Top Terminal Sire Breeds Mart Toppers!
Friday, 04 September 2015 10:39
“WHEN it comes to adding value to calves from dairy or suckler herds British Blues remain the top terminal sire for progressive farmers,” the key note comment from Chairman Jason Edgar at the NI Blue Cattle Club AGM.
 
  Continuing Jason noted that beef prospects were improving after a difficult year for the sector. This had, until recently, impacted on pedigree bull sale prices, but nationwide dropped calves, stores and finished stock with Blue breeding kept topping mart reports in good times and bad times.. “Through out this year past the Blue Club had a series of events, including a strong presence at NI shows. Indeed British Blues bred in NI took awards and top prices at breed shows and sales across the water. This reflects the quality of cattle bred in this part of the UK.
Jason Edgar, Chairman, NI Blue Cattle Club and Libby Young, Secretary with Paul Elwood, right, HVS Animal Health, the guest speaker at the Club's AGM. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
 
 “To all members who have helped promote the breed at events and to all our sponsors a big thank you from club officer holders...
 
 “However, I must especially note that a good friend of the NI Blue Club has decided to step down as secretary of the British Blue Cattle Society. John Fleming always tried to help and encourage breeder in this region and we wish him well in retirement as we welcome new secretary Andy Ryder.
 
 “On behalf of the NI Club our British Blue Cattle Society council member Harold McKee has made a presentation to John.”
 
 The following were then elected to serve for the year to come;
 
Chairman Jason Edgar, vice chairman Basil Dougherty, treasurer David Young, secretary Libby Young.
 
Executive committee; James Martin, Oliver McCann, Alan Cleland, Ivan Gordon and Stephen Gordon.
 
Auditors A Cleland and Jim Sloan.