The annual meeting of Fermanagh Pedigree Livestock Breeders (FPLB) Ltd. took place in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen on Tuesday, April 9.

The guest speaker was John Moore, Chief Executive of Sustainable Ruminant Genetics (SRG), who detailed his role in rolling out a bovine genetics programme in keeping with scope 3 emission category. He discussed the need for change due to rising emissions.

Mr. Moore highlighted the government emissions target following the Climate Change Act and DAERA's vision for the future.

Moving away from the Basic Payment Scheme, he highlighted the main schemes which SRG will strive to roll out via eight pillars of support.

To be eligible for these, there are three key measures: soil nutrient health scheme, ruminant genetics programme, and carbon benchmarking programme.

Mr. Moore explained the Ruminant Genetics programme will be industry-led, will drive productivity, and provide data, genetic profiling and KT and innovation programmes.

He opened the floor for questions and was presented with a token of appreciation from the group, before closing with a cup of tea ahead of formal proceedings.

The group also presented a cheque for charity. Damien McAnespie, Area Regional Manager of Air Ambulance NI (AANI) gave a short description of the function of the charity in Northern Ireland.

He detailed the vital services provided by AANI, which takes approximately £7,000 per day to run.

Mr. McAnespie thanked the audience sincerely for the generous donation of £15,000 which will keep the air ambulance in the air for more than two days. A cheque was presented on behalf of FPLB.

At the election of officers, the following roles were filled.

Chairman: Paul McDonald; Vice-Chairman: Thomas Keelagher; Secretary: Rachel Elliott; Treasurer: Margaret Nelson; Committee Members: Edwin Morrison, Robert Brownlee, Robert Forde, Shane McGeehan, David Carson, Harold Stubbs, Kenneth Stubbs, Trevor Phair, David Farrell, Gareth Wilson and William Burleigh.