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See how we've been celebrating 100 years of UFU!

For 100 years, we've been here. Fighting for farmers #thefarmersvoice #UFU100

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Martyn Blair

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Kerrie Brown

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Tom Sterling

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Ray Elkin

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Margaret Kelso

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories David Matthews

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories David Brown

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories John Mulvenna

Thursday, 1 November, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Roger McCraken

Tuesday, 30 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Greer McCollum

Sunday, 28 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Sharon Porter

Thursday, 25 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Will Taylor

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Wallace Greg

Sunday, 21 October, 2018



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#UFU100 - The farmers voice for 100 years

Friday, 19 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories - James 'Jim' Riddle, Co Tyrone

Thursday, 18 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories - Marion McCraken, Co Londonderry

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018



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#UFU100 - second instalment of our 'President online' series from 2008

Thursday, 11 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories - past president Ronnie Farrell

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018



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#UFU100 - past presents' reunion

Thursday, 4 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories Darren McCormick, Co Armagh

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018



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#UFU100 #UFUmembersmemories - past president Billy Robson

Sunday, 30 September, 2018



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#UFU100 - throw back to our 'President online' series in 2008

Monday, 24 September, 2018



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UFU publishes limited edition centenary magazine

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is capping off its centenary year by recognising the support and contributions of members with a one-off publication of its historic magazine “The Farmers’ Journal”. Filled with stories and pictures from members, past presidents, and staff it gives a snapshot of some of the highlights of the last one hundred years. UFU president, Ivor Ferguson said, “The centenary of the UFU celebrates the resilience of the farming industry and its capacity…

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ABP raise £10,000 for UFU Centenary Charity Appeal

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has thanked the ABP for its support for the UFU’s centenary Air Ambulance charity appeal. In June, one of Northern Ireland's leading beef & lamb processors ABP held a Summer Steak BBQ for farmer-suppliers in Armagh City Hotel. A total of £10,000 was raised for Air Ambulance NI. Ivor Ferguson, UFU president said, “Thanks to ABP and those that attended the BBQ for their generosity and support, we are that much closer to hitting our ambitious…

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UFU Donard Group BBQ raise £12000 for Air Ambulance NI

Thursday, 9 August, 2018

In June, the UFU Donard Group held a BBQ at John and Jonathan Carson’s farm, Downpatrick to fundraise for Air Ambulance NI.   From the generosity of sponsors, ticket sales, auction and raffle proceeds £12,000 was raised. The Carson family along with the UFU Donard Group would like to thank the generosity of the sponsors.  ABP, Devenish Nutrition, Finnebrogue Artisan, Docs Fish and Chips, Dale Farm, NFU Mutual Downpatrick, Glenmarshal Sires, Moyfab Engineering, East Down…

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UFU interdenominational service to celebrate centenary

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018

  The Ulster Farmers’ Union is inviting the farming community to join them at an interdenominational service as part of its centenary celebrations. The service will be held at 2pm, 1 September in the Derry/Londonderry Guild Hall and is open to all. “Faith plays a strong part in many of our members' everyday lives so we felt that we should recognise this as part of our centenary celebrations.  We are opening the doors of the historic Guild Hall to all. The service will be…

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ABP charity BBQ backs UFU's air ambulance appeal

Monday, 18 June, 2018

6th June 2018: The leading agri-food company ABP has announced it will be supporting Ulster Farmers’ Union’s centenary drive to raise £100,000 for the Air Ambulance Helicopter Emergency Service through its Summer Steak Barbecue for farmer-suppliers later this month. Commenting on the decision to get behind the UFU’s Air Ambulance appeal, UFU President Ivor Ferguson said, “We are very pleased to have ABP’s support in our centenary year. The Air Ambulance provides…

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UFU conquer five peak challenge

Wednesday, 6 June, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union staff have put themselves to the test and climbed five peaks, across six counties, in one day. All to raise money for the charity Air Ambulance NI. The UFU has set an ambitious goal to raise £100,000 in its centenary year for this life-saving charity. UFU president Ivor Ferguson said, “It was a tough challenge but well worth it. We were on the road for 19 hours, walked 14 miles, took roughly 40,000 steps, and climbed a combined height of 4593 feet. Roughly…

