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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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New Knowledge 
Advisory Service

New Knowledge Advisory Service

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched its new single advisory service aimed at supporting Northern Ireland’s farm and food businesses.

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Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend held a training day at CAFRE Greenmount for their 2018 participating farms. Pictured with new and former hosts is Barclay Bell, BOIOFW Chairman, and Richard Primrose, Bank of Ireland Agriculture Manager NI along with visiting speakers and members of the BOIOFW steering group.

Open Farm Weekend announces farms for summer opening

Seventeen farms have signed up to participate in Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend 2018 and have undergone training to help them be prepared to welcome the public this summer.

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Ensure your farm business is a separate one

Ensure your farm business is a separate one

With the application window for the 2018 Single Application currently open, current farm businesses, and farmers wishing to set up a new farm business, should be aware of their obligations in relation to business separateness.

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MI Northern Ireland Market Report

MI Northern Ireland Market Report

17 April 2018

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Speakers at the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association Annual Dinner. From left: Alan Bristow, NIGTA; Michael McAree, President, NIGTA; Willie Allen, Guest Speaker and Robin Irvine, CEO, NIGTA. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Output levels hit the heights in 2017

New Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association (NIGTA) president, Michael McAree, has confirmed that 2017 was another year of strong growth for the animal feed processing sector.

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Ritchie in unity call

Ritchie in unity call

Former SDLP leader and Minister for Social Development, Margaret Ritchie, has urged agriculture leaders to come together on a unified position on the future of agriculture post-Brexit.

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Robert McCullough (Head of Agri) and Maureen Currie (Agri Manager), pictured at the Danske Bank stand on Thursday along with James Walker (left).

‘Best farmers deal with what’s thrown at them’

We have now entered the final year before the official transition period for Brexit begins and plenty of questions still remain for Northern Ireland’s farmers.

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Many areas have suffered signficant flood damage

Walk your land before completing form

DAERA is urging all farmers who have not yet taken any action on this year’s Single Application, particularly those who have to submit additional information, to act now.

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YFCU President James Speers

Young farmers will help deliver a bright future for agriculture

Young farmers are poised to harness the tremendous advancements in technology which will help deliver a sustainable future for local agriculture, according to Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) president James Speers.

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Phil Hogan

Farmers miss out on gains of Irish farm commissioner

As Brexit gets closer the farming industry here has less contact with the EU farm commissioner, Phil Hogan. The UK’s involvement in all matters in Brussels is winding down. This is increasingly denying farmers here the chance they would have had in the past to gain from having an Irish farm commissioner.

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