Lively debate for Mid Antrim

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Mid Antrim Group have had a varied and enjoyable Winter Programme this year.

In February we had the stalwart of Northern Ireland farming, Kevin McAuley, chairing Farmer’s Question Time. The panel was Richard Halleron, Joe McDonald and Roberta Simmons and all present enjoyed a lively discussion interjected with humorous observations from the chairman.

In April we had our annual day out and this year we went to picturesque Downpatrick where in the morning we visited the dairy farm of Patrick Magee. In the afternoon we went to the organic beef farm of John and Jonathan Carson. Both farms were very hospitable to us providing refreshments and giving a detailed explanation of their farming practices and difficulties they face.

We would also thank John McGreevy of the Downpatrick office who co-ordinated the day for us.

The group would like to thank all our members who called in for a cup of tea at the Ballymena Show, the ladies of 2nd Broughshane PW who provided the light refreshments and to UFU president Barclay Bell and deputy president Victor Chesnutt, who spent all day on our stand.

We congratulate the work Robert Dick and his team put into running the Ballymena show.

The Mid Antrim Group had a P&O Ferry crossing competition which was won by Danny & Katie McKay of Knockan Road.

In September we are looking forward to our visit to JCB Factory.

Our next meeting for the Group Committee is organised for Tuesday, June 21, at 2pm in our office to plan for the next winter programme.

We are moving our office back to Galgorm Castle in the end of July. This will remove the problem of parking for members and customers and provide a tranquil setting for staff.

On Saturday, October 15, we are hosting the annual County Antrim barbecue at Ballymena Livestock Market and are pleased that Tom McMaster will be providing the food and Ritchie Remo the music. Please check nearer the time with your local offices to book tickets for what will be a very enjoyable night.