N. Ireland News

SACs: What Are They And Who Gets Compensated?

There are 439 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in Ireland with 13% of total land designated under the scheme.

And, just because a landowner is in possession of an SAC does not mean they are entitled to compensation, it seems.… Continue reading

Local Authorities – Busy Enough In The Battle For Ireland’s Bees?

The annual Biodiversity and Councils’ All-Ireland Pollinator conference put the spotlight on local authorities’ vital role in protecting threatened pollinators, writes Ellie O’Byrne

One-third of Ireland’s bee species now face extinction. Habitat loss, pesticide use, and dwindling biodiversity are decimating… Continue reading

W8 – A Unique Regeneration Project In The Heart Of Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

A unique regeneration project in North Leitrim is already attracting international recognition for its innovative approach to creating a high-end, sustainable tourism product.

Some of those engaged on the W8 Project

Some of those engaged on the W8 Project

The quirkily titled W8 Centre – which takes its… Continue reading

How To Calibrate Your Fertiliser Spreader – Ten Steps To More Accurate Spreading

When was the last time you calibrated your fertiliser spreader?

A new set of spreading vanes costs from €350 to €450, depending on make and model of spreader

A new set of spreading vanes costs from €350 to €450, depending on make and model of spreader

If you ignore this crucial job you are throwing money away with… Continue reading

New Map Can Point The Way In Mobile Blackspot

A national map of outdoor mobile phone coverage for 2G, 3G and 4G services for a range of providers has been published by ComReg, the Commission for Communications Regulation, which regulates the electronic communications and postal sectors.

With many mobile… Continue reading

How To Get To Grips With The Growing Challenges Posed By Herbicide Resistance

A full Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy is needed at a time when farmers are facing the loss of some key chemicals for weed control, writes Shay Phelan

We now realise that relying on herbicides alone to control weed problems… Continue reading

5 Aids For Achieving An Optimum Submission Rate

Adequate heat detection is one of the most important components of a successful breeding season. Heat detection is what determines the amount of cows submitted and the amount of cows correctly submitted for breeding.

Identifying cows on heat can be… Continue reading

10 Facts About Your Gut

Marketing hype and dietary fads have hijacked the gut health space. As a result, it can be quite difficult to separate fact from fiction, writes clinical dietitian Lorraine Maher.

Fresh organic vegetables at local farmers market

It is now known that microorganisms that reside in your gut,… Continue reading

How To Cut Your Taxes While Saving On Energy Bills

A 100pc tax write-off is available for farmers investing in energy efficient equipment, writes Martin O’Sullivan. 

For many of us, our exposure and, indeed, our contribution towards efficient energy use extends to light bulbs and little else.

This is all… Continue reading

How To Make Best Use Of Zero Grazed Grass

Fresh grass is the cheapest feed source available to dairy cows, and increasing its inclusion in dairy cow diets presents farmers with opportunities to reduce feed costs.

To achieve this, significant numbers of Irish farmers are turning to zero-grazing to… 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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