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Reminder on Farm Business Improvement scheme

The deadline of 16th December 2016 for Tier 1 of the Farm Business Investment Scheme applications is fast approaching and the UFU are urging members interested in applying to the scheme to take action now to prepare for this.

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Prep your pipes for winter

Prep your pipes for winter

As we head into winter, UFU deputy president Ivor Ferguson is encouraging farmers to think about protecting the pipes on their farms.

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Mr & Mrs John  Dolan, Mr Albert McClelland (SE Fermanagh Group Manager) and Mr & Mrs Samuel Little

Annual dinner dance a success

The Fermanagh UFU annual dinner dance took place on Friday evening in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.

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Union discusses BVD eradication with AHWNI

Union discusses BVD eradication with AHWNI

With the Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland’s (AHWNI’s) BVD eradication programme now completing its ninth month of the compulsory tag and test regime, the UFU recently met with the AHWNI implementation group to discuss the progress of the scheme.

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Winter Wheat: L to R is Allan Chambers (UFU Seed and Cereals Chair) Paul Russell (2nd Place) David McKeeman (1st Place) Ian and Philip Loughrin (3rd Place) Canice OHara (Sponsor Origin NI) and Gerry Kelly (Sponsor BASF)

Top cereal growers of 2016

The Ulster Farmers’ Union along with the sponsors of the UFU Cereals Competition hosted their annual awards ceremony in the Rosspark Hotel, Kells this week which paid recognition to the first class growers here in Northern Ireland.

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Crime warning as nights gets darker

Crime warning as nights gets darker

As the nights draw in for the winter, Ulster Farmers’ Union, deputy president, Ivor Ferguson, is urging farmers to review security arrangements to protect themselves against theft.

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Solutions for price volatility

Solutions for price volatility

Last week MEPs in the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee approved a report suggesting solutions to help farmers deal with price volatility.

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Darren McCormick, Diane Dodds MEP and Pat McKay

Busy times at Armagh Down

The Armagh Down group has had a busy start to the winter programme of events.

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UFU urges vigilance after avian influenza reports in Europe

UFU urges vigilance after avian influenza reports in Europe

As a result of the increase in wild birds infected with Avian Influenza across Europe, Ulster Farmers’ Union Poultry Chairman, Tom Forgrave, is urging poultry farmers to remain vigilant as DEFRA increase the risk of incursion of Avian Influenza from low to medium.

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Entries for Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition

UFU Deputy President, Victor Chestnutt, is encouraging local sprayer operators to step up and enter the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year Competition.

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North Down starts winter programme

North Down starts winter programme

The North Down 2016/17 Winter Programme is underway.

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Clarifying the rules for young tractor drivers

Clarifying the rules for young tractor drivers

Young people are a vital help to family farms in Northern Ireland. Many farm duties involve tractors so it is import to understand the requirements for young tractor drivers and make sure they are legal.

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Launching the Progressive Beef Conference, which takes place at Greenmount on November 17, 2016.

Top line-up for Progressive Beef Production Conference 2016

The Progressive Beef Production conference has been jointly organised by the UFU, CAFRE, AFBI and the LMC and takes place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at CAFRE, Greenmount College.

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Avril Macauley (Senior Group Manager) John McCullagh (Group Chairman) & Lawson Burnett (Group Manager)
Discussing plans for the forthcoming Farm Health and Welfare Day

News round-up from NE Armagh

The North East Armagh Group would like to congratulate Jacqui Laverty on the recent birth of Dylan. Both Jacqui and Dylan are keeping well and we look forward to Jacqui returning to work in January.

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Members of the UFU beef and lamb committee on their visit to Dunbia

Union officials attend Dunbia supply chain

The UFU beef and lamb committee visited Dunbia this week to participate in a supply chain tour and hold general discussions with the processing company about the future of the industry. 

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Farm Commissioner Hogan proposes pesticide ban on EFA

Farm Commissioner Hogan proposes pesticide ban on EFA

Speaking at the monthly meeting of European agriculture ministers in Luxembourg, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan confirmed his intention to bring forward a total ban on pesticides on Ecological Focus Area (EFA) land.

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Pigs

Importance of pig herd health is emphasized

This week, PigRegen published the results of its summer pig herd health survey.

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Existing milk supply reductions will support milk price recovery

Existing milk supply reductions will support milk price recovery

The UFU have always been of the opinion that there would be structural corrections in milk supplies as a consequence of low/or no profitability in the milk which farmers have been producing for a prolonged period of time and our analysis has shown that substantial reductions are already in the system and that this will contribute to supporting the recovery in milk prices.

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Fermanagh members enjoy Germany trip

Fermanagh members enjoy Germany trip

Co Fermanagh UFU members have just returned from their 2016 study tour to Germany, where they visited several farms and the John Deere factory in Mannheim.

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UFU's Ivor Ferguson

Focus on the humble potato

The Northern Ireland Stakeholder Potato Promotion Group will be attending the Northern Ireland Potato Festival at the Giants Causeway today (Saturday 1st October) from 10am to 5pm.

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