The North East Galway Beef Producers group continues to go from strength to strength. The group meets two Mondays a month and its membership has grown substantially in the last three years.
Recent speakers have included local public representatives such as Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice and Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice (both pictured right) and well-known names in the agricultural sector including Irish Farmers Journal Editor, Justin McCarthy, who recently addressed a large meeting of the group at Williamstown Parochial Hall.
Chairman of the group, Ronan Kelly, says the group has united small farmers in the area.
“The group is going for the last 20 years and until about three years ago we had just 30 to 40 members but now there are over 130 members and still growing.
“We have ten meetings a year which usually take place on the second Monday of the month and feature guest speakers who talk about all farming practices and the business of farming.
“The committee aims to provide farmers with information and being small farmers ourselves, we all stand together and learn what we can about the new CAP and schemes and payments.
“We also have our own quality beef scheme competition which is great for our members to enter and that has eleven categories in terms of cattle sold in the mart and killed in factory”.