Farmer information evenings and training in The Glens 2016

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The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, through Heart of The Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is about to embark on a brand new series of farmer education events.

Key to the success of these programmes has been the close partnership with the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).

“Following on from the great success with our farmer information and training programmes over the past two years, we have extended the programme with four more talks in the area as well as numerous training workshops and courses. With the support of our colleagues in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Team we are adding six evenings within the Binevenagh area.”

Réamaí Mathers The Glens Landscape Partnership

Réamaí Mathers, who manages The Heart of The Glens Landscape Partnership, said: “Following on from the great success with our farmer information and training programmes over the past two years, we have extended the programme with four more talks in the area as well as numerous training workshops and courses. With the support of our colleagues in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Team we are adding six evenings within the Binevenagh area.

“The events are designed to be both informative and practical. Topics will cover important issues such as soil nutrient management and farm animal health, as well as a specific talk on the value of premium shorthorn beef production. Training will also be offered in dry stone walling, hedge laying and invasive species control.”

The winter series of farmer information evenings and training will begin on Monday 11th January with a talk on Beef Shorthorn cattle by Adrian Morrow, farm manager of Glenarm Estate, in Ballycastle Golf Club at 7.30pm.

Upcoming events include farm animal health on Thursday 28th January in The Old School House in Cushendall at 7.30pm. DARD vet Gemma Daly will be on hand to discuss the benefits of herd health schemes and outline the diseases they aim to control as well as discussing seasonal health issues relating to calving and lambing.

Graeme Campbell from CAFRE will deliver a two part talk on Nitrates Action Plan on Wednesday 3rd February which will deal with farm waste, and following on from this there will be an evening on farm nutrient management planning on Wednesday 17th February. Both talks will be held in Hunters Bar at 7.30pm, Ballyvoy, just outside Ballycastle.

The Heart of The Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme will be offering training on farm orchard management on Friday 26th February at 1.30pm and training in dry stone walling, hedge laying and invasive species.

The first dry stone Wwlling course was rescheduled due to inclement weather and will now take place on Friday 1st April at Glenwherry Hill Farm. The LPS also hope to run a course at a site within The Glens if there is enough interest so please contact us ASAP to register your interest.

Once again The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust will be providing local farmers with the facility to borrow a soil auger to collect soil samples on their land and we will bring these to DARD for analysis. The only cost is for the soil analysis itself at is £7 and VAT per sample bag.

All these talks and training courses are free and include a light supper so registration is essential.

If you would like more information about talks in The Glens of Antrim contact Laura on laura@lps.ccght.org or if you want to find out more about talks in the Binevenagh area contact Tierna@ccght.org. Alternatively call us on 02820752100.