At the recent Royal Ulster Winter Fair there was a full house of trade exhibitors utilising the space available in the Eikon Complex, Balmoral Park to focus on the dairy industry and provide a wealth of information for progressive dairy farmers.
This year saw almost 200 trade stands promoting their products and services to the dairy industry.
Whilst the competitive livestock classes attract many visitors to the Winter Fair, there is little doubt that the wide range of trade stands is a major focus for many show goers. Despite the present downturn in milk prices many trade exhibitors at this year’s event reported satisfactory business throughout the day.
The longstanding sponsorship from Danske Bank which has been in place since the event was established in 1986 continued in 2015. In addition to sponsoring the livestock classes and Best Kept Dairy Stall Awards, Danske Bank also sponsored the highly successful Best Trade Stand Competition which was repeated at this year’s event.
This year the Trade Stand Awards were judged by Jackie Fitzpatrick from Castlewellan Show and all trade stands at the Winter Fair were automatically entered for the competition with the objective of encouraging exhibitors to stage an attractive display – with the guidelines for judging based on stand layout, the attractiveness of the exhibit in relation to the product or service being promoted and the helpfulness and attitude of staff on duty.
The Best Large Trade Stand Award was won by AI Services (NI) Ltd – represented by Ivan Minford who received the awards from Carol McMullan and William Noble from Danske Bank
The Runner Up Award in the Large Stand category went to United Dairy Farmers.
The Award for the Best Small Trade Stand went to Hurricane Cattle Care based in Co Mayo – represented by James Higgins who received the award from Robert McCullough and William Noble representing sole sponsors Danske Bank.
In the Small Trade Stand category the Runner Up spot went to Nettex.
Speaking after the event John Henning, head of agricultural relations at Danske Bank commented on the excellent trade show at the Winter Fair.
He said: “Danske Bank recognises the important role played by trade exhibitors in the success of this event. I would like to congratulate all trade exhibitors at the Winter Fair on the professional promotion of their products and services which helps makes this event so special in the dairy farming calendar. We especially congratulate the winners in the Best Trade Stand competition and hope their success will encourage others to be even more innovative in planning for next year’s Winter Fair.”
Best Kept Dairy Stall Award Winners at the Winter Fair
An important feature of the Royal Ulster Winter Fair is the livestock show with dairy cattle from all parts of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and England making the trip to Balmoral Park in pursuit of show ring glory. This year was a first for the event being held at the Eikon Complex and all of the bovine visitors settled in well to their new surroundings.
All exhibitors are automatically entered for the Best Kept Dairy Stall Awards where judging takes into consideration presentation of cattle, cleanliness of lines, marketing and promotion of the herd and the attendants associated with the herd. This year the competition was judged by Jackie Fitzpatrick.
The longstanding sponsorship between the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society and Danske Bank which has been in place since the event was established in 1986 continued this year with cash prizes and rosettes awarded to the winning exhibitors.
The Best Kept Dairy Stall Award was won by Clandeboye Estate from Bangor, Co Down with animals forward from their Clandeboye Jersey herd. The awards were handed over to Mark Logan by Seamus McCormick and Elaine Alderdice from Danske Bank.
The Runner Up Award for the Best Dairy Stall went to David and Kenneth Boyd’s Glaslough Holstein herd in Co Monaghan.
Third place in the Best Kept Dairy Stall competition was won by the Henry family’s Mostragee herd from Stranocum in Co Antrim.
Everyone attending the 2015 Winter Fair was impressed by the excellent presentation of livestock at the event. On behalf of show sponsors Danske Bank, John Henning said: “We congratulate all exhibitors on their efforts to promote individual herds and breeds at the Winter Fair which resulted in a great spectacle for visitors. I know that many report good business activity through the sale of stock and genetics on the day and I have no doubt that their promotional activity will continue to prove beneficial in the future.”
Once again the impressive display of livestock at the Winter Fair proved a popular attraction for visitors so congratulations to all those exhibitors and teams who contributed to this spectacle at the Winter Fair.