Good turnout at Armagh Down meetings

Cathal Grant with Ivor Fergusan, Dr. Sam Strain and William Irvine
Cathal Grant with Ivor Fergusan, Dr. Sam Strain and William Irvine

At the penultimate meeting held by the Armagh Down group the speakers were Cathal Grant, of Newry Veterinary Centre, and Dr Sam Strain, Animal Health & Welfare Northern Ireland.

The topic on the evening was Johne’s disease and a wider discussion on current animal health issues. Both speakers created an active participation from the large turnout of farmers.

Our final group meeting’s speaker was Wesley Aston UFU Chief Executive. Wesley briefed members on CAP reform, and all in attendance received a thorough explanation on active farming issues, young farming applications and the application process. The group committee would like to thank all who attended and supported the recent meetings.

Health and Safety Courses

Over the past year we have held a number of Health and Safety training courses. These courses are interactive and run in small groups in a relaxed and informal environment.

As well as improving farmers’ knowledge, delegates achieve a nationally recognised VQ Level 2 award in Safe Working in Agriculture & Production Horticulture. This qualification can be used to demonstrate Health & Safety competence to customers, external auditors and the enforcing authorities such as the HSE.

We hope to organise another VQ day for the end of this year in the Mourne Country Hotel, Newry. If you or a member of your family wishes to attend please give us a call on 02837551612 to reserve your place.

Newry Show

We will be attending the Newry Show on the 27th June at Newry Rugby Club. This will be a great opportunity for you to come along to meet our team and get refreshments!

The new winter programme will commence in September with a group trip.Details will be discussed by the committee and schedule of meetings will be posted to members in early September.