THE Northern Ireland Lim-ousin Cattle Club is running an online charity auction this week to support the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and in memory of fellow breeder and friend Ian Davidson Jnr of the Ballyrickard herd, Larne.
Ian sadly passed away on July 31 this year at the age of 38. Born with cystic fibrosis, Ian had a double lung transplant in August 2014 in Newcastle, England. At the time Ian said the transplant had changed his life, it allowed him to be up early and out on the farm with his Limousins or working at the family engineering business alongside his father Ian senior.
A strong supporter of the Limousin breed, Ian loved sourc-ing and trying out new and old Limousin bloodlines which over the years resulted in multiple show winners, sale leaders and
pedigree herd competition awards
of which he was very proud.
Ian was actively involved with the young breeders and took great pleasure in helping new breeders in any way he could.
He had many friendships both at home and wider afield which is evident from the number of donations the club has received for the charity auction in his memory.
There are items available to suit all tastes and interests. These include straws from formidable sires, embryos from the Trueman, Bernish, Ballyrickard and Martin herds, Milford ewe lambs, sheep dressing stand, calf creep feeder, overnight stays in hotels, a P&O ferry crossing, accommodation at a holiday cottage in Scotland, power tools, blowers, clippers and hampers to name but a few.
Bidding for the lots opened on Friday evening past and will close at the club’s annual prize giving and dinner this Saturday, November 19.
An auctioneer will be in the room as all lots go under the hammer for final bids before they are sold to the highest bidder.
The club would like to thank everyone who gave donations for this charity auction in Ian’s memory, friends, businesses, breeders and the farming com-munity and also those who are now bidding for the numerous lots on offer.
The club is also indebted to Tommy Staunton and his team at Elite Pedigree Sales who are running the online charity auction on its behalf and to the media for its continued support of the club’s charity journey.
A spokesman said: “As a club we are extremely proud to have already presented charity donations to NI Air Ambulance and the Red Cross (Ukraine Appeal) this year and with everyone’s help we hope to make a further generous donation to Cystic Fibrosis from this online charity auction.”
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