Northern Ireland

North to lift age of eligibility for brucellosis testing on October 19

North to lift age of eligibility for brucellosis testing on October 19

Northern Ireland is to lift the age of eligibility for brