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Tractor driving training for young people

People often believe that farm children understand farm risks, but most children who are injured or die in agricultural incidents are family members, and the main cause of this is agricultural vehicle work.

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Holstein cow Glasson Supersonic G Gail bred by Simon Haffey, Portadown, qualified at Armagh Show for the Thompsons/NISA Dairy Cow Championship. Included are judge David Boyd, Glaslough; Fiona Patterson, chairman, NISA; and Andrew Douglas, Thompsons. Picture: Julie Hazelton/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Judge is impressed at Armagh

The third qualifying round for the 2018 Thompsons/Northern Ireland Shows Association Dairy Cow Championship was held at Armagh Show last Saturday.

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The pipes and drums of the Irish Guards provided a very fitting finale to the evening's festivities at Belle Isle Estate in Co Fermanagh

A glorious Twelfth at Belle Isle

On Saturday, May 12th 2018, the sun shone brightly down over the beautiful Belle Isle Estate in Co Fermanagh.

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MI Northern Ireland Market Report

MI Northern Ireland Market Report

13 June 2018

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Map showing the geographic distribution of farms sampled in the Open Scheme

AFBI delivers UK’s most comprehensive scheme

The end of March saw the successful completion of the European Exceptional Adjustment Aid (EAA) funded Soil Sampling and Analysis Scheme which was delivered by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute to farm businesses across Northern Ireland.

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Left to right: Kevin Dundas, DAERA Service Delivery Manager, Colin Lewis, Deputy Sec, Ivor Ferguson, UFU, John McDermott, DAERA, IRM Project Manager, David Brown, UFU, Daryl McLaughlin, UFU, and Gerry McAloon, DAERA Customer Services Manager

Benefits of registering calves by phone

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has urged farmers to consider registering their calf births by telephone.

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Paul Elwood of HVS Animal Health

All classes of livestock require a mineral and vitamin boost now

HVS Animal Health is reminding flock owners that both ewes and lambs traditionally require a mineral and vitamin boost in late June and early July.

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Richard Walker, Genus ABS accompanies Global Technical Services Director, Dr Hernando Lopez to the Farm of Alistair Thompson, to discuss plans for the upcoming Genus ABS open day.

Genus plan information day for dairy farmers

A special information day for dairy farmers will feature special progeny groups, cow comfort, reduced antibiotics, fertility issues and breeding goals.

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UFU concerned by small increase in OPA in sheep

UFU concerned by small increase in OPA in sheep

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says it’s concerned by reports of a small increase in the number of sheep diagnosed with Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma (OPA) also known as ‘Wheelbarrow disease’.

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Dry cow nutrient requirements are different from lactating cows, it is equally important to consider making silage more suited for the dry cow's needs

Making silage for dry cows

Producing good quality silage with a high nutritional value is always key to support the lactating cow’s milk yields.

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Limavady man Steven McGonigal is Ireland’s only professional warrener

Game for a new job? First catch your rabbit

The job description has existed for centuries and the work has changed relatively little in that time, but today Limavady man Steven McGonigal is Ireland’s only professional warrener.

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LMC CEO Ian Stevenson.

NI industry at the heart of debate

Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) chairman Gerard McGivern and the organisation’s chief executive, Ian Stevenson, have recently returned from the 2018 World Meat Congress (WMC) in Dallas Texas.

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Holy Cross Church in Lisnaskea. Image from Google StreetView

Tragic farmer lived a full life, mourners are told

A father-of-four from Co Fermanagh who lost his life in an incident involving farm machinery on Monday was described as “much more than a farmer” at his funeral on Friday.

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will host its second Hillsborough Farmers' Market of the summer on Saturday 30th June with the very best local, seasonal and artisan food on offer to taste and purchase. In addition, expect to find a small offering of locally produced herbaceous perennial plants, natural skincare, art and craft. Pictured at May's Farmer's Market are local artisan producers (l-r) Louise Dornan, Crumbs Vegan Bakery, Councillor Andrew Ewing and Valerie Brown, Plumpy Balms.

The best on offer at Hillsborough Farmers Market

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will host its second Hillsborough Farmers’ Market of the summer on Saturday 30th June with the very best local, seasonal and artisan food.

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The cow is rescued from the reservoir

Cow is rescued from reservoir

NI Water are used to working around reservoirs and reminding walkers and joggers of their dangers.

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Avian Influenza confirmed in a wild bird in Co Armagh

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has confirmed that a wild greylag goose, found in Lurgan Park, Co Armagh, has tested positive for H5N6 Avian Influenza.

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Robert Huey

Bluetongue warning from chief vet

Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Robert J Huey, pictured, is urging herd and flock keepers to avoid sourcing animals from Continental Europe, especially France, where the area has been affected by Bluetongue.

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Working in partnership to protect the environment: Alo Duffy, Chairman of Lakeland Dairies and David Small of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency celebrate the signing of a Prosperity Agreement between the two organisations. The Agreement aims to improve the environmental and business outcomes through better links and collaboration.'Picture: Michael Cooper

NIEA signs innovative environmental agreement with Lakeland Dairies

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced the signing of a Prosperity Agreement between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Lakeland Dairies (NI) aimed at improving environmental and business outcomes for both organisations.

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Multi-million pound boost for crop resilience

Multi-million pound boost for crop resilience

UK universities and research centres which improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops will benefit from a funding package worth around £5.3 million over five years, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced.

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The sunrise over Lough Foyle from Quigley's Point, Inishowen, County Donegal. Oyster farming in the lough is unregulated and could be worth �20m, MPs have heard.

Call for regulation of £20m oyster farms

A political dispute over the ownership of a cross-border waterway has triggered the rapid spread of unauthorised oyster farms and needs to become a priority for government, MPs have heard.

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