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EU move to suspend imports from 20 Brazilian meat plants supported

Copa and Cogeca has fully backed the EU’s decision to ban meat imports from 20 Brazilian meat plants and has called for results from the European Parliament’s latest mission to Brazil to be urgently examined too.

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92% of Northern Ireland haven’t encountered female electrician, plumber or builder

92% of Northern Ireland haven’t encountered female electrician, plumber or builder

New research has found that careers in construction trades are not being considered by women despite a strong public desire to see more females in the sector.

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DAERA urges farmers to submit online Single Applications as soon as possible

DAERA urges farmers to submit online Single Applications as soon as possible

Less than a third of the total expected Single Applications have been received so far by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development (DAERA).

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NFU pledges support for Great British Beef Week campaign

As Great British Beef Week kicks off, NFU president Minette Batters has pledged her support and highlighted the importance of Britain’s beef sector.
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Four schools announced as ABP Angus Youth Challenge finalists 2018

The finalists of a province wide agri-food skills competition for young people have been announced.

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Search on for young writers

Search on for young writers

A competition by Irish Country Sports and Country Life magazine and the Great Game Fairs of Ireland is now open for young people under the age of 15, who simply love country sports and the countryside.

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AgriSearch Chairman John Henning and Vice Chairman Seamus McCaffrey.

AgriSearch appoints John as new chairman

The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council (AgriSearch) has appointed John Henning from Moira as its new chairman.

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Farmers struggling with feed supplies

Farmers struggling with feed supplies

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says despite improvements in the weather forecast this week, farmers across Northern Ireland are continuing to struggle with shortages of fodder and the damage persistent rainfall has caused to the land.

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Spring in the Silent Valley

Farmers ‘have nothing to fear’ from planned UNESCO Global Geopark

Farmers and landowners in the South East have been assured there is nothing to fear from plans for a proposed UNESCO Global Geopark in the district of Mourne, Ring of Gullion and Strangford and Lecale,

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Professor Chris Elliott

Belfast summit aims to tackle the escalating problem of food integrity

Food-security experts from all over the world will converge on Belfast from 28-31 May 2018 for a major Summit on how to feed a growing global population - amid massive challenges such as climate change, Brexit, labyrinthine food-supply chains and food fraud on a global scale.

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Most Wanted list: sexual crimes

These are the people most wanted by police forces in the UK in relation to alleged sexual offences.

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Warning after Lisburn slurry spill

Warning after Lisburn slurry spill

Motorists are being warned about a slurry spill at Moss Road in Lisburn this morning (Monday).

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The AFBI Hillsborough scientists who are coordinating preparations for the open day at the Hillsborough research farm are (L-R) Drs Conrad Ferris, Debbie McConnell, Stephanie Bijus, Steven Morrison and David Patterson, with Prof Trevor Gilliland (behind).

AFBI announce plans for major dairy open day

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will be holding a major Dairy Open Day at Hillsborough, on June 6th this year.

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Excess protein at grazing

Excess protein at grazing

Grazed grass is generally high in protein, ranging from 15-25 %. In well-managed pastures, particularly in springtime, protein can be 25% or even higher. Grass protein is also highly rumen degradable, meaning that the majority of it is broken down by rumen microbes to ammonia. Energy is needed to convert the ammonia into useful protein but since the energy available from grazed grass is generally limiting, this leads to an excess of ammonia

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DAERA's Desmond Roulstone assists farmers with their online Single Application during a workshop at Enniskillen Agriculture Campus.

New workshop dates announced

Workshops to help farmers complete their online Single Application will continue up to the closing date of the Single Application window, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has announced.

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Barclay Bell's farm, Rathfriland.

Call for panel members to support work of Macmillan

Macmillan Cancer Support is in the process of forming their very first Cancer Experience Panel in Northern Ireland to ensure that the voices and experiences of local people affected by cancer are at the heart of what they do.

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NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club members can compete at the forthcoming stockjudging and linear competitions to qualify for a place on the NI team at the Weekend Rally and National Competitions Day in England.

Dates are set for HYB stockjudging

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has outlined the dates for its forthcoming stockjudging and linear competitions.

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Coffee – the trendy ingredient of drinks, desserts and savoury dishes

Coffee – the trendy ingredient of drinks, desserts and savoury dishes

This is UK Coffee Week where this ancient hot beverage is celebrated and vital funds are raised for the charity Water Aid. When I was growing up coffee was instant, almost always Mellow Birds, and didn’t have a great image. Nowadays coffee couldn’t be more trendy and every other shop in towns across the province seems to be a café. Baristas slave over gleaming machines to make frothy drinks with fancy designs on top. I’m a diehard caffeine consumer – every day starts with a double espresso, or two so all the flaffing around leaves me cold. I would much prefer it if the emphasis was on buying good quality beans which have then been transformed into a drink produced by a well maintained machine.

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Feeding grass silage treated with Powerstart inoculant reduced calving to conception intervals by 10 days per cow.

Improving calving to conception interval from 135 to 125 days

More production from grass and improved fertility are constant topics in dairy farming. A recent study has shown that some of these improvements can be achieved through small refinements in the silage making process.

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‘Commission needs to act on dairy support’

‘Commission needs to act on dairy support’

MEP Diane Dodds has called on the European Commission to take urgent action to ensure that EU stocks of Skim Milk Powder do not further undermine global dairy prices.

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