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Swann criticises comments on cheap food by Labour MP

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann MLA has criticised the comments from Labour MP Kate Hoey after she claimed the ability to import food at a much cheaper price as a ‘huge upside’ of the UK potentially not remaining in the customs union after Brexit.

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‘Pig farmers are doing their bit’

‘Pig farmers are doing their bit’

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says that pig farmers are taking antibiotic resistance seriously and should be recognised for the huge strides they’ve made in reducing the use of these important medicines.

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Farmers – look out for all-round visibility

Farmers – look out for all-round visibility

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is reminding farmers about the importance of good all-round visibility when operating farm machinery.

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Agri sector needs certainty: McGlone

Agri sector needs certainty: McGlone

SDLP rural affairs spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has said that in the face of Brexit, those in the agricultural sector need certainty and clarity about the future.

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DAERA should ‘help not hinder’ says Irwin

DAERA should ‘help not hinder’ says Irwin

Newry and Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has said that DEARA should be refocusing its efforts entirely on being a help to the farming industry and not a hindrance.

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Find out more about Ulster Wool

Find out more about Ulster Wool

As the shearing season approaches, Ulster Wool is hosting two meetings, encouraging wool producers to attend to find out more about the latest developments at Ulster Wool and within the wider wool industry.

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James Speers, president Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, with Des Kelly, Kavanagh Kelly Accountants; William Allister, Dunbia, John McCallister, Land Mobility Programme.

‘Farmers less likely to make a will’

Traditionally, farmers have been quite hesitant when it comes to making a will. And this has major consequences in terms of succession planning their businesses.

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150th Balmoral Show – Presbyterians give thanks!

150th Balmoral Show – Presbyterians give thanks!

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (Presbytery of Dromore) were delighted by the warm response they received and would like to thank the many people who took time to visit their stand at this year’s Balmoral Show.

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Speed up the drying process with Drumlish Farm Machinery

Speed up the drying process with Drumlish Farm Machinery

Tedding, as all farmers know, is a key link in the harvesting process because it accelerates the drying process and helps with the quality of forage.

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The future for NI farming is bright

The future for NI farming is bright

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs permanent secretary Dr Dennis McMahon gave a very upbeat perspective regarding the prospects for farming and food in Northern Ireland when he spoke at this year’s Balmoral Show.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018  ''Caption: At the Ulster Bank lunch in the show�"s main marquee are keynote speaker, Professor Grainne Allen, Head of Product Development at Marks and Spencer and a visiting professor at Ulster University�"s Business School, with Richard Donnan, right, Head of NI, Ulster Bank, and the bank�"s head of agriculture, Cormac McKervey.''Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Innovation key to NI food business success

Northern Ireland’s most successful food companies are being driven by a commitment to innovation, an audience of food sector influencers heard this week at the Balmoral Show’s flagship event.

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New strategic alliance announced

New strategic alliance announced

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Queen’s University Belfast have announced a new strategic alliance to create a globally competitive research and education partnership, developing the next generation of leaders and experts in agri-food and bioscience.

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UK pig industry halves antibiotic usage in two years

UK pig industry halves antibiotic usage in two years

Industry leaders, including the Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum (NIPBF), have welcomed latest figures which show the pig industry reduced antibiotic usage throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland by 28 per cent in 2017, bringing the total reduction in two years to more than 50 per cent.

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Hard Brexit would be a gamble for farmers

Hard Brexit would be a gamble for farmers

This week’s Balmoral Show was notable as the 150th anniversary of the show and the centenary of the Ulster Farmers’ Union.

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Students from CAFRE Greenmount accepting their award from Peter Kennedy, M&S Agriculture Manager

Outstanding producers win M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ awards

Local producers for Marks & Spencer have been rewarded for their excellence in farming at a M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ Awards presentation, which took place at the Balmoral Show.

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Location of fields being monitoring (blue pins)

Grass quality monitoring for first cut silage 2018

The poor weather during the late summer/autumn 2017 had a major impact on the ability of farmers to get silage cut and/or autumn grass grazed off, writes Stephen Gilkinson, Dairy Technologist, CAFRE.

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MI Northern Ireland Market Report

MI Northern Ireland Market Report

15 May 2018

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Derek Lutton (Event Director) and Andrew Sloan (goose calling expert)

One week to go for NI CountrySports Fair

With only one week to go, the countdown is on for the Northern Ireland CountrySports Fair (May 26th and 27th).

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The new McCormick X6.55 with 126hp Deutz engine makes its Ireland debut at the Balmoral Show

New mid-range McCormick tractor to make Irish debut

The most powerful version of a new three-model mid-range line of McCormick tractors will make its debut on the H Fulton Tractors stand at the Balmoral Show, Sprucefield, Northern Ireland, May 16th-19th.

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A young tractor driver pictured during a recent 13-15 year old tractor driving course at CAFRE.

Tractor driving courses for 13–15 year olds at CAFRE

The school holidays are just around the corner and many young members of the family will be helping out with the day to day tasks on the farm.

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