31 May 1996

Ulster YFs are backing British beef

THE Young Farmers of Ulster support their industrys leaders on the matter of BSE, said president Joe Grahame, commending British beef for its safety and Ulster beef in particular. "The farmers are suffering and the matter has turned into a political football," said Joe, pointing out that on this issue MEPs representing all three of the parties in Ulster were in agreement.

Joe is not a farmer himself. He was among the large proportion of the membership attracted to YFC for its social life while the crafts side also appealed to him. A joiner by trade and a salesman by occupation, he is grateful to the movement for the training that it gave him, especially in public speaking which, he says, has helped him in his career.

YFCU is going from strength to strength, he says and currently has a membership of 3000 whose ages range from 12 to 25.

A flashy red motorbike dominated the YFCU stand in the Balmoral Hall. It was there to promote the young farmers new magazine, Rural Despatch which is mailed to members homes.

There were three YFCU competitions at the show and the results are as follows: Tug-of-war 1 Moycraig; 2 The Hams; 3 Glarryford. Machinery handling 1 Co Down; 2 Co Tyrone, 3 Co Londonderry. Sheep shearing 1 Adrian Caldwell, Derg Valley YFC; 2 John Crawford, Seskinore YFC; 3 David ONeill, Donemana YFC.

David Dunlop (centre) and Helen Ervin (right) from Co Down were among members handing out free drawer tickets on the YFCUs stand.