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North Antrim to mark UFU centenary at Galgorm

In the autumn of 2018 the North Antrim Group of the UFU has the privilege of hosting the County Antrim Dinner Dance. Plans are at an advanced stage to ensure an exciting evening to celebrate the UFU’s Centenary year.

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Lambs in countryside. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Live exports in focus

The live export of farmed animals has remained firmly in focus in recent weeks following the launch of a ‘call for evidence’ by the DEFRA Minister Michael Gove in relation to animal welfare during live export journeys. This call for evidence will run for the next five weeks and is likely to receive submissions from a wide number of stakeholders.

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Group members enjoying the NE Armagh afternoon tea event.

Dinner and farm visit marks start of year for NE Armagh

The North East Armagh Group has been busy with a varied programme of activities recently.

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Aberdeen Challenge Cup: Graham Hewitt and his nephew Jonathan Hewitt of Holly Farm won this cup for the third year in a row. Pictured is UFU Fruit Chairman presenting the award to Jonathan Hewitt.'The cup was presented to the Ulster Horticultural Society by the Earl of Aberdeen when he was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1907. The first winner was Felix Coyne from Tullyrone, Moy in 1907.

Apple growers in the spotlight at awards

The Northern Ireland Fruit Growers Association held their annual awards recently at the Armagh City Hotel. The awards recognise the very best in fruit growers. UFU Fruit Chairman Hamilton Loney made a special presentation to Graeme Cross, Top Fruit Development Adviser CAFRE. in appreciation of the service he has given to the Armagh apple industry. Special thanks to the judges Kieran Lavel and Malcolm Dawson for judging the competition.

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Robert Moore, AHDB

Arable and Horticulture latest

Whilst the spring weather has brought many additional challenges for arable and horticulture producers our UFU committee members continue to work effortlessly, driving forward opportunities monitoring and shaping future policy on challenges ahead.

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Robert Moore, AHDB

Union welcomes the first Monitor Farm in Co Down

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has welcomed the first AHDB Monitor farm in County Down. The UFU have lobbied for Northern Ireland to be included as a region in the UK to participate in Monitor Farms for a number of years.

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Silage competiton winners Angela Steele, Roger McCracken, Andrew McClements and Sarah McClements

Update from Ards

With the Balmoral Show fast approaching and farmers across the country are gearing towards the summer months we wait with anticipation to see if the weather will be kind.

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Women in agriculture

Women in agriculture

In 2017, the Guardian newspaper reported that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) stated that the number of women managing and operating farms in the United Kingdom (UK) has risen by nearly 10% to more than 25,000 between 2010 and 2013. This has resulted in 28% of the British Agricultural workforce now being female.

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Deputy Group Chairman John McCallister and Campbell Hume at the last Group meeting of the year.

Busy times for all in South West Down

It has been a busy winter in South West Down and all are looking forward to spring.

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Relatively stable outlook for commodity milk prices

Relatively stable outlook for commodity milk prices

Writing this at Easter weekend, many producers will be hoping that Spring has finally sprung. The new season brings optimism, and dairy farmers will be wondering what the milk price might be as we approach the annual flush in production. Without wishing to sound bullish, indications are that we should be looking at relatively stable prices as we enter Q2 (April – June).

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EU leaders endorse guidelines for future trade relationship with United Kingdom

EU leaders endorse guidelines for future trade relationship with United Kingdom

Last Friday the Ulster Farmers’ Union hosted a meeting of the leaders of the four UK farming unions in Newcastle, Co Down. Discussions at the meeting were dominated by Brexit following the agreement earlier in the week between the UK and the EU on a framework for a future relationship.

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Ulster Farmers' Union annual dinner at Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Union members celebrate centenary at annual dinner

Ulster Farmers’ Union president, Barclay Bell, says he was delighted to welcome over 350 guests, including UFU members and key representatives from the agriculture industry and politicians to the UFU’s annual dinner that was held in the Slieve Donard Hotel on Friday, 23rd March.

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Wilbert Mayne joins the AgriSearch board of trustees.

Update on business from the Environmental Committee

The UFU Environmental Policy Committee has been actively engaged on a number of fronts representing the views of Northern Ireland farmers on environmental issues.

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All-action winter programme concludes at North Tyrone

All-action winter programme concludes at North Tyrone

The North Tyrone Group of the Ulster Farmers’ Union have recently completed an action packed winter programme of events.

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Dairy: Pictured, back row, from left; Gordon Donaldson, John Thompson & Sons, David McClure, South Antrim UFU Group, Stacey Cherry, South Londonderry UFU Group, Brian Prue, North West Derry UFU Group, Martin Reel, CAFRE Judge. Front row, from left; Barclay Bell, UFU President, Alan Wallace, David Wallace, John McCollum and Noel McGrath, Ecosyl (Volac International).

UFU celebrates top silage growers of 2017

This week the Ulster Farmers’ Union recognised Northern Ireland’s top silage growers of 2017 as the UFU and sponsors Ecosyl Products Ltd and John Thompson & Sons hosted their Annual Silage Competition awards ceremony in the Hilton hotel, Templepatrick.

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Co Down farmer addresses North Fermanagh Group

Co Down farmer addresses North Fermanagh Group

The February meeting recently completed the winter programme for the Fermanagh Groups.

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Union position on TB eradication

Union position on TB eradication

The UFU has submitted its response to DAERA’s consultation on implementing some of the recommendations from the TB Strategic Partnership group.

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Hill Farming Policy update

Hill Farming Policy update

We are in an uncertain period for agriculture in the UK and this will bring both challenges and opportunities.

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Donard Group nears end of winter programme

Donard Group nears end of winter programme

It is coming to the end of another successful winter program for the Donard Group.

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Union outlines its  position on     TB eradication

Union outlines its position on TB eradication

The UFU has submitted its response to DAERA’s consultation on implementing some of the recommendations from the TB Strategic Partnership group. The consultation covered six main areas – governance, tools and processes, wildlife, preventing disease (herd health management), finance and funding, and research.

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