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Crawford Family Celebrates 30 Years of Limousin Breeding

Thursday, 25th March 2010

The Crawford Family has celebrated 30 years of breeding pedigree Limousin cattle with a special reception at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

The Duke of Westminster, Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor attended and he commented;
"The Crawford family has housed bulls with us at Cogent since 2006. Vigot was with us for a year and Sauvignon was with us for a year before winning prize after prize, including the European Limousin Male Champion, the European Limousin Carcass Champion and the European Progeny Champion in Paris. Innovation is key to our business and it is through working with families like the Crawfords that we are able to be truly innovative.

With Sauvignon the Crawford family has shown how innovative they can be. He has been marketed as the first Limousin bull in the world, as well as the first beef bull in the world, for firstly female and then last year, male-sexed semen.

I am glad to say he currently stands with us at the Cogent Stud and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Crawfords on more prosperous and innovative ideas in the future."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster commended the export success of the firm and said "I commend the commitment to innovation and success demonstrated by Crawford Brothers. The company has successfully diversified from a traditional farming background into a business selling cattle products in global markets and working with Invest NI, has set its sights on further growth.

Over 70% of turnover was generated from external markets last year, and the company's focus on continuous innovation has resulted in its products being sold in 30 different countries and new technology being introduced across the wider industry.

For Northern Ireland to prosper the entrepreneurial spirit of our small businesses must be developed and their successes celebrated. The Crawford Brothers farming and breeding business is a clear example of how Northern Ireland firms can compete internationally."

Raymond Crawford commented: "When the ban was lifted on exporting Northern Ireland livestock, we immediately seized the opportunity to capitalise on our reputation for award winning livestock and pursue growth in new markets with innovative, high value products.

Invest NI has helped us to enhance our online, marketing and design capabilities to improve competitiveness promote the business in target markets. The sales of the bull semen and embryos from our highly prized pedigree bulls and heifers are growing year on year and are now amongst the most sought after agricultural breeding products in the world. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are now planning to target the South American and South African markets."

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