The East Tyrone Group started the year with a bang and finished the Winter Programme on a high after attending an Ulster Rugby match on 27th March 2015, where Ulster won 36-17 against Cardiff Blues.
The group are at present organising an eventful two day trip to Tullamore Show, Ratoath Garden Centre and a beef farm visit on 8-9th August.
For any further information or to book your place on the trip please contact the group office on telephone number 028 867 62632.
The February meeting was held in the Tullylagan Country House Hotel. Allan Downes, NFU Mutual Financial Consultant gave a presentation on pension changes. This meeting was very well attended, there were no spare seats available.
Refreshments were served after the informative presentation. Allan Downes provides our members with invaluable financial advice including tax efficient savings and succession planning.
Ballinderry Fish Hatchery was a perfect venue for another of our meetings, where again there was a good turn out of members. Our speaker was Aileen Lawson, UFU senior environment policy officer, and she brought members up to date on a range of environmental issues.
It was also interesting to listen to Mark Horton from the Fish Hatchery talk about the work they are doing to improve the habitat of the Ballinderry River and its tributaries.
The planning of the next Winter Programme is well under way. Once again we intend to take in many key issues affecting members such as, the New Business Improvement Scheme, nitrate issues, and a night focusing on health and safety on the farm. The first meeting will take place on 13th October in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown.
Since the year 2000 to the end of May 2015 there have been 100 confirmed farm deaths in Northern Ireland. To help prevent further accidents on the farm, NFU Mutual have developed The Farm Safetyhub. This can be accessed online at www.nfumutualsafetyhub.co.uk or contact your local agent if further information required.