On Tuesday 27th November 2018, the first Royal Ulster Premier Beef & Lamb Championships took place, in association with principal sponsor Bank of Ireland. The Dr E F Logan Hall at Eikon Exhibition Centre hosted the successful show and sale for the first time.
Visitors enjoyed perusing the range of trade stands in attendance, watching the numerous showing classes and of course the pinnacle was the ever popular auction in the evening. Beef Cattle competed for prestigious titles, with Mr Robert Miller from Magherafelt being awarded the Ulster Housewife’s Champion and Mr Alan Veitch from Lisbellaw awarded Reserve Ulster Housewife’s Champion. Sean O’Kane from Dunloy picked up the Best of Opposite Sex to the Ulster Housewife’s Champion. The coveted title of Supreme Champion of Show was awarded to S J Smyth from Newtownstewart with Mr John Killen from Crossgar awarded Reserve Champion.
Lambs shown on the day competed for the title of Best Butcher Pair, with Mr William McAllister from Ballymena picking up this award on the day and Mr Iain Colville from Newtownards awarded Reserve Best Butcher Pair.
The event was kindly sponsored by Bank of Ireland. Richard Primrose, Agri Manager for Bank of Ireland UK commented on the bank’s support of this event, “The local beef and sheep industry plays such a vital part in the local economy of Northern Ireland. Through these Championships and other activities year round, we are proud to be helping farmers and food producers grow and strengthen their businesses for future generations.”
Alan Crowe, RUAS Chief Executive commented on the successful event, ‘‘On behalf of the RUAS, we are so pleased with how the first Royal Ulster Premier Beef & Lamb Championships has gone and has been received by the industry. We have been enthusiastic from the outset to be able to host this event, which we are sure is a welcome addition for the local beef and sheep industries.
‘‘It was so encouraging to see such an array of trade exhibitors as well as top class livestock on show throughout the day and the evening auction was extremely popular and the atmosphere was fantastic!
‘‘We were delighted to have the generous backing of Bank of Ireland, their support has been pivotal in enabling us to deliver this event and the partnership highlights our own and the bank’s support of the local beef and sheep industries.
‘‘We are also indebted to the support of the local cattle and sheep breed clubs and societies, who kindly contributed towards the prize fund.’’