Roger takes the reins at Larne

Alyson Holden Chairman of Larne UFU Group with secretaries James McCluggage and William Cross at the Co Antrim UFU Committee barbecue hosted by Larne UFU Group. (FW41-205SR)
Alyson Holden Chairman of Larne UFU Group with secretaries James McCluggage and William Cross at the Co Antrim UFU Committee barbecue hosted by Larne UFU Group. (FW41-205SR)

The Larne Group held its AGM on the first Tuesday of February and a new team was elected into office for the next two years.

A special thanks must go to the outgoing chairperson Alison Holden who, being the first lady chair in the Larne Group, did a superb job leading the group.

Denis Minford from Lylehill leading off the South Antrim UFU members to the steaks at the Co Antrim UFU Committee barbecue hosted by Larne UFU Group. (FW41-206SR)

Denis Minford from Lylehill leading off the South Antrim UFU members to the steaks at the Co Antrim UFU Committee barbecue hosted by Larne UFU Group. (FW41-206SR)

The new chairman, Roger Lyttle, is from the younger generation and on taking the chair said he was looking forward to his term in office and encouraged all members, young and old alike to come along and support the group.

He said the speakers we bring along always are of a high calibre and give great information and food for thought. Roger is a dairy farmer and alongside his dairy enterprise he also has a Groundworks Business. Roger is married to Annie and they have two children under the age of four. He has his hands full and thankfully the position of chairman of the group is not too time consuming.

The assistant John Watt, another young farmer who hails from Carnalbanagh, Glenarm, said he was glad to support Roger in his role of chairman and wished him all the best for his time in office.

John is a beef and sheep farmer in the Glenarm Hills and runs a very successful engineering business, Deerpark Engineering. John is supported in both businesses by his wife Ruth and two children.

The final meeting this year in the Larne area was a very successful meeting where we travelled to Sammy Moore, The Plains, Doagh. The night was a great opportunity to see a local beef finisher doing such a great job in difficult economic times. A large number of members travelled to the farm visit and a special thanks must go to Sam Moore for allowing us to visit his farm.

The members went to The Five Corners where they were served food and refreshments afterwards.

The Larne group find this type of meeting creates a great interest amongst the younger members, and get greater numbers attending than would normally attend the monthly meetings.

This is something the group is currently looking at to see what can be done to encourage better attendances at group and county meetings.

This winter was the Larne Group’s turn to organise the county dinner. The group have been having difficulty getting members to attend the event, so the county chairman Samuel Brennan, along with the group managers decided to try a county barbecue.

This was done with a difference, and was a quite posh barbecue with proper seats and tables. The numbers jumped from a difficult 100 to over 260 with people on a reserve list.

It was a huge success, and while it may not be suitable for all county dinners, it surely was a hit in Co Antrim.