Rare livestock breeds play an important role in educating people on the history of farm animals in Northern Ireland, Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has said.
The Minister was speaking as she visited the Northern Ireland Rare Breeds show and sale at Gosford Forest Park, where Show Chairman, Brian Hunter and Treasurer Sarah Creaner accompanied Minister McIlveen as she viewed livestock judging, trade stands, craft displays and met with exhibitors.
“The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is doing invaluable work in preventing many indigenous breeds of livestock from being relegated to the history books,” she said. “It is great to see the diversity of breeds represented here today, helping to educate visitors on the history of farm animals in Northern Ireland. This show is unique in content and character and demonstrates an important aspect of rural life.
“I have found all the shows I have attended this summer very encouraging, with many of the rural population coming out in force and supporting their local farmers’ efforts.”