Friday 9th Dec 2022

Festive Cheer at the 36th Royal Ulster Winter Fair

Festive Cheer at the 36th Royal Ulster Winter Fair

On Thursday 8th December 2022, the 36th Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with sole sponsor Danske Bank, returned to the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Lisburn 

The Eikon Exhibition Centre was filled with festive cheer as Northern Ireland’s premier dairy show took place with cattle competing in the ring for Championship titles. The sought after Supreme Interbreed Champion title was won by Potterswalls Chrome Glamour exhibited by The Fleming Family from Seaforde, Downpatrick. Liam and Sandra Murphy from Co. Carlow received the title of Reserve Champion with Sterndale Colt Rae Et and exhibitor John Dowling from Dublin returned home with the Honourable Mention for Baldonnel Soloman Ebony. 

This popular event organised by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) enabled farmers, dairy enthusiasts and industry specialists to network and do business. It also offered a timely opportunity for farmers, their families and exhibitors to meet in the lead up to the festive period. 

Danske Bank were once again the sole sponsors of the event, as they have been over the last 36 years. Speaking about the ongoing partnership, Rodney Brown, Head of AgriBusiness at Danske said, “After what has been a few years of restrictions it’s been great to return to Business as Usual for the Winter Fair 2022. The atmosphere this year was electric, not only in the show ring, but also around the broad and diverse range of trade stands and industry stakeholders. The challenges within the industry, whilst they remain in place, seem to have been partly forgotten on the day as the many visitors took time to catch up with their suppliers and stakeholders to talk about how they can remain competitive in an ever-evolving industry as well as enjoying the social aspect that the Winter Fair offers. We are delighted to continue to work with the RUAS and honoured to see our ongoing investment in the event contribute to its growth and ongoing success.” 

RUAS Operations Director, Rhonda Geary added; “We are delighted with the success of the 36th Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with sole sponsor Danske Bank. Their continued financial support has played a pivotal role in the ever-growing success of this event. 

“There was a great atmosphere throughout the day and fierce competition with the very best quality dairy cattle competing for Champion titles. Once again the event was streamed online this year, allowing it to be watched by dairy enthusiasts worldwide. 

In the lead up to Christmas, the Winter Fair is always a wonderful day, both socially and as a showcase for the dairy industry. We look forward to returning in 2023.’’ 

Full results from the event can be found here

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