UFU Deputy President tackles succession

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

Ulster Farmer Union deputy president, Ivor Ferguson, has decided to change the structure of his farming business. Following much consideration Mr Ferguson has decided to step away from pig production on the farm and will focus on his other existing sheep and arable enterprises going forward.

While pig farming, along with other sectors of agriculture, is going through tough times at the moment Ivor says that is not the reason for the change. “My wife, Barbara, and I decided on this change back in April 2015, and now the changes are being implemented,” he said. Mr Ferguson said there were a number of reasons behind the decision, including the fact that his role as deputy president of the UFU demands a time commitment that makes daily pig farming difficult. “The main issue however is that our children have forged careers outside agriculture, and with the years marching on, like many other farmers, we have to make plans for a business with no obvious succession in place,” said Ivor. He added that despite the many problems and difficult economics with pig production now he still saw it as a great way into farming for young people – and as an enterprise that had brought him a lot of pleasure and profitability over the years.