Draperhill Orlando and Draperhill O’Brien just over 7 months old had a very successful first show outing at YLBC Calf Spectacular on Friday the 28th December at Swatragh Mart.

Judges June Dowie and Jennifer Hyslop present Martin Rodgers & Draperhill Orlando with Pedigree Champion and Overall Champion
Judges June Dowie and Jennifer Hyslop present Martin Rodgers & Draperhill Orlando with Pedigree Champion and Overall Champion

The Champion Charolais at the Royal Ulster Premier Beef and Lamb Championships in November was Nougat owned by Rodgers Livestock from Dromara.

The award was handed over to Geoffrey Rodgers from Rodgers Livestock at the show in Balmoral Park.

Nougat the Charolais Champion at the RUAS Ulster Beef and Lamb Championships.
Nougat the Charolais Champion at the RUAS Ulster Beef and Lamb Championships. Photograph: Alfie Shaw

Nougat was half brother to “Jaffacake “ sold at Allams in 2016

Honoured to have won the New Paul McGarry Memorial cup at Balmoral Show awarded to the Junior Blonde Champion presented by Eamon McGarry
Honoured to have won the New Paul McGarry Memorial cup at Balmoral Show awarded to the Junior Blonde Champion presented by Eamon McGarry

Team Rodgers had a very successful Balmoral Show 2018 .

Two blonde cattle , won 1st prize.

The 2018 Balmoral Show prize ware
1st Hillhead Mario
Geoff and Lizzie with sponsor ABP Newry
Hillhead Nadia 2018 RUAS Balmoral Junior Blonde Champion , Res Overall Champion & 2nd Res Junior Interbreed Champion
Draperhill Orlando
Lucy Rodgers won the Leslie Hood trophy for the best home bred animal by a young breeder .
Draperhill O’ Brien Ist in his class shown by Lucy kindly sponsored by Ian Davidson
The Champion Charolais at the Royal Ulster Beef & Lamb Championships was won by Rodgers Livestock from Dromara. The award was handed over to Geoffrey Rodgers by Jenny McNeill, RUAS, Simon Tolerton, Bank of Ireland Agri Business Manager and David Connolly, Chairman of British Charolais Breed Society.
Judges June Dowie and Jennifer Hyslop present Martin Rodgers & Draperhill Orlando with Pedigree Champion and Overall Champion
Honoured to have won the New Paul McGarry Memorial cup at Balmoral Show awarded to the Junior Blonde Champion presented by Eamon McGarry
2018 Royal Ulster Premier Beef & Lamb Champion Charolais was Nougat half brother to “Jaffacake “ sold at Allams 2016
Overall Pairs Champion Orlando & O’Brien

Northern Ireland Commercial Club held their Annual Dinner Dance at the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown and Lucy Rodgers was awarded Young Commercial Stock Person of the Year 2017 during the presentations.

Lucy Rodgers
Lucy Rodgers

Mr Geoff Rodgers and Mrs Elizabeth Rodgers of Rodgers Livestock, Ballynahinch hosted a farm visit on Monday 26th March for Year 11 Agriculture and Land Use GCSE students from Saintfield High School. 

They were accompanied by their teacher Mrs Lynda Jackson.  The Rodgers farm is currently being filmed by the BBC series ‘This Farming Life’ to be aired in the Autumn. The film crew followed the pupils on their visit.

Saintfield High school students Mrs Jackson teacher and Patrick Flynn Green energy at Rodgers Turbine site
Saintfield High school students Mrs Jackson teacher and Patrick Flynn Green energy at Rodgers Turbine site

The tour of the farm proved to be a great learning experience for the pupils as they were able to see at first hand the different breeds of continental beef cattle reared on the farm.  The quality of the nutritional feed was explained in detail by Mr Paul Sloan nutritionist of Tullyherron feeds. The benefits of this were evident by the excellent quality of the prize winning animals.

