Friday Update: 8th September 2017

Friday Update: 8th September 2017


September is well underway and the society has been receiving more great news stories this week, with our members being as busy and ambitious as ever. Here is your weekly roundup of everything that has been happening over the last seven days.

Demand for Aberdeen-Angus Sired Cattle:

Anne Morrison, Aberdeen-Angus Quality Beef Ltd, delivers great news surrounding the popularity and preference of Aberdeen-Angus beef. AAQB is calling for more members as demand for Aberdeen-Angus sired cattle is strong with a 40p a kilo premium paid on ‘in spec’ cattle. Read the full piece here:

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Image: Anne Morrison being awarded the Belfast Telegraph Cup for outstanding agricultural achievement

Breeder of the Future:

This week we had the pleasure of catching up with Isla Shaw, age 22 from West Lethans Farm in Saline who owns the “Maree” Aberdeen Angus Herd.  Click here to find out more about Isla, from her farming background and cattle breeding experience to her top 5 celebrity dinner party guests:  

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Image: Isla Shaw in the showring, taken by Ceamara photography. 

We wish Isla all the best with her new career and future plans with her own Aberdeen-Angus herd.

Stay tuned for more stories over the coming weeks as we continue to interview more of our ‘breeders of the future.’


Youth Development Programme:

We recently saw the final YDP workshop of the year take place at Melview Angus, Gamage Hall Farm, Dymock on the 20th of August.  

Milly Bersey aged 17 kindly shared her account with us. Follow this link to read the full piece:

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Image: final YDP workshop of 2017, Melview Angus

A massive thank you goes out to our YDP co-ordinator Gayle, the workshop hosts and also the workshop trainers. All workshops this year have been enjoyed hugely by all the participants and would not have been possible without the time and dedication from everyone involved.

YDP Raffle:

YDP We would also like to remind you all that raffle tickets are still available to buy in support of the Youth Development Programme. This is a great way to help raise funds that will go towards the programme and also to win some great prizes, including a pedigree heifer from the Newcairnie herd, kindly donated by current senior vice president Angela McGregor. More details will be released next week about the choice of animals on offer. The raffle is open to everyone! 


2017 National Ploughing Championships:

The Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association will be hosting the very best of the top pedigree and commercial Aberdeen-Angus cattle at the 2017 National Ploughing Championships from September 19th – 21st. Several of the big winners from the pedigree show circuit have already been confirmed to attend, alongside a selection of the very best crossbred stock from the leading commercial herds in the country. For more information please visit:

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Image: Last year’s All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Champion on display at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Chief Executive Position:

We are excited to announce that we have recently started advertising for a new Chief Executive Role within the Society. You will be able to see the job advert in this week’s Scottish Farmer and Farmers Guardian and also next week’s edition of Farmers Weekly and The Irish Farmers Journal. Alternatively you can view the advert online here:

Sponsored Store Sales: 

Keep a look out for sponsored store sales in your local area. We will be releasing dates for store sales across the UK next week! 

Show News:

The results are still coming in for this year’s show season.

Saintfield Show was held on Saturday the 17th June. The Aberdeen-Angus champion was awarded to Gail and Sam Matchett with Briches Lady Holly.

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Image: Saintfield Show Aberdeen-Angus champion was awarded to Gail and Sam Matchett, with Briches Lady Holly.

Brian Johnston, Scarva, exhibited the reserve Aberdeen-Angus champion Dartrey Ella. 

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Image: Saintfield Show, reserve Aberdeen-Angus champion Dartrey Ella. 

Omagh Show took place on 30 June and Saturday 1 July and the Aberdeen-Angus classes were judged by Conor Craig. Gemma Parke, Strabane, exhibited the Aberdeen Angus champion Coolermoney Rocco. 

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Image: Aberdeen-Angus champion Coolermoney Rocco at Omagh Show

Limavady Show, took place on Saturday the 15th of July. Andy Woodburn judged the Aberdeen-Angus classes and awarded the overall champion prize to Coolermoney Rocco S607 and the reserve champion prize to Coolermoney Frances T703, both from Adrian and Graeme Parke.

Antrim Show, sponsored by the Bank of Ireland, took place on Saturday 22 July. Gail Matchett exhibited the Aberdeen-Angus champion Cheeklaw Black Beauty N458.

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Image: Antrim Show the Aberdeen-Angus champion, Cheeklaw Black Beauty N458

AJ Mills, Scarva, exhibited the reserve Aberdeen-Angus champion Dartrey Ella.

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Image: Antrim show reserve Aberdeen-Angus champion, Dartrey Ella

Clogher Valley Show was held on the 26th of July. Ian Rea exhibited the Aberdeen-Angus champion Carlhurlie Epic owned by James Porter’s Old Glenort Herd.

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Image: Aberdeen-Angus champion Carlhurlie Epic, Clogher Show

William Noble, Danske Bank, presented the Aberdeen-Angus championship award to Alan and Lana Cheney from Trillick who exhibited Lana Juno Erica at this year’s Fermanagh County Show took place on the 1st and 2nd of August. The reserve championship was awarded to Edwin and Alan Morrison from Maguiresbridge with Drummeer Blackbird P455.

The 150th Bucks County Show took place on the 31st of August 2017 and all Aberdeen-Angus classes were judged by Mr D Jeary. The overall Champion was awarded to Temple Rosebud R653, Temple Farm (Chedzoy) ltd and the reserve champion went to Warrenho Elmolo L39 from A E & C R Bishop. See the full results here:

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Image: Champion at Bucks County Show Temple Rosebud R653 (Pictured above) , Temple Farm (Chedzoy) ltd

Just a reminder that the Winter National Show will be here in no time. The entry forms and classes for the Winter National Show are now on our website and available for download. You can find these under the Breeders Resources tab on the homepage.


We wish you all the best weekend and look forward to hearing all your news and stories next week!