Mr James Young, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, was the principal guest last week at the Donaghadee branch annual social and cereal growing prize distribution.
Mr Luke Semple, president, presided over an excellent attendance.
Guests also included Newtownards branch representatives, Mr and Mrs R Mawhinney and Mr and Mrs C McCutcheon as well as the judges in the cereal growing contests.
Thanking the branch for its invitation, Mr Young said the cereal competitions were useful, particularly from the point of view of the rivalry and friendship which they aroused.
He expressed the hope that the current Price Review would bring satisfaction “and a just reward to Ulster farmers for their efforts”.
Congratulations and good wishes to the Donaghadee branch were extended by Mr R Irvine, president of Bangor and Sixroadends, by Mr J Caughey, chairman of the Mid Ards branch and by Mr C McCutcheon, chairman of the Newtownards branch.
In a reference to the Price Review, Mr Irvine said that over the past 10 years farmers were only getting 12s 6d for every £1 spent. They were asking for nothing more than a living wage.
Donaghadde stalwart and former president Mr J Martin, whose birthday coincided with the function, was presented with a gift on behalf of members by the joint secretary Mrs R Carson.
Mr William Caulfield, a member of the branch who had been domiciled in South Africa for a number of years, treated the attendance to a very interesting film of life there with special reference to the agricultural scene.
A vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs G M Stone and seconded by Mr William Hood.