UFU membership offers many great benefits for farmers

Over the past year the Ulster Farmers’ Union has struck a number of fantastic affinity deals with companies such as John McCullagh, supplier of electrical products, Isuzu, Toyota and Ford, along with maintaining a strong working relationship with longstanding affinity partners.

“I am pleased to say that 2015 has seen the UFU gain a number of new affinity deals which have already delivered substantial savings for many of our members,” said UFU Membership Director, Derek Lough, adding that on average members can save over £750 when taking advantage of affinity deals on 4x4 vehicles. Derek added that the feedback from members regarding UFU affinity deal savings has been positive with former UFU president and beef and sheep farmer, Kenneth Sharkey recently taking advantage of the new UFU affinity deal with Isuzu.

Derek continued: “Mr Sharkey has just purchased an Isuzu D-Max pick-up and made a great saving by taking advantage of the UFU affinity deal.” Mr Sharkey has strongly recommended the brand to fellow farmers and speaking after his purchase he noted that ‘now the Isuzu D-Max is on the UFU affinity programme it’s fair to say UFU members get a great pick-up for even less money.’

“We love seeing our members make great savings, however I would like to take this opportunity to highlight that membership of the UFU also delivers huge non-financial benefits. The UFU’s technical officers provide a dedicated service allowing you to avail of free help to resolve individual farm related problems such as basic payment scheme issues. The UFU technical team have returned over £200k for NI farmers this year alone and will continue to work for the benefit of our members in the coming year,” Derek said.

“By becoming a member you will have the opportunity to attend UFU group meetings. This will provide you with a wealth of up to date knowledge of farming in NI and an opportunity to meet UFU representatives to discuss issues affecting you,” he added.

UFU would encourage all students to take advantage of our free student membership offer. This fantastic deal is open specifically to agri-students between the ages of 18-25 who want to be a part of the union.

“This is an excellent way for young farmers to get involved in the Union to help shape the future of farming in Northern Ireland. I would encourage all students interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the agricultural sector to take advantage of this brilliant offer. By joining the UFU you will have access to some of the privileges of full UFU membership, including the weekly policy bulletin and affinity deals with Membership Plus and Todd’s Leap to name but a few,” Derek said.

“Whether you are a student or established farmer by becoming a member of the Ulster Farmers’ Union you will be joining a proactive organisation that has a proven track record in looking after farmers’ interests,” Derek concluded.