Honda have donated an ATV to the Blackface Sheep Breeders’ Association for the last 22 years and this year’s prize winner, Timmy Rea, was presented with a Honda ATV 420 at Wilsons of Rathkenny, Ballymena by Mark Smyth the Secretary of the Ulster branch of the BSBA.
Timmy Rea farms 230 acres, along with his wife Karen and boys, Charlie 4 and James 3, between Larne and the Slemish Mountains in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Timmy runs 300 Blackface and crossbred ewes, finishing all his lambs. Additional store lambs are purchased to finish in the house with his own. As well as the sheep enterprise, they also have 110 cattle, made up of suckler cows, to a Charolais bull, and Holstein calves are reared to beef. They are also in the process of starting construction of a new free range egg unit.
Timmy, who bought his raffle ticket at the Blackface stand at the NSA sheep event in Ballymena, said: “I was totally shocked and pleased to have won the Honda ATV, we have used Honda bikes for nearly 20 years now, with just two in that time, so due an upgrade!!”
Wilsons of Rathkenny have strong business links with Honda and were delighted to present Timmy with his new ATV. Geoff Wylie, Honda Sales Manager at Wilsons said “Timmy has been a Honda customer for over 20 years and I couldn’t be happier, knowing he has won this Honda TRX420 FM1. It’s a great start to the Christmas season for this hardworking local farmer. With renowned durability their new Honda quad is sure to last for many years.”
Pamela Nicol, President of the Blackface Sheep Breeders’ Association, said: “We are proud to have an excellent partnership with Honda ATV, established 22 years ago, and we would like to thank them very much for their continued support. A huge congratulation to Timmy on winning the Honda ATV“