Minister O’Neill attends Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill visits McClelland's Clare Glen arable farm in Tandragee, Co.Armagh during Bank of Ireland Open farm Weekend. Minister O'Neill is pictured with farm owner Tim McClelland (left) and Mark Gowdy (right) of White's Oates. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill visits McClelland's Clare Glen arable farm in Tandragee, Co.Armagh during Bank of Ireland Open farm Weekend. Minister O'Neill is pictured with farm owner Tim McClelland (left) and Mark Gowdy (right) of White's Oates. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

The Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend initiative provides the public with an opportunity to gain a unique insight into farm life and food production, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has said.

Minister O’Neill was speaking as she visited McClelland’s Clare Glen Farm in Tandragee, Co. Armagh, which is one of 21 farms across Northern Ireland participating in the Bank of Ireland Open farm Weekend.

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill meets with the McClelland Family on their arable farm at Tandragee, Co.Armagh as part of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. Pictured from Left-right are; Karen McClelland, son Nathan, Dad, Tim McClelland, daughter Hannah and Minister O'Neill. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill meets with the McClelland Family on their arable farm at Tandragee, Co.Armagh as part of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. Pictured from Left-right are; Karen McClelland, son Nathan, Dad, Tim McClelland, daughter Hannah and Minister O'Neill. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

She said: “Through the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend initiative, people from both rural and urban communities have the opportunity to experience farm life and see at first hand the processes involved in producing our high quality food and learn more about our local farm to fork supply chain.

“It is great to see such a large turnout of people participating in this fun-filled weekend. I commend the Ulster Farmers’ Union and their partners for this initiative and I especially thank the participating farmers and their families for their enthusiasm, hard work and willingness to ensure that the event is successful in showcasing our local products and the work of our agri-food sector.”

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill visits McClelland's Clare Glen Farm in Tandragee, Co.Armagh as part of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. The Minister feeds 2 month old pet lamb 'Lily'alongside (left-right) Tim McClelland, Hannah McClelland, and Ian Marshall, President of the Ulster Farmers' Union. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill visits McClelland's Clare Glen Farm in Tandragee, Co.Armagh as part of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. The Minister feeds 2 month old pet lamb 'Lily'alongside (left-right) Tim McClelland, Hannah McClelland, and Ian Marshall, President of the Ulster Farmers' Union. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured feeding 2 month old pet lamb 'Lily' at McClellands Clare Glen arable Farm in Tandragee, Co.Armagh during the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured feeding 2 month old pet lamb 'Lily' at McClellands Clare Glen arable Farm in Tandragee, Co.Armagh during the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill meets the Jolmes family from Portadown during the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. Dad Nick, Sebbie (3) and Skye (1 1/2) play with barley seeds alongside Minister O'Neill at McClelland's Clare Glen Arable Farm at Tandragee, Co.Armagh. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill meets the Jolmes family from Portadown during the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. Dad Nick, Sebbie (3) and Skye (1 1/2) play with barley seeds alongside Minister O'Neill at McClelland's Clare Glen Arable Farm at Tandragee, Co.Armagh. Photo Diarmuid McLaughlin