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Basic Payment Scheme Online Clinics: Where You Can Go For Help

The Department of Agriculture has released details of its nationwide online Basic Payment Scheme clinics.


To help achieve the 100% online target, the Department is repeating a countrywide timetable of clinics commencing on 3 April 2018 while their… Continue reading

8 Point Plan For ATV Safety

Beware Of The Risks Associated With These Highly Dangerous Vehicles.

The number of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) related fatalities and injuries taking place on Irish farms in recent years has increased in tandem with the surge of ATV or “quad bike”… Continue reading

Step By Step Guide To Making Your Sheep Shed Work For You

A well designed sheep shed is labour efficient, provides a healthy environment for sheep and shepherd and makes the best use of space.

The layout of a sheep shed should be planned on paper before it’s built. However the layout… Continue reading

Are You Interested In Being A Social Farm Host?

Social Farming Ireland (SOFI) is organising a new round of training opportunities for farmers interested in becoming social farmers.

Training will take place in a number of venues across the country during this month and throughout May.

Social farming offers activity… Continue reading

Northern Ireland Safety Figures Make Grim Reading

A new draft corporate plan launched by Northern Ireland’s Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) has highlighted the grisly reality of farming’s safety track record.

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Key aims of the plan, which will shape the next five years of the region’s safety… Continue reading

Farming, Social Media, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Are You Ready For It All?

Embrace social media but be aware of your responsibilities and legal obligations, says Karen Walsh

Social media has become increasingly prevalent in the modern world and has become a key tool for businesses when marketing their products.

Social media can… Continue reading

Changes To Farm Quality Assurance: What It Means For Your Farm


Improving farm safety and animal health, and reducing antibiotic use form part of new Farm Quality Assurance rules set to come into place on June 1.

It comes after an intense review process studying the new Northern Ireland Beef and… Continue reading

What Impact Will The Updated Nitrates Regulations Have On Your Farm?

The fourth review of the Nitrates Action Plan (NAP) recently came into law on January 1, 2018. Ireland’s NAP is designed to prevent pollution of surface waters and ground water from agricultural sources and to protect and improve water quality.… Continue reading

What Factors Influence Cattle Cleanliness During Housing?

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The vast majority of farmers supply cattle that are clean and acceptable for slaughter under the Clean Livestock Policy (CLP).

However, with the longer than planned winter and the high price of straw, farmers may have come under pressure with… Continue reading

Do You Know What A Public Services Card Is?

You Might Need One If You Want Your Driving Licence!

Public Services Card sample

Public Services Card sample


Donegal motorists could be grounded as a result of new controversial administrative regulations.

This is because time is running out to get a driving licence… Continue reading

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

The Rural Enterprise Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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