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6 May, 2009

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has presented the Agri Hall of Fame Awards in Athlone, County Westmeath.

The Athlone Agri Show Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony began in 2003 and recognises breed achievement by members from bovine, equine and ovine industries. Cattle and sheep breed societies across Ireland as well as two horse breed societies nominate one of their members who is deserving of an award through outstanding service to the Society.

Speaking at the ceremony the Minister said: “It gives me great heart to present the Athlone Agri Hall of Fame Awards. The fact that so much good breeding work continues in the industry across Ireland despite the economic downturn illustrates farmers’ resilience and initiative.

“Breeders across Ireland have a tremendous reputation and tradition in both farming and equine sectors and their hard work and dedication deserve more recognition. Their efforts and successes provide a valuable confidence boost to an industry often under pressure from many sides.

“I am also very aware of how important agricultural shows are to breeders in general through providing a tremendous opportunity to show animals at events attended by large audiences of interested people – which also includes potential customers.”

“One of my Ministerial priorities is to introduce an all-island animal health and welfare strategy which will provide tangible benefits to participants in shows across Ireland. Work on the strategy continues and when it is developed it will be a major boost to breeders and make life easier for them.

“I wish to congratulate all the award winners from both the farming and equine sectors and thank everyone involved for their ongoing contribution to the industry.”

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