Ballynahinch Farmer Blue President
Friday, 04 September 2015 10:42
BALLYNAHINCH, Co Down farmer Johnny Young has become the first ever Honorary President of the Northern Ireland Blue Cattle Club reports Rodney Magowan.
 
One of the pioneers of British Blue cattle breeding in the province Johnny was  appointed Hon President at the  Cattle Club AGM, much too his surprise! Making the presentation Club committee member James Martin of Ballyblack paid tribute to Johnny’s unstinting efforts for the club over many years.
Ballynahinch farmer John Young, centre, was made Honorary President at the NI Blue Cattle Club AGM in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the breed. Club members James Martin, left, Ballyblack and Alan Cleland, Downpatrick, made the surprise presentation. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
 
 “No one ever had to ask Johnny to come along and help run events such as the young handlers’ competition, he simply turned up and quietly got on with the work! “ James noted.
 
 “Always a pleasure to work with our new President has consistently encouraged other breeders, especially the younger folk.  So it is hardly surprising his grand children are so closely involved in managing the family’s Magheradroll pedigree British Blue Cattle Herd.”
 
 Responding Johnny said that being in a club means working together for the good of the club and ensuring young people are made welcome as they are the future of any organisation
. “British Blue cattle are the ultimate beef breed when it comes to adding value to calves bred from dairy or suckler herd. Being made Hon President is a great honour and I wish the club success in the future.”