New Zealand judge at Winter Fair

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The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) are delighted to welcome Selwyn Donald from New Zealand to judge cattle at the upcoming 30th Winter Fair.

Selwyn and his wife, Lorraine, farm on the outskirts of the Featherston Township nestled under the Tararua Ranges, approximately an hour’s drive from New Zealand’s capital city Wellington.  Selwyn milks 400 cows registered under the Arran prefix. Arran is one of New Zealand’s oldest Ayrshire Studs with Selwyn being the fourth generation to farm the Arran property.

Selwyn has added to the farming operation over the last twenty years which now includes Holstein Friesians, Jerseys and two milking Shorthorns. 

Selwyn has exhibited at many shows throughout New Zealand.  A major highlight was when he won Supreme of the Breed at a major Show in three individual breed categories.  Selwyn is New Zealand’s most travelled judge of any breed.  He has judged at Royal Shows in Australia (Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne), the Great Yorkshire Show, UK Dairy Event and in South Africa to name but a few. 

Selwyn made the final ballot for World Dairy Expo and gained Associate in 2015.  A big highlight in his judging career was in July 2014 at the UK Dairy Event when he stepped forward and split a tie under controversial circumstances for the Interbreed Senior Champion of the Show.  This will be Selwyn’s first time judging in Ireland and is very much looking forward to meeting everyone.

The trade stand judge will be Alan Lyons, Show Manager at Royal Bath & West Agricultural Society.

The 2015 Winter Fair will take place at the new Eikon Exhibition Centre at Balmoral Park on Thursday 10th December from 9am to 5pm. To keep up to date with 2015 Winter Fair news check out the website, Facebook: Winter Fair or Twitter @ruaswinterfair.