to,” said Harry. “It also provides some of our more experienced handlers with the opportunity for sharing their knowledge.”

European Angus cattle were on show both inside and outside the parade ring and
the Irish Beltex Club was also represented at the event with Banbridge farmer Brendan McQuaid showing a number of his Beltex rams.

Donald Rowan from Ballyward, Castlewellan was the winner of the Open Day raffle with the draw being made by Simon Caughey from Devenish Nutrition.
The prize, appropriately enough, was a £25 meat voucher for Hannan Meats - the Moria-based company is the supply chain partner for the European Angus Beef Scheme.

To round off proceedings a barbecue was held with the proceeds going to the ‘Make A Wish’ Charity Foundation.

Kathy McGaffin from Banbridge is presented with the European Angus Cattle Society Young Handlers’ trophy by competition judge, David Lester.

Tiffinee Dickson from Moneyrea is presented with her Rosette after finishing runner-up in the European Angus Cattle Society Young Handlers’ event.

Judge David Lester with the Young Handlers at the European Angus Open Day.

Molly Bradley from Killylea, winner of the Junior section of the European Angus Young Handlers’ event is presented with her Rosette by David Lester.

Sam Cooke from Armagh who was runner-up in the Junior section of the Young Handlers’ event at the European Angus Cattle Society Open Day.

Cameron Magowan from Rathfriland making preparations prior to the start of the Young Handlers competition.

Hard at work - young handler Molly Bradley from Killylea and European Angus Cattle Society member, Robert Steenson, also from Killylea.

Pictured at the European Angus Cattle Society Open Day are, from left, Hugh Dickson, William Dickson, Simon Caughey, Harry McGaffin, Malcom Megarry, Andrew Magowan and Francis Lively.

Ruth Lutton and Joanne McGaffin cooking up a treat at the barbecue, which was in aid of the ‘Make A Wish’ Charity Foundation.

Discussing Beltex sheep at the Open Day are, from left, Brendan McQuaid from Banbridge, John Thompson, Gilford and Andy McCormick, The Clare.

At the European Angus Open Day are, from left, Henry Blakely, Lisburn, Simon Caughey, Devenish Nutrition, Trevor Blakely, Lisburn and Susan Abraham from Portadown.

David Lester giving a clipping demonstration.

Compere Francis Lively helps David Lester to get his clipping and grooming tips aired amongst the Young Handlers.

Samuel, Noel and Sam Cooke from Armagh with Brendan McQuaid from Banbridge at the Beltex stand.

Watching the clipping and grooming demonstration which was given by David Lester.

Pictured at the European Angus Open Day and Young Handlers’ event are, from left, Noel Cooke from Armagh, Brian Radcliffe, Michael McGrath and Fred Radcliffe from Banbridge and Matthew Hawthorne from Markethill.

 



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