N. Ireland News

Six Illnesses To Look Out For In The Lambing Shed

The vast majority of March-lambing flocks are in the throes of lambing and looking after the ewe’s health can play a huge role in reducing lamb losses.

Here are six key illnesses that sheep farmers should look out for in… Continue reading

BPS Workshops In Pipeline; As Report Says Scheme ‘Favours Larger Farms’

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is expected to soon launch a series of workshops to engage with farmers on moving to online Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications for 2018.

It is understood that the workshops will be… Continue reading

Growing Demand For Organic And Antibiotic Free Food Amongst Irish Consumers, Says New Teagasc Study

Organic food with high animal welfare standards and no hormones or antibiotics are growing demands amongst Irish consumers, according to a new Teagasc study.

The study, which was published in the Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research has highlighted… Continue reading

Do You Think You Have A Chance Against A PTO?

Myles Reilly and Ciaran Roche

Myles Reilly and Ciaran Roche

Farming is the most-dangerous occupation in Ireland. Last year, it accounted for over 50% of fatalities in all workplaces, FBD’s Ciaran Roche said at a recent farm safety demonstration in Mullingar.

“We are working in… Continue reading

Tenancy vs Conacre: ‘Don’t Let The Tax Tail Wag The Dog’

Land owners have been warned not to let tax myths shape their business decisions and that longer-term leases, as opposed to conacre, could actually allow their land to be better managed.

Kate Russell

Kate Russell

Kate Russell – from the Central Association… Continue reading

How Much Money Can Be Saved From An Early Turnout On Beef Farms?


Every blade of grass that an animal eats represents a saving on winter feed costs and will have a positive impact on its liveweight gain. Grazed grass is the cheapest feed and suckler farmers must maximise the length of the… Continue reading

Finishing Young Bulls: Are You Set Up For The Job?


It is a well known fact that farmers running suckler enterprises do so under extremely tight margins. In recent times, farmers have been trying to add some value to their enterprises by finishing young bulls. However, farmers should keep a… Continue reading

Farmers Are Invited To Attend A Free Farm Succession Seminar In Sligo

Do you know who’ll take the reins on your farm?

Farmers are encouraged to attend a free farm succession seminar being held by Teagasc and AIB this Friday.

The seminar will be a Knowledge Transfer (KT) eligible event.

Although one… Continue reading

2018 Single Application Process Opens: What You Need To Know

The online Single Application service has opened for 2018, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced.

DAERA will not be issuing paper versions of the Single Application this year. The deadline for receipt of all Single… Continue reading

Safety Focus: Are Your Livestock Handling Facilities Up To The Task?

Livestock can be extremely dangerous and need to be respected. Last year, 24 farmers died in work-related accidents – 14 were aged 65 or older.

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Statistics from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) indicate that between 30% and 60% of all accidents… 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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