Thursday 14th Dec 2017

This year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair is underway

Today, Thursday 14th December 2017, marks the 32nd Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with Danske Bank.  The Eikon Exhibition Centre at Balmoral Park, will be filled with Christmas cheer and excitement as farmers, dairy enthusiasts and industry specialists gather at the premier annual dairy event in Northern Ireland.

Danske Bank are once again the sole sponsors of the event, as they have been since its inception in 1986.   Robert McCullough, Head of Agribusiness at Danske Bank said:  “We are proud of our long association and continued sponsorship of such a key event in the farming calendar.  This is a must-attend event for all dairy farmers as they look at the business of dairy farming but also very importantly, it’s a social event where acquaintances are refreshed and enjoyed in the lead up to Christmas.”

The Winter Fair gives farmers, families and exhibitors a timely opportunity to gather and network at the start of the festive period.  Visitors will observe the highest quality of livestock competing from across the country and this year the RUAS are delighted to welcome Hank Van Exel, from California, USA to judge.  The event also provides the perfect opportunity to meet with and hear from over two hundred dairy related trade exhibitors who will be in attendance.

New to the 2017 Winter Fair, Hoof Trimming Demonstrations will take place throughout the day.  Millfarm Hoofcare will be sharing their knowledge with a presentation and practical display on the causes, treatment and prevention of lameness in cows, this is sure to be an interesting and informative addition to today’s programme.

Rhonda Geary, RUAS Operations Director commented:   “Year on year, the Winter Fair has continued to grow. Now in its 32nd year, it sits firmly within the agri-calendar as Northern Ireland’s premier annual dairy event.  It really is a not-to-be missed event for farmers and industry enthusiasts.’’

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