Group news from North Tyrone

Alfie Danton and Sammy Martin, North Tyrones first group secretary and chairman 1966.
Alfie Danton and Sammy Martin, North Tyrones first group secretary and chairman 1966.
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The North Tyrone Group of the Ulster Farmers’ Union have recently completed an action packed winter programme of events.

The group held a Christmas jumper charity table quiz in December. This event was well attended and members left their wellies at home and embraced the Christmas jumper, for which there was even a prize for the best.

David Thompson and Aaron Houston are pictured with Darren Carty IFJ who spoke about the better farms programme

David Thompson and Aaron Houston are pictured with Darren Carty IFJ who spoke about the better farms programme

The group raised a brilliant £700 for charity which was donated to Foyle Hospice.

Alfie Danton and Sam Martin were North Tyrone’s first group chair and group secretary in 1966. They called into the office recently and are pictured sporting their very stylish NFU hats.

Entries will soon be taken for the Winter Barley, Oats, Winter Wheat and Spring Barley competitions which shall be judged within the summer months. Contact the group office to enter.

Members are reminded that Balmoral Show tickets are available in the local group office at a discounted rate. Members are also reminded about the hospitality at the show provided by both the NFU Mutual and Ulster Farmers’ Union, so pop along and enjoy some complimentary refreshments.

The UFU presidential team will also be on the stand over the three days to welcome members and chat about current farming issues.

If there are any farmers in the local area who are currently not a member, but are interested in joining the North Tyrone Group, don’t hesitate to contact Wendy or Lesley. 2016 is proving to be another challenging and demanding year for the industry and the UFU endeavour to support all members in any issues that may prevail.

Please note the use of the union technical officer for any specific queries you may have, contact the office for further details.

The group committee will be meeting within the next few months to devise the programme of meetings commencing this winter.

If you have any ideas or a speaker you know would be beneficial please don’t hesitate to contact the office 028 7188 2542.