My Farming Week

Top 8 Sources Of Risk For The Spread Of Johne’s Disease

Top 8 Sources Of Risk For The Spread Of Johne’s Disease

 Calves indoor in shed

The newly published AHI guidelines for preventing the introduction of Johne’s disease into a herd has highlighted eight main sources of risk.


As there is no known… Continue reading

How Successful Was Your 2018 Lambing?

For the majority of farmers lambing is over, and for those who lamb earlier, it may seem like a distant memory.

However, now is the most appropriate time to assess the performance of lambing and to highlight areas that may… Continue reading

Fermanagh Sucklers Make A Splash With Annual Island Swim

Cattle getting ready to cross Lough Erne - Pic. National Trust,  Michael Foster

Cattle getting ready to cross Lough Erne – Pic. National Trust, Michael Foster

Cattle at a National Trust wildlife haven have completed their unconventional annual pilgrimage – by swimming 100m across a lake to graze fresh pasture.

Around two dozen… Continue reading

10 Steps To Cheaper Silage

Rising diesel prices mean higher silage bills, but bulk buying and planning ahead can help cut costs.

Plan ahead to cut your silage costs

Plan ahead to cut your silage costs

Machines all over the country are on the move with the 2018 first cut silage campaign… Continue reading

Tax Breaks For Farm Training

Tax incentives and grants available for young people pursuing a career in agriculture.

I am of an age that I can boast of being a student at Kildalton Agricultural College in its second year of operations.

However, formal agricultural training… Continue reading

Open Day Planned At Northern Ireland’s First RamCompare Flock

AgriSearch will be holding a sheep farm walk at the AFBI, Deerpark Farm, Drumilly Road, Loughgall, BT61 8JH, on the 4th June 2018, at 6.00pm.

Crossbred Texels

The farm walk will be run in partnership with AFBI, Dunbia and AHDB.… Continue reading

Cut To Clamp – The One Stop Guide To Cutting, Wilting, And Picking Up Silage

Attention at farm level is turning towards silage harvesting and farmers will be focusing on cutting, wilting and picking up silage. Decisions revolving around these three activities can have major implications for the quality of the resulting silage.

As part… Continue reading

Key Changes To EU Organic Rules Explained

The European Council to adopt the text of the Regulation providing new rules for organic farming clears the final hurdle for the modernisation of the sector and the harmonisation of rules covering organic production both within the European Union and… Continue reading

The Limits Of Agricultural Relief – How Not To Get Hit With A Massive Tax Bill When Inheriting Land

Martin O’Sullivan looks at the fine detail of Agricultural Relief tax breaks for farm families.

If a day passes that I do not receive a query on the tax implications of farm succession it’s probably because the day is good… Continue reading

National Farm Survey: Indifferent 2017 For Beef Farms

Beef farmers got the short end of the stick economically in 2017 – compared to other farm enterprises – according to the Teagasc National Farm Survey, which was released  on Tuesday, 22/05/2018.

The survey broke beef farming into two categories:… 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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