Busy winter at South Antrim

Senior Group Manager, Gyles Dawson presents members of Crumlin YFC with their new hooded jackets.
Senior Group Manager, Gyles Dawson presents members of Crumlin YFC with their new hooded jackets.

It has been a busy winter for UFU members in South Antrim, with a packed programme of events.

In November, the group was delighted to welcome Robert Huey, Chief Veterinary Officer, DARD to a breakfast meeting in Ballinderry.

This event gave members the opportunity to pose questions about their concerns. All who attended will agree that this was a very worthwhile event.

In December, members enjoyed a Festive Table Quiz in the Ballymac Hotel. The quiz, popular as ever, attracted a crowd of over 65 locals. Members enjoyed a festive supper and healthy competition made for an excellent evenings entertainment.

Our next meeting will take place in Greenmount Campus, Antrim on Monday 8th February starting at 8pm sharp. This is a joint meeting with Larne & Ballyclare Groups. The topic for the evening is “Improving your Land – Drainage & Soil Fertility”. Guest speakers will be John Courtney who has a lifetime’s experience with field drainage and Graeme Campbell, DARD.

South Antrim UFU Group are organising a day trip later in the spring. Details of the trip are still to be finalised, but members will be notified by text message nearer the time. Please ensure that we have your mobile numbers and email addresses so that you can be informed of such events.

Training in First Aid is being offered as well as a one day Vocational Qualification in Health and Safety this spring. We have courses running in April. If you are interested in attending a course, please contact one of the group managers in Crumlin.

The Groups is delighted to be sponsoring Crumlin Young Farmers’ Club again this year for their new range of hoodies.

The team in the Crumlin office would like to take this opportunity to encourage as many members as possible to attend the February meeting.

Don’t forget the offer of a free body warmer for paying your subscription by Direct Debit.

If you have any questions about the upcoming meeting, the trip in March, or any other UFU membership queries, please do not hesitate to contact Gyles, Zara or David in the Crumlin office.