2017 Hereford Champion of the World - Moeskær Compass 1487                        2017 Hereford Miss World - BNC GlenLees 429 Nellie 71D



Northern Ireland

Population: 1 810 863
Cattle Population: 1 604 356
Capital City: Belfast
Official Languages: English, Irish, Ulster Scots

Hereford Breeders: 110
Registered Hereford Cattle: 28 000 (UK)

Balmoral Agricultural Show 2018, Belfast
10-12 May 2018

Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association
Loughanhill Farm 41 Divis Road, Dundrod
Crumlin, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
BT29 4UB

Tel: 07887675649


Champion Bull 2017

Panmure 1 Monster
Dorepoll Herefords, Crumlin, Co. Antrim


Champion Bull 2016

Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger
C&M Beatty & Son, Castletown, Co Tyrone

Northern Ireland
National Champion Bull 2015

Woodvale 1 Livewire
A & A Armour, Woodvale Herefords, Co Down

Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Co Armagh


Champion Female 2017

Dorepoll 1 Catalina 421

Dorepoll Herefords, Crumlin, Co. Antrim


Champion Female 2016

Tirelugan 1 Lilly

Paul & Wendy Beatty, Auchnacloy, Co Tyrone

Northern Ireland
National Champion Female 2015

Solpoll 1 Stella L2

F.W. McMordie & Sons, Newtownards, Co Down




Local time
  Local Time:
05:15 AM on Tuesday 25th of September, 2018 (GMT0) DST in effect

Belfast (capital) weather forecast
Tuesday 25th of September, 2018

Max: 14 'C

Min: 12 'C
Chance of Rain
Wind: 27 Km/h SSW
Wednesday 26th of September, 2018

Max: 17 'C

Min: 9 'C
Wind: 24 Km/h SW
Thursday 27th of September, 2018

Max: 14 'C

Min: 6 'C
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 21 Km/h W

Northern Ireland (IrishTuaisceart Éireann[6] [ˈt̪ˠuəʃcəɾˠt̪ˠ ˈeːɾʲən̪ˠ]Ulster ScotsNorlin Airlann) is a country in the United Kingdom in the northeast of Ireland and the largest outside of Great Britain.[7] It is variously described as a countryprovince,region, or "part" of the United Kingdom, amongst other terms.[8][9][10] Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863,[4] constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in some areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".[11]

Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland by an act of the British parliament. Unlike Southern Ireland, which would become the Irish Free State in 1922, the majority of Northern Ireland's population were unionists, who wanted to remain within the United Kingdom,[12] most of whom were the Protestant descendants of colonists from Great Britain; however, a significant minority, mostly Catholics, were nationalists who wanted a united Ireland independent of British rule.[13][14][15][16] Today, the former generally see themselves as British and the latter generally see themselves as Irish, while a distinct Northern Irish or Ulster identity is claimed both by a large minority of Catholics and Protestants and by many of those who are non-aligned.[17]

For most of the 20th century, when it came into existence, Northern Ireland was marked by discrimination and hostility between these two sides in what First Minister of Northern Ireland David Trimble called a "cold house" for Catholics. In the late 1960s, conflict between state forces and chiefly Protestant unionists on the one hand, and chiefly Catholic nationalists on the other, erupted into three decades of violence known as the Troubles, which claimed over 3,500 lives and caused over 50,000 casualties.[18][19] The 1998 Good Friday Agreement was a major step in the peace process, including the decommissioning of weapons, although sectarianism and religious segregation still remain major social problems and sporadic violence has continued.[20]

Northern Ireland has historically been the most industrialised region of Ireland. After declining as a result of the political and social turmoil of the Troubles,[21] its economy has grown significantly since the late 1990s. The initial growth came from the "peace dividend" and the links and increased trade with the Republic of Ireland, continuing with a significant increase in tourism, investment and business from around the world. Unemployment in Northern Ireland peaked at 17.2% in 1986, dropping to 6.1% for June–August 2014 and down by 1.2 percentage points over the year,[22] similar to the UK figure of 6.2%.[23] 58.2% of those unemployed had been unemployed for over a year.

Prominent artists and sports persons from Northern Ireland include Van MorrisonRory McIlroyJoey DunlopWayne McCulloughand George Best. Some people in Northern Ireland prefer to identify as Irish (e.g., poet Seamus Heaney and actor Liam Neeson) while others prefer to identify as British (e.g. actor Kenneth Branagh). Cultural links between Northern Ireland, the rest of Ireland, and the rest of the UK are complex, with Northern Ireland sharing both the culture of Ireland and the culture of the United Kingdom. In many sports, the island of Ireland fields a single team, a notable exception being association football. Northern Ireland competes separately at the Commonwealth Games, and people from Northern Ireland may compete for either Great Britain or Ireland at the Olympic Games.