YOUNG Sam Martin, of the Springhill British Blue herd based in Co Down, Northern Ireland, has been awarded the John Fleming Trophy for his contribution to the British Blue Cattle Society.

The annual award, from former society secretary John Fleming, is presented to a member under 25, who has demonstrated outstanding expertise and enthusiasm over the previous 12 months.

The only son of James and Sharon Martin, Ballyblack, Newtownards, Sam has been farming with his family since completing a diploma at Greenmount Agricultural College.

The Martin family established one of the first two British Blue herds in Northern Ireland more than 30 years ago and have consistently taken championships at major events such as Balmoral and the Royal Highland.