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UFU swap welly boots for hiking boots to raise money for Air Ambulance NI

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

Ulster Farmers’ Union staff are making their final preparations for the UFU centenary challenge walk on Monday, 4th June where they will be taking on five peaks, across six counties in one day. All to raise money for the charity Air Ambulance NI. The UFU has set an ambitious goal to raise £100,000 in its centenary year for this life-saving charity. UFU president Ivor Ferguson says, “The staff have taken on an impressive challenge. Over the course of the day they will be walking…

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Crowds come out to celebrate a century of the Ulster Farmers’ Union

Thursday, 10 May, 2018

Vintage farming techniques were the focus of attention at the Ulster Farmers’ Union centenary weekend at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. The event attracted crowds from near and far with donations across the 2-day event raising £6,337 for the Ulster Farmers' Union chosen charity, the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance. The total amount raised so far is now over £50,000. UFU President Ivor Ferguson said: “It was encouraging to see so many people including…

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UFU celebrate role as ‘the voice of farmers’ for 100 years with Centenary event at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Monday, 30 April, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union, ‘the voice of farmers’, will celebrate their Centenary with a special weekend of events at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May. The member-led organisation has promoted the farming industry through many challenges and political changes including both World Wars and the partition of Ireland as well as the BSE crisis in 1996 and the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001. The Union is currently involved in securing…

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UFU to celebrate its Centenary at Balmoral Show

Wednesday, 11 April, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging the farming community to join them at this year’s Balmoral show as the UFU celebrates its centenary. “Lots has changed in farming since 1918 but the key to the success of the UFU then and now is the support of our members and their families. We want to use our presence at Balmoral this year to honour the contribution of our members to the success of the UFU over that 100 years,” said UFU president Barclay Bell. “Our stand has been…

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UFU raises over £21,000 for Air Ambulance NI at annual dinner

Thursday, 5 April, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has raised over £21,000 for Air Ambulance NI at its annual dinner. UFU president, Barclay Bell says he has been blown away by the support from farmers and industry for the life-saving charity. “The air ambulance has been operational since July and already I have heard many stories from the farming community about how it has helped loved ones.” “We are very grateful to our principle sponsor NFU Mutual and associate sponsors Ulster Bank; the…

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UFU centenary calendar raises £10,000 for Air Ambulance NI

Thursday, 29 March, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is pleased to announce that the sales of its centenary charity calendar have raised £10,000 for Air Ambulance NI. UFU president Barclay Bell says the achievement is a great first step towards reaching the ambitious target of raising £100,000 for the lifesaving charity in the UFU’s 100th year.  Mr Bell said, “Thank you to everyone who purchased the calendar. Your support means a lot to us and to AANI. Since becoming operational, the air…

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UFU and Fane Valley raise £3000 for Air Ambulance NI

Friday, 23 February, 2018

Victor Chestnutt, Ulster Farmers’ Union - Deputy President; Grace Williams, AANI Area Fundraising Manager; and Trevor Lockhart, Fane Valley - Chief Executive are celebrating the news that sales of the Ulster Farmers’ Union 2018 charity calendar through Fane Valley Stores have raised £3000 for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. Now in its 100th year of representing farmers, the UFU is aiming to raise £100,000 for this life saving charity. The UFU would like to thank Fane…

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UFU teams with Air Ambulance NI for Centenary Year

Saturday, 19 August, 2017

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is gearing up to mark its centenary year in 2018 and is pleased to announce that Air Ambulance Northern Ireland will be the nominated charity for the year. UFU president Barclay Bell says the UFU has various plans to mark 100 years, during which farming has changed dramatically but core issues such as profitability, productivity and succession remain the same.  “We will be recognising the contributions of our members, the achievements of the Union, and…

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UFU Announces winners of photography competition

Saturday, 22 July, 2017

With an outstanding number of entries the photos were shortlisted down to a total of 20 photos that were displayed on the UFU stand at Balmoral Show. Members were asked to vote for their top six favourites to decide which photos would make it in to the UFU centenary calendar. Even with almost 9000 votes cast over the 4 days it was a close call between the entries due to the very high standard. Wilma Annett’s photo ‘Chicken Run’ came out in the top spot and claims the 1st place…

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