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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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UFU launches 2017 Cereal Competition

UFU launches 2017 Cereal Competition

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is delighted to launch the 2017 Cereal Competition. The UFU cereals competition which is held each year is a great opportunity for leading cereal growers across Northern Ireland to showcase their talent and celebrate the excellence that’s within the cereals industry.

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The APHIS Online Herd Register – key considerations

The APHIS Online Herd Register – key considerations

It is nearly 18 months since it became possible for farmers to keep their herd register online following some changes in EU legislation. This was undoubtedly a welcome option for producers to avail by helping to cut back on the time consuming burden of keeping paper records.

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Busy winter period for Ballyclare group

Busy winter period for Ballyclare group

The 2016/17 Winter kicked off with our Jive night. Unfortunately the turnout was poor but as usual the craic was good and for those that did attend it was certainly a great work out.

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North Down group members enjoy day trip

North Down group members enjoy day trip

North Down UFU members enjoyed a day out on March 7 as part of our Winter Programme. In the morning members visited Tayto Castle, Tandragee.

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Arable and Horticulture Producers at the show

Arable and Horticulture Producers at the show

Brexit has been the hot topic on all recent UFU arable and horticulture committee agendas and after much discussion the growers agreed that whilst the future is unknown they also believe many opportunities will emerge for efficient productive arable and horticulture producers.

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Look out for the Mighty Spud

Look out for the Mighty Spud

The Mighty Spud will be championing the humble potato at this year’s Balmoral Show and is encouraging people to stop by and learn more about this tasty, easy to prepare vegetable.

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UFU and Agri Aware to educate consumers

UFU and Agri Aware to educate consumers

Agri Aware is an independent agri-food educational body based in Dublin. Their role is to improve the image and understanding of agriculture, farming and the food industry among the general public.

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Group Manager Lawson Burnett presenting a donation to Raphael OCarroll of Kernan Aviation, fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity and Marie Curie Cancer Care

NE Group raises money to benefit local charities

The North East Armagh Group has been busy with a varied programme of activities recently.

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Hilary Bell

NI Beef Week – Meet the farmer

If asked to picture a beef farmer, the image that would spring to most people’s minds might not be of Hilary Bell, from Kells in County Antrim, but she is a passionate farmer, and equally passionate about local food.

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SAF deadline looming

SAF deadline looming

Ulster Farmers’ Union President Barclay Bell is urging farmers to complete their SAF application early and to make full use of the wide support measures available in helping those submit their application online, before the 15th May deadline.

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The UFU and ASDA had some help in launching this years schools competition. Make sure to get involved.

‘Eating Healthy Local Food’ schools competition

The Ulster Farmers Union, in partnership with Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and ASDA, has launched its 2017 schools competition.

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Ulster Farmers' Union Membership Plus scheme. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Spring into great savings with your Membership Plus Card

As the days start to get longer and nature awakens from its winter sleep, it’s time to get out and about and enjoy some fantastic offers this spring with your UFU Membership Plus Card.

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Picture competition

Final call to enter UFU photographic competition

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is calling on its membership to enter it photographic competition, open to all its members.

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Centenary memorabilia

Centenary memorabilia

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is putting out a call for memorabilia from the last 100 years in the run up to their centenary year in 2018.

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NIEA Chief Executive David Small and Chief Executive of UFU, Wesley Aston, sign Memorandum of Understanding aimed at building a stronger, more effective working relationship between the Agency and farming community, while supporting sustainable farming in ways that benefit and protect the environment.

MOU should deliver for farmers and environment

Last week the Ulster Farmers’ Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) aimed at building a stronger, more effective working arrangement between both organisations to deliver environmental outcomes in ways that reduce conflict and support improved farm sustainability.

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Celebrating local food at Balmoral

Celebrating local food at Balmoral

The countdown is officially on to Balmoral Show and the Ulster Farmers’ Union have decided to make a few changes to the food it offers members.

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Gareth Rankin and Terry Hagan

Ards Group looking for some summer sun

With the Balmoral Show fast approaching and farmers across the country gearing towards the summer months we wait with anticipation to see if the weather will be kind.

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Summary of Northern Ireland BVD eradication

Summary of Northern Ireland BVD eradication

March 1, 2016, heralded the introduction of the compulsory BVD eradication programme in Northern Ireland.

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SW Down Group Members at NC Engineering

All change in South West Down

It has been a busy winter in South West Down, and we are all looking forward to Spring.

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