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Members enjoy a packed programme

It has been a busy spring season for UFU members in South Antrim, with a packed programme of events.

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UFU President Ivor Ferguson

ABP charity barbecue backs Air Ambulance appeal

The leading agri-food company ABP has announced it will be supporting Ulster Farmers’ Union’s centenary drive to raise £100,000 for the Air Ambulance Helicopter Emergency Service through its Summer Steak Barbecue for farmer-suppliers later this month.

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UFU training division upcoming course dates

UFU training division upcoming course dates

UFU members save 20% on training courses with the UFU training division.

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Opportunities for rural businesses

Opportunities for rural businesses

The Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (NIRDP) 2014-2020 is worth in total around up to £623 million made up of approximately £186.5 million of EU money and £186.5m from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

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Mid Down members use an ‘outing’ as unusual fundraiser

With the Ulster Farmers’ Union celebrating 100 years Mid Down Group decided to raise our money for Air Ambulance through an outing. At least that’s what our “volunteers” thought!

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Advice on sheep scab

Advice on sheep scab

Sheep scab, or psoroptic mange, is a form of allergic dermatitis caused by infestation of the skin surface with the scab mite Psoroptes ovis.

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Joy Rollston,Alison,Karen and Douglas Forsythe,Thomas Gilpin(Gilfresh Produce) and Roberta Simmons (UFU Group development officer.)

Armagh NW group members enjoy 21st annual day trip

The Armagh NW group continues to function under the new chairmanship of Mrs Joy Rollston from Killylea.

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UFU Seeds and Cereals Chair, David Matthews and UFU deputy president, David Brown.

2018 Cereal Competition launched

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is delighted to launch the 2018 Cereal Competition. The UFU cereals competition which is held each year is a great opportunity for leading cereal growers across Northern Ireland to show case their talent and celebrate the excellence that’s within the cereals industry.

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UFU launches 2018 cereal competition

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is delighted to launch the 2018 Cereal Competition. The UFU cereals competition which is held each year is a great opportunity for leading cereal growers across Northern Ireland to show case their talent and celebrate the excellence that’s within the cereals industry.

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The future of food and farming?

The future of food and farming?

This month marks one year to go until the European Parliamentary elections and the end of this current term. Instead of winding down, this is the time when everything in Brussels picks up – unlike British MEPs, their European colleagues will be seeking re-election. For European farmers, the future of the CAP post-2020 is dominating the headlines. In June, we can expect to see the European Commission’s legislative proposals on the table with the intention MEPs will sign off the legislation before they go home to campaign.

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Armagh Down members participate in celebrations

Armagh Down members participate in celebrations

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ulster Farmers’ Union the Armagh Down Group are taking part in a number of events over the coming months.

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David Brown, UFU Deputy President, pictured with Bernadette Roberts, David West, Christopher McGahan, Albert Foster, James Murphy, Bertie Swan, Leslie Craif and Albert McClelland

Fermanagh members enjoy anniversary celebrations

County Fermanagh members have sent their congratulations to Ivor Ferguson on becoming the UFU President.

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All set for UFU centenary celebration weekend

All set for UFU centenary celebration weekend

The Ulster Farmers’ Union, ‘the voice of farmers’, will celebrate their Centenary with a special weekend of events at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.

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North Down UFU Group on their day trip at McAuley Trailers, Toome

North Down members enjoy day trip to Co Antrim

North Down UFU members enjoyed a day out on March 6 as part of their Winter Programme.

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The new leadership team of David Brown, deputy president, Ivor Ferguson UFU president, Victor Chestnutt deputy UFU president

Union elects new leadership team at AGM in Co Antrim

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has elected a new leadership team (25th April) at its Annual General Meeting.

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Robert Calvin, group manager, Damian McCloskey, County Antrim group chairman, Judith Pyper, office manager

North Antrim to mark UFU centenary at Galgorm

In the autumn of 2018 the North Antrim Group of the UFU has the privilege of hosting the County Antrim Dinner Dance. Plans are at an advanced stage to ensure an exciting evening to celebrate the UFU’s Centenary year.

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Lambs in countryside. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Live exports in focus

The live export of farmed animals has remained firmly in focus in recent weeks following the launch of a ‘call for evidence’ by the DEFRA Minister Michael Gove in relation to animal welfare during live export journeys. This call for evidence will run for the next five weeks and is likely to receive submissions from a wide number of stakeholders.

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Group members enjoying the NE Armagh afternoon tea event.

Dinner and farm visit marks start of year for NE Armagh

The North East Armagh Group has been busy with a varied programme of activities recently.

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Aberdeen Challenge Cup: Graham Hewitt and his nephew Jonathan Hewitt of Holly Farm won this cup for the third year in a row. Pictured is UFU Fruit Chairman presenting the award to Jonathan Hewitt.'The cup was presented to the Ulster Horticultural Society by the Earl of Aberdeen when he was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1907. The first winner was Felix Coyne from Tullyrone, Moy in 1907.

Apple growers in the spotlight at awards

The Northern Ireland Fruit Growers Association held their annual awards recently at the Armagh City Hotel. The awards recognise the very best in fruit growers. UFU Fruit Chairman Hamilton Loney made a special presentation to Graeme Cross, Top Fruit Development Adviser CAFRE. in appreciation of the service he has given to the Armagh apple industry. Special thanks to the judges Kieran Lavel and Malcolm Dawson for judging the competition.

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Robert Moore, AHDB

Arable and Horticulture latest

Whilst the spring weather has brought many additional challenges for arable and horticulture producers our UFU committee members continue to work effortlessly, driving forward opportunities monitoring and shaping future policy on challenges ahead.

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