NI breeder elected president

Newly elected president of the British Simmental Cattle Society, Robin Boyd from Portglenone.
Newly elected president of the British Simmental Cattle Society, Robin Boyd from Portglenone.
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NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club secretary Robin Boyd was elected president of the British Simmental Cattle Society at this week’s AGM in Stirling.

He runs the 25-cow Slievenagh herd based at Portglenone. Established in 1979, the herd has sold bulls to a top of 20,000gns – realised by Slievenagh Talisman, reserve supreme champion at Perth in November 2007.

Robin Boyd is stud manager at AI Services (NI) Ltd in Ballycraigy, Newtownabbey, where he has worked full-time for almost 30 years.

A well-known and respected pedigree breeder, Robin Boyd has judged the Simmental entry at the Royal, Royal Highland and Royal Welsh shows. He has also officiated in the show rings at the Perth Bull Sales, and the National Simmental Show in Peterborough, as well as all major shows in southern Ireland.

Earlier this year he travelled to Denmark to judge the Danish National Simmental Show in Herning.

Robin Boyd is the fifth president from Northern Ireland in the society’s 46-year history, having been preceded by the late Robert McBride (1978-80), Billy Robson OBE, who held the position twice (1984-1986 and 1998-2000) John Gabbie (1992-94), and Michael Robson (2010-2012).