The Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle will host an online charity auction this week in memory of fellow breeder and friend, the late Ian Davidson Jnr of the Ballyrickard Herd, Larne.
The auction – which the club is hosting in conjunction with Tommy Staunton’s Elite Pedigree Sales platform – will support the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
As reported by That’s Farming, Ian – a renowned multi-prize-winning Limousin breeder – passed away in July of this year at the age of 38.
Born with cystic fibrosis, he had a double lung transplant in August 2014 in Newcastle, England.
At the time, he said the transplant had changed his life as it allowed him to be “up early and out on the farm” with his beloved Limousins or working at the family engineering business alongside his father, Ian senior.
A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club told That’s Farming that he was a “strong” supporter of the Limousin breed and “loved” sourcing and trying out new and old bloodlines.
This, over the years, resulted in multiple show winners, sale leaders and pedigree herd competition awards.
The spokesperson said he was “actively” involved with the young breeders and took “great pleasure” in helping new breeders in any way he could.
“He had many friendships at home and wider afield, which is evident from the number of donations the club have received for the charity auction in his memory.”
“With over 70 lots up for grabs, there are items available to suit all tastes and interests.”
“These include straws from formidable sires, embryos from the Trueman, Bernish, Ballyrickard and Martin herds, Milford ewe lambs, sheep dressing stand, calf creep feeder, overnight stays in hotels, a P&O ferry crossing, accommodation at a holiday cottage in Scotland, power tools, blowers, clippers and hampers to name but a few.”
Bidding for the lots opened on Friday evening past and will close at the club’s annual prize-giving and dinner on Saturday, November 19th.
An auctioneer will be in the room as all lots go under the hammer for final bids before they are sold to the highest bidder.
The spokesperson concluded:
“The club would like to thank everyone who gave donations for this charity auction in Ian’s memory, friends, businesses, breeders and the farming community and those who are now bidding for the numerous lots on offer.”