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Brian Donaldson

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31 Oct 2014 11:45 • Brian Donaldson

Geo tourism could be a major business in Fermanagh

Geo tourism could emerge as a major business for Fermanagh and adjoining counties across the Border in the Republic of Ireland.

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25 Oct 2014 11:30 • Brian Donaldson

New information submitted for ambitious hotel complex at Goblusk Bay

Additional information has now been submitted to the Department of the Environment’s Planning Service for a major hotel complex incorporating a marina, apartments, shop and other facilities on the shores of Lower Lough Erne.

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23 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Dairy farmers in control of costs will survive post quota

Keeping a simple system for management of the dairy herd is key to profitability and future success.

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23 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Good autumn has kept bees busy collecting pollen

The very good weather in October has given honey bees plenty of opportunity to collect pollen and nectar from any plants still in bloom. Dahlia, cosmos and ivy in the garden are being exploited to the full. Viburnum ‘Dawn’ is in full flower and its scent can be detected from more than 10m away which means that the honey bee has no problem in finding it, according to Ethel Irvine from Fermanagh Beekeepers Association.

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23 Oct 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Health and safety day leads to farm qualification

A major one-day course will enable farmers ensure their farm is safe and also give them a Level 2 qualification.

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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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