Charolais Club’s suckler herd competition opens

CHAROLAIS HERDS RI Farm
SPONSORS: NI Charolais Club Suckler Herd of the year competition with sponsors Nugent Trailers, SAFE, Northern Counties, FS Heron, Topstock, Bank of Ireland, also photographed at front from left Thomas McIlwaine, David Connolly, Trevor Phair and Richard McIlwaine.

THE Northern Ireland Charolais Club took time out of its busy summer programme to launch the second year of the “NI Suckler Herd of the Year”.

We visited the farm of the 2017 Suckler Herd of the Year winners Noel and Richard McIlwaine from Plumbridge, County Tyrone. The winning herd of the McIlwaines received a £1,000 prize to choose a bull of their choice at an official NI Charolais Club sale. Their bull could be viewed working with a batch of spring calving cows and excellent Charolais calves at foot.

With entries already coming in the competition is proving to be one of the biggest events of the year for suckler farmers. The only paperwork required for the competition is the entry form and couldn’t be simpler.

Open to all suckler herds large or small using a Charolais stock bull. With Charolais continuing to top the markets, Charolais breeders are delighted to support the suckler herds and welcome all farmers to ‘Cross Into Profit with Charolais’

Testimony to the high profile of the event, all the 2017 sponsors signed up to support the nationwide competition for another year and the club is deeply indebted for their support.

Swatragh Mart – Northern Counties Co-operative Enterprises Limited, once primarily just a Livestock Mart now includes a Farmware Store, an Indoor Auction Centre and a Training & Information Centre. With plans to develop these services further, the

co-op is determined to further enhance its stated vision “To become a premier provider of Farming Services to our Farming Members/Non-Members, building links with the broader community and exploring all other commercial opportunities that adds value to our business”.

Herron Feeds – FS Herron Ltd is a long established local country mill outside Castlewellan, County Down producing an extensive range of dairy, beef, sheep, horse and pig feeds from a range of top quality ingredients to achieve excellent animal performance on farms across Northern Ireland. One such ration proving highly popular and successful in a number of leading pedigree beef herds is the Coarse Pedigree Beef Feed.

Bank of Ireland – “Bank of Ireland UK is proud to be sponsoring the Charolais suckler herd competition in Northern Ireland. The breed plays a vital role in sustainable beef production within Northern Ireland. At Bank of Ireland UK we actively support the suckler industry through our local business advisors across our branch and business network,” says Richard Primrose, Agri Advisor NI, Bank of Ireland

Nugent Engineering – Sean Nugent Engineering is a long-standing manufacturer in County Tyrone. One of Ireland’s leading trailer and cattle handling manufacturers, Nugent Engineering offers a range of cattle trailers from 8ft to 14ft, with many additional extras to help each farmer build the trailer to meet their animal’s needs.

Topstock – Having supported the suckler trade for over a generation, Topstock firmly believe in the ongoing development and promotion of such a vital contributor to local agriculture. Derived from the best of Scottish raw materials and distillers’ co-products and processed in one of Europe’s most sophisticated production facilities, Topstock mineral licks are recognised for their consistent quality producing high levels of animal performance.

SAFE (South Armagh Farming Enterprise Ltd) – offers a wide range of services including fuel, animal feeds, livestock sales, bottled gas and equipment, general hardware and farm supplies. It has a friendly and helpful staff who are enthusiastic about offering exceptional service and quality products.

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