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 Winners of our guess the weight of the bull competition on our stand at Balmoral Show   

Did you guess the weight of our magnificent Longhorn bull on our stand at Balmoral? The correct weight was 960kgs. There were seven correct entries and the first name to be pulled out of the hat was Charlie Watson who wins £50. The second name drawn was Grace McFarland who wins two tickets to our Annual Awards Dinner. Congratulations to both our winners.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our fundraiser and helped us raise money to support rare breeds. Prizewinners will be contacted by the end of the week. And thank you for visiting us at Balmoral. We enjoyed a really busy four days at the show promoting our native livestock breeds. If you want to continue to support rare breeds you can download a membership application from from this website and become an RBST member.

Welcome to the Rare Breed Survival Trust Northern Ireland Support Group website

SAVE THE DATE!! The 2018 Annual Rare Breed Survival Trust Northern Ireland Support Group Show and Sale will be held on Saturday 1st September. (Facebook - Rare Breeds Survival Trust NI). In the show rings native breed cattle, sheep and pigs will be judged to determine which animals are the best representatives of their breed. The prizes available for the best animals total £1800. A show and sale of poultry is held which attracts some of the best quality breeding stock in the country and has buyers travelling from far and wide to purchase the lots. There will be cattle and sheep sales including purebred and crossbred animals.

There will also be Young Handler classes where budding young farmers will compete to see who is best at exhibiting their cattle, sheep or pig. The pig show will feature the largest entry of rare breed pigs in Northern Ireland and typically entries will include Large White, Saddleback, Tamworth and Large Black pigs. There is always a sow and litter on display which is a major attraction in its own right.

Displays at the event typically include trade and craft stands, displays of spinning and felting and crook making. Rare breed meats will available for sale direct from the farmers. A mobile shop will be on site selling rare breed branded items including stationery and tea towels.

This is a wonderful educational opportunity for children to learn about the amazing variety of our native farm livestock and to learn where their food comes from as well as seeing the farmers who take such pride in rearing and exhibiting their animals. All proceeds from the event go to support the work of RBST.

The Rare Breed Survival Trust is the UK's only charity dedicated to conserving native livestock genetics. You can play your part by going to https://www.rbst.org.uk/ and becoming a member. If you want to find out more get in touch with the committee and learn more about these wonderful breeds.

Lord Mayor launches Rare Breed Show and Sale

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon - Alderman Gareth Wilson with RBST NI support group committee member Kenny Gracey showing the young people a British White Cow.

RBST NI support group members Brian Hunter and Brian Kelly with Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon - Alderman Gareth Wilson at the launch of the RBST NI Sponsors Evening.

Picture: Rachel Armour with her Irish Moiled heifer at the launch of the RBSTNI Sponsors Evening included in photo is the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon - Alderman Gareth Wilson with RBST NI support group committee members Kenny Gracey and Brian Hunter.

Any enquiries please contact the RBSTNI Secretary, Kate Madden on 07712090040.

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