4 Jun 2015 12:00
Agricultural dealers attend training day
Teemore Engineering recently hosted a training day for all its UK and Irish distributors who were joined by representatives from the Jourdain, Bioret and Agri Plastics companies. Teemore acts as a sole distributor in the UK and Ireland for the three manufacturing businesses.
4 Jun 2015 12:00
Champion Charolais make their way back to NI
Pedigree Charolais cattle met a solid demand with 73 bulls selling to an average of £5085 and peaking at 13,000gns and eight heifers in the female section averaged £4620 to a top price of 8,200gns at the Carlisle Spring Charolais sale when the intermediate male champion, Ratoary Icebreaker ET TI +49 SRI +48 was the first of two lots to sell for 10,000gns. The 19-month-old Oldstone Egbert son was purchased by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry from exhibitor Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone.
1 Jun 2015 11:39
Tractors passed fit to work at Kesh YFC’s charity event
Kesh YFC held their annual ‘How fit is Your Tractor?’ recently which was a great success with 34 tractors in attendance.
1 Jun 2015 11:35
Rural crime survey to determine how police can serve communities
Residents in Northern Ireland are having their views heard as the largest ever survey into crime and anti-social Behaviour (ASB) in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to find out how the police can better serve rural communities. The survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and ASB has on them and their neighbours and to ultimately help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing. A spokesman stated that anyone living or working in rural areas is being encouraged to take part in the survey to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue. “You don’t need to have been a victim of crime to have a view on how the police work.You may be concerned about police visibility or response, see incidents that go unreported, or you may have a local officer who is engaged and proactive. “Against a backdrop of policing budget reductions and a growing focus on higher crime areas, the new survey will assess how crime and ASB, as well as the threat of potential crime, affects individuals, both financially and emotionally. It will also shed light on the human implications of crime and the fear of crime seeking to explore the impact not just on individual victims, but also communities in Northern Ireland as a whole. “Any crime that happens in an urban area can, and does, happen in rural areas too, and how policing is delivered affects everyone living and working there.Traditional farm-related incidents such as fuel theft and sheep rustling make up just one part of the problem;we need to understand all the other issues that affect people in our remoter areas, as well as in market towns, villages and the countryside more generally. The Chairman of the NRCN, Julia Mulligan, who is also North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, commented: “The full scale of crime in rural areas has never before been assessed. Whilst official figures show rural crime, like crime in general, is decreasing, we are concerned about the wider implications on people and communities. The fear of crime can be as detrimental to people’s wellbeing as crimes themselves, so we are keen to find out more through this survey. Our aim is to build a clear picture of the issue to shape future delivery of services locally and nationally. By completing the survey, people can really have their say on how crime affects them and what they expect from local police and their partners involved in community safety.” The survey, which is taking place with support from the Home Office, aims to build a body of information to improve national awareness of crime in rural areas as well as provide a clearer picture of attitudes towards crime to help inform government and local policy. The findings will be important to ensure the human costs such as psychological impacts of crime are taken into account and police funding is spent where it is most needed, rather than simply being channelled to urban conurbations. The ultimate aim is to make rural communities in Northern Ireland safer. While the survey will aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the scale and financial cost of crime and anti-social behaviour, it will also measure the emotional impact of crime in rural areas by asking how incidents made victims feel and the longer term effects on confidence and security. Mulligan continued: “While average crime rates do tend to be higher in urban areas, tackling rural crime comes with its own specific challenges whether that be the ability of police forces to respond quickly or the scale of crimes which may go unreported. This survey is an important step towards delivering a better service to communities and making the countryside a safer place to live and work.” The survey will be open until Wednesday 24 June. To complete the survey, visit www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey
1 Jun 2015 11:32
Farm safety group links with YFCU
The Farm Safety Foundation has announced a new partnership with the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU). The Farm Safety Foundation was established by NFU Mutual in 2014 as a charity to engage the farmers of the future and help raise awareness of farm safety, change attitudes towards farming safely and reduce the toll of injuries and fatalities which bring a catalogue of heartbreak and misery to numerous families and rural communities every year. The YFCU, which has over 3,000 members from approximately 60 clubs across the province, is led by young people, for young people. In addition to providing opportunities for members to develop new skills and contribute to their local communities, YFCU enables young people to keep abreast of the key issues and trends within agriculture. The partnership with YFCU is part of the Farm Safety Foundation’s ongoing commitment to engage young farmers and encourage the next generation to challenge poor or unsafe practices on their own farms as well as through peer pressure. Commenting on the relationship, Michael Reid, Chief Executive of YFCU said: “YFCU is looking forward to working with the Foundation, we have worked hard to make members safety aware through training but this relationship will allow us to complete the jigsaw and change behaviours with young farmers” Stephanie Berkeley, Farm Safety Campaign Specialist for the Farm Safety Foundation added: “We have been impressed with the work of YFCU to enhance the skill sets of young people in the agricultural industries and with their commitment to farm safety. This is an exciting and worthy partnership for us. YFCU are avid supporters of our Yellow Wellies campaign which asks young farmers to seriously think “who would fill your boots” in the event of a life-changing injury? We will be working with YFCU President Roberta Simmons, her Vice President James Speers and all the team to bring the message to the 60 Young Farmers’ Clubs across the province in the hope that together we can make a difference and change attitudes to health and safety in the farming community.”
