NE Armagh raising the profile of UFU

PSNI rural training day held at Wright's Farm. (L-R) Farm owner Jim Wright, with Inspector Badger (PSNI), Group Manager Avril Macauley and Dean Wright.
PSNI rural training day held at Wright's Farm. (L-R) Farm owner Jim Wright, with Inspector Badger (PSNI), Group Manager Avril Macauley and Dean Wright.

The North East Armagh group has been involved in a number of events this year which are helping to raise the profile of the Ulster Farmers’ Union on a local basis.

The Mullahead Ploughing Championship was a great event widely attended by farmers across the country. Group Managers also exhibited at a rural event held in Tartarghan aimed at raising awareness for farm safety and wellbeing.

A training day was held at Wright’s Farm for the PSNI, who are aiming to raise awareness with Officers on rural crime and other issues affecting farmers. Around 40 Neighbourhood/Farm Watch PSNI Officers were in attendance.

With the growing concern for dangers in relation to farming, the group held a first aid course for members. The one day event was held locally and provided training on potentially lifesaving procedures to follow in emergency situations. Due to the positive feedback from this course, another first aid day has been planned for Wednesday 3rd June. Those interested in attending are encouraged to book their place with the group office soon. The cost of this is £120 (includes VAT) and an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Recently, a meeting was held to illustrate to members the importance of safeguarding their farm businesses. Kate Irvine of J P Hagan Solicitors and Ian Millar, a Financial Adviser from the NFU Mutual, provided some invaluable insight to members into issues relating to succession planning, wills and retirement.

The committee will be meeting in June to discuss the 2015/2016 winter programme. Chairman Philip Reid encourages members to put forward their ideas and suggestions to the group office on 02838 333569 so these can be discussed. The group would also like to remind members that tickets to Balmoral Show can still be purchased from the NE Armagh Group office.