Members ready for busy summer

UFU Silage Awards 2015, at Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. Picture: Cliff Donaldson
UFU Silage Awards 2015, at Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

With the winter now behind us, and spring finally arrived, it is heart warming to hear the sound of tractor engines around the province as the work in the fields begins in earnest.

The group experienced a varied and interesting Winter Programme, where all sectors of the agricultural industry were catered for.

UFU Silage Awards 2015, at Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

UFU Silage Awards 2015, at Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

In October we held a discussion on the future of beef farming, where the LMC, NIMEA and the UFU were all represented in what transpired to be an informative conversation around current and future issues within the beef sector.

In November, agricultural broadcaster Richard Wright talked about the outlook for family farming in Northern Ireland, and some of the opportunities that may exist in a growing global market.

After the Area Presidents Meeting in January, our members were able to let their hair down and get their dancing shoes on at the annual County Dinner, held at the Milbrook Lodge Hotel.

The programme finished up with our AGM which included a Health and Safety presentation by John Spiers and an informative policy update by UFU Senior Policy officer Aileen Lawson.

We would like to congratulate Brian Cromie (beef) and Kenneth and Geoffrey Malcomson (alternative forage) who finished runners up in the silage competition. These three members collected their awards at the annual Awards lunch at the Hilton Templepatrick.

Don’t forget that you can still pay your Union Subscriptions by Direct Debit if you have not already opted to do so, and in return you will obtain a free body warmer, not forgetting all the benefits, you avail of being a member of the Ulster Farmer’s Union.

We know all our members are geared up for a busy summer, where we all hope for good weather and good returns for the hard work.