Top breeders enter the Hall of Fame
Nineteen people were recognised for their services over the years when they were inducted into the National Hall of Fame at a function at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Sunday night.
Among the nominees were Yvonne Johnston, Swiss Cottage, Tyrellspass, Co Westmeath, nominee of the Irish Vendeen Sheep Society.
Together with her husband Gordon, she was a winner of the sheep category in the Zurich Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards 2014.
Yvonne Johnson's flock has been honoured with the Irish Vendeen Sheep Society Flock of the Year award on many occasions over the past 22 years and she has been recognised as a person with "passion for the breed combined with her knowledge of genetics and bloodlines".
Also nominated was Farming Independent writer, Robin Talbot, Coole, Ballacolla, Co Laois, who was the nominee of the Belgian Blue Cattle Breeders Society.
Robin won the Suckler to Beef Section of the first Eurosuckler Competition in 1999 in which he was the overall runner-up.
Announcing the winners, Michael Flanagan, CEO, National Hall of Fame Awards, described the awards as one which "no colour of money can buy". "The reason you are here tonight is because you have been acclaimed by your fellow breeders and respective breed societies, as the person who over the years, has given your time, expertise and commitment for the betterment of your breed. We congratulate and compliment you for your outstanding service."