Two of Northern Ireland’s best renowned organisations are celebrating a long standing partnership which has helped shape the face of the agricultural sector in the province.
Glenfarm, the Glenavy-based agricultural co-operative, is marking the 20th anniversary of its support for the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, having been a key financial sponsor since 1989. Over the years, donations by the Board of Glenfarm have been used to progress behind-the-scenes work of the YFCU, with the overall aim of helping the organisation reach out to young people from rural communities throughout NI.
The partnership announcement is also timely as it falls in the same year that the YFCU celebrates its 80th anniversary, marking another significant milestone for the organisation and its 2400 members.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Glenfarm for its continued support over the last 20 years” said Thoburn McCaughey, President of YFCU, and a member of Lisnamurrican YFC for 16 years. “Their generous contributions have helped YFCU and our members prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. We really do appreciate Glenfarm’s input and look forward to building and further strengthening our relationship through a number of proactive initiatives in the years ahead.”
Glenfarm was established on a co-operative basis by a group of farmers in the 1950s to provide a fallen animal collection and disposal service, but the company has changed radically over the years. Whilst it continues to provide this key service to today’s farming community and the wider agri-food sector, it has broadened its remit in response to the changing needs of the environmental and retail markets. Reflecting on the organisation’s strong links with the YFCU, Rodney Hume, Commercial Director said:
“As a farmer-owned organisation, we’ve had to respond to the changing face of agriculture – the impact of new EU legislation, more stringent enforcement and issues such as bio-security - which has resulted in the need for increasing responsibility from the agri-food sector. By adapting and enhancing our services, we play a key role in the delivery of the food chain, earning us our reputation as leaders in the waste management and green energy arenas.
“Against this evolving background, we fully appreciate the work and achievements of the YFCU – which has also adapted to reflect how urban and rural life is becoming increasingly intertwined. We’re delighted that our support has helped young people throughout NI benefit both socially and educationally from the many important activities offered by YFCU. By working together we hope to forge and strengthen the future generations of our farming and rural communities. “
Further updates on Glenfarm and the new initiatives it will be launching in conjunction with the YFCU will be announced soon.
Pictured marking the 20th anniversary is from left, Rodney Hume, Glenfarm Commercial Director, Amy Hunter, YFCU PR&Communications, Thoburn McCaughey, YFCU President and Gary Millar, Glenfarm Operations Manager.