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It Is Time To Make A Will And Prepare For The One Sure Thing In Life

Making a will is one of the important things you can do to protect your farm and your family’s future.


Yet it is surprising to see how many do not make wills, or how many wish to make one but… Continue reading

I’ll Shoot Any Dogs That Come Onto My Land – Even Those On Leads, Says Farmer

A farmer has claimed he is “patrolling” roads close to his home with a double-barrelled shotgun, threatening to shoot dogs accompanying hillwalkers.

North Sligo farmer Andy ‘The Bull’ McSharry said he will shoot dead any dogs found with or without… Continue reading

Open Season: When Can You Start Slurry Spreading?

An end to the closed period for spreading slurry, artificial fertiliser, farmyard manure and other organic fertilisers is in sight.

Farmers in some parts of the country will be able to spread from this weekend on.

The date from which… Continue reading

Which Cattle Breed Recorded The Highest Average Daily Gain In 2018?

As the saying goes, ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure’. Many farmers are reaping the benefits of weighing their cattle as it allows farmers to measure the performance of stock, while also identifying poor-performing animals.

In addition, it allows… Continue reading

4 Day Biogas Training Course Comes To Fermanagh

The Centre for Renewable Energies and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) is welcoming German biogas network, IBBK Biogas, to its facilities in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, to deliver a four-day biogas training course.


The course will take place from February 19th  to… Continue reading

Northern Ireland Farmers Offered Beef Farm Study Tour Opportunity In Yorkshire

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is offering farmers involved in beef finishing and suckled calf production the opportunity to travel to England to learn about innovative systems for finishing cattle.

The trip to Yorkshire is… Continue reading

How Switching To the Latest In LED Can Cut Help Farm Energy Bills

The majority of farms have varied light around the place, with many of them in use since Garret FitzGerald was Taoiseach. That made perfect sense because the technology in light bulbs had not changed for a long time.

Since 2013,… Continue reading

Q&A: Agricultural Water Abstraction Registrations Well Short Of Expectations

About two-thirds of those expected to register water abstractions did so before November 30, said the Environmental Protection Agency last week.

But only 72 agricultural abstractions had been registered, less than 10% of the sectoral estimate in the River Basin… Continue reading

Get Your Ducks In A Row For A Farm Transfer

How does farm transfer affect pension entitlements?

Put it on your checklist, writes Karen Walsh

When a family farm is being transferred to a child or a relative, the parties involved in the transfer will need to plan and prepare… Continue reading

Farmers on Brexit – Raphoe Mart

‘Farming is in my blood but the whole system is wrong’

We spoke to farmers at Raphoe Mart about the possible impact of Brexit on their businesses.

James Grier from Letterkenny.

James Grier from Letterkenny.

James Grier, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, beef farmer (60 hectares)… 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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