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RUAS welcomes new President

Mr C John Henning OBE NSch FRAgS is elected as the 37th President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

On Friday 8th March, Mr C John Henning OBE NSch FRAgS was elected as the
37th President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS). John
joined the Society as a member in 1979, was elected to Council in 1995
and has served on the Council Show Stewards, Sheep and Show Safety
committees. He has also held the role of Chairman of the Cattle
Committee and was elected twice as Chairman of the Winter Fair
Committee.

Having stewarded at the Balmoral Show and Winter Fair on over 65
occasions, John’s expertise in the ring has proved invaluable to the
Society in recent years. The 2024 Balmoral Show will not only mark his
first engagement as President of the RUAS, but also his 30th consecutive
year as an exhibitor.

Originally from Markethill in County Armagh, he grew up on a dairy farm
and from here developed a passion for cattle. John alongside his wife
and fellow Society member Ann, built their own herd of Aberdeen Angus
cattle in Maghaberry which they show regularly.

From 1978 until 2016, John’s name was synonymous with Danske Bank
(formerly Northern Bank) particularly within the agribusiness division,
and his career and voluntary roles have seen him meet industry leaders
and producers from across the province. From his involvement in the
Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS), to the
Ulster Grassland Society, Lantra, northern division of the Guild of Agri
Journalists of Ireland and supportive roles within Gleno Valley Young
Farmers Club, John has reached the industry at a variety of levels and
continues to engage with producers on a regular basis.

Speaking about his appointment, John commented “It is a huge honour to
be elected President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society. I
attended my first Show almost sixty years ago and have been actively
involved with the Society in various roles since 1979. It’s a pleasure
to succeed my good friend Mrs Christine Adams as President, and I look
forward to working with all the Council and staff as we celebrate 170
years of the RUAS. I cannot wait to welcome everyone to this year’s
Balmoral Show from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th May at the Eikon
Exhibition Centre”.

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