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Fermanagh Farmers Updated On The Ammonia Challenge Facing Agricultural Industry

Ulster Farmers’ Union members in Fermanagh have heard about the challenges going forward from ammonia at a meeting in Enniskillen.

A county meeting of Fermanagh UFU heard from Aileen Lawson, UFU Senior Policy Officer in December about the effects of… Continue reading

Report Highlights Hidden Scandal Of Domestic Abuse In Rural Areas

A report into domestic abuse in rural areas has found that abuse lasts on average 25 per cent longer in rural areas.


The UK-wide report compiled by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), which had been a year in the… Continue reading

It’s Time To Go Dutch And Make Our Forestry About More Than Just Wood

We know woodlands can make money and help the environment, but the Netherlands have shown that with a bit of lateral thinking, forestry can also play a big role in keeping rural communities on the land.

Irish farmers should take… Continue reading

Free Fitness And Health Programme Seeking Farmer Participants

Farmers are once again being recruited for a free six-week physical activity and lifestyle education programme aimed at improving the health and fitness levels of Irish agricultural producers.

The lifestyle education and physical activity programme is open to both male and female… Continue reading

Map – How Many Suckler Cows Are There In Each County Of Ireland?

Data released by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) shows that the national suckler cow herd totals just 934,273 cows – a decline of 42,065 head on 2018 levels.

On top of this, many would argue that further a reduction… Continue reading

Droimeann Cattle Recognised As ‘Native Rare Irish Breed’

Droimeann cattle have been officially recognised as a ‘Native Rare Irish Cattle Breed’ by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.

Minister Creed made the announcement today, Wednesday, January 8, saying that he recognised “the efforts of… Continue reading

End Of The Line – 60 Years Ago The Last Trains Ran On The Co. Donegal Railways Network

Some services survived until 1965 on GNR line in east Donegal

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December 31st 2019, marked the 60th anniversary of the last scheduled trains that ran on the once extensive Co. Donegal Railways (CDR) network.

On this day in 1959,… Continue reading

Donegal Farmers Asked To Contribute To National Climate And Air Roadmap

Minister Creed issues final reminder for responses to Ag Climatise consultation.

Donegal’s farming and wider public have been reminded that the public consultation process in relation to a National Climate and Air Roadmap for the Agriculture Sector to 2030 and… Continue reading

The Importance Of Minding Yourself While Minding The Farm

Farmers are very good at looking after their machinery and livestock. If something isn’t right they tend to deal with it straight away; this attention to detail is important for the productivity and profitability of their farm.

However, very often… Continue reading

Nearly Half Of The Country’s Septic Tanks Failing Inspections

Nearly half of the country’s septic tanks and are failing inspections, posing risks to people’s health and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned.

Householders with septic tanks are being told to fix malfunctioning septic tank systems as… 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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