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Saintfield qualifiers shine at Balmoral

The 72nd annual Lisburn and Saintfield District Show last Saturday marked the half-way point in the race to qualify for the 2017 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship.

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Dairy farmer, Mark Blelock, who has been elected Chairman of the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, and Dermot Farrell, General Manager Foodservice Division with Lakeland Dairies Co-op, who has been elected vice Chairman.

Dairy Council posts filled

Dairy farmer, Mark Blelock, has been elected Chairman of the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, and Dermot Farrell, General Manager Foodservice Division with Lakeland Dairies Co-op, has been elected vice Chairman.

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Swann welcomes new bill

Swann welcomes new bill

Ulster Unionist Party Leader Robin Swann has welcomed the commitment in the Queens Speech that an Agriculture Bill will be introduced to provide an ongoing level of support to farmers after the UK leaves the European Union.

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Ulster Farmers' Union - dairy cows at Greenmout Agricultural College. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

It has been a good week for dairy

On taking up his new position this time last year, Dale Farm Chief Executive Nick Whelan said that he would strive to pay the best possible farmer milk price.

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First stage of NIFAIS is rolled out

First stage of NIFAIS is rolled out

The first stage of the new Northern Ireland Food Animal Information System (NIFAIS) is now operational, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced.

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Markets are in a stable but not dramatic recovery

Markets are in a stable but not dramatic recovery

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Graeme Wilkinson

One year on, DAERA prepares for Brexit

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union one year ago this week has brought about the most significant change in direction for our agri-food/fishing industries and our environment sector for an entire generation.

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Appeal after sheep are ‘brutally killed’

Police in Newry have issued an appeal for information after a number of sheep were ‘brutally killed’.

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Samuel Graham, a farmer from Killinchy in County Down, wins the European Drivers' Championship 2017.

Northern Irish farmer wins European Drivers’ Championship

Samuel Graham, a farmer from Killinchy in County Down, beat off tough competition from farmers representing 13 European countries to win the European Drivers’ Championship 2017, organised jointly by John Deere and Michelin.

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UFU supports USDA decision to ban Brazilian Beef

UFU supports USDA decision to ban Brazilian Beef

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the decision by the US Department of Agriculture to ban the import of fresh Brazilian beef echoes its concerns that sanctions by the European Union have not matched the scale of shortcomings highlighted by allegations of bribery to allow the export of sub-standard meat.

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MEP Diane Dodds

Bill a once in a lifetime opportunity: Dodds

DUP MEP Diane Dodds has welcomed the commitment given in the Queen’s Speech for a new UK Agriculture Bill which will afford a once in a lifetime opportunity to maximise the benefits of Brexit for farmers across Northern Ireland.

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Farm Business Data 2017

Farm Business Data 2017

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced publication of the ‘Farm Business Data 2017’ farm planning handbook.

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Drop in farmgate prices expected

Drop in farmgate prices expected

DAERA economist Paul Caskie told delegates attending the recent Alltech Agribusiness briefing that farmgate prices will continue to decrease over the coming years. His perspective on this is that the farming industry must respond in a two-fold manner: increase productivity and improve efficiency levels.

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Farmers left frustrated by EU vote on products

Farmers left frustrated by EU vote on products

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said a vote in the European Parliament to ban the use of plant protection products (PPPs) on ecological focus areas (EFAs) is a blow to farmers.

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Hugh Boyd had 1st Penzance in Randalstown HPS, also won 1st Sect B from Bude.

Elizabeth wins 1st Open Penzance

The final race prior to France was flown as planned last Saturday 17th June from Penzance. The NIPA released 6,200 birds at 7.30am in a Light Easterly wind. Despite the perfect conditions a lot of birds made heavy work of the flight. Winners as usual were on time.

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Jimmy Rock takes the honours

Jimmy Rock takes the honours

The NIPA were in Penzance at the weekend. It was also the annual Penzance Classic event. The birds were liberated on Saturday 17/06/17 at 7.30am into a light easterly breeze turning south west on route.

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Families are invited to experience a flower-rich meadow on their doorstep at events across the region on Saturday 1 July to celebrate National Meadows Day. Find out more at www.ulsterwildlife.org/whats-on

Putting Northern Ireland’s meadows back on the map

National Meadows Day which is dedicated to celebrating and protecting our vanishing wildflower meadows and the wealth of wildlife they support, will take place on Saturday, July 1st 2017.

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NI Water recently held a staff recognition event for colleagues to mark a decade of delivery for the company at the Titanic Centre Belfast. William Love from Magherafelt  won the Careful Now! Award for Dedication to the Cause 'Zero Harm. L- R: David Small, NIEA, Sara Venning, CEO NI Water, William Love, Rodney Moates.

New environmental agreement signed

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and energy provider AES UK & Ireland have signed a prosperity agreement.

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Dodds concerned over Brazilian beef imports

Dodds concerned over Brazilian beef imports

DUP MEP Diane Dodds says she has concerns over the quality of beef imports from Brazil.

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New Agriculture Bill will shape the future of our industry, says NFU

New Agriculture Bill will shape the future of our industry, says NFU

The NFU says it is looking forward to working with the new Parliament – across all parties – as the new Agriculture Bill is formally announced in the Queen’s Speech.

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