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Unlock your herd's potential is a conference for dairy farmers organised by CAFRE, Dairy UK and the UFU. (Conference launch, left to right, Victor Chestnutt UFU, Don Morrow CAFRE, and Dr Mike Johnston Dairy UK)

Unlock your herd’s potential - Dairy conference

The Ulster Farmers’ Union in collaboration with CAFRE and Dairy UK, have organised a dairy focused conference for farmers, ‘Unlock your herd’s potential’, which will be taking place on Tuesday 19th November at Greenmount Campus and Wednesday 20th November at Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.

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European Commission update

European Commission update

The Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, asking him to nominate a candidate for the UK’s commissioner, urging him to propose a female candidate by an informal deadline of 11th November.

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Oats: Left to right, is Back row Joyce McConnell (UFU Ballyclare Group), Canice O’Hara (Origin NI), David Matthews (UFU seeds and cereals chair), Mervyn Owens (Origin NI). Front row Kyle McCrea (2nd place), David Brown (UFU deputy president) and Paul Russell (1st place)

Top cereal growers of 2019

The Ulster Farmers’ Unions along with the sponsors of the UFU cereals competition, held their annual awards ceremony in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick this week.

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County Fermanagh countryside. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Need for accurate and timely milk production data

Delivering the George Scott Robertson Memorial lecture at Queen’s University Belfast last week, Lord Mark Price, ex CEO of Waitrose, presented three scenarios regarding how Brexit may pan out. The preferred outcome being the possibility that the UK strikes a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU, leading to frictionless trade, writes UFU senior policy officer, Chris Osborne.

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Pictured (l-r): David Brown, UFU deputy president, Adrian Magowan UFU vegetable chairman and Roy Lyttle UFU vegetable vice chairman.

Vegetable meeting

On Wednesday 23rd October the Ulster Farmers’ Union vegetable committee held their third open vegetable meeting after a successful gathering earlier in the month, which recognised and celebrated those ambassadors who have shaped our horticulture industry as we know it today. This follow up meeting provided the opportunity for all in the vegetable supply chain to get together and discuss how best the vegetable sector could come together and drive the industry forward.   

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First Aid Awareness Course

First Aid Awareness Course

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is encouraging farmers and their family members to attend a Farm Family first aid awareness training course. The course is specifically tailored for the farming sector, providing information on how to deal with a medical emergency on the farm. The course is FREE and those in attendance will receive a complimentary first aid kit. The course is available to those linked to a farm business including farmers, members of the farm family, employees and YFCU groups.

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