Free Event For Dairy Farmers By Ulster Bank

‘Prepping the pasture’ is a FREE event to help Ballynahinch dairy farmers grow their business.

Ulster Bank is bringing its Boost Bites roadshow of events to Ballynahinch next week to help local dairy farmers better equip themselves to grow their business and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.

‘Boost Bites’ is a series of free-to-attend business-focused events covering topics including cyber security, GDPR, growing your business and challenges in doing so, and much more.

The Ballynahinch event will take place on Thursday, March 8 at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel.

Lisa McCaul (left) and Cara Taylor, both Growth Enablers at Ulster Bank, kick off the major new series of events across Northern Ireland intended to support farmers and entrepreneurs.

Chaired by Cormac McKervey, Head of Agriculture in Northern Ireland at Ulster Bank, speakers will cover topics including land leasing, physical and financial factors in growing and maintaining a successful dairy farm and accountancy advice on how a dairy business should be run.

Exploring herd productivity, Ian McCluggage, Head of Dairy, Pigs and Poultry Development at the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), will discuss the key physical and financial factors that make the difference between a good dairy business and an average one.

On the topic of land leasing, John McCallister, Manager of the Land Mobility Programme, will discuss the pros and cons of long-term land leasing.

Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of partnerships, limited company and sole trader status, Paul O’Connor, Tax Director at GMcG Chartered Accountants, will also facilitate a session on how to run a successful dairy business.

Cara Taylor, Business Growth Enabler for the south of Northern Ireland at Ulster Bank, said: “Ulster Bank Boost was created to support local business owners across Northern Ireland to provide them with the tools, knowledge and networks to grow.

“Beyond providing first-rate business banking services, our upcoming Ulster Bank Boost event in Ballynahinch will provide local dairy business owners with insight from industry professionals into best practice for growing and maintaining a successful dairy business

“In recent years, our dairy farmers have experienced numerous highs and lows in the milk market. At Ulster Bank we understand that growing a business amid uncertainty can be challenging and that’s why we’re pleased to bring our latest Boost event to Ballynahinch to equip local dairy business owners for the challenges that lie ahead.”

Derick Wilson, Business Development Manager at Ulster Bank, said: “As an industry, farming is used to changing and evolving with the times, so we’re pleased to have developed a programme that can really help with the spread of best practice.

“Taking Ulster Bank Boost on the road with the Boost Bites series will help us reach out to more local businesses and give them tools that can make them more profitable, competitive and, most importantly, sustainable.”

First launched in 2017, Ulster Bank’s Boost initiative aims to support small businesses through a series of talks and events, access to insight, expertise and networking opportunities.

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