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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.