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17 Dec 2014 11:00 • Brian Donaldson

Devastating disease for a whole family

One family whose battle with a rare disease that affects a number of them, has welcomed a consultation on the draft Northern Ireland Rare Disease Implementation Plan.

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12 Dec 2014 16:00 • Brian Donaldson

Amalgamation ‘based on educational reasons’, says briefing paper

The new amalgamated school to incorporate the Collegiate Grammar School and Portora Royal School is based on sound educational reasons but there are concerns about the financial costs of the split site during the interim, a briefing paper to the Education Minister, John O’Dowd has stated.

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11 Dec 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

US beef market would boost farmers’ returns if it could be achieved

Volatile was how the beef trade was described in recent years and with more uncertainty on the horizon.

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11 Dec 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Lakeview Flock Suffolk makes NI record price of 7,800 gns

Gary Beacom from the Lakeview Flock, near Fivemiletown, sold this Suffolk shearling ewe in lamb at his annual production sale at Balmoral for 7,800gns for what is believed to be a new record price for a Suffolk female for Northern Ireland and the highest price sold in the UK and Ireland this year.

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11 Dec 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Bacon business has taken up diversification challenge

With Christmas fast approaching many people will be thinking of the festive food and the traditional meal of “Turkey and Ham”.

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11 Dec 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Rural Support offers service to farmers

Rural Support has reminded farmers and those living in rural areas about their listening ear service at this time when Single Farm Payments are issued.

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11 Dec 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Overdue TB tests could be breach of cross-compliance

TB herd tests overdue by more than three months will be considered for cross-compliance penalty for an intentional breach, the Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill has warned farmers.

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11 Dec 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

DARD to consider ‘limited derogation’ over hedgecutting

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill says she will consider limited derogation regarding hedgecutting dates in Northern Ireland in certain circumstances, after responding to requests from the Ulster Farmers’ Union for the the introduction of exemptions during the closed period.

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8 Dec 2014 11:00 • Brian Donaldson

Fermanagh schools in ‘good position’ for shared education funding

Fermanagh schools are in a good position to benefit from new funding through the Delivering Social Change Shared Education Signature Project, which closes for applications later this month, according to the Fermanagh Trust.

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4 Dec 2014 13:05 • Brian Donaldson

Local farmers claim top prizes at Christmas beef show

Fermanagh farmers again had great success at the Allams Christmas Show and Sale of beef cattle and the spectacular calves at Balmoral. McKenna Brothers from Clogher lifted the supreme championship with thier Limousin baby heifer which was later sold for £6,000 while Gordon Cutler, Florencecourt, received £2,900 for his Blonde heifer calf in the Spectacular Calves competition.

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4 Dec 2014 13:05 • Brian Donaldson

West Fermanagh strengthens claim as Ireland’s haymaking capital

Garrison is known as the “haymaking capital of Ireland” and now it is at the centre of a new project to save hay meadows throughout the country.

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4 Dec 2014 13:05 • Brian Donaldson

Beef cow numbers decline in 2014 by six per cent

The statistics are compiled from a survey of farm businesses augmented by administrative data. The statistics provide robust estimates of crop areas, numbers of livestock and of farmers and workers on active farm businesses on the survey date of 2 June 2014.

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4 Dec 2014 13:05 • Brian Donaldson

Over 91 per cent of SFP claims to be paid this week

By to-day, over 91 per cent of farms should have received their Single Farm Payment for 2014, according to Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill.

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4 Dec 2014 13:05 • Brian Donaldson

Dairy industry meets at the 29th RUAS Winter Fair

Dairy farmers and many other farmers from across Northern Ireland will be converging on the King’s Hall Pavilions next Thursday, December 11 for the annual RUAS Winter Fair in association with Danske Bank.

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4 Dec 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Sister’s shock at farmer’s death

The dangers of working alone on farms have been highlighted this week by local politicians as they paid tribute to 71-year-old farmer from Ballinamallard whose body was found on his farm.

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27 Nov 2014 17:30 • Brian Donaldson

‘Daddy was a great man’

The family of 48-year-old motorcyclist, Brian Lynch, who died in hospital last Thursday from injuries sustained in a road collision six days earlier, have described him as a “great man” full of generosity and who will be greatly missed.

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27 Nov 2014 16:30 • Brian Donaldson

Memorial service remembers Drumcose crash that claimed nine lives 70 years ago

A memorial service to mark the 70th anniversary of the crash of a Catalina Flying Boat at Drumcose, near Ely Lodge, which claimed the lives of its nine-man crew, was held yesterday at the crash site.

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27 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Book on farming societies is a social history of Fermanagh

A new book which charts the contribution made by farming societies to the development of agriculture in Fermanagh in the 19th and 20th centuries has been praised by local historians, agriculturalists and the Northern Ireland Shows Association.

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27 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

UFU holds annual dinner

One of the main social events in the farming calendar in Fermanagh, the Ulster Farmers’ Union dinner dance took place on Friday evening in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.

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27 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Public meetings in Fermanagh about new Local Action Groups announced

People in rural Fermanagh and Tyrone are being encouraged to participate in the new Local Action Groups which are being formed to deliver £70 million of grant aid to rural initiatives.

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