Beef Shorthorn club to host an open meeting

A Beef Shorthorn heifer
A Beef Shorthorn heifer

The winter programme from the NI Beef Shorthorn Club starts on Thursday, October 8, with an open meeting in the Ballinderry Inn at 8pm. A light supper will follow.

Everyone will be made most welcome and the group is looking forward to hearing a talk from vet Philip Abernethy of Parklands Veterinary Clinic.

Philip is the main contact in Northern Ireland for the Paragon Advanced Breeding Programme on Artificial Breeding techniques in cattle.

This includes fertility examinations, embryo transfer, embryo export, semen collections and processing. Embryo Export Paragon has already exported embryos to Holland, Sweden, Germany, USA, Canada and Australia, with more countries added as the regulations permit.

Following later in October the group’s popular show and sale of pedigree and commercial Beef Shorthorns takes place in Ballymena Mart on Friday, October 23, with the show starting at 10.30am and sale at 12.30pm.

Eligibility for commercial beef shorthorns is that they are sired by a registered Beef Shorthorn bull.

On Saturday, December 5, the calf show will be held in Ballymena Mart.

This is a real opportunity to showcase the stars of the future and for further information contact secretary Fiona McKeown on mobile number 07983 500 160.