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Show hears of optimism over beef marketing

Published 13/06/2016

Chloe Henning with her Champion Bull
Chloe Henning with her Champion Bull
Miss Galaxy Ireland, Jofa Collins, with Denise Curran, who was judged Best Dressed
Ellie Kinnear with her pony ‘Bella’ at Armagh County Show

Selling Northern Irish beef around the world could become much easier in the coming weeks, as efforts to certify the province as free of BSE step up a gear.

Speaking on Saturday at the Armagh County Agricultural Show and Country Festival, Agri-Food Strategy Board chairman Tony O'Neill said: "We are fully supporting the efforts being made by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in this regard.

"If the requested certification status is achieved, it will make the marketing of beef from Northern Ireland so much easier in markets around the world."

Also taking in the sights and sounds of this year's Armagh Show was Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association chief executive Robin Irvine.

He confirmed that food safety is the critical factor when it comes to securing excess to export markets.

"The good news for Northern Ireland is the fact that 100% of the animal feed that is utilised by farmers is now fully compliant with the Food Fortress certification scheme," he said

This year's Armagh Show was marked by a tremendous entry of cattle, both dairy and beef.

The Dairy inter-breed championship was won by the Haffey family from Lurgan with their Holstein 5th calver: Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2.

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