Ireland to co-host the World Angus Forum next year

Next year will see Ireland co-host the World Angus Forum, in tandem with England and Scotland, Alan Cheney, President of the Aberdeen Angus Association of Ireland has confirmed.

He said that it will be an opportunity to profile the quality and depth of Aberdeen Angus breeding in this part of the world.

“Breed numbers are on the up, given the continuing recognition given by all the major food retailers of the quality inherent in Angus beef. And this trend is set to grow further during the period ahead.”

Ireland’s hosting of the forum will include all of the activities planned for Newry Show plus visits to the renowned Gigginstown and Liss herds.

Newry Show Chairman Kyle Henry said that the event will take place on Saturday June 24, 2017.

“It is an honour for the show to host what is the most prestigious Aberdeen Angus event to take place on the island of Ireland annually.

“Adding to the very special nature of the day will be the fact that 100 forum delegates, from a host of countries around the world, will be with us to enjoy the spectacle and colour associated with what promises to be a wonderful event.”

The forum itself gets underway on June 16, with a programme of events planned for England. Delegates then will have the opportunity of visiting Ireland between June 24 and June 26, before picking up with the celebrations planned for Scotland.

Newry Show Secretary Brian Lockhart said that 200 entries are expected for the Aberdeen Angus All Ireland Championships, he said.

“All of the top breeders, north and south, are committed to taking part. So it promises to be a very special day for Newry Show.

“The good news is that we have plenty of space and facilities at our usual Newry Club venue to accommodate all of the show classes and activities scheduled for what promises to be a very special day.”