Outgoing President Finbar O’Brien opened the proceedings by welcoming everyone to the meeting and thanking them for their presence.
Club accountant Michael Morrow of Hunter Sinton was on hand to provide members with a full review of the club’s finances for 2021.
Finbar O’Brien then presented his Chairman’s report, focusing on events since last year’s AGM in August 2021 and highlighting another successful period for Limousin Breeders in Northern Ireland.
He described the achievements of the club’s August women’s sale in Hilltown, the Balmoral Show in September 2021, the BLCS shows and sales at home and in Carlisle in October 2021 and February 2022, the championships of beef and d RUAS lamb in November, the Red Ladies Weaned Calf show in Carlisle in December, the spectacular Rising Stars calf in March 2022 and the Young Handlers competition also in March.
He thanked everyone for the great help and support he has received behind the scenes over the past three years and he thanked everyone involved for their commitment to the Club which has made the Club what it is. it is today.
The nomination and election of new committee members saw Kieran McCrory, Oliver McDonald and Jim Scott duly elected for the next three years.
During the recess, the committee then elected Brian McAuley MRCVS as Chair for 2022/2023. Jim Quail, President of the NILCC thanked Finbar O’Brien, on behalf of the members, for his contribution to the Club, particularly with the challenges faced by Limousin breeders over the past two years and welcomed Brian McAuley in this role.
Brian McAuley informed the meeting that the committee is planning a 50th anniversary event in Northern Ireland at the end of August. This event will support breeders unable to travel to the BLCS National Show and Sale in Carlisle in July due to ongoing protocol regulations. Full details of the planned event will be made available to members over the coming weeks.
Members were also advised that the committee accepted two charitable donations this year. £2,500 will be presented to the Red Cross for the Ukrainian appeal and a further £1,000 will be presented to the NI Air Ambulance. Both presentations will be made at the Balmoral Show in May.
BLCS May 1st exhibition and sale in Ballymena on May 2nd from 10am
NI Limousin Cattle Club “Limousin Championship” at Antrim Show on July 23
BLCS 50th Anniversary Sale in Carlisle on July 29
BLCS 50th Anniversary National Exhibition in Carlisle July 29-30
Exhibition and sale of the 50th anniversary of the BLCS in Ballymena on August 20
BLCS exhibition and sale in Dungannon on Friday 28 October.