Rare breeds show and sale

EVENT: Launching the 2018 Rare Breed Survival Trust Northern Ireland Support Group Show and Sale at Gosford, to be held on September 1, are, from left: Paul Fearon, Tannaghmore, with a six month old Dexter heifer; Corchennia Dorman, RBSTNI Committee Member; Colleen Dorman, RBSTNI Craft Convenor; Ernie Gregg, RBSTNI Pig Convenor; Kate Madden, RSBTNI Secretary; Margaret Tinsley, Chair of Leisure Services at ABC Council (sponsors); Brian Hunter, RBSTNI Vice-chairman; Brian Kelly, RBSTNI Chairman; Richard McKitterick, Tannaghmore Manager with one of their newly introduced rare breed Bagot goats; Gavin Goodman, RSBT Sperrins and Lakeland Group; Sarah Creaner; RBSTNI Treasurer; Maurice Pogue, RSBT Sperrins and Lakeland Group; Fidelma Goodman, RBST Sperrins and Lakeland Group; and Kenny Gracey, RBSTNI Committee Member.

TANNAGHMORE Rare Breeds Animal Farm provided the perfect location to launch this year’s 32nd Annual Northern Ireland Rare Breed Show and Sale, which will be held on Saturday, September 1, from 9am-4pm in Gosford Forest Park, Markethill.

Judging of all sections will commence at 10am, and the auctions will start with the poultry at 11am and the cattle and sheep at 1pm.

The Annual Show and Sale at Gosford is organised by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) Northern Ireland Support Group and is the only event of its kind in Northern Ireland. Entries for show and sale will include sheep, cattle, and poultry while pigs and equines will be presented for show only.

Tannaghmore Rare Breed Animal Farm was officially designated as Northern Ireland’s first RBST Approved Farm Park on December 15, 2017, and has recently established the Province’s first rare breed Bagot goat herd. The Bagot is one of only two native goat breeds and the breed is listed in the vulnerable category on the RBST Watchlist with only 200 to 300 registered breeding females remaining.

Tannaghmore Park is open to members of the public to visit free of charge. Members of the RBSTNI Support Group were delighted to feature Tannaghmore animals in their show launch and to be supported at their launch by Richard McKitterick, the manager of Tannaghmore, as well as Margaret Tinsley, the Chair of Leisure Services for the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, sponsors of the RBSTNI Show and Sale.

The RBST Northern Ireland Support Group welcomes everyone with an interest in native livestock breeds to the show and sale, whether it be pigs, poultry, cattle, sheep or equines. It is also an interesting and enjoyable family day out.

The Rare Breed Survival Trust is the UK’s only charity dedicated to ensuring the diversity of our native livestock breeds so that future generations can continue to benefit from working with these wonderful animals.


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