RSA Urges Landowners To Cut Hedgerows Ahead Of Deadline

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the County and City Management Association (CCMA) are calling on landowners to cut their hedgerows before the March 1 deadline, to ensure road safety.

The RSA stated that properly maintained hedges “protect” vulnerable road… Continue reading

AFBI – The Benefits Of Slurry Separation

The benefits of slurry separation were profiled at recent College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) events, hosted to highlight the value of all animal manures.

Research scientists at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) have assessed the most… Continue reading

Silage – The Importance of Red Clover

The importance of red clover in silage swards has been highlighted by AgriSearch general manager, Jason Rankin.

“Grassland farmers are under pressure to reduce fertiliser costs, while still maintaining optimal levels of output from forage,” he said.

“Red clover has… Continue reading

Concern Over People Replacing Historic Thatch With Slate In Donegal

It is estimated that there are over 300 known thatched buildings in County Donegal.

Over the past five years Donegal County Council’s award winning thatch Repair grant has helped over a hundred projects across the county and has now opened… Continue reading

A Major New Advertising Campaign Seeks To Promote Beef And Lamb

The Livestock and Meat Commission is inviting consumers to learn more about the positive farm-to-fork journey of Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) beef and lamb, through the relaunch of its multi-platform advertising campaign, Good Honest Food.

The travelogue-style campaign… Continue reading

CAFRE Recruiting Young People To Study On Agricultural Apprenticeships

A number of young people have completed agricultural apprenticeships while working on farms.

Now, the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are recruiting new students for the next programme.

Are you considering new opportunities after school finishes in… Continue reading

Grants Of Up To €6,000-ha Available Under New Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

Grants of up to €6,000/ha are available to farmers taking part in the new Native Woodland Conservation (NWC) scheme, Minister of State Pippa Hackett has confirmed.

The scheme is designed to support the restoration, conservation and enhancement of existing native… Continue reading

Map – Number of BVD Positive Herds Drop By 97% Since 2013

The latest results from the national programme to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) have shown the number of positive animals has continued to decrease year-on-year.

There were 8,936 herds that were positive for BVD in 2013, the first year of… Continue reading

Northern Ireland Ministers Agree New AHDB Levy Rates

Increases in levy rates proposed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) for the beef and lamb, cereals and oilseeds, dairy, and pork sectors have received approval from ministers in Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and… Continue reading

Farmers Can Now Apply For Sheep Improvement Scheme

This the second year of the scheme.

The Sheep Improvement Scheme has opened to new entrants, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed. 

This is the second year of the scheme.

The scheme has been introduced to enhance animal health and… 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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