BALMORAL SHOW saw the launch of the Pedigree Cattle Trust, a new group set up to promote Northern Ireland’s pedigree herds and lobby on behalf of its cattle breeders.

With representatives from across the beef and dairy clubs and breed societies, the PCT intends to present a united front to preserve and improve pedigree stockmanship in the province.

Brian Walker explained the reasoning behind the formation of the new group: “The superior quality of the local cattle industry has long been recognised but we believe it is important that we join together to do all we can to promote the high quality beef and dairy, both at home and right across the world.

“Collectively, there are more than 2500 local pedigree herds and we need to ensure we have a unified and powerful voice," he said. "This is becoming especially important as we face a number of upcoming challenges including Brexit and any potential changes to the trading environment in the EU. We also want to work closely with DAERA and other government agencies with regards to the control, eradication and prevention of cattle disease, animal welfare, genomics and animal identification issues; all of which have a direct impact on the future of the industry.

"As a body, we would also seek to leverage these partnerships to capitalise on the establishment of a true Northern Ireland brand, showcasing the real value of our herds, including exceptional breeds."

The body is now planning future meetings and urging pedigree beef and dairy farmers right across Northern Ireland to contact them with their views and opinions on a range of industry issues.

To contact the Pedigree Cattle Trust, email