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DAERA admits some BVD enforcement letters were sent to farmers in error

The Department of Agriculture has admitted that some enforcement letters sent out to farmers in relation to the movement of calves untested for BVD were issued in error.

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Larkhill Mairead tops Ballymena Limousin female sale at 1,750 guineas

Larkhill Mairead tops Ballymena Limousin female sale at 1,750 guineas

The British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) sale of haltered and unhaltered females was held at Ballymena Livestock Mart on Saturday 21 January 2017.

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Farmers – take extra care when mixing slurry

Farmers – take extra care when mixing slurry

With the closed period for spreading slurry coming to an end at midnight on 31 January, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is reminding farmers to take extra care when working with slurry.

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Left to right: Erinn Ramsay receives her bursary from Alltech's Richard Dudgeon. Adding his congratulations is Harper's Basil Bayne

Student wins 2017 Alltech: Harper Adams scholarship

Erinn Ramsay, from Ballymoney in Co Antrim, is the 2017 recipient of the Alltech: Harper Adams Scholarship.

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New Regional Food 
Programme opens

New Regional Food Programme opens

Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced that the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme (NIRFP) is to open for applications.

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Braehead Gimmer sold to 2700 gns

Northern Lights 
in-lamb sale success

The Northern Lights Sale of pedigree Texel females proved to be an overwhelming success on the run up to Christmas with over 90% clearance of ewes forward to a sale of average of £693 for gimmers and £357 for empty ewe lambs.

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Hannah Robinson left being congratulated for her success this year by Josephine Wray

Hampshire Downs look forward to 2017

Even with lambing just about to get into full swing there was a great turnout at the 2016 AGM of the Irish Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders Club, recently held in Dromore, Co Down.

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Brussels Notebook: Border brings complications

With the benefit of hindsight it was probably inevitable we would have to leave the Single Market as a result of the Brexit decision, writes Richard Wright.

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Season for blood orange is a short one – so enjoy them while you can

Season for blood orange is a short one – so enjoy them while you can

January may be the bleakest month but it brings with it two bright culinary treasures.

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Triplet surprise on Banbridge farm

Triplet surprise on Banbridge farm

December 27th past saw the arrival of triplet calves on the Co Down dairy farm of George and Irene McKnight.

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It won’t happen to me

It won’t happen to me

Every fortnight people from a farming background, or who have a heart for the countryside, will offer a personal reflection on faith and rural life. They hope that you will be encouraged by it.

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Burning wood pellets

Finance Minister to meet with parties on 'no-hiding-place inquiry' into RHI

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is to meet with political parties tomorrow to discuss the Public Inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

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McIlveen must
use next six weeks to clear backlog’

McIlveen must
use next six weeks to clear backlog’

Ulster Unionist agriculture spokesperson, Harold McKee MLA, has urged Michelle McIlveen to use her final six weeks in office before March’s election to clear the backlog of Basic Payment appeals in her department.

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Announcement on ANC payment is welcomed

Announcement on ANC payment is welcomed

UFU hill farming chairman, Ian Buchanan, says that while the announcement of payment rates for the 2017 ANC scheme is very welcome, DAERA must find ways to extend the scheme beyond 2018 given that, as is well demonstrated, the total pot of funding streams coming into the ANC is decreasing significantly.

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Enthusiastic young handler Serena Murphy is all set for the 2017 Limousin Calf Spectacular in Ballymena Livestock Mart on Saturday 21st January, along with NI Limousin Club Chairman Henry Savage and Bank of Ireland Sponsor Representative William Thompson.

Young handlers on their way to Ballymena

The Young Limousin Breeders Northern Ireland (YLBNI) Club are hosting their annual Young Handlers Competition and Calf Spectacular at Ballymena Mart today (Saturday 21st January).

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Increasing numbers of local dairy farmers are using Calf Excel, from HVS Animal Health, as part of their standard calf feeding and management practices

Focus on calf rearing

The ongoing recovery in milk price should be used by dairy farmers as an opportunity to invest in more effective calf rearing practices,” according to Paul Elwood of HVS Animal health.

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New Charolais Society chief executive

New Charolais Society chief executive

Peter Phythian has been appointed chief executive of the British Charolais Cattle Society from 14 March. He succeeds David Benson who is retiring at the end of March after 29 years.

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Michelle McIlveen

Minister tells young farmers they are 'leaders of tomorrow'

The Minister for Agriculture today told young farmers at an event in Cookstown that while prospects for agri-food are good they would be needed to help shape the sector's future.

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Curlew chick, Glenwherry. Picture: Neal Warnock

Clock ‘is ticking’ on £100m nature fund

Conservation charity RSPB Northern Ireland has warned that the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS), which is worth £100m to local landowners, must be approved by the Department of Finance before the NI Assembly closes for business on the 26 January 2017.

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Border issues are key: MEP

Border issues are key: MEP

UIster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has highlighted the importance of border issues, as the UK Government outlines its initial negotiating position for Brexit.

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