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 Launch of 2018 Rare Breed Survival Trust NI Support Group Annual Show and Sale   

Launching the 2018 Rare Breed Survival Trust Northern Ireland Support Group Show and Sale at Gosford on 1st September 2018 are: (left to right) Paul Fearon, Tannaghmore, with a six month old Dexter heifer; Corchennia Dorman, RBSTNI Committee Member; Colleen Dorman, RBSTNI Craft Convenor; Ernie Gregg, RBSTNI Pig Convenor; Kate Madden, RSBTNI Secretary; Margaret Tinsley, Chair of Leisure Services at ABC Council (Sponsors); Brian Hunter, RBSTNI Vice-chairman; Brian Kelly, RBSTNI Chairman; Richard McKitterick, Tannaghmore Manager with one of their newly introduced rare breed Bagot goats; Gavin Goodman, RSBT Sperrins and Lakeland Group; Sarah Creaner; RBSTNI Treasurer; Maurice Pogue, RSBT Sperrins and Lakeland Group; Fidelma Goodman, RBST Sperrins and Lakeland Group; and Kenny Gracey, RBSTNI Committee Member.

Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm provided the perfect location to launch this year’s 32nd Annual Northern Ireland Rare Breed Show and Sale which will be held on Saturday 1st September 2018 from 9.00am-4.00pm in Gosford Forest Park, Markethill. Judging of all sections will commence at 10:00am, and the auctions will start with the poultry at 11:00am and the cattle and sheep at 1:00pm.

The Annual Show and Sale at Gosford is organised by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) Northern Ireland Support Group and is the only event of its kind in Northern Ireland. Entries for show and sale will include sheep, cattle, and poultry while pigs and equines will be presented for show only.

The RBST Northern Ireland Support Group welcomes everyone with an interest in our native livestock breeds to our Show and Sale, whether it be pigs, poultry, cattle, sheep or equines. It is also an interesting and enjoyable family day out. The Rare Breed Survival Trust is the UK’s only charity dedicated to ensuring the diversity of our native livestock breeds so that future generations can continue to benefit from working with these wonderful animals.

For any enquiries please visit the RBSTNI website at www.rbstni.co.uk or the Facebook page at Rare Breeds Survival Trust NI, or contact the RBSTNI Secretary, Kate Madden on 07712090040.

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Meet Northern Ireland's First Bagot Goat Herd

Tannaghmore Rare Breed Animal Farm near Lurgan was officially designated as Northern Ireland’s first RBST Approved Farm Park on the 15th December 2017 and has recently established Northern Ireland’s first rare breed Bagot goat herd. The Bagot is one of only two native goat breeds and the breed is listed in the vulnerable category on the RBST Watchlist with only 200 to 300 registered breeding females remaining. Tannaghmore park is open to members of the public to visit free of charge.

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.

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