Dunbia Set To Sponsor Group Debating

9 November 2009

Dunbia Set To Sponsor Group Debating

Dunbia, leading supplier of top quality beef, lamb and pork, has announced that it is set to partner up with the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) to sponsor the association’s annual group debating competition.                    
One of the most popular competitions in the YFCU calendar, the group debating competition will kick off in November with regional heats throughout Northern Ireland and with the support of Dunbia, YFCU is looking forward to a very successful event.

The competition encourages members to ‘think on their feet’ as the teams taking part only receive the motion or their side of the argument thirty minutes before they debate it on the night.  This encourages spontaneous debating and encourages members to work together as a team. 

At each heat, teams of three have to argue either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the motion in order to convince judges to side with their argument and award them a coveted place in the Northern Ireland finals.  As part of the sponsorship Dunbia will provide the topics for debate during the 2009 competition.


Pictured at the announcement of Dunbia sponsoring the YFCU group debating 2009 are Heather Kavanagh, YFCU Activities & Events Coordinator and Michael Doran, Sales & Marketing Director, Dunbia.

Dunbia is a leading and well established supplier of top quality beef, lamb and pork products to retail, commercial and foodservice markets both locally and nationally.  The company has ten sites throughout the UK and Ireland, with two based in Northern Ireland where the company was founded in 1976; a beef and lamb processing facility at Granville Industrial Estate, Co. Tyrone and a pork processing facility in Cullybackey, Co. Antrim.

YFCU President Thoburn McCaughey was very pleased to learn that Dunbia had decided to come onboard and sponsor the competition.

“I was delighted to learn that Dunbia has agreed to sponsor our group debating competition.  Support from sponsors like this is very important to the running of the YFCU programme of competitions,” said Thoburn.

"The skills that our members gain from the competition are invaluable for their academic and working lives and with the support of Dunbia, this year’s competition is sure to be as popular as ever,” he added.

Karen Birnie, Marketing and Communications Manager for Dunbia said,

“Dunbia is delighted to sponsor the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster group debating competition this year. The YFC movement is a fantastic organisation and one that we are proud to work with. Many of these young farmers will undertake key roles in the agricultural industry in the years ahead, and such a competition is instrumental in encouraging young people to see agriculture as an exciting career and more innovative and forward-looking than traditionally portrayed.”

The YFCU group debating regional heats will begin on Monday 16th November in Cookstown High School for Counties Fermanagh, Tyrone and Londonderry.  Members from Counties Armagh and Down will travel to Banbridge High School on Tuesday 17th November for their heat.  Finally County Antrim will travel to Ballee Community High School in Ballymena for their regional heat on Wednesday 18th November 2009. 

The Final will be held on Monday 30th November in Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh.