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3 Sep 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

New Vaughan Trust grant available for spraying courses

The new regulations for farmers and growers using pesticides come into force this November when everyone purchasing chemical products and spraying weeds on their farm, must undergo training in the safe use of pesticides and achieve nationally recognised Certificates of Competence.
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3 Sep 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Growing performance in the suckler herd

A major event looking at growing performance in the beef herd will urge cow fertility is a key driver of profitability on suckler farms.
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3 Sep 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Planning for paying tax in a period of low prices

Cash flow is currently difficult on many farms and is likely to remain difficult for the foreseeable future.
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3 Sep 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Maximising use of grass is key to improved margins in beef on Egerton farm

The top beef farmer in Northern Ireland, John Egerton from Rosslea, recently hosted a farm walk for members of Fermanagh Grassland Club, of which he is a member.
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3 Sep 2015 12:00 • Brian Donaldson

First green hay project in west

A new concept known as green hay, has been introduced to Fermanagh and Tyrone recently, with the aim to spread wildflower seeds present in the grass.
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25 Aug 2015 12:30

Health protection scheme for suckled calves launched

A programme to assist sellers and buyers of suckled calves to minimise the impact of respiratory disease has just been launched in Northern Ireland by Zoetis. Initially the programme will operate in Ballymena and Enniskillen marts from the end of September but the eventual aim is to expand it to all marts.
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25 Aug 2015 09:30

New butchers' championships at Allams Christmas Show

Allams have announced details of the 2015 Christmas Fatstock Show and Sale which will be held on Tuesday, December 1 2015 at the Kings Hall Complex, Balmoral, Belfast. Announcing changes to the 2015 schedule there will not be any senior beef classes.
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25 Aug 2015 09:30

Omagh vet lab saved in AFBI review cuts

The Omagh veterinary laboratory is to continue to operate providing a range of animal disease diagnostic services, following a review of the Agri-Food and Biosciences announced this week. However, some ancillary services will be centralised at AFBI’s Stormont laboratory as part of a number of internal efficiency measures.
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25 Aug 2015 09:30

Dairy farm walk highlights need for efficiency

The difficulties in the dairy sector helped to bring a large number of farmers to a recent farm walk hosted by Robin Clements at Keenogue Road, Trillick.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

Farmers demand action against cuts for industry

Cutbacks in the DARD budget and falling milk prices have been at the top of the agenda this week as farmers make their point about farm viability in the future.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

Simmental Pairs final set for County Show decision

Merial Animal Health has confirmed its sponsorship of the Northern Ireland Simmental Club’s Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

Showcasing our food

The Danske Bank Artisan Foodhall will have more food companies present this year than ever before.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

New Multi Breed Calf Fair to be staged in autumn

A new Pedigree Multi Breed Calf Fair is to be staged at Balmoral in Belfast in November.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

Competitive plough men

Saturdays are when many men pursue a hobby from playing golf to fishing. But for Fred Dunn and Jack O’Brien, their shared passion is vintage ploughing.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

Show offers everything from ‘gate to plate’

From “gate to plate” will be very much the theme at this year’s Fermanagh County Show as visitors to the two-day event will have the opportunity to meet the farmers exhibiting some of the best livestock in Northern Ireland, and also speak to food producers from the artisan food hall.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

Show goes on despite difficult wea ther conditions

The crowds turned out in force at Clogher Valley Show despite heavy showers and muddy conditions underfoot and despite the cancellation of the horse and pony events.
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31 Jul 2015 09:30 • Brian Donaldson

Judges bring wealth of experience to the showring

Judges for this year’s Clogher Valley Show have travelled from all over the British Isles.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Eimear bound for Paris

Clogher young handler and stockjudger, Eimear McGovern, together with a Scottish entrant, Abbie Anderson from Angus, were joint winners of the 19-23 year old senior section of the competition held at the Livestock Event in the NEC, Birmingham. Both girls have now won a prize to the Paris International Agricultural Show.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Farmers urged to enter meadow competition

The search has begun for Fermanagh’s most successful ‘Meadow Makers’ especially from landowners, smallholders and farmers, who have successfully juggled the challenges of running farm businesses, while conserving wildflower meadows and grasslands.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Over 100 people receive help from Rural Support

With farming incomes dropping and farmers struggling with cash flow, the Rural Support charity says it is there to give support. Rural Support is extending its ‘Tackling Rural Stress: Promoting Positive Mental Health’ project until March 2016.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Last call for Level II applications

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill is encouraging members of the farming community to sign up for CAFRE’s 2015/16 Level II Agricultural Business Operations Courses before enrolment closes tomorrow(Friday), July 24 2015.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Simmental champion at Castlewellan

Robert Forde, Tempo, exhibited the female and supreme overall Simmental Champion Mullyknock Forget-Me-Not. Included is judge Stewart Wilson, Maghera.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

UFU adviser cycles from Mizen to Malin

Leslie Craig, the local UFU Technical Adviser has cycled from Mizen to Malin Head for a number of charities including Cancer Research UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association and Cardiomyopathy Association.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

14 major titles will be decided at Show

The Clogher Valley Show will host 14 major championships at next week’s event attracting exhibitors from all over Ireland. The Show is hosting the NISA / Bank of Ireland Pedigree Junior Bull Final, and the National Herford Cattle Championship.
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16 Jul 2015 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Ulster Grassland Society turn out in big numbers for farm walk

Rosslea suckler beef and sheep farmer John Egerton has hosted an extremely successful farm walk for members for the Ulster Grassland Society.
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