Charolais club hosts young breeders for skills workshop

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The Northern Ireland Charolais Club was delighted with the large numbers attending the young breeders skills workshops and stockjudging event held on Saturday, May 23, sponsored by United Feeds.

The event was kindly hosted by WD & JA Connolly at Brigadoon, Ballynahinch.

Senior Group: Ryan Gilmore, Andrew McMordie, United Feeds, Philip Johnston, Eimear McGovern, Sam Watson, United Feeds sponsor, and Alan Burleigh with Sue Stenner, British Charolais

Senior Group: Ryan Gilmore, Andrew McMordie, United Feeds, Philip Johnston, Eimear McGovern, Sam Watson, United Feeds sponsor, and Alan Burleigh with Sue Stenner, British Charolais

Afternoon skills workshops for the under 26 year age group included: Animal nutrition with Sam Watson and Andrew McMordie of United Feeds; Halter making with Ian Balfour and Ian Rea; Dressing and show ring skills by Sean McGovern; Animal husbandry led by Gareth Bell Jubilee Veterinary Practice; Fun and games with a mini JCB with Mervyn McKeown.

Families and younger children joined the young breeders for the open and confined stockjudging competition in the evening and the chairman Will Short thanked all those tutors who shared their expertise and the two master judges Alan Morrison and Ben Sinnamon.

Further practise will be held for the thirteen young breeders from Northern Ireland who will go forward to the Charolais National Stockjuding Final at NEC on 9 July at Birmingham sponsored by British Charolais Society.

The event was rounded off with a barbecue, which was sponsored by Marquess Meats, in aid of the club charity of the year, the NI Children’s Hospice.