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Update from the Horticulture and Arable committees

The UFU Arable and Horticulture committees welcomes the independent scientific opinion on glyphosate by ECHA as an important development and have emphasised the necessity for all future decisions regarding relicensing for all Plant Protection Products to be based on science and not that of a political agenda.

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Barclay Bell's farm, Rathfriland.

UFU calls for full import ban on Brazilian meat

This week the Ulster Farmers’ Union called for a full ban on all Brazilian meat being imported to Europe. This follows revelations by Brazilian police who have been conducting a two year investigation into alleged fraud and corruption in the Brazilian meat industry.

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Irish Farmers’ Association launches Brexit paper

Irish Farmers’ Association launches Brexit paper

Last week the Irish Farmers’ Association published its own policy paper on Brexit titled “Brexit: The Imperatives for Irish Farmers and the Agri-Food Sector”.

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James Allen with George Hamilton, Rodney Noble, Marcus Grey and David Oliver.

Rodney re-elected as chairman of North Fermanagh Group

The North Fermanagh Group recently completed a busy winter programme, with the group AGM held at Tickety Moo, Killadeas.

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UFU silage awards. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

UFU recognises top silage growers of 2016

This week the Ulster Farmers’ Union recognised Northern Ireland’s top silage growers of 2016 as the UFU and sponsors Ecosyl Products Ltd and John Thompson & Sons hosted their annual silage competition awards ceremony in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick.

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UFU calls for centenary memorabilia

UFU calls for 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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Allan Chambers and Neill Patterson with group manager John McGreevy

Allan and Neill enjoy cereals success

It’s been a busy winter in the Donard Group.

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Poor ear tag quality costs NI farmers over £700,000 per year

Poor ear tag quality costs NI farmers over £700,000 per year

For over a decade, the UFU’s membership has repeatedly raised concerns about the quality and durability of identification tags currently approved for cattle in Northern Ireland.

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SAF online workshops

SAF online workshops

Ulster Farmers’ Union President Barclay Bell is encouraging farmers to start the process of completing their SAF application early and make full use of the wide support measures DAERA intend to provide.

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Membership Plus winners revealed

Membership Plus winners revealed

The Ulster Farmers’ Union would like to congratulate UFU members Wendy Patterson and James Small on winning a £50 Gift Card of their choice. They registered their 2017 membership plus card online by February 14 and were entered into the Membership Plus draw.

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Commission announces update on avian influenza

Commission announces update on avian influenza

The European Commission has updated its control measures on the prevention of the spread of avian influenza.

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Ulster Farmers' Union - North Antrim countryside. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

New Environmental Farming Scheme open for applications

After considerable delays, the Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the eventual opening of the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS).

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The Focus on the Farm Family programme in Larne Market Yard was a huge success.  Thanks to the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Rural Support, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and the UFU Larne Group. Picture L-R is William Magee, James McCluggage, Yvonne Carson, Northern Trust, Ian McKee, Raymond McDowell seated and Paddy and Anne from Cancer Focus with the skin scanner.

Focus on the Farm Family Programme a success

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with Ulster Farmers’ Union, Rural Support, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and the Farm Families Health Check Programme have successfully delivered another ‘Focus on the Farm Family’ programme in Larne Market Yard.

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James McCluggage, group manager pictured with Paul Penney, AES Outage & Planning Engineer, and John Watt, newly elected group chairman

John and Ryan take key roles at Larne

The Larne UFU 2016-17 Winter Group Programme is nearly over. The meetings continued to be well attended by younger members of the group which bodes well for its future.

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NFU representative re-elected at vital time for poultry

NFU representative re-elected at vital time for poultry

Charles Bourns, a member of the National Farmers’ Union poultry board and chairman of the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on poultry and eggs has called for a quick solution for poultry farmers who have been affected by avian influenza.

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James Bamford and Johnny McCaughan

Succession planning and tax issues on agenda in NE Derry

The NE Derry group ended its year with a very informative meeting on the topic of Succession Planning and Tax Efficiencies.

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UFU Milk Price Indicator (MPI) returns for first time since 2014

The Ulster Farmers’ Union’s Dairy committee has decided to reinstate its Milk Price Indicator (MPI).

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Tom McCormack, Nigel Reid and Ed Shaw (all with Friends in Action) with David Patterson of the Mid Down UFU group.

Mid Down members enjoy visit from vice-president Ferguson

The Mid Down Group of the Ulster Farmers’ Union recently hosted vice-president Ivor Ferguson, who gave members a round-up of the current issues that the policy team and office-bearers are dealing with.

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Travel Solutions trips

Travel Solutions trips

One of the benefits of being a member of the Ulster Farmers’ Union is being able to avail of a range of exclusive services and discounts.

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Phil Hogan

Hogan determined to maintain direct payments post-2020

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has defended the CAP system of direct payments and argued that they should remain in place post-2020.

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