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Agri-Food Strategy Board holds final meeting

The Agri-Food Strategy Board (AFSB), which ends its tenure on 31 August, has held its final meeting.

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The Red Kite which has been shot at Ballyward. Picture: Alan Ferguson / RSPB NI

Shooting of Red Kite at Moneyslane ‘utterly heartbreaking’

The PSNI and RSPB have issued an appeal for information after a young Red Kite was shot near Moneyslane, Co Down.

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Left to right: NSA Scotland chairman, John Fyall, host farmer, Robert Dalrymple, farm manager, Andrew Maclean, and organising committee chairman, George Allan

Leading Ayrshire sheep and beef farm to host NSA Scotsheep 2018

An Ayrshire farm offering spectacular views towards Ailsa Craig, Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Northern Ireland is set to host Scotland’s national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep, next year.

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Ryan McLellum getting his sheep ready with ProVitaMin to sell at Ballymena Mart

ProVitaMin has proven its worth on farms across Northern Ireland

Farmers across Northern Ireland continue to trust ProVitaMin to help correct deficiencies, improve fertility and growth rates, amongst their flocks.

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Tommy Armstrong and Johnny Chambers, manager of the 1100 sow pig farm, with Newborn Piglet suspended live high level liquid

Provita Newborn pig probiotic helps improve performance of County Down pig farm

Hugh Gabbie, along with his team of staff lead by Johnny Chambers, run a 1100 sow, birth to bacon unit near Crossgar.

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2016 Diageo Baileys Champion Cow, Hallow Advent Twizzle 3, owned by Philip Jones, Co. Wexford

Top NI breeders enter Bailey’s cow contest

Organisers of the 2017 Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow Competition have confirmed that some of the top dairy breeders in Northern Ireland have entered cows for this year’s event which takes place next week (23rd August) at the Virginia Show in Co Cavan.

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Thomas Wright with top price ram

Hilltown plays host to Dorsets

The sixth annual show and sale of pedigree registered Dorset Horn and Polled Dorset Sheep was held in Hilltown Mart on Friday, August 11.

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Brian Smyth on the MF65 tractor and Michael McKibben on the binder cutting the corn at Hugh Robinson's farm Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick in preparation for Seaforde  Working Vintage Club's annual Vintage Rally

All set for day of rural celebration

Saturday, September 2, is the first Saturday in September and as in previous years it is the date for Seaforde Working Vintage Club’s annual day of rural celebration.

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People enjoy the hot weather on the beach in Margate, Kent. Photo credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Summer returns for parts of Britain ... but it won’t reach Northern Ireland

Parts of Britain are set to see a glimpse of summer again this week as temperatures reach their highest since mid-July.

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South Armagh farmer fined for pollution incident

South Armagh farmer fined for pollution incident

A farmer has been fined for causing pollution to a County Armagh river.

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Family offers reward in bid to recover stolen Massey

Family offers reward in bid to recover stolen Massey

A Co Armagh man has issued a heartfelt appeal for help in tracing a stolen tractor which has huge sentimental value to his family.

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William Crawford, Ardmore Herd, Brookeborough, receives a Master Breeder Award from Holstein UK President David Perry. Picture: David Devennie Photography

Herds attain Holstein UK Master Breeder awards

Three of Northern Ireland’s top pedigree herds have received Master Breeder Awards from Holstein UK.

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Conrad Ferris

Maximising output from winter feeding

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will host a series of three farm walks from 12th to 14th September in Banbridge, Enniskillen and Newtownstewart.

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Prize winners at the Greyface show on Saturday, August 12, at Ballymena Market. First place went to Dessie Gray, Limavady, second place went to Paddy Donnelly, Rathkenny and third place went to Ian McCluggage, Glarryford. Also included is the judge and URBA Sponsor representative Roger Hayes and Denis Hunter, representing Danske Bank who also sponsored the Greyface show

Spectacular trade at Ballymena’s breeding hogget and ewe lamb sales

The opening sale of Suffolk and Texel cross hoggets took place on Saturday, August 5, at Ballymena Mart

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George Hanthorn, champion Cydectin Young Handler with Raymond Irvine, Zoetis; Marjorie Blackburn, steward and Mary Kerr, judge

Cydectin young handlers display their skills

A group of expert young handlers who qualified at various shows throughout the province displayed their skills to perfection at the final of the Cydectin® Young Handlers competition at Clogher Valley Show.

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All eyes on the workshop from Parklands

Fun for all at HolsteinYB Weekend Rally

Two Hundred Holstein Young Breeders Club members from throughout the UK landed on the Emerald Isle last Friday for the annual Weekend Rally.

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Eggs.

Eggs are the most vital ingredients for cooks and are also contentious

Eggs – one of the most vital ingredients for cooks and also one of the most contentious.

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Wesley Aston said RHI users should not carry Stormonts financial burden

Farmers’ union alarm over RHI tariff freeze

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said the Department for the Economy’s intention to seek an extension to the current, temporary RHI regulations is alarming.

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Bogus inspectors warning issued

Bogus inspectors warning issued

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the PSNI have warned drivers transporting livestock to be vigilant and be certain of identification of anyone asking to inspect their vehicles.

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Roy McCall

Armagh sheep farmer achieves 90% U grades with his Blue Texel cross lambs

Blue Texels are proving a wise choice for Markethill based sheep farmer Roy McCall and his wife, Flo, having used Blue Texel sires on their Continental cross flock for the last three years.

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