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Michelle McIlveen appointed North’s Minister for Agriculture

Michelle McIlveen appointed North’s Minister for Agriculture

Michelle McIlveen, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MLA, has been appointed as Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for...

May 25, 2016

Northern Ireland’s store cattle exports almost reached £10m last year

Northern Ireland’s store cattle exports almost reached £10m last year

Northern Irish store cattle exports almost reached £10m (€12.50m) last year, recent figures from the Department of Agriculture and Rural...

April 5, 2016

Tougher sentencing for those found guilty of animal cruelty in the North

Tougher sentencing for those found guilty of animal cruelty in the North

People who are found guilty of animal cruelty in Northern Ireland will now face much tougher penalties under the law....

March 1, 2016

North’s Department of Agriculture relocation given the green light

North’s Department of Agriculture relocation given the green light

Planning permission has been granted for a new headquarters for the North’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). Permission...

February 25, 2016

Northern Ireland’s beef and dairy herd numbers up

Northern Ireland’s beef and dairy herd numbers up

The dairy herd in Northern Ireland stood at 313,600 cows in December 2015, a year-on-year increase of 2%, the latest figures...

February 25, 2016

Northern Ireland milk production powers ahead of 2014 levels

Northern Ireland milk production powers ahead of 2014 levels

Northern Ireland milk volumes increased last year on 2014 by 2.7%, figures from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development...

February 6, 2016

Pre-export brucellosis testing to be lifted in Northern Ireland

Pre-export brucellosis testing to be lifted in Northern Ireland

Pre-export testing for brucellosis in Northern Ireland will be abolished from February 1, 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Rural...

January 28, 2016

Testing new-born calves for BVD could soon be compulsory in North

Testing new-born calves for BVD could soon be compulsory in North

Compulsory testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus in new-born calves, including stillbirths and abortions, could soon be legislated for in...

December 5, 2015

Farmer found guilty of animal cruelty but avoids jail

Farmer found guilty of animal cruelty but avoids jail

A Co. Antrim farmer has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years after he was convicted of three charges of...

May 14, 2015

Tyrone farmer fined for moving a sheep unfit for journey

Tyrone farmer fined for moving a sheep unfit for journey

A Northern Ireland farmer has been fined £500 by Craigavon Magistrates’ Court for transporting a sheep that was not fit for the...

May 6, 2015

North’s Minister O’Neill to visit China for trade negotiations

North’s Minister O’Neill to visit China for trade negotiations

The North’s Agricultural Minister Michelle O’Neill is to visit China at the beginning of June to further trade negotiations between...

April 29, 2015

Agricultural college to hold open day for upcoming courses

Agricultural college to hold open day for upcoming courses

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) will be holding an open day at their Northern Ireland Greenmount campus...

April 19, 2015

New rural funding programme for the North

New rural funding programme for the North

Grants of between £200 and £1,500 will be available to rural community organisations in Northern Ireland as part of the...

April 12, 2015

North’s Single Application process launched

North’s Single Application process launched

Northern Ireland’s Single Application process has opened for 2015, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced. The Single Application online service is...

March 20, 2015

Northern dairy farmers issued advice as milk prices slump by 30% in a year

Northern dairy farmers issued advice as milk prices slump by 30% in a year

The Northern Ireland NI average milk price for January was 22.33p/l, a decrease of 0.46p/l (2.0%) compared with December, according...

March 8, 2015

North to have its own agri-food marketing body

North to have its own agri-food marketing body

Northern Ireland is set to have its own agri-food marketing body, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has said....

March 7, 2015

Know what animal is most likely to visit your farm unannounced? And it’s not a badger

Know what animal is most likely to visit your farm unannounced? And it’s not a badger

A new study of badger behaviour on Northern Ireland farms found that badgers are more likely to visit farmyards in...

February 27, 2015

North’s farmers and UFU critical of DARD relocation

North’s farmers and UFU critical of DARD relocation

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said that farmers still have serious reservations over the plans to re-locate the North’s...

February 21, 2015