Farmers and contractors ‘in the pink’ for charity

Pink silage bales are set to become a familiar sight in the Northern Ireland countryside as farmers and contractors embrace the 'Wrap in Pink' campaign to raise funds for cancer charities.
Pink silage bales are set to become a familiar sight in the Northern Ireland countryside as farmers and contractors embrace the 'Wrap in Pink' campaign to raise funds for cancer charities.
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Pink fever swept across Northern Ireland last year ahead of the Grio d’Italia, but now local farmers are embracing a trend in pink silage bales.

The eye-catching initiative is aimed at raising awareness and funds for breast cancer charities.

Agricultural contractor Brian McComb from Aldergrove near Antrim is supporting the ‘Wrap with Pink’ fund raising campaign. “My wife saw the pink bales on social media and we decided to get involved,” he said.

Ulster Unionist councillor and part-time farmer Mervyn Rea MBE, from Crumlin, is one of the first farmers in Northern Ireland to use the pink bale wrap.

“Cancer is a dreadful disease, and when Brian mentioned the pink bale wrap I was happy to support the campaign.”

Brian McComb added: “I have been using Volac’s black Trioplast wrap for years, and I was pleased to see that my local supplier Erwin Agri-Care based at Nutt’s Corner, had the TR 1900 pink wrap in stock. Every roll sold is raising £3 for charity.

“Everybody knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and this is a novel way of raising much-need funds towards patient support and research. The pink bales catch the eye, and will certainly get people talking about the campaign.

“It has been ideal silage making weather, and I have no doubt that the pink bales will become a familiar sight on farms throughout the province in the forthcoming weeks.”

Michael Erwin, of Erwin Agri-Care, added: “The limited edition pink wrap comes in 1900m rolls. Pink bales are starting to appear in fields around the local area, and this is prompting a demand from farmers and contractors.

“It is a fantastic idea and we expect that demand will outweigh supply.”