Focus on the future at 2016 President’s Area Meetings

UFU president Ian Marshall, centre, with deputy presidents Ivor Ferguson and Barclay Bell attending the Co Down President's Area Meeting at Ballynahinch. Picture: Cliff Donaldson
UFU president Ian Marshall, centre, with deputy presidents Ivor Ferguson and Barclay Bell attending the Co Down President's Area Meeting at Ballynahinch. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ian Marshall is extending a warm invitation to all UFU members to attend the union’s 2016 President’s Area meetings.

The UFU leadership team will host their first information meeting in County Fermanagh on Monday 11th January at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen at 8pm.

Everyone recognises that food and farming are of great importance to the Northern Ireland economy, that being said, profitability and market volatility remains top of the agenda for the UFU team.

While 2015 presented a number of major challenges, this year’s President Area Meetings will be an opportunity for the UFU leadership team to highlight a number of new initiatives that the Union is both centrally and financially involved in.

“As well as focusing on the operation of the supply chain,profitability and market volatility, we also intend to take forward activity to develop new markets particularly outside the EU,” said Mr Marshall.

“We will look at alternative finance sources and the continuation of training and new capital investment,” he said.

Mr Marshall added the UFU will focus on making more use of genomics in livestock farming, will look at land tenure and in particular progress plans, along with the YFCU, to link farmers with limited succession opportunities to young people trying to get into the industry.

Throughout 2016 the UFU will also work on improving producer orientated research and development and continue to implement livestock disease eradication and control programmes.

The UFU intends to put across a wide range of information and to answer member’s queries.

This is an excellent opportunity for members to speak directly with the UFU leadership team, who are at the forefront of discussions at local, national and EU levels.

The dates, venues and times for the 2016 UFU President Area Meetings are as follows:

County Fermanagh, Monday 11th January at the Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen;

County Armagh, Wednesday 13th January at the Armagh City Hotel;

County Antrim, Monday 18th January at the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena;

County Tyrone Wednesday 20th January at the Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh;

County Derry/Londonderry, Monday 25th January at the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine

County Down, Wednesday 27th January at the Millbrook Lodge, Ballynahinch;

All meetings start at 8pm.