The 33rd annual Royal Ulster Winter Fair takes place on Thursday, December 13th, at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, running from 9am to 6pm.
The event has been called the “meeting place” for the dairy industry by organisers, with top class dairy cattle set to compete for the Supreme champion crown. Brian Behnke from Brooklyn, Wisconsin, USA will be on hand on the day to judge the livestock at the show.
There will also be an abundance of trade stands in attendance on the day, over 220, covering every aspect of the industry and catering to the needs of the 4,000 + visitors.
Cookstown Dairy Services (CDS) -
At this year’s Winter Fair, Cookstown Dairy Services (CDS) will be in attendance and showcasing the latest in dairy equipment and technology at stand EK22.
The equipment & solutions on display will include products from all categories including: Milking, Feeding, Cooling, Scrapers and Health & Fertility Monitoring. This year, CDS has seen a range of dairy equipment installed in Northern Ireland operating from their depot in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim and head office in Ardee, Co. Louth. In particular, Rapid Exit and Rotary Parlours have been very popular. These parlours milk more cows in less time, with less labour.
As herds are increasing in size, the need for efficiency in milking has grown even more important. For farmers who want to go the automation route, Dairymaster’s intelligent technology boosts efficiency by controlling all functions from milking to feeding to drafting and even seamlessly integrates with its health and fertility monitoring system – the MooMonitor+.
On the day, CDS will be showing the benefits of these parlours along with a special offer on a cluster exchange – Allowing the trade-in of old milking clusters for new Dairymaster lite claw pieces and liners.
The team from Cookstown Dairy Services will include Sean and John Reid, Gavin Connaughty, David Smith and Michael Callaghan. Dairymaster personnel on the stand will include will be Pat Ryan and Niall O’Hanlon.
There will also be a valuable prize draw for ClusterCleanse liquid on the day.
Further information -
Cookstown Dairy Services (CDS) specialises in sales, installation, service and support of award-winning Dairymaster dairy farm equipment, milking technology and herd health systems.
This ranges from milking equipment to health and fertility monitoring and milk cooling solutions. Their in-depth knowledge of the industry allows their highly trained personnel to provide expertise on sales, planning, drawings, installation and aftercare service 365 days of the year.
CDS use advanced software and electronics to help milk producers farm more efficiently.
According to the CEO, Sean Reid, “the Dairymaster milking equipment we supply is now milking a large percentage of the cows in Northern Ireland.”
“We offer a 24-hour technical support to our customers and our dedicated installation team that can fit on average a parlour per week.” he added.
CDS prides itself on offering its solutions to dairy farmers of all sizes. The company also supplies feeding equipment as well as scraper, aeration, and wash-down systems. They also provide water boilers/heaters and a wide range of second-hand equipment.
For further info please phone Gavin Connaughty or Paul Thompson at (028) 2764 9284, by at email firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the website here.
Tickets to the Winter Fair -
For those looking to attend this year's Winter Fair, entry for adults to the show is priced at £10, with a price of £8 for those aged from 12-18.
Entry for Seniors (over 65’s) is also set at £8, with under 12’s admitted free once accompanied by an adult. Discount tickets are available online, whilst Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) members can enter free of charge.
Get further information on the Winter Fair here or purchase tickets here.