Blues look for life beyond Brexit


AS Brexit decisions loom the 2019 NI British Blue Cattle Club AGM will feature a report from a farming community that also faced sudden changes in Government policy.

Islandmagee farmer and noted livestock breeder Alex Thompson will conduct the election of office bearers and then compare farming here with life on the land in New Zealand.

Recently returned from again visiting his daughter and her husband on their 2,000 acre South Island beef and sheep unit, Alex will report on how most NZ farm businesses survived and thrived when government payments virtually stopped overnight.

When EU payments disappear leaving only UK support for green and trendy aspects of agriculture can farmers here learn from those leaner farming operations in NZ? Will complying with both new UK and existing EU red tape make competing with cheap imported food almost impossible. What role has the British Blue, the ultimate terminal sire breed, in adding value to every animal produced?

The NI Blue Cattle Club meet on Waitangi Day, the New Zealand national holiday, Wednesday, February 6, at 7.30pm in the Ballinderry Inn on the Moira M1 roundabout to International Airport route. All welcome for Alex Thompson’s presentation and discussion.


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