Plenty to look forward to for East Tyrone Group members

East Tyrone Members enjoying their visit to the National ploughing Championships.
East Tyrone Members enjoying their visit to the National ploughing Championships.

Once again it has proven an extremely busy year for the East Tyrone Ulster Farmers’ Union group.

The winter programme commenced in late September with a trip to the National ploughing championships with the Mid Antrim & West Antrim groups. Members had a most enjoyable two-day visit to the event at Stradbally, Co. Laois.

The group held an informative farm, Health & Safety event on 7th October at the farm of Tommy, Jean & Stewart Watson in Coagh.

Members from the East Tyrone, South Tyrone and South Derry groups attended the one day event which brought together attendees from HESNI, PSNI, Farm Health Check van; NFU Risk Management services, JMK Quads and many more local agricultural organisations. Many thanks to the Watson family, for hosting this successful event.

Fourteen group members completed their Health & Safety qualification in November and looking forward it is planned to run a “First Aid at work” course early in the springtime. This one day course will cover the most common first aid ailments and best suited to those working in isolated farming environments. To book your places on the course contact the group office.

The November meeting saw a large turnout of members to hear Constable Trevor Kirke, PSNI and Bailie Thompson, chairman of UFU Legislation committee, give an update on ‘The law affecting agricultural vehicles on the road’.

Group members can obtain a copy of the UFU updated “Agricultural vehicles on the road” booklet by contacting their group manager or calling at the group office.

The next winter meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th January at the Royal Hotel Cookstown commencing at 8pm. NFU Mutual financial advisor Allan Downes will provide an informative meeting on savings, investments, and specifically the major changes which are taking place in the pension sector providing better financial investment opportunities for consumers. This meeting will benefit members in making the most of their self employed status.

The Co Tyrone Presidents Area Meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st January at Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.

UFU President Ian Marshall and the leadership team will outline the latest developments with CAP implementation and current farming issues so a good attendance of members to the meeting is requested.

The group is planning a trip to an Ulster Rugby match in March at the Kingspan stadium.

Anyone wishing to attend, or have any other membership queries can contact the group office on 028 867 62632.