Geoff land Lizzie Rodgers on their farm with Saintfield High School students and Paul Sloan from Tullyherron Feeds
Geoff land Lizzie Rodgers on their farm with Saintfield High School students and Paul Sloan from Tullyherron Feeds

In the various pens pupils were able to see the progression from birth to fully sized animals.  Animal welfare, husbandry and the breeding programmes on the farm were discussed. Pupils were invited to guess the weight of a heifer and it was explained where the well-known ‘cuts’ of meat would be located on the animal. Throughout the visit the pupils were encouraged to ask questions to improve their knowledge of the beef cattle industry.

The class were then taken to the site of the turbine that has been installed on the Rodgers farm.  Mr Patrick Flynn of Green Energy explained the benefits of harnessing wind energy to generate electricity and how the use of renewable energy such as wind turbines is a way that many farmers have diversified. The pupils remarked how quiet the wind turbines were up close.

The educational tour concluded with very enjoyable ‘home grown’ beef burgers and sausages expertly cooked by Mrs Rodgers (senior). A few of the pupils were then selected by the film crew to give their views on the very beneficial farm visit.

Allams 2016 - Lucy won Champion Young Handler with “Custard Cream “
Allams 2016 - Rasberry Ruffle was sold to Ian Davidson & Son Larne for breeding
Allams 2016 - Lucy won Champion Young Handler with “Custard Cream
Allams 2016 - Lucy won Champion Young Handler with “Custard Cream
Allams 2016 - Jaffacake finished 2016 show season for us receiving Charolais Champion and Res Overall Allams Champion Taking the top price of the day £ 5600 being sold to McGivern family Co Cork
Allams 2016 - Jaffacake finished 2016 show season for us receiving Charolais Champion and Res Overall Allams Champion Taking the top price of the day £ 5600 being sold to McGivern family Co Cork
June saw us having proud parent moment our daughter Emma 18 won Young Famers Club of Ulster Northern Ireland Home Management competition.
Castlewellan Show - Jaffacake and Rasberry Ruffle had a great day out , taking Res Commercial Champion and Jaffacake going on to win Res Interbreed heifer Champion and Rasberry Ruffle 2d Res Interbreed Heifer Champion
Castlewellan Show - Jaffacake and Rasberry Ruffle had a great day out , taking Res Commercial Champion and Jaffacake going on to win Res Interbreed heifer Champion and Rasberry Ruffle 2d Res Interbreed Heifer Champion
Castlewellan Show - Emma and Martin enjoyed success with Shawhill Fieldfare winning her class and taking Res Shorthorn Champion
Antrim Show - Martin and Lucy had success in the Young handlers attaining 1st and 2nd
Antrim Show - Kasey sired by Creaga Dice came 1st in the Shorthorn Calf Class
Antrim Show - Lucy had success in the Young handlers attaining 1st and 2nd
Antrim Show - Martin and Lucy had success in the Young handlers attaining 1st and 2nd
Northern Ireland Commercial Calf Show held in Dungannon Farmers Mart seen Jaffacake take Res Charolais Champion
Northern Ireland Commercial Calf Show held in Dungannon Farmers Mart seen Jaffacake take Res Charolais Champion
Purchase of our New Junior Stock Bull Slieve Leonardo Res Junior Champion @BLCS Limousin Sale Sire : Fieldson Alfy
It was a busy 2016 with successes at Castlewellan, Antrim, Allams and the NI Commercial Calf Show as well as young handling titles and even a home management title!

Allams 2016 - Jaffacake finished 2016 show season for us receiving Charolais Champion and Res Overall Allams Champion Taking the top price of the day £ 5600 being sold to McGivern family Co Cork
Allams 2016 - Jaffacake finished 2016 show season for us receiving Charolais Champion and Res Overall Allams Champion. Taking the top price of the day £ 5600 being sold to McGivern family Co Cork

We also Purchased our New Junior Stock Bull Slieve Leonardo, the Res Junior Champion @BLCS Limousin Sale Sire : Fieldson Alfy.

We would like to thank all our pedigree and Commercial customers and wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2017