THE prestigious President’s Plate was awarded at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s Council meeting held on Friday, March 31, at T3 Conference Centre, House of Vic Ryn, Lisburn.
This award acknowledges a society member who has made a significant contribution over a period of years. This year’s worthy recipient is Cynthia Aiken.
Cynthia has been part of the fabric of the RUAS since the late 1970s when she started showing prize-winning sheep, accompanied by her young sons.
She has been stewarding at Balmoral since the early 1980s and a member of council since 2007. She has been a member of numerous committees, including Sheep, Catering, Beef & Lamb, Show Dates & Nomination and was recently elected Vice President of the society.
Outside of the society, Cynthia is dedicated to the local rural community, helping prevent rural isolation and maintain positive mental wellbeing. She is a very active supporter of various breed societies and valued member of the Castlewellan Agricultural Society.
Cynthia also runs a successful pedigree sheep flock alongside her husband. They have bred some of the most sought-after bloodlines within their four breeds of sheep – Beltex, Charollais, Border Leicester and Texel. They are recognised the length and breadth of the UK for their knowledge of the sheep industry and have judged at many of the major agricultural shows across the country.
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