DES Kelly from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone has been elected president of the Hereford Cattle Society for 2019 as outgoing Jonathan Moorhouse retires from a busy year.

From a well-known farming family, Des is also recognised for founding CavanaghKelly which is now one of the largest independent accountancy and business consultancy groups in the province.

Des’ passion for farming and livestock led to the establishment of the Mullin herd of pedigree Herefords in 2003.

“It is a privilege and an honour to represent the members as president of the Hereford Cattle Society for 2019," he said. "My wife Colette and I are looking forward to visiting and meeting the membership throughout the year.”

Des is particularly focused on the commercial attributes of the Hereford and on the potential to develop the breed through supply chain engagement.

An established judge within the breed, Des has sorted line-ups at the National Hereford Show, Tenbury Wells, the Irish National Championship, Tullamore and Somet De L’Elevage show, Clermont Ferrand, France.

Des continued: “The breed has come on leaps and bounds. Hereford beef can now be found on many menus in some of the top restaurants throughout the UK.

“I must give a special word of thanks to Jonathan Moorhouse for being a steady hand in a year of significant change at Hereford House."

Mark Roberts of the Bromley herd, based at Hoarwithy was elected as vice-president for 2019.