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GDT Price Index down 3.2%

Global Dairy Trade Event 182 concluded with the GDT Price Index down 3.2%.

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Control of Annual Meadow Grass (AMG) is a priority

Control of Annual Meadow Grass (AMG) is a priority

Autumn 2016 was again kind to us, allowing much of the winter barley and some winter wheat to receive a herbicide treatment during October and November. Mixtures of CRYSTAL and SEMPRA were widely used and by and large, performance has been excellent.

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Thomas McKelvey with his cattle at his farm at Ballynahinch

The life cycle never stops at the McKelvey’s ever busy cattle farm

Behind the busy farm supplies operation in Ballynahinch, Thomas McKelvey Brothers run one of the top finishing units in Co Down.

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Left to right: Sil-All's Gordon Marley with United Feeds' Sam Watson

Don’t over roll high moisture grasses in the pit

“Over rolling high moisture grass in-silo is serving only to significantly reduce silage quality,” according to Sil-All’s global product manager Gordon Marley.

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2600gns ewe from Charlie Phillips, Draperstown

Blackface female in lamb sale

The Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association held their first Blackface in lamb female sale on Monday, February 13, in Ballymena Livestock Mart. With the sale ring packed out the event proved to be a great success with 22 females being sold averaging £720.

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Senior Male Champion Lynderg Lancaster with breeder Jim Quail

Drumagarner Luke takes overall supreme champion title

There was a solid demand for Limousin bulls from commercial producers at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s bull and female show and sale held at Dungannon Mart on Monday 13 February 2017.

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NI companies stirring up new business at CATEX 2017

NI companies stirring up new business at CATEX 2017

Northern Ireland’s presence at Ireland’s biggest foodservice expo is set to be greater than ever before as Northern Ireland companies look to expand their footprint in Ireland.

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British Cattle Breeders’ Club conference celebrates best of breeds

British Cattle Breeders’ Club conference celebrates best of breeds

Experts from home and abroad gave a series of presentations outlining the latest technological developments in cattle breeding at the British Cattle Breeders Club’s annual British Cattle Conference this year.

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Stephen Crawford with Basil Bailey, from Thompsons

Maintaining soil health with G-Lime

Stephen Crawford, a third generation farmer and his father William, own and operate a dairy farm near Gracehill in Co. Antrim.

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James Speers, Grassland AGRO with Roy Mclean, Ballyclare user of Grassland AGRO fertilisers.

Getting your soil to deliver its true potential

Northern Ireland has an enormous competitive advantage on global markets for dairy, beef and sheep products due to our potential to grow high quantities of highly nutritious grass.

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Farmer complains about Tier 1 delays

Farmer complains about Tier 1 delays

A Co Armagh beef farmer has told Farming Life that he has received no communication – at all - from Countryside Services, regarding his application for Tier 1 support under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme.

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William Lindsay Major cyclone

William Lindsay to showcase Major Cyclone Mower

William Lindsay Agri Sales will be showcasing a Major 2.5m Cyclone Mower at the Spring Farm and Construction Machinery Show in the Eikon Arena, Balmoral Park, Lisburn on the 22nd and 23rd February.

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Robert McCullough, Head of Agribusiness with Danske Bank addresses students on farm finance at Enniskillen Campus

Agriculture students meet for farm finance update

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeship and Work Based Diploma in Agriculture students recently were updated on important aspects of farm finance at a student conference in CAFRE, Enniskillen Campus.

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Lamb survival is highly dependent on the nutrition of the ewe

The joys of lambing

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

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Flexibility of Shine Once-a-Day enables launch of calf rearing business

Flexibility of Shine Once-a-Day enables launch of calf rearing business

The flexibility of a once-a-day calf feeding system has allowed a Galway agricultural contracting business to expand into calf rearing, increasing numbers year on year to 250.

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A new logo for Countryside Alliance

After nearly ten years with our current logo, Countryside Alliance is rebranding.

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James McKee, from Comber, Co Down

Unwelcome visitors on UTV’s Rare Breed

Some welcome and unwelcome visitors feature in this week’s Rare Breed – A Farming Year which continues on Tuesday (21st February) at 7.30pm on UTV.

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Jim Nicholson MEP meeting with David Jones MP, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) in Strasbourg this week

Trade on the agenda in Strasbourg

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has stressed that agriculture must not be used as a bargaining chip as the UK seeks to strike new trade agreements post-Brexit.

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Pictured with Independent Claire Sugden are representatives of Northern Ireland Farm Groups, pictured (l-r) are William Taylor, co-ordinator of Farmers For Action, Michael Clarke, Chairman of Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association, Claire Sugden MLA, Sean McAuley and Samuel Morrison Farmers For Action Steering Committee members.

NI Farm Groups meet Claire Sugden

Last week Northern Ireland Farm Groups which includes the Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association and Farmers For Action commenced meeting the politicians ahead of the election on the issue of legislation on farm gate prices for Northern Ireland.

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Rhubarb is one of life’s blessings which brightens the darkest heart

February is a month that elicits hope – the days are getting longer, shoots are starting to appear on the branches of stark, grey trees and it’s the season for English forced rhubarb.

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