The 17th annual general meeting of the Ollardale Farming Co-Operative was held in Holestone YFC Hall.
Chairman Ian Bell welcomed those present and thanked everyone including his fellow directors and secretaries Heather Patterson and Irene Agnew for their support during the year.
James Gage, the society’s accountant, presented the accounts for the year ended 2016. James was pleased to report that Ollardale has had another successful year’s trading with members benefiting from purchasing discounts, loyalty rewards and substantial bonuses.
Two of the three directors retiring by rotation every year were re-elected, namely William Patterson and John Ferguson. Roy Kennedy, a founding director and past chairman, did not seek re-election and Ian thanked Roy for his contribution and enthusiasm over the years.
Ian Kernohan, UFU consultant, gave a presentation of the group’s activities throughout the year. Purchases made through the co-op totalled £2.8 million. The main products purchased were animal feed, fertiliser, detergents, dosing stuffs, sprays and fuel.
Ian introduced the guest speaker Brian Rankin, a farmer and poet from Limavady who entertained everyone with his poems. Brian has published several poetry books with all the proceeds going to the Africare Charity in Uganda.
A vote of thanks was proposed by William Patterson who also presented Brian with a cheque for £500 for his Africare Charity. £500 was also donated to Air Ambulance NI.