The 2021 Winter Fair organised by the RUAS in partnership with sponsor, Danske Bank, proved a success with a good turnout of dairy cattle for the judging and plenty of trade stands to interest those attending.

It was the first Winter Fair since 2019 having to cancel last year's event because of the pandemic but as the largest dairy event of its kind in Ireland this year, it reached audiences far beyond the Eikon Centre building. The judging was streamed online creating plenty of interest to those across the island as there were cattle entries from all over Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

A new feature this year was the building of an annex behind the Eikon Exhibition Centre to accommodate the cattle.

Judging was in the hands of Yorkshire judge, Edward Griffiths while Anna Marie McHugh from the National Ploughing Association judged the Best Kept Dairy Stall and Trade Stands.

In the judging rings there were several breeds featured; Dairy Shorthorn, Holstein, Ayshire and Jersey.

There was plenty of interest in the trade stands, with many of the leading machinery companies, as well as those representing animal health and support services in attendance.