McIlveen visits Rare Breeds Show and Sale

Date published: 03 September 2016

Rare livestock breeds play an important role in educating people on the history of farm animals in Northern Ireland, Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has said.

Brian Kelly, Lurgan (owner of Large Black pigs) with Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen and Erin Campbell-Moore from Limavady

The Minister was speaking as she visited the Northern Ireland Rare Breeds show and sale at Gosford Forest Park in County Armagh, where Show Chairman, Brian Hunter and Treasurer Sarah Creaner accompanied Minister McIlveen as she viewed livestock judging, trade stands, craft displays and met with exhibitors.

Michelle McIlveen said: “The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is doing invaluable work in preventing many indigenous breeds of livestock from being relegated to the history books. It is great to see the diversity of breeds represented here today, helping to educate visitors on the history of farm animals in Northern Ireland. This show is unique in content and character and demonstrates an important aspect of rural life.

“I have found all the shows I have attended this summer very encouraging, with many of the rural population coming out in force and supporting their local farmers’ efforts. I know the organisers have worked closely with my officials to ensure high standards of animal health, welfare and movement recording today, a key part of ensuring sustainability of these rare breeds.  I wish the organisers every success with the preparations and planning for future shows and look forward to attending many more in the years to come.”

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