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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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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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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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27 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Farmers are a priority despite jobs cut: DARD

DARD aims to cut 300 jobs or 10 per cent of its workforce over the next 12 months, the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee was told this week.

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27 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Biosecurity needs to be kept high

Farmers and landowners engaged in poultry keeping have been urged to increase their biosecurity measures to keep out Avian Influenza.

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20 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Better long term prospects for beef

Longer term prospects for the beef industry are more promising with opportunities for beef farmers, according to Darren Carty, who spoke at an open meeting in Fermanagh last week.

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20 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Farming societies had major role in agriculture in county

The new book on the history of farming societies in Fermanagh, “A Landlords’ Legacy,” written by Sam Morrow, will be launched next Monday evening, November 24 at Enniskillen Campus, CAFRE.

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20 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Bees need help to survive the winter

This has been a very mild autumn with bees flying freely and collecting nectar and pollen, from not only the ivy but from other plants such as dahlia, verbena and the few remaining cosmos in our gardens.

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20 Nov 2014 13:00 • Brian Donaldson

Renewable Energy and tax implications

Renewable energy projects are now part of many farms and have the potential to generate extra income and increase the value of the farm.

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