On Thursday 13th December 2018, The Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with sole sponsor Danske Bank, returned to The Eikon Exhibition Centre at Balmoral Park, Lisburn. The venue was filled with Christmas cheer and excitement as farmers, dairy enthusiasts and industry specialists gathered at the premier annual dairy event in Northern Ireland.
Visitors had the opportunity to network and do business on the day, with over 200 trade stands in attendance. The day also offered a timely opportunity for farmers, their families and exhibitors to come together socially at the start of the festive period.
Competition was fierce as always, with top quality cattle competing for Championship titles.
The coveted Supreme Inter Breed Champion title was won by Baldonnel FM Sunshine, exhibited by Cyril Dowling from Dublin. With John Hunter from Crumlin awarded Reserve with Ardmore Janet 100. Hallow Holsteins, Gorey received the Honourable Mention for Hallow Atwood Carmen.
Danske Bank were once again the sole sponsors of the event, as they have been over the last 33 years. Speaking about the ongoing partnership, Rodney Brown, Head of AgriBusiness at Danske said, “The Royal Ulster Winter Fair is an important event in Northern Ireland’s agricultural calendar. Since 1986 the event has not only been a showcase of the excellent genetic resources available to our indigenous industry, but an opportunity to bring trade and farmers closer together and to collaborate on innovations and technology. Danske Bank is proud to have supported the Winter Fair since the outset, a reflection of our commitment to the continued success of the event, to the dairy sector and to the wider agri-food industry.”
Rhonda Geary, RUAS Operations Director commented: “We are delighted with how this year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair has gone. It is a key event in the NI agri calendar and continues to grow year on year.
‘‘It was great to see such top quality livestock competing and the atmosphere throughout the day was fantastic. We were, as always delighted to have the generous financial support of Danske Bank, which has been pivotal in making The Winter Fair the event it is today.’’
Full results from the event can be found here.