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Brian Donaldson

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16 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Top price Charolais calf sold for £1,410

The Northern Ireland Charolais Club held their 9th Suckled Calf Show of the season at the Ulster Farmers’ Mart, Enniskillen on Tuesday evening with excellent quality calves being presented and superb trade in the ring.

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16 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Dairy farming and bull breeding Spanish style

Fermanagh livestock farmers have just returned from a study tour to look at milk production and beef breeding in Spain.

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16 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Boost farm business with less effort

Farmers can improve their agricultural production with less effort, says Jim Freeburn, Head of Beef and Sheep Development Branch at CAFRE.

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16 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

DARD meets farmers’ groups over beef issues at meat plants

A number of farmers’ representatives from Fermanagh have joined with other agricultural organisations in Northern Ireland to meet the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to discuss the beef industry issues.

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16 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Farmers to be informed of new entitlements value

Farmers now know how much will be taken off their Single Farm Payment this year, following the confirmation by DARD. They will be informed by DARD in the coming weeks of the revised face value of their entitlements.

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10 Oct 2014 16:00 • Brian Donaldson

Addiction programme that 'has saved women's lives'

A mother to two sons had to put them in care so she could spend a year in rehab for her alcohol problems. She didn’t want them to suffer a home life which she did with her alcoholic father.

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9 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

More steers through the kill line as prices firm

Beef farmers have slaughtered more steers in the third quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year.

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9 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Wildflower meadows to be discussed at Derrygonnelly

A presentation on the “Save Our Magnificent Meadows” project which protects wildflower species in Fermanagh’s hay meadows, is being given tonight(Thursday) in the Field Studies Centre, Derrygonnelly.

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9 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Breen takes Texel overall champion award at Gortin

Fermanagh breeders had an excellent day at the Northern Ireland Texel Breeders Club’s show and sale in Gortin Mart recently.

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9 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Local agriculture students begin new term at university

Some of the students from Fermanagh and other parts of Northern Ireland who have embarked on courses at Harper Adams University.

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9 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Clogher Valley event to brief farmers on CAP reforms

Farmers have been encouraged to attend a meeting in the Clogher Valley to find how how the new CAP reforms will affect them.

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5 Oct 2014 10:00 • Brian Donaldson

More young at church in Clogher diocese

The Clogher Diocese of the Church of Ireland has a higher church attendance figure than the average across Ireland and more of these worshippers are younger people, a major church census has revealed.

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2 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

SFP rate down by 9%

This year’s Single Farm Payment will be around 9 per cent down on last year, following the exchange rate to calculate this year’s payment set on Tuesday.

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2 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Fintona farm with a rare link with Italy

When most people think of Italian tractors, Fiat and Same spring immediately to mind.

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2 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Capital Gains Tax – an update for farmers

Capital Gains Tax is the tax payable on the increase in value of an asset. It mainly refers to capital assets, for example, property and shares.

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2 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Local firms attract interest

At the National Ploughing Championships in County Laois, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill met Nicky Johnston and Victor Wilson of Teemore Engineering Ltd on their stand.

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2 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Fivemiletown hosts suckled calf event

There was a good trade for both stores and suckled calves at last Friday’ s Show and Sale.

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25 Sep 2014 17:00 • Brian Donaldson

‘Inspirational’ Joe wins sports awards

Joe Graham is an inspiration to many young disabled athletes in Fermanagh and that is official. Joe was named the winner of the Community Inspiration Sports Coach of the Year award at the UN International Day of Peace 2014 and Annual Inspiration Awards held at Belfast City Hall.

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25 Sep 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

‘Save our meadows’ unites farmers and communities

The wildflower meadows of Fermanagh are among the rich heritage of our landscape but they are also part of the United Kingdom’s largest partnership project to save the remaining fragments of species rich grassland.

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25 Sep 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Beef cattle shipped from ROI to GB - are they ‘nomads’?

Ten times more cattle are being exported to England than to Northern Ireland, as a result of the “NOMAD” controversy where meat plants in Northern Ireland penalise farmers for ROI origin cattle when presented for slaughter.

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