Tributes have poured in for the late Ian Davidson, who passed away in recent days.
The renowned multi-prize-winning Limousin breeder passed away peacefully in his home in Larne on July 31st, 2022.
The British Limousin Cattle Society has paid tribute to the owner of the Ballyrickard herd in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
They said he was a “strong” supporter of the Limousin breed and “loved” sourcing and experimenting with new and old bloodlines.
Such efforts resulted in multiple show winners, sale leaders and herd competition awards over the years.
Moreover, he was actively involved with young breeders, taking “great” pleasure in helping new breeders on their way.
Breeders have paid tribute to Ian, who, one, said, “had a super interest in cattle”, and was a “great” ambassador and advocate for the breed.
Another said: “Ian was one of the best. He was always happy to help out, and nothing ever too much trouble. A good stockman who knew the limmy job inside out. He was always willing to give advice and thoughts on breed.”
Another commented that Ian was “a lovely person who always took time to talk at a sale or show”.
Others outlined that he was “a true gentleman and helpful and informative friend”.
Another described him as a “lovely man to speak with who was so knowledgeable on all things cattle genetics and beyond”.
The society spokesperson continued:
“Ian’s remains will leave his home on Saturday at 11 am to arrive at the Church of the Holy Family, Ballygowan for 11.30 am requiem mass. His funeral afterwards is at Roselawn Crematorium at 2.00 pm.”
“Family flowers only are requested, but donations in lieu are invited if desired to Cystic Fibrosis Unit, City Hospital/RVH Belfast and Transplant Centre, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle c/o (cheques payable to) E W Ramsey & Son, 5 Upper Main Street, Larne BT40 1SY.”
“Sincere condolences are extended to Ian’s parents, Ian and Ellen, his sister Seaneen, partner Karen and all wider family and friends,” the spokesperson concluded.