OLLARDALE Farming Co-operative held its 22nd Annual General Meeting in Holestone Young Farmers’ Hall on March 23.
Ollardale is a group of farmers that work together under the direction of a board to obtain competitive prices for their inputs.
Chairman Stephen Weatherup welcomed everyone back to their first face-to-face AGM in two years. Ollardale accountant James Gage, of Johnston Kennedy Accountants, explained the accounts to the members and answered any questions.
A presentation updating members on the activity throughout the year was given by secretary Heather Patterson. Another successful year was had, with trading for the organisation standing at £3,200,000. The main products sourced are meal, fertiliser, dosing stuff, detergents and fuel.
A cheque for £1,000 was presented to Grace Williams from Air Ambulance NI, who thanked the society and explained what the money would be used for.
After the formal part of the evening, Stephen welcomed speaker David Linton, UK Agriculture Commercial Manager for Barenbrug.
David was no stranger to many of the members as he is a former Young Farmer.
His serious talk about grassland and species of grass was interspersed by many stories and yarns that led to a light hearted and fun evening – something that has been in short supply in recent times.
It was great to see members socialising and enjoying the company over their supper – time had to be called as no one wanted to go home!
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