New season kicks off for NI Aberdeen Angus Club

Ruth Blackburn, Jim Jack, Mae Jack attend the NI Aberdeen Angus Meeting

Ruth Blackburn, Jim Jack, Mae Jack attend the NI Aberdeen Angus Meeting

MEMBERS from throughout Northern Ireland attended the first event on the N.I. Aberdeen Angus Club’s calendar for 2013 - an open meeting held in Dungannon Rugby Club.

First speaker was Mr Seamus McCaffrey, an accountant from Omagh who gave an in depth presentation entitled “Tax tips for farmers and the need for succession planning”. There were many questions from the audience who gained a lot of valuable tax tips and very useful practical advice.

Mr Kevin Corry, President of AVSPNI (Association of Veterinary Surgeons practising in Northern Ireland) briefed members on the “BVD Eradication Scheme”. The scheme will be voluntary in 2013 but will become compulsory in 2014. To enter the scheme farmers just need to order the BVD tissue sampling tags from their local tag supplier. The benefits of participation in the BVD Eradication scheme include healthier calves, improved fertility, reduced vet bills, better milk yield and weight gain and the underpinning of live trade.

Following various questions from members, everyone enjoyed light refreshments.

The club were delighted to see many new members at the meeting and anyone wishing to join the Northern Ireland Aberdeen Angus Club should contact the secretary Gail Matchett 07732 126273 or e-mail niaberdeenangusclub@googlemail.com for further details.

Upcoming events include the Aberdeen Angus Society Sale in Dungannon Farmers Mart on Tuesday, 12th February and the N.I. Aberdeen Angus Club’s AGM on Tuesday, 19th March at 8pm in Dungannon Rugby Club. Guest speaker at the AGM will be Dr Andrew Cromie, Geneticist at ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation).

The club are currently compiling a programme of events for 2013 so watch press for further details.


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