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Take extra care if spreading during the closed period

As every farmer knows, the closed period is now in place in Northern Ireland for all organic manures and will not open again until 1st February 2018.

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The role of farmers against antimicrobial resistance

The role of farmers against antimicrobial resistance

In recent years, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been a subject becoming increasingly important within human and animal health.

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January: Wilma Annett - Chicken Run, UFU Donard Group

UFU centenary charity calendar

The UFU recently launched its centenary charity calendar and we have been overwhelmed by the positive response.

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YFCU president James Speers with John McCallister and UFU president Barclay Bell

North Down to discuss the Land Mobility Programme

The North Down 2017/18 Winter Programme is underway. Our October meeting had Robert Huey, the Chief Veterinary officer, attend to discuss the ongoing problem of TB on Northern Ireland farms. A very topical subject on the night with many in the room experiencing difficulties on their farms.

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Launch of the Efficient Lamb Production event, at Giant's Causeway. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

November date for ‘Efficient Lamb Production’ conference

Following the success of the jointly organised ‘Progressive Beef’ conference held at Greenmount in November 2016, the Ulster Farmers’ Union has this year teamed up with CAFRE, AFBI, the LMC and the NSA to organise the ‘Efficient Lamb Production’ conference which will take place on Wednesday, November 29, once again at Greenmount campus.

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Pictured at Ballymena Mart at the launch of Meet us at the Marts, is L-R: UFU Chief Executive Wesley Aston, UFU President, Barclay Bell, UFU Deputy President, Ivor Ferguson and UFU Deputy President, Victor Chestnutt.

Meet us at the marts

Since September, the Ulster Farmers’ Union says it is getting a great response from farmers to its new initiative ‘Meet us at the mart.’

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Agricultural crime spike in October – be vigilant

Agricultural crime spike in October – be vigilant

In October 2016 PSNI recorded 66 incidents of agricultural crime which was 20 percent higher than any other month in 2016. Longer hours of darkness can present greater opportunities for criminal activity, particularly in remote areas.

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Raymond, David and William Wilson

Ards members collect prizes in cereals competition

With the days getting shorter and winter not far away the Ards Group are enjoying the 2017/2018 winter programme which is now underway.

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What is the future for farm-scale AD in Northern Ireland?

What is the future for farm-scale AD in Northern Ireland?

With the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) having held their first Northern Ireland national conference in Belfast on 5 October, the focus is once again on AD.

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It’s time to kick-off the winter programme

It’s time to kick-off the winter programme

It has been a busy summer in the South West Down Group, and members are looking forward to a busy winter programme.

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Spreading in the closed period

Spreading in the closed period

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is aware of the severe pressure that farmers across Northern Ireland are under with the slurry spreading deadline looming.

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Farmers look at a huge crater left when a road collapsed near Plumbridge following torrential rain, causing disruption in the area. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

North Tyrone members ready for series of events

North Tyrone UFU group are ready to kick off another action-packed winter programme, after what has been a turbulent summer for members, with a trip to Lynas Foods, Coleraine on Wednesday, October 18.

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Poultry keepers urged to take precautions to reduce bird flu risk

Poultry keepers urged to take precautions to reduce bird flu risk

As the longer nights of autumn approach, poultry farmers across the UK are being urged to remain vigilant and to take action to reduce the risk of bird flu to their flocks in the coming months.

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UFU urges continued caution with spreading

UFU urges continued caution with spreading

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging farmers to be ‘cautious’ to protect their Basic Payment from the EU as poor ground conditions are preventing many farmers from spreading slurry, as the closed period for spreading slurry approaches on October 15.

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Derek Lough, UFU Membership Director and Jonathan McCaughan, John Thompson & Sons launch the UFU Silage Competition

UFU launches new silage competition award

The Ulster Farmers’ Union wish to inform members of the Newcomer Award as part of the 26th annual UFU silage competition sponsored by Ecosyl (Volac) and John Thompson & Sons.

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Geoff Thompson, UFU Policy Officer with poultry farmer John McFetridge and Martyn Blair, Chair of the UFU Poultry Committee attending the Avian Influenza roadshow last year.

Members urged to attend Avian Influenza roadshows

Following the success of the Avian Influenza (AI) roadshows in 2015 and 2016, the Poultry Health and Welfare Group (PHWG) is running another series of roadshows this autumn which will have a particular focus on biosecurity after the series of AI outbreaks in 2016/17.

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Cliona Hagan

Winter plans in place for West Antrim group

Time is flying and the days are getting shorter - it’s time for a good night out.

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UFU Policy Manager, James McCluggage and Dairy Chairman William Irvine launching the joint UFU-IFJ Dairy event.

Planning for a future in dairying

The Ulster Farmers’ Union and the Irish Farmers’ Journal have organised a one-day conference next month which will consider the challenges that lie ahead for NI dairying farmers and key issues to ensuring future profitability.

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UFU Membership Development Officer, David Oliver signing up students this week at CAFRE Greenmount.

UFU Student Membership

The Ulster Farmers’ Union membership team have been in CAFRE Greenmount this week offering free membership to students aged 16 - 25 who are studying an agri-related subject in either further or higher education.

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