With two new Group Managers joining Lagan in 2014 the group has gone through considerable change and is looking forward to an enjoyable and eventful 2015.
Victoria, the latest group manager to join says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few months in the Lagan Group especially getting to meet many of the members and hope this will continue throughout the year, especially with the Moira trip which I am currently organising.”
The Lagan Group had a couple of very successful winter meetings in 2014 with Trevor Lockhart, Fane Valley chief executive speaking on the future of the beef industry and Owen Brennan, Devenish Nutrition chief executive speaking on the Agri-food Strategy Board Going for Growth report. The last event of 2014 was more light hearted with a table quiz being held at the Tannery, Moira. A charity raffle was also held raising £140 for NI Children to Lapland Trust which is a very worthwhile organisation that sends terminally ill children from all across the province to meet Santa in Lapland.
The Lagan Group began 2015 with the County Down President Area Meeting, in which the union president and leadership team updated members with the latest information regarding CAP reform and other topical farming issues.
The Lagan group is looking forward to a slightly different topic at their next group meeting with Valentine of Vees Bees, Newtownards joining us to discuss bee keeping and the impact bees can have on agriculture. After working as a company director in London, Valentine started keeping bees 10 years ago and now produces and sells her own honey and bees wax products which she sells locally and exports to other areas of the UK and abroad.
During the course of the meeting Valentine plans to talk about her own experiences of becoming a bee keeper along with the history of bee keeping in Ireland. The talk will also touch on how bee keepers can work together with farmers and gardeners and how important our honey bees and local pollinators are for the future of farming and food production.
The evening is sure to be very interesting and all members are welcome to join us at AFBI, Hillsborough at 7.30pm on Monday 19th January. In 2015 we are also looking forward to former Ulster and Ireland rugby player Simon Best joining us in March to share some of his rugby stories and speak to us about farm safety.