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Results from our Grazing Cattle Competition sponsored by Gouldings NI – 16/04/18

Flying trade on Monday the 16th of April 2018. Top Heifers reached 2.40£/KG Avg. of 2.37 £/kg followed by closely behind 2.35 £/Kg and 2.24 £/Kg. Congratulations to Gerry McNeill, Maghera for winning Heifer Prize. Bullocks was also a super trade 3.04£/KG topped the market with an average of 2.86£/Kg followed by 2.58 £/kg & 2.43£/kg Congratulations to Brian O’Loughlin, Maghera for winning the Bullock Prize.

Competition will continue every Monday for the month of April!


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Results from our Grazing Cattle Competition sponsored by Thompsons – 09/04/18

First week of the Grazing Cattle Competition at Swatragh Livestock Mart sponsored by Thompsons

Flying trade on Monday 9th April 2018. Top Heifers reached Avg. of 2.39 £/kg followed closely behind by 2.35 £/Kg and 2.34 £/Kg. Congratulations to Brian O’Loughlin, Maghera for winning the Heifer Prize. Bullocks were also a super trade 2.60£/Kg topped the market followed by 2.59 £/kg and 2.39 £/kg. Congratulations to the Cassidy Family, Swatragh for winning the Bullock Prize. Competition will continue every Monday for the month of April.

From Left: Paul Coyle, General Manager, Swatragh Livestock Mart; Brian O’Loughlin, Wesley Douglas, Thompsons Representative, Louise Conn, Swatragh Livestock Mart and Patrick Cassidy.

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NCCE Charity Tractor Run – Sunday 1st July 2018

NCCE are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Charity Tractor Run, on Sunday 1st July! All proceeds and donations will be going to Air Ambulance NI.

The run will leave NCCE at 3.30pm sharp – all entries must be in by 12pm.

A day not to be missed, more details will be coming soon!

Upcoming Sales at Swatragh Livestock Market!

We have a couple of upcoming sales within the livestock mart, with a brand new sale added as well – the bull and breeding sale. Details are below:


  • *NEW* Bull and Breeding Sale – Thursday 22nd March 2018, starting 7pm

Open to all Breeding Bulls, Replacement Heifers, Cows & Calves, Springing Heifers/Cows.
All stock bulls welcome haltered/non-haltered, any age & any breed.
BULL ENTRIES to be in by the 12th of March!


  • Pedigree Charolais Bull Show and Sale – Friday 1st June 2018, show at 6pm, sale at 7.30pm

Pedigree Charolais Bull Show and Sale on behalf of the NI Charolais Cattle Society
Includes Haltered and Non-Haltered Charolais Females
Pre-Sale Inspection 4pm
Show- 6pm
Sale 7:30pm


For more details or to book into any of the sales, please call or text Louise on 07596 369000

Specialist Charity Tractor-thon – Saturday 10th March 2018

In 2018, Specialist Joinery Group Maghera celebrates 30 years in business. To celebrate the Specialist Joinery Team team have embarked upon a unique challenge. We aim to raise £100,000 for 10 charitable causes by the end of 2018. The charities chosen hold special significance to our team, as many of our Specialists families have been assisted by the work of these wonderful organisations over the years.

Following on from the success of our fantastic Specialist Winter Wonderland in December which raised over £20,000 for our charities we are now organising a 30 mile Charity Tractor-thon. (30 miles to celebrate 30 years)

The event will take place on Saturday the 10th of March 2018 and will begin at 9am on the grounds of Specialist HQ with the run beginning at 1pm. In between times we hope to have a charity raffle, various prizes for the tractors in attendance, a torque tester and a photographer on site to capture pictures of the day.

The 30 mile run will set off from Maghera, head through Tobermore, Draperstown, Desertmartin and Magherafelt, then back to specialist HQ through Castledawson Bellaghy and Gulladuff.

All are welcome to what’s sure to be a fun filled day for all the family. Admission Prices TBC

Keep an eye on the Specialist Joinery Group social media and web pages for updates surrounding the event and competitions.

The charities & worthy causes chosen to benefit from our fundraising activities are; Steps, Alzheimer’s,  Our Lady of Lourdes Pilgrimage, Chest Heart & Stroke, Cystic Fibrosis, Marie Curie, Children’s Cancer Unit, NI Children’s Hospice, Kings College Hospital, London and Sands.

Using Equipment at Work – What are my responsibilities?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (PUWER) place a duty on employers to protect employees safety through the proper selection and use of work equipment.

Work equipment can range from anything from a hammer, right up to a telehandler. Regardless of what it is, it’s extremely important for employers to ensure their employees know how to use it safely.

PUWER Requirements state that equipment must be:
  • Suitable for intended use – It’s important that we consider the working conditions, and potential risks to health and safety before we use any piece of equipment.


  • Safe for use, in a safe condition, and maintained and inspected to ensure this is the case – Equipment must be kept in an efficient state, and in good working order, helped by filling out a maintenance log if there is one available. Not only this, but the equipment must be inspected regularly, particularly if it is being used for the first time, if it is being used at a new location, when being used under circumstances likely to cause deterioration.


  • Used only by people who have received adequate instruction & training – Before using any work equipment, it’s important employees have been trained in it’s use, as well as the risks and precautions associated. This also applies to those responsible for managing or supervising the use of equipment.


