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UFU 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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Iszuzu Affinity Deal

Iszuzu Affinity Deal

UFU Membership Director Derek Lough braved incoming snow at UFU Belfast to take a first look at the all new 2018 model Arctic Trucks AT35 from Isuzu on its UK premiere in Northern Ireland.

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John Milligan (outgoing chairman) with Victor Chestnutt (UFU Vice President), Fiona Patterson (Group Manager) and John Mercer (incoming group chairman)

New committee elected for the Mid Down Group

Mid Down Group members elected their new committee at the annual general meeting on Monday, February 5, in Finnis. Victor Chestnutt chaired the election of committee members and then gave an update on UFU matters.

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Check herd lists for BVD status

Check herd lists for BVD status

As part of the process to help eradicate BVD in Northern Ireland, industry has been working with DAERA towards a solution where statuses can be applied on APHIS to help identify the BVD status of an animal.

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Ruth McKelvey, Mid Tyrone UFU Group Manager, Kenny and Jennifer Hawkes, Mid Tyrone representatives presenting Laura Mills, Care for Cancer with �1,136

Annual General Meeting on agenda for Mid Tyrone

The Mid-Tyrone Group is it hosting its annual general meeting on Thursday, February 8, at Foyle Meats in Omagh. The meeting will begin at 10.15am with a tour of the factory followed by the formalities of the AGM.

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Controlling dogs – livestock worrying

Controlling dogs – livestock worrying

For anyone who has ever had their livestock attacked by dogs they will know that this is not an incident they will ever forget.

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2018 UFU Membership Card/Membership Plus Card

2018 UFU Membership Card/Membership Plus Card

The combined 2018 UFU Membership Card/Membership Plus Card has been issued.

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Update from South Tyrone group

Update from South Tyrone group

South Tyrone Ulster Farmers’ Union Group have been busy over the past months. The Group enjoyed a very successful family fun night and steak barbecue in September.

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Union sets Air Ambulance NI appeal goal for centenary year

Union sets Air Ambulance NI appeal goal for centenary year

The Ulster Farmers’ Union was founded in 1918 and this year, is celebrating 100 years of being the voice of farmers and at the forefront of agriculture and rural issues in Northern Ireland.

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NW Derry Group members at NC Engineering

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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