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Greenhouse gas emissions reduced on dairy farms

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed a statistical report published by DAERA relating to greenhouse gas emissions on Northern Ireland dairy farms. The report covers the period between 1990 to 2014, and highlights the substantial progress made on dairy farms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Key information on Avian Influenza

Key information on Avian Influenza

Ulster Farmers’ Union poultry Chairman, Tom Forgrave, is urging poultry keepers to ensure they are prepared to deal with the threat of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza.

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Speakers at January Meeting  Raymond Pogue, Pogue Soil Solutions, Terence Fox, Group Chairman and Padraig Shevlin, Glenside.

Nitrates on the agenda

South Tyrone Ulster Farmers’ Union Group have been busy over the past months.

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Lagan Group reflects on successful 2016

Lagan Group reflects on successful 2016

2016 was another successful year for the Lagan Group, with a range of meetings focusing on important issues facing members and two trips; one of which saw the group travel to Scotland.

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Avian Influenza cases confirmed in UK and ROI

Avian Influenza cases confirmed in UK and ROI

The Ulster Farmers’ Union wishes to remind members of the 30 day Avian Influenza Prevention Zone and suspension of poultry gatherings in Northern Ireland, in light of the heightened risk of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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Last chance to register for arable conference

Last chance to register for arable conference

The ‘Adapting to Change’ Arable Conference will take place on Tuesday 10 January 2017 at Greenmount Campus CAFRE.

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A section of the large crowd attending the Co Down President's Area Meeting at Ballynahinch. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

President winter road shows start next week

Ulster Farmers’ Union President, Barclay Bell has revealed that members can look forward to a new format as the UFU replace the traditional president’s area meetings with a new road show type discussion and debate format, under the title ‘the future of farming’.

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Book online now for arable growers conference

Book online now for arable growers conference

Plans are progressing well for the 2017 ‘Adapting to Change’ conference for arable growers.

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The Ulster Farmers' Union talks to students at Greenmount Agricultural College about the benefits of UFU membership. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

UFU student membership

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is 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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East Tyrone Members enjoying their Visit to Eric Reids farm Richhill.

Busy year for East Tyrone

Once again it has proven an extremely busy year for the East Tyrone Group of The Ulster Farmers’ Union.

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2017 ‘Adapting to Change’ Conference for arable growers

2017 ‘Adapting to Change’ Conference for arable growers

The ‘Adapting to Change’ Arable Conference will take place on Tuesday 10 January 2017 at Greenmount Campus CAFRE.

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Geoffrey Read of Thompsons inspecting a pit of first cut silage in the area.

Dunbia visit tops the agenda

As the winter programme of events for the South Derry/Londonderry Group got underway, the members kicked things off in November with a trip to the Dunbia plant in Dungannon getting a guided tour of the local beef processors’ production and packaging facility.

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Dairy update

Dairy update

Prices continued to be the focus of many conversations, as well as the prospects for the year ahead and animal health issues, in particular BVD and Bovine TB at the 2016 RUAS Winter Fair.

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Commission focusses on agriculture

Commission focusses on agriculture

Three commissioners addressed a high profile conference on the future of the European agriculture industry.

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Small rural schools need to be protected, says UFU

Small rural schools need to be protected, says UFU

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has written to the Education Minister Peter Weir to express concern regarding the potential detrimental implications the Providing Pathways Draft Strategic Area Plan for School Provision 2017-2020 may have on rural schools.

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Rodney Wilson; North West Armagh Group Manager, Alexander Nicholl; NW Armagh Group Chairman, Arthur Maginnis; NW Armagh Group Manager and Victor Chestnutt; UFU Deputy President.

Health and welfare day for Armagh groups

The NW Armagh and the NE Armagh UFU groups held a very successful Farm Families Health and Welfare day on John McCullagh’s farm last week.

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BVD latest: (PI) animals monitored

BVD latest: (PI) animals monitored

Following the initial phase of the compulsory BVD eradication programme, DAERA is now actively monitoring compliance with the programme.

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Ivor Ferguson

Fair play in the supply chain is still an issue

Ulster Farmers’ Union Deputy President Ivor Ferguson has said that fairness in the supply chain is still a major issue for primary producers and it is having a serious impact on the viability of businesses in domestic and European markets.

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Magherafelt Advice Service provided free advice on a range of issues including benefits

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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