The Ayrshire Cattle Society of Great Britain & Ireland is bringing its 2013 Conference to Campbeltown from 16th to 18th May.
It is clear from the programme that a major part of the national Society’s attraction to the town for the event is the presence of the accommodation in Campbeltown and Machrihanish provided by Southworth Developments’ newly reopened hotels – the Royal Hotel on the Campbeltown waterfront, the Ugadale Hotel between the world class golf courses and the beach at Machrihanish with the lovely self-catering Ugadale Cottages.
Another major factor in Campbeltown winning the hosting of the event is that local farmer, Robin Barr of Clockeil Farm, has been the Society’s National Chairman in the year to May 2013 .
Mr Barr’s farm is one of six local farms on a programme of visits for delegates to see local herds during the three days of the conference.
- On Thursday 16th May, after their opening lunch and Council meeting, they’ll be at Machriebeg Farm.
- Friday’s daytime programne takes them to Ormsary Farm and Gartvaigh Farm.
- Saturday visits are to Ballygreggan Farm, east Drumlemble farm – finishing with Robin Barr at Clockeil.
Evenings in the programme are for serious pleasure.
The first of the three nights sees a dinner in the Victoria Hall with a taste of Kintyre and a whisky tasting. Springbank and Longrow at least must feature in this.
On the second night, there’s an evening reception and dinner followed by the Conference Sale and entertainment.
The final night brings it all to a very grand conclusion with a Gala Dinner and dance.
Ayrshire cattle come from exactly where you’d think. They are also known as Dunlops or Cunninghames. They are seen as outstanding commercial dairy cattle, characterful but easy tempered, hardy, easy to raise, adaptable to different management regimes, calving easily, producing vigorous calves, healthy and long lived.
The breed was first officially recorded in the 1870′s, with the formation of the Ayrshire Cattle Society Herd Book in 1877.
The Herd Book is now computerised and through it the Society records all ancestry.
There will be several hundred of the Society’s delegates from all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland to be catered for in Campbeltown.
This is an opportunity, at a lovely time of the year, to show off this grand town to such an audience and to send them home with talk of the place to bring them and others back.
Kintyre Express will be ferrying Irish delegates aross the North Channel from Ballycastle, up the east coast of the Mull of Kintyre, inside Sanda Island, past Davaar Island and straight into Campbeltown; Flybe will be flying them direct from Glasgow, on its spectacular route over the Isle of Arran and down the spine of Kintyre, into Campbeltown airport with its historic superlong runway HIAL wanted to vandalise by shortening it. And West Coast Motors coaches’ will be bringing in more by the gloriously scenic A83 that runs right through Argyll, east to west, then south down to the Mull of Kintyre.
What’s not to come back for?
Society members wishing to book for the event may do so via the Society website here or by phone to the Society office on: 01292 267123.
The photograph at the top is of a prize winning Ayrshire at Romsey show and is in the public domain.