Ulster Bank hosted a Young Trained Farmer seminar in Sligo on Thursday November 19th. The seminar, titled ‘Embracing Change’ sought to support agricultural producers in this era of continual change and present attendees with research findings, market insights, farmer experiences and tools to manage change irrespective of the enterprise.
Our panel included Dr Ailish Byrne (Senior Agri Manager UB), Sean O’Donnell (Young Farmer of the Year 2014), Bernard Donoghue, Martin Clarke (IFAC Accountants) and Kevin Moran (Nuffield Scholar 2015) with the discussion being facilitated by Breian Carroll of Carroll Consultancy. Brief accounts were given by the panel members on their enterprises, experience and long term goals. Questions from the floor were welcomed at all times and open and honest feedback from the panel was a feature of the discussion.
Three separate break out sessions followed and were hosted by Roberta McDonald (Aurivo), Brian Costelle (Facilitator/Farmer) and Pat Bogue (Broadmore Research). There was genuine interaction between the focus session facilitators and participants in each room with young farmers contributing greatly in all discussions. In the end we ran out of time as in depth discussions were taking place. There was a feel good factor in all rooms with huge engagement levels between all participants.
79 attendees participated from Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal with a number of industry experts and introducers also present. Feedback on the day from attendees was excellent and this definitely was a really worthwhile event for Ulster Bank to host and confirm our continued support and commitment to the Agri sector in the Midlands &West region.
Find out more
If you want to find out what Ulster Bank has to offer, click here.