Young farmers help keep things positive with #SpaKeepsFarming
Spa Young Farmers’ Club in Co Down have adopted a novel route in keeping spirits high during lockdown.
As the club is unable to meet for their usual busy calendar of outings and events, Spa YFC have instead taken to social media to showcase what their members are getting up to.
A spokesperson for the club said: “Social media had become shrouded in negativity amidst the Covid-19 pandemic – we thought, what better way of highlighting the resilience and adaptability of the key workers in our club than through a positive online campaign.”
Using the hashtag #SpaKeepsFarming, and with a different member of Spa YFC every day, the club have been able to showcase a “Day in the life” on both Instagram and Facebook. The response has been extremely positive, with young farmers from other clubs all over Northern Ireland (and further afield in England, Scotland and Wales) logging in to see what members are getting up to on their farms in Co Down.
The challenge has been around farms in Spa, Teconnaught, Dromara, Newcastle, Tyrella and we’ve even been in Armagh.
Spa YFC have been on beef, sheep, dairy, pig and arable farms and it’s been great to see the wide range of skills and abilities that members have when it comes to working within the ag industry.
If you’d like to follow along, search for @Spayfc on Instagram, check out the #SpaKeepsFarming hashtag or find Spa Young Farmers on Facebook.
r For more photographs click on www.farminglife.com.
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.
Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.
You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk.
With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.
RUTH RODGERS, Editor