Charolais Club reflects on successful year

CHAROLAIS AGM RI Farm
SPEAKER: Peter Phythian, Chief Executive of BCCS, speaking to members of NI Charolais Club at their AGM

THE Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s AGM was held in Quinn’s Corner, Ballygawley, recently.

Chairman David Connolly welcomed members and thanked all the sponsors who have financially supported the club events over the past year.

RIGHT: Members attending NI Charolais Club AGM

Eilis Kelly, secretary, gave a flavour of events over the past year, outlining the success of sales and especially congratulating the young breeders who represented Northern Ireland at the youth stock judging finals at Seawell Grounds, Foxley, 2018.

Treasurer Trevor Phair outlined his report on the past financial year showing that sponsorship was up and sales were well up because of the demand for the Charolais breed. A number of new members had joined the club and this was to be encouraged. Membership by Standing Order is £20 or cash payment annually £30.

The NI Charolais Herd Competition was to return after its great success last year and also the National Charolais Championship to be held in Clogher. The NI Charolais Club will this year host the 2019 Charolais Youth Stock Judging Final at Clogher Show on July 31.

Next Charolais Club Show & Sale is on May 6 in Dungannon, sponsored by Moore Concrete.

After the business was dealt with David introduced the speaker for the evening, Romy Morrin-O’Donnell from Weatherby’s, and she gave a very informative talk on genomics. There was great audience participation and plenty of questions from the floor. David thanked Romy for coming to speak at the AGM.

Peter Phythian, chief executive of BCCS, was in attendance and David Connolly welcomed him on behalf of the NI club.

New committee members elected were Martin Donaghy, Thomas Keelagher, Sean McGovern, Jeremy Paynter and Sean O’Kane.

Office Bearers for 2019

Chairman – David Connolly, Ballynahinch; Vice Chair – Martin Donaghy, Dungannon; Treasurer – Trevor Phair, Florencecourt; PRO – Kevin Reavey, Jerretspass, Newry; TB Stakeholders Group – Will Short, Beragh.

BOUQUET: Eilis Kelly, NICC secretary, presenting Romy Morrin-O’Donnell from Weatherby’s with a beautiful bouquet of flowers

David closed the AGM by thanking all the sponsors and asked that members give them support. He thanked the outgoing committee members for their hard work and dedication. He also thanked the judges, stewards, breeders and exhibitors, without whom this year would not have been a success. Thanks went to Quinn’s Corner for its hospitality for the year and for accommodating the AGM.

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