THERE was a big buzz at the UFU stand at the 2012 Winter Fair.
The new surroundings in the exhibition building to the rear of the King’s Hall added to the sense of occasion, with everyone in agreement that the event was a big success. It was also a good omen for next years Balmoral Show at the new site at the Maze. Everyone seemed to enjoy the modern facilities and it allowed the UFU to expand the size of our stand at the Winter Fair, teaming up with our partners NFU Mutual.
The UFU stand was packed throughout the day with lots of farmers speaking with UFU office bearers and staff about a number of issues. It was no surprise that the rising cost of production and milk price were the main topics of conversation raised by our members. The drop in prices at the last milk auction was a big disappointment and it has knocked producers’ confidence.
Farmers also had a keen interest in policy issues. Many members are concerned at the impact which the removal of quotas will have, particularly if there is a significant increase in production south of the border. There is also an interest in CAP reform and the future shape of the Single Farm Payment. The timetable for change was also topical.
UFU president Harry Sinclair said: “It was great to meet so many members. As ever it was a mixture of good humour and serious discussion but it helps keep us up to date with the grass roots opinions of our members and we enjoyed the debate.
“It was also a good initiative to see seminars running through the day where lots of information was put across. All in all it was a big success and I would like to congratulate RUAS on delivering such a successful event.”