  • Accompanied by relevant safety measures – protective devices, markings and warnings – All equipment must be appropriately and visibly marked where relevant, for purposes of health and safety. As well as this, they must have relevant warning labels which are unambiguous and easy to understand.


At NCCE, we can provide accredited training in all types of work equipment – Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels, Safe Use of Chainsaws, Forklift, Telehandler, Digger and Dumper training is all available both on-site, or in our training Centre in Swatragh.

Contact us today or have a look at the “Upcoming Courses” tab for details!

YFCU Press Launch

Pictured at the launch of the new Initiative between Northern Counties Co-Operative Enterprises Ltd Swatragh and County Londonderry Y.F.C.U. are,

Back Row: Paul Coyle N.C.C.E Ltd, Robin Bolton N.C.C.E. Ltd Director, Louise Conn N.C.C.E. Ltd and Brian McQuillan N.C.C.E Ltd Director.

Front Row: Robert Sloan, James Purcell and Adam Alexander County Londonderry Y.F.C.U.

Paul Coyle commented; “As a locally based farming organisation, we are fully committed to helping the Northern Ireland Farming & Rural economy and we are delighted to be entering into a 5 year sponsorship programme with the local county committee of the Y.F.C.U. Our first activity is for three different age groups, 12 – 16,16- 21 and 21-30 where each group will be asked to write up a project brief.

James Purcell, Chairman of County Londonderry Y.F.C.U. commented “Speaking on behalf of the county we look forward to working with Paul and his enthusiastic team. Together striving to promote both organisations in the surrounding areas. We are thankful for Pauls support already this year and look forward to working together in the future.’’

Launch of Trading Partnership between Northern Counties Enterprises Limited Swatragh & C.I.P.Insurance

Pictured at the launch of the new Trading Partnership between Northern Counties Co-Operative Enterprises Ltd Swatragh and C.I.P. Insurance from Left to Right are Garry Scott,C.I.P.Insurance, Brian McQuillan N.C.C.E.Ltd Director , James Mallon N.C.C.E.Ltd Director and Paul Coyle , General Manager, N.C.C.E.Ltd.

Garry Scott C.I.P. commented “We are absolutely delighted to become N.C.C.E. Ltd’s insurance brokers and look forward to developing the relationship between ourselves and their customers throughout 2018.  We have specifically designed a range of new services for their customers which we intend to roll out at the end of January.” 

Paul Coyle General Manager, N.C.C.E.Ltd commented; “we are really  looking forward to this exciting partnership where we have teamed up with Garry and C.I.P. Insurance to bring a range of additional services to all our customers starting off with an Insurance Clinic at the end of January 2018,full details will be revealed in the press next week.”


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IOSH Managing Safely – What does it involve?

IOSH Managing Safely is a 3 day course, specifically aimed at those in a management or supervisory role in any sector. It teaches them the fundamentals in managing safely, and offers an understanding of the practical actions needed to ensure the health and safety of their teams. On successful completion of the 3 day course, each candidate is issued with a certificate certified by IOSH. Having this certificate gives individuals a particular advantage if applying for or moving in to a managerial or supervisory role.

IOSH (The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) list on their website the 5 benefits for both the business and for the delegate attending.

“Top 5 business benefits

  • Greater productivity – fewer hours lost to sickness and accidents
  • Improved organisation-wide safety awareness culture and appreciation of safety measures
  • Active staff involvement to improve the workplace
  • Internationally recognised certification for managers and supervisors
  • Enhanced reputation within the supply chain


Top 5 delegate benefits

  • Ensures you can assess and control risks and hazards
  • Ensures you understand your own responsibilities for safety and health
  • Enables you to investigate incidents
  • Empowers you to measure your own performance
  • Allows for personal reflections on good practice”

So what does the course actually consist of? Listed below are the modules covered across the 3 days…

  • Module 1: Introducing Managing Safely
  • Module 2: Assessing Risks
  • Module 3: Controlling Risks
  • Module 4: Understanding your Responsibilities
  • Module 5: Identifying Hazards
  • Module 6: Investigating Accidents and Incidents
  • Module 7: Measuring Performance
  • Module 8: Protecting our Environment

If this sounds like something you or your business needs, give us a call or drop us an email to find out about our next available dates and pricing!

Contact Orlagh on 028 7940 1246/07928581974 or, or have a look at all our upcoming courses here!

First Aid at Work – Do I need it?

Whether you work in a low risk or high risk environment, in short the answer is YES, you do need first aid training. First aid emergencies can happen literally anywhere, so it’s so important to be prepared with a first aid kit, and someone trained to deal with it.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.

A risk assessment will determine what is “adequate and appropriate” for a workplace to implement regarding First Aid, as a small office’s requirements are likely to differ quite a bit from a large construction firm! Many things will need to be considered – How many employees are there? What sort of risks are they likely to come up against? Are there any major hazards?

As a general guide, Emergency First Aid at Work (1 Day) is more suited to low risk environments such as an office. First Aid at Work (3 Day) is more suited to higher risk working environments as manufacturing, engineering, wholesale, construction, chemicals etc. At NCCE we regularly offer both of these courses, so we are sure to be able to accommodate you and help you get your FAIB approved First Aid certification.

Still not sure what you need? Give us a call on 028 7940 1246 or email for more information.