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Vegetable producers getting ready for Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is on and Northern Ireland’s vegetable and potato growers are busy harvesting the top quality sprout, cabbage, root veg and potato crops for our festive dinners.

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Victor Chestnutt, UFU, Jim Freeburn, CAFRE, Liam McCarthy, ABP, Jason Barley, AFBI, Bobby Lennox, Scottish sheep producer, Gareth Davies, Gareths Grassland Advisory Service, Eileen McCloskey, CAFRE, Brian Nicholson, Irish sheep producer, No�r�n McHugh, Teagasc and Richard Brown, GIRA Food Consultancy

Efficient lamb production conference

The Efficient Lamb Production Conference was held on 29th November at CAFRE, Greenmount campus.

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Live exports in focus

Live exports in focus

The live export of livestock from the UK has come into focus again recently following proposals by Theresa Villiers MP to introduce a ‘Live Animal Exports’ Private Members’ Bill to the House of Commons for its first reading in October past.

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Stacey takes up lead role in South Londonderry group

Stacey takes up lead role in South Londonderry group

South Londonderry Group has just recently welcomed a new Senior Group Manager, Stacey Cherry. Stacey comes with eight years of experience gained in the North West Derry Group as a Group Manager.

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UFU at the Winter Fair

UFU at the Winter Fair

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is looking forward to meeting members at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair on Thursday, Decmeber 14, at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn.

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Prepare for winter and prevent burst pipes, says UFU

Prepare for winter and prevent burst pipes, says UFU

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is reminding all farmers this winter to take steps to protect their property and possessions from the damage a burst pipe can create.

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Oats: Left to right: Victor Chestnutt (UFU Deputy President), Wendy Fearon (Sponsor Clarendon Agri-care), John and Campbell Kee (3rd Place), Jim Crothers (1st place), Stephen Clyde (2nd place), Darren Adkins (Sponsor Bayer Crop Science)

UFU recognises the top cereal growers of 2017

The Ulster Farmers’ Unions along with the sponsors of the UFU Cereals Competition held their annual awards ceremony in the Rosspark Hotel, Kells last week which paid recognition to the first class growers situated here in Northern Ireland.

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Joy Rollston,group vice-chairperson and host of the charity 'can't cook,won't cook ' event.

Plans are well underway for fundraising event

Plans are already underway for the Armagh NW groups special fundraising event, ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ in aid of the NI Air Ambulance as part of the Ulster Farmers’ Union Centenary project to raise a combined £100,000 for the chosen charity through various activities during 2018.

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UFU support for NI AHDB Monitor Farm

UFU support for NI AHDB Monitor Farm

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board are currently in the recruitment process for six new arable farms to join their Monitor Farm Programme.

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Small scale generation SCADA update

Small scale generation SCADA update

In May 2017, the Ulster Farmers’ Union issued a Commodity Watch alerting small scale renewable energy generators that NIE Networks were intending to roll out a SCADA enforcement process as required under the Distribution Code (D-code).

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Ulster Farmers' Union - North Antrim countryside. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

UFU encourages farmers to attend Farm Family Key Skills Business Training

The UFU is encouraging farmers to attend free sessions on business skills between now and March 2018 at a number of local venues across Northern Ireland.

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Richard Halleron addresses Mid Antrim members

Full menu of events for the members in Mid Antrim

The Mid Antrim winter programme started on October 11 with a very enjoyable evening at Wilsons of Rathkenny.

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UFU representatives attend talks on Brexit in London

UFU representatives attend talks on Brexit in London

The Ulster Famers’ Union leadership team, policy committee chairs and staff were in London this week meeting with government officials, politicians and representatives from the NFU to feed in the views of Northern Ireland’s farmers on the future of agriculture policy and support in the UK post-Brexit.

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The 2018 UFU charity calendar is now available for purchase at Fane Valley Stores across Northern Ireland. All proceeds go to Air Ambulance NI. Pictured: Fane Valley Stores General Manager, Dessie Ferguson and UFU president Barclay Bell.

Back the air ambulance – buy UFU calendar at a Fane Valley store

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed Fane Valley support for its big push to raise £100,000 for the air ambulance service.

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Can local dairy farmers take charge of their own destiny?

Can local dairy farmers take charge of their own destiny?

Milk pricing is the most important signalling mechanism available to dairy farmers, yet the price paid for milk does not reflect the amount and value of products that can be made from it.

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Chairman Pat McKay pictured with speakers Moira King and Derek Robinson

It’s all systems go for Armagh Down members

Armagh Down members have had a busy start to their winter programme which started in September when they set off on a day trip to Moore Concrete in Ballymena for a tour of the production facilities and an overview of the history of the company.

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Take extra care if spreading during the closed period

Take extra care if spreading during the closed period

As every farmer knows, the closed period is now in place in Northern Ireland for all organic manures and will not open again until 1st February 2018.

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The role of farmers against antimicrobial resistance

The role of farmers against antimicrobial resistance

In recent years, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been a subject becoming increasingly important within human and animal health.

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January: Wilma Annett - Chicken Run, UFU Donard Group

UFU centenary charity calendar

The UFU recently launched its centenary charity calendar and we have been overwhelmed by the positive response.

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YFCU president James Speers with John McCallister and UFU president Barclay Bell

North Down to discuss the Land Mobility Programme

The North Down 2017/18 Winter Programme is underway. Our October meeting had Robert Huey, the Chief Veterinary officer, attend to discuss the ongoing problem of TB on Northern Ireland farms. A very topical subject on the night with many in the room experiencing difficulties on their farms.

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