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Plenty to look forward too for NW Derry members

The NW Derry UFU group members have had a very busy winter programme so far.

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Silage competion winners: Robert McCrea, Fivemiletown (Beef and Sheep winner) Steven Johnston (Fermanagh UFU County Chairman), Johnny Wilson, Churchill (Dairy winner).

SW Fermanagh group starts new year with roadshow

SW Fermanagh Group started 2018 with the UFU Winter Roadshow on Monday, January 8, in the Killyhevlin hotel.

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UFU members in South Antrim met with DAERA's Chief Veterinary Officer Robert Huey and local DVO Ann Healy for a breakfast meeting.

Packed agenda for South Antrim Group members

It has been a busy winter for UFU members in South Antrim, with a packed programme of events.

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Nitrates Action Programme Reminder

Nitrates Action Programme Reminder

The UFU would like to remind farmers that under the Nitrates Action Programme (2015-2018) which is part of cross compliance, a record of all organic manure exports off (including slurry, farmyard manure and poultry litter/manure) the farm must have been recorded and submitted to NIEA by 31 January for the previous calendar year.

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Line up of tractors at Johnston Gilpin

Lagan members enjoy visit to Johnston Gilpin

The Lagan Group commenced their 2017/18 Winter Programme with a visit to Johnston Gilpin & Co, Lisburn.

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FBIS – Capital Scheme Tier 1 tranche 2

FBIS – Capital Scheme Tier 1 tranche 2

The Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Capital Tier 1 Tranche 2 will open for applications on 4 January 2018 for four weeks closing on 2 February 2018.

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‘Making the most of what you’ve got’ conference for arable growers

‘Making the most of what you’ve got’ conference for arable growers

The ‘Making the most of what you’ve got’ Arable Conference will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Greenmount Campus CAFRE.

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The winning team at East Tyrone Table Quiz, including, front from left, Maurice Clements, winning team leader, Billy Armstrong, Group Chairman, and Wesley Hutton, quiz master

East Tyrone group enjoys visit to Co Meath farm

East Tyrone members commenced their winter programme by joining South Tyrone Group for a study tour of Dowth Hall Estate and the 400 cow dairy farm of Mr Michael McDonald in Co. Meath.

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Committees begin to discuss DAERA TB consultation

Committees begin to discuss DAERA TB consultation

As most farmers are aware, DAERA has recently released a new consultation on TB eradication in Northern Ireland.

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Vegetable producers getting ready for Christmas

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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