AFBI Launches Free Soil Sampling And Analysis Service

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) has launched a free soil sampling and analysis scheme, which is available to livestock farmers in Northern Ireland.

Soil Samples

Soil Samples

The project, which is funded under the EU’s Exceptional Adjustment Aid (EAA) Package, will… Continue reading

Summary Of Northern Ireland BVD Eradication

March 1, 2016, heralded the introduction of the compulsory BVD eradication programme in Northern Ireland. With the first year of the scheme behind us, now is a good time to pause to see where we have come from, what progress… Continue reading

Poor Quality Ear Tags Cost Farmers In The North More Than £700,000 A Year

Poor quality ear tags for cattle cost farmers in Northern Ireland more than £700,000 (€807,660) a year, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).


Analysis by the Ulster Farmers’ Union puts the figure at over £700,000 a year, because replacements have… Continue reading

2 Weeks Left For Farmers To Apply For NI Environmental Farming Scheme

Farmers in Northern Ireland have just two weeks left to apply for the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS), with the deadline set to close on March 31.

More farmers are being urged by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to… Continue reading

Deadline Looming For Applications To Improvement Scheme In N. Ireland

The deadline for applications to Tier 2 of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme in Northern Ireland is set to close this week.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has encouraged farmers and growers interested in the scheme… Continue reading

Limousin And Charolais Lead The Way In Northern Calf Registrations

Limousin and Charolais accounted for 52.3% of calf registrations in Northern Ireland in 2016, figures from the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) show.


Limousin was the most popular breed among farmers in the North, with a total of 103,939 Limousin calves registered… Continue reading

Environmental Farming Scheme To Open in N. Ireland on February 27th.

The Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) is to open for applications from Northern Ireland farmers on 27 February.

This scheme differs from previous agri-environment schemes in N. Ireland

This scheme differs from previous agri-environment schemes in N. Ireland


Preparation for the scheme has already begun through a series of roadshows… Continue reading

The Famous Drowes River Yields It’s First Salmon Of 2017

The first salmon from the famous DrowesRiver was caught on Sunday last, February 12th, by Bangor angler William Rainey around 11.30am, four miles from the sea, near the FourMastersBridge on the Donegal/Leitrim border.

Bangor angler William Rainey with the first salmon caught on the Drowse in 2017.

Bangor angler William Rainey with the first… Continue reading

North’s ‘Beef From Grass’ Projects Oversubscribed By Nearly 170%

Over 80 farmers in Northern Ireland have applied to take part in AgriSearch’s two new, on-farm research projects – an over-subscription of nearly 170%.


The farmers who applied registered an interest in becoming a pilot farmer in the new GrassCheck and… Continue reading

From Fermanagh To Buckingham Palace Via Countless Sports Pitches

As a child, Joe Pat Prunty spent hours watching his father and older brother tirelessly ploughing the fields at the family farm in Derryvollen, Co Fermanagh.

Joe Pat Prunty with his family on the day he received an MBE

Joe Pat Prunty with his family on the day he received an MBE

With… 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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