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NW Derry UFU Group host lively Brexit debate

Thursday, 16 February 2017

WITH a packed audience in the White Horse, Campsie the NW Derry UFU group hosted a very topical Brexit debate event last Monday night.
The night started with the presentation of the Group Silage Competition Cups. First place in the Beef and Sheep sector went to S.J. Wilson & Son; J. Craig & Sons won the Dairy sector and John McCollum & Sons were awarded first prize in the Alternative Forage category.
There was strong cross border representation from members of the neighbouring IFA who had travelled from Co Donegal to join the debate.
Richard Halleron was welcomed as the Guest Chair for the event by Group Chairman, Clement Lynch. Richard spent a few minutes setting the scene before welcoming both guest speakers and debate leaders, Joe Healey, President of the IFA and Ivor Ferguson, Deputy President of the UFU.
Each speaker gave interesting and stimulating points of view on Brexit, from both sides of the border, before questions were raised from the audience. Both speakers commented that there is a good working relationship between the two organisations which will continue and be beneficial for the farming community in the future.
Lively debate ensued around the common challenges faced by both jurisdictions with TB, animal health, environmental opportunities and carbon footprint of production costs being a few of the topics raised.
*Read the full story in this week's Northern Constitution.

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