Arable conference begins to gather momentum

JANUARY 15 is a date that is set in the diary of many arable farmers in Northern Ireland as the date of the first Joint UAS/UFU/CAFRE Annual Arable Conference: Profit through Yield – The way forward.

The conference will be held at Greenmount Campus, CAFRE and aims to bring increased efficiency’s across the arable sector by improving yields and thus increasing profits.

Ulster Farmers’ Union seeds and cereals chairman John Best said: “The 2013 Arable Conference demonstrates the linkage and commitment between the Ulster Farmers’ Union the Ulster Arable Society and CAFRE, in the organisation of the first joint Arable Conference. It will enable the enhanced transfer of technology and ensure that the farmers on the ground are kept up to date in an ever changing and challenging sector.”

Once again this opinion is echoed by David Shilliday, UAS chairman who said: “The UAS is delighted to be working in conjunction with the UFU and CAFRE to bring this joint conference to the local arable sector. The UAS believe that the conference will tackle all the main issues within the sector and outline where efficiencies can be achieved in order to ensure that arable farming remains a viable sector within Northern Ireland agriculture.”

Weather conditions over the last few years have been challenging from sowing right through to harvest and even in getting the straw baled. There have even been reports of straw being chopped up by a self propelled harvester and spread back on the field in order to get the next crop in again. The current price on offer is a just reward for the level of management implemented over the very difficult growing season.

Eric Long, head of crops, horticulture and sustainability branch at CAFRE said: “Following the success of the CAFRE/UFU Cereals Conference at Greenmount Campus during January this year, CAFRE is delighted to be collaborating with the Ulster Arable Society and with the UFU, once again, to organise the first joint CAFRE/Ulster Arable Society/UFU Arable Conference. The organising committee is seeking to build on the success of previous CAFRE/UFU and Ulster Arable Society events for the local arable crops sector through providing a programme that will be very relevant across the entire arable crops sector.”

The level of interest in the conference is steadily growing and all of the speaker at the conference will be profiled in next week’s edition. Places are booking out fast and the conference is eligible for BASIS points.

Places are limited and are on a first come first serve basis, so advance booking is essential. The cost of the event is £20 to include lunch. To book your place contact Angela Scott, UFU HQ, Antrim Road, on 028 90370222