It’s all action at Mid Antrim

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As you read this report I hope we had a successful time last night at Ulster Rugby. This is turning into an annual family night out with great enjoyment had by all.

Back in the summer we held our Winter Barley Competition and the winner was Roy Baxter of Largy Road, Portglenone. We would like to thank our judges Moore Wallace and Robin Arnold.

In November we held our silage competition which was judged by William Witherow of Thompsons. The winner of the big bale silage was Martin King, winner of the beef silo was Alistair Dale and the winner of the dairy silo was Ian Maybin. We wish Alistair and Ian all the best in the National competition.

Our first winter meeting was a very successful Farm Health & Safety workshop held in October. We would like to thank everyone involved in planning this day and in particular to the Johnston Family for providing their farm.

As a group we would like to pass on our condolences to the Johnston family on the recent passing of Ian Johnston.

A farming breakfast was held at Hillstown Farm Shop on Tuesday, December 1, and as well as enjoying a hearty breakfast we had interesting discussion with Eric Reid of Moy Park and William Thompson of the Bank of Ireland.

Looking forward to the New Year we have the President’s Area Meeting on Monday, January 18, 2016,.

Farmers Question Time with Kevin McAuley chairing the panel will be on the February 9, 2016 and finishing our winter programme with a farm visit to John Carson outside Downpatrick on April 19, 2016.

As it is December now we can discuss Christmas. A perfect Christmas stocking gift is on sale in our office, the B H Dickey & Son DVD.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable DVD following a work year of Brian Dickey and his family, the cost is £15 and proceeds are going to the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke charity.