Farmers urged to ‘throw open gates’

William Thompson, agri-manager with event sponsor Bank of Ireland UK, and Barclay Bell, deputy president of the Ulster Farmers' Union and chair of the open farm weekend steering committee. INPT51-020
William Thompson, agri-manager with event sponsor Bank of Ireland UK, and Barclay Bell, deputy president of the Ulster Farmers' Union and chair of the open farm weekend steering committee. INPT51-020

Farmers are being urged to throw open their gates to the public for next year’s open farm weekend on June 13 and 14.

The call comes from the Ulster Farmers’ Union which says the event has helped raise awareness of the reality of farming in the province.

William Thompson, agri-manager with event sponsor Bank of Ireland UK, and Barclay Bell, deputy president of the Ulster Farmers' Union and chair of the open farm weekend steering committee. INPT51-020

William Thompson, agri-manager with event sponsor Bank of Ireland UK, and Barclay Bell, deputy president of the Ulster Farmers' Union and chair of the open farm weekend steering committee. INPT51-020

This year’s event saw visitor numbers double from the previous year with close to 20,000 people visiting the 21 working farms.

With visitors steadily increasing each year since the initiative began in 2012, organisers hope to increase public knowledge of farming and food production and are actively recruiting a diverse range of farm types across Northern Ireland.

William Thompson, agri-manager with event sponsor Bank of Ireland UK said, “There is a full programme of training and support already in place for the 2015 initiative and project managers are on hand throughout the year to offer advice and support to participating farmers.”

More information is available from project manager Martin Byrne on 028 9039 3837 or email info@openfarmweekend.com.