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Hedge cutting reminder

The UFU would like to remind members on the rules around hedge cutting.

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Victor Chestnutt with Desmond Fulton and Andrew McCammond

Profile - Animal Health and Welfare Committee

In the coming weeks, the UFU wishes to profile its policy committee chairs and vice chairs following on from the recent AGMs so that our grass root members and industry stakeholders are aware of who best to speak to on issues affecting their particular commodity.

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Livestock under threat from Bluetongue virus.

Bluetongue advice issued to livestock importers

The UFU’s Animal Health and Welfare Committee is urging all livestock importers to source animals responsibly and carefully consider the risks associated with sourcing animals from Continental Europe where Bluetongue outbreaks have been expanding into northern France in recent months.

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Farm Safety Partnership innovation awards

Farm Safety Partnership innovation awards

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has teamed up with HSENI, NFU Mutual and DAERA for the 2017 Farming Life and Danske Bank awards.

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UFU to host Brexit meetings on farm

UFU to host Brexit meetings on farm

The UFU leadership team have scheduled a number of farm visits for its members to discuss in detail the UFU’s Brexit policy paper it published recently, outlining options for a new domestic agriculture policy post brexit.

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UFU president warns of devastating impact injuries can have on farms

UFU president warns of devastating impact injuries can have on farms

While it is farm deaths that attract headlines, Ulster Farmers Union president, Barclay Bell, warns that injuries are also serious and can have a devastating impact on farm businesses.

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Members of the South Antrim Group on James Watts farm earlier this week at the UFU Brexit update meeting.

South Antrim Group hosts Brexit update

The South Antrim Group met jointly with Ballyclare and Larne groups last week on a local farm to discuss Brexit.

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Pictured is James Healey (Macra Na Feirme), Mairead McGuiness (MEP) Barclay Bell (UFU President) James Speers (YFCU President) and Keith Morrison (Chief Executive of HSENI) attending the Embrace farm Accident Remembrance Service in Co Laois.

UFU attends EMBRACE Farm Remembrance Service

UFU president Barclay Bell and deputy president Ivor Ferguson have recently attended the annual Ecumenical Remembrance Service, held in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

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Latest developments on FBIS and EFS schemes

Latest developments on FBIS and EFS schemes

Farmers who have applied for the Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Capital Tier 1 and the Environmental Farming Scheme are reminded that there are deadlines approaching and they need to take action and ensure they do not miss out.

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UFU Membership Development Officer, Nicola Annett pictured alongside Lagan Group staff Joanna Simpson, Alison Brown and Alison Elder

Groups come together for meeting to discuss latest Brexit updates

The Lagan Group is joining forces with Newtownards and North Down groups to host a Brexit update meeting on Friday, 7th July at 2pm on Crosby Cleland’s farm in Saintfield.

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Greers of Antrim & Coleraine Dealer Principal Andy Duke, UFU Membership Director Derek Lough, SMW General Manager Brain Gribben.  Volvo models featured V90 Cross Country & XC90.

UFU launches new membership deal with Volvo

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has just teamed up with Volvo to offer members an exclusive range of deals on new Volvo vehicles.

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Latest developments from rural affairs committee

Latest developments from rural affairs committee

UFU rural affairs policy officer Kate Cairns provides an update from the UFU rural affairs policy committee.

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New Chair Ian Brown and Vice-Chair David Keatley.

Plenty of events ahead for South Londonderry group members

South Londonderry group began the year with the revamped President’s Roadshow in the Roe Park Resort, Limavady.

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Busy year at East Tyrone

Busy year at East Tyrone

Once again it has proven an extremely busy year for the East Tyrone Group.

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The UFU called on to the VI stand to show its support at Cereals 2017.

UFU attends Cereals 2017

Representatives of the UFU’s Seeds and Cereals committee have attended Cereals 2017 a hub for arable innovation.

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Gavin, Daniel and Ellie-Mae Rice, from Tandragee, visiting Donagh Cottage Farm, Donacloney, run by father and son Brian and Jonathan Matthews, during Open Farm Weekend. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend is here!

Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend is back and this year will see 16 farms across Northern Ireland open their gates as part of this annual initiative.

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Kenneth and David take up lead roles

Kenneth and David take up lead roles

Mid Antrim Group members have had a varied and enjoyable Winter Programme this year.

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Wendy Gray (Crop Protection Association), Tim McClelland (UFUs VI Strategy Board representative), Barclay Bell (UFU President) and Susie Hill (Chairperson of the Ulster Bee Keepers Association)

Ulster Beekeepers Host launch “BeeConnected” scheme

The Ulster Beekeepers Association in partnership with the Voluntary Initiative (VI), Ulster Farmers’ Union and Crop Protection Association have used the RUAS 2017 Balmoral Show to officially launch BeeConnected.

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Sharon Porter, Rosemary Hughes, Pat McKay, Jim Magill and Barbara Simms.

Diversification in focus at Armagh Down

At the last meeting of the Armagh Down group winter programme the message to all that attended was ‘just do it!’ in relation to launching a farm diversification.

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Flooding tops the agenda in Fermanagh

Flooding tops the agenda in Fermanagh

The flood committee recently met in the Enniskillen UFU office with Albert Foster, Chairman, welcoming Mr Tommy O’Neill, area engineer DFT, and Sean O’Neill, regional engineer, and the UFU deputy president Mr Ivor Ferguson.

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