Special Recognition Award for Gilford farmer in inaugural NI Agricultural Awards

14th October 2016

Gilford farmer, Harry McGaffin has come in for Special Recognition in the inaugural NI Agricultural Awards.
In a glittering awards ceremony staged at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast, Harry was presented with a Special Recognition Award for his services to Agriculture, both in his role as Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society and as an ambassador for the industry in general.
Organised by Donna Hosking and Claire Dickson of Strategic Business Planning and Events and sponsored by County Down-based Henderson Food Machinery Company, the newly established Awards aim to celebrate the many dedicated companies and hard-working people within the agricultural sector who strive to make a difference and inspire others.
And Harry has certainly done that!
Harry McGaffin is a founder member of the European Angus Cattle Society, which was formed back in 2003 and which is very much a home grown phenomenon. European Angus is a recognised breed of cattle in its own right, a cross between Aberdeen Angus cattle and Limousin.
Over the years Harry has worked tirelessly to promote both European Angus, the Society and its members.
As well as promoting European Angus, Harry has been a great ambassador for agriculture in general.
He was the man behind the launch of the very successful ‘European Angus Steak Tasting Competition’ which ran for five years and is a great supporter of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, having participated on two occasions, including this year’s event.
With Harry innovation is never too far away and his latest venture is the opening of a Farm Shop at Blackberry Hill Farm, which also featured as a finalist in the Best New Service/Product of the Year Category of the Awards.
As well as selling European Angus beef from the Shop he is also offering Wagyu cross beef that is produced on his own farm.
At present the Farm Shop opens at weekends, Friday and Saturday, but there are plans to extend the opening hours as the business grows.
“To feature as a finalist in two different categories of this year’s NI Agricultural Awards was great in itself,” said Harry. “To be presented with the Special Recognition Award was an honour – I am absolutely delighted.”
The Award, which was presented by David Henderson, Managing Director of sponsors, Henderson Food Machinery Company, will take pride of place in Harry’s new Blackberry Hill Farm Shop.