David collects winter barley title

Members of the South Antrim UFU Committee planning for the upcoming winter programme of events.
Members of the South Antrim UFU Committee planning for the upcoming winter programme of events.

The annual cereal competition is currently underway and congratulations go to David McGregor, Carmavy, who was victorious in the Winter Barley section.

Judging for the Winter Wheat, Spring Barley and Oats sections will be on Monday, July 18. The competition continues to create great interest among all South Antrim members.

With the winter programme fast approaching, the team in the Crumlin office met earlier this month with the group committee and have already planned a variety of activities. The first meeting will be on Monday, October 10. The theme will be an information evening on the financial position of the agricultural industry including implications that Brexit may have.

The office has tickets available for the Co Antrim UFU barbecue, organised by the Ballymena Group. This event will be held in Ballymena Market Yard on Saturday, October 15. Please put this date in your diaries.

Technical officer Cheryl Herdman has been very busy over the recent months assisting members with queries on Nitrates plans, Appeals on Single Farm Payment penalties, pollution incidents, DOE queries and much more. The technical officer resource is open to all UFU members, and is free of charge.

Should you require assistance, please contact the Crumlin office for further details.

The group will be attending Antrim Show on Saturday, July 23 at Shane’s Castle. The marquee, shared with the Ballyclare group will be open to all members. A member of the presidential team will be on the stand.

Please take this opportunity to call in for some refreshments and a chat – it is always good to catch up at a social event.

Group managers have been engaging with Rural Support staff regularly over the past number of months. With the current agricultural financial climate, Rural Support have been invaluable in providing guidance, advice and mentoring to farmers free of charge. Full details are available on their website www.ruralsupport.org.uk. Rural Support can be contacted on their helpline which is available from 8am -11pm, seven days a week – 0845 606 7 607.

If anyone has any queries about UFU membership, or would like to become a member of Ulster Farmers’ Union, please do not hesitate to contact Gyles, Zara, or David in Crumlin on 028 9442 2185.