By Julie Hazelton
THE Northern Ireland Aberdeen Angus Club has announced the winners of its annual herd competition, generously sponsored by WK Powell and Sons based in Keady, County Armagh.
The results were unveiled at the club’s recent open day in County Down by Scottish judge Ian Watson, junior vice president of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society.
Mr Watson, who runs the 50-cow Kersquarter herd at Kelso in Roxburghshire, described the competition as fantastic.
“It has been a terrific week, and I’d like to thank the club for inviting me to judge, and congratulate the entrants for giving me the opportunity to view really good cattle. It has been a pleasure.
“The six-day judging stint has proven to be more difficult than I anticipated. The quality of cattle has been outstanding, and it has been a tough job from start to finish. Thanks to everyone who took part for their warm welcome and hospitality, and to the stewards who accompanied me on my journey around the countryside.”
Announcing the winners, Mr Watson said he was looking for herds of ‘working cattle’, with type, breed character and uniformity. He also praised the enthusiasm of the breed newcomers who had entered this year’s competition.
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