Rare breeds steal the show at Gosford

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
DUP MEP Diane Dodds has congratulated the organisers of the annual Show and Sale held by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Northern Ireland at Gosford Forest Park in Markethill last weekend on a successful event. Commenting after visiting the Show with her colleague William Irwin, the DUP MLA for the Newry & Armagh area, Diane Dodds said, “I thoroughly enjoyed today’s show and sale given the vast array of livestock and exhibitors present. “Many of the people I spoke to said it was a trip down memory lane and something which they enjoy coming to every year. I can only share in this view. “From speaking to exhibitors throughout the day, there remains no doubt in my mind of the clear enthusiasm and determination displayed by local people to ensure that rare breeds of animals have a future, especially here in Northern Ireland. Dodds continued, “With increased use of continental breeds, native breeds have been in decline in Northern Ireland. In recent times, some native breeds have experienced revival due to increased demand from consumers for local produce. This is a development which holds much promise for many of the breeds on show today. “My congratulations go to the organising committee of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Northern Ireland on such a successful event. A huge amount of work goes into making these events the success that they are, and certainly for those involved in this show and sale the hard work paid off.” Local DUP Assembly member William Irwin MLA stated, “It was a pleasure to attend the show with our hard working MEP, Diane Dodds. The event was indeed a great success and this is in no small part due to the tremendous work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Northern Ireland.” He added, “It was interesting to see the types of breeds on display and there is an immense amount of work involved in organising such a show, not only from an organisers point of view but also from the participants. Events such as this are important in our agri calendar and it was certainly an enjoyable experience to attend.”
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