THE Fermanagh Pedigree Livestock Breeders Ltd annual dinner, which was held recently in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, saw an excellent turnout of members, friends, sponsors and guests.
The group chairman, Robert Brownlee, extended a warm welcome to everyone and hoped they would have an enjoyable night.
Following a delicious meal, the chairman then outlined the group’s activities during the year, which included a weekend trip in July to Scotland incorporating the 50th anniversary celebrations and open day at Balmyle and Balhaydock Charolais Herds. Edwin Morrison gave a brief report on the event.
An impressive day trip in September to visit the 500 cow suckler herds at Tateetra and Rathmore Farms in County Louth and the pedigree beef enterprise at Harte Farms, Clones, was well attended.
The chairman welcomed Harry Boles, from Fermanagh Farming Society, who presented the FPLB group cups which are competed for annually at the Fermanagh County Show. The Continental Cup was won by S and D Bothwell’s Charolais bull, Killadeas Orlando, with the Native Cup won by Mervyn Richmond’s Hereford heifer, Corraback Cherry.
Harry thanked the group on behalf of the show society for its continued support in the livestock classes and looked forward to seeing another good turnout next year.
The results and presentation of rosettes and prize money for the inaugural Fermanagh “Pedigree Stars” and Herds’ competition organised by the group, which was judged in mid-September, created much excitement and drew much anticipation from those present.
FPLB group secretary Robert Forde gave a brief outline of the competition which saw an impressive entry of 19 herds of various breeds compete in both the native and continental sections.
The group was delighted to have Gary McKiernan and his wife Evelyn judge the first herds competition. The couple, who are synonymous with quality cattle having produced champions from most pedigree beef breeds, are probably best known for their prizewinning Corlesmore Pedigree Hereford Herd.
They went about their task of judging with great skill and enthusiasm over a long three days, giving all herds equal time and consideration in their deliberations. The secretary went on to thank Mark Keys of Keys Quads for his generous sponsorship which helped create a highly successful competition.
n The secretary then asked Gary and Evelyn McKiernan to announce the winners and present the awards in the different categories within the Fermanagh “Pedigree Stars” 2019 section: