A busy winter in Donard

Pictured at a recent Group Meeting, James Carson, Chairman, John McGreevy, Group Manager & Malachy Mason, speaker (Agrii)

Pictured at a recent Group Meeting, James Carson, Chairman, John McGreevy, Group Manager & Malachy Mason, speaker (Agrii)

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It’s been a busy winter in the Donard Group. In the past few months we have had a number of successful events.

In December the group held a Go-Karting night. This was an extremely well attended event and it was encouraging to see a large number of our younger members in attendance.

Outgoing Chairman of the Donard Group, John Fleming receiving his prize for the Group Silage Competition from Ivor Ferguson, UFU Deputy President.

Outgoing Chairman of the Donard Group, John Fleming receiving his prize for the Group Silage Competition from Ivor Ferguson, UFU Deputy President.

The year kicked-off with an evening where Tony O’Neill from the Food Strategy Board, and a number of representatives from DARD provided presentations to the group.

The group was also joined in February by Ivor Ferguson, UFU Deputy President, who presided over the Group AGM, and welcomed our incoming chairman James Carson and deputy chairman Jonathan Carson.

The final meeting of the year saw Malachy Mason, Agrii Speak to the Group on Cereals.

Continuing on the cereals theme, the Donard Group had a great result in this year’s cereal competition; Edgar Carson came second in the spring barley competition whilst Rory McKibben picked up third place in the Oats Section. The competition is well supported by the group and we would encourage as many members as possible to enter the 2015 event.

We would also like to remind members that by paying your membership by direct debit (no interest charges apply) you will be entitled to a free body warmer and encourage anyone who’s interested to contact the group office.

Finally, you will have heard at your group meetings, from UFU HQ and in the media. Farm safety is something that needs to be at the front of everyone’s minds.

Please contact your group managers who can put you in touch with those who can help.