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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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Paddy Keaney presents the P&O prize voucher to the Little family.

Littles collect prize in group competition

The winners of the Fermanagh UFU group competition for those who pay their subscription by the end of March 2017 or pay by direct debit was won by David and Christine Little, Bellanaleck.

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Lots to look forward to for Donard Group over winter months

Lots to look forward to for Donard Group over winter months

It has been a busy summer for the Donard group as we prepare for an exciting winter programme 2017-2018.

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Eggs on the farm of Martyn Blair

UFU supports Avian Influenza Roadshows

The Poultry Health and Welfare Group has organised a third series of Avian Influenza roadshows for British poultry producers.

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William Irvine

Profile of UFU dairy committee

This week the UFU has decided to profile the UFU’s dairy committee chairman and vice chairman 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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Thomas Douglas

UFU Environment Policy Committee update

The UFU Environmental Policy Committee has been actively engaged on a number of fronts representing the views of Northern Ireland farmers on environmental issues.

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Planning for a future in dairying

Planning for a future in dairying

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

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Carcase evaluation – fit for the future?

Carcase evaluation – fit for the future?

The AHDB in England recently initiated an industry call for views on how the future should look for beef carcase evaluation in the UK post Brexit. This call for views is designed to seek comments in anticipation of a full consultation later in the year.

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Wilma Annett, UFU Donard Group, pictured at home was the overall winner

Winners of photography competition announced

The Ulster Farmers’ Union earlier this year launched a photographic competition open to all its members to celebrate the UFU centenary in 2018.

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Belinda Hawthorne (Mid Down Group) and Kerry Anderson (Head of Funding with NI Air Ambulance) picking up the collection buckets for Castlewellan show.

Mid Down group looks to autumn programme

The Mid Down Group office had representatives at Castlewellan show this year with a few special visitors.

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Pictured in the winning field of spring barley is Andrew Simpson, Alan Miller UFU Lagan Group Manager, Harry Simpson and Philip Simpson

Lisburn grower wins 2017 Spring Barley Competition

The Ulster Farmers’ Union along with the sponsors Syngenta, sponsors of the UFU Spring Barley Cereal Competition, have again paid recognition to the first class growers here in Northern Ireland.

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Group managers Ruth McKelvey and Stewart Grey congratulating Lorna Hewitt on 25 years service.

Mid-Tyrone look forward to winter programme

The committee have met and are currently organising the winter programme which they hope will be relevant and interesting to all the members.

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Crosby Cleland with Victor Chestnutt and Sam Chesney

Beef and Lamb Committee

As part of its role, the UFU wish 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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