1 Jun 2015 11:27
Live Lely milking and feeding systems demonstrated at Livestock Event
The Lely live robotic milking demonstration which attracted considerable attention at the Balmoral Show recently, will be taking place again at the Livestock Event at the NEC in Birmingham on July 8 and 9. All livestock farmers in Northern Ireland will be receiving a complimentary ticket for the event. Dairy farmers should look out for their complimentary ticket issued by their dairy company with this month’s statement, while beef and sheep farmers will shortly receive their free ticket via the Livestock and Meat Commission. The award winning live robotic milking and feeding demonstration is returning to the Livestock Event with 40 cows milked through a Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system, whilst the Lely Vector automatic feeding system will ensure they have continual access to a mixed ration in the feed passage. New for this year is the UK’s first ever live demonstration of loose housed beef finishing cattle fed by a Lely Vector automatic system. Lely’s Tomás Cooney commented: “We were excited by the level of enthusiasm shown by farmers for milking and feeding robots at last year’s event, in fact the demonstration proved to be the most popular by over 50% of visitors. That interest is continuing to grow in automated systems not only from dairy which is why we’re returning, but also beef farmers so we are staging another first at Livestock Event, this time automatic feeding of finishing cattle.” Livestock Event director, Matt Knight added: “Robotics now account for over one third of new parlour installations and they are scheduled to take a bigger market share. Those dairy farmers who are still weighing up the options would do well to visit the event and watch the live demonstration in order to make a more informed decision. For beef farmers, then we will be pleased to introduce them to a new way of feeding which is starting to be successfully taken up in Europe.” All farmers receiving complimentary tickets will also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for partners and herdsmen at a 25% reduction on the gate price by booking on line in advance.
1 Jun 2015 11:23
Tractor speeds and weights reviewed
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has this week announced consultation on increasing the weight and speed limits for agricultural tractors and trailers on roads. In March this year, the Department for Transport in Britain introduced legislation which increased the speed limits for tractors. Previously restricted to 20 miles per hour, agricultural tractors can now travel at 40 kilometres per hour (approximately 25mph). The maximum combination weight of an agricultural tractor towing an agricultural trailer increased to 31 tonnes from 24.39 tonnes in Britain. This consultation considers whether the Environment Minister should introduce similar changes in Northern Ireland. The Minister said: “Increasing the speed of tractors on our roads and their permitted weights would undoubtedly be beneficial for the agricultural community, which is a vital component of our economy. I am constantly seeking ways to support our key industries and that is why I am seeking to introduce the GB legislation here. “I must however be mindful of any potential impacts on road safety and our rural roads and am therefore seeking views on this proposal. Once received I will give careful consideration on how to proceed.” The consultation opens on May 22 for a six-week period, ending on Friday, July 3. Legislation was implemented in Britain to make the relative changes from March 9 2015. It is estimated that the change could create over £57 million a year in deregulatory savings for the farming industry in Britain. Research carried out by the Department for Transport found that, for Britain, the additional road maintenance cost as a result of the increased weight limit is estimated to be around £7.5 million.
21 May 2015 12:17
Missing tags: method of application vital
The large number of tags which go missing from cattle each year, could be down to the types of tags or the way they have been applied to the animals, it has been suggested.
21 May 2015 12:16
Added value the future for farm produce
There were plenty of conversations at Balmoral Show over the low farmgate prices for milk, beef and sheep in particular.
18 May 2015 10:44
Silage safety call
A call for safety during the silage season has been made by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).
15 May 2015 16:33
Single application form raises much debate
The Single Application Form which has been the subject of much debate in recent months, is clearly more complex this time, especially where applicants have to complete sections on the Young Farmers Payment and New Entrants schemes.
15 May 2015 14:58
How Fit Is Your Tractor?
Kesh YFC’s “How Fit Is Your Tractor” event takes place next Monday evening, May 18 at Kesh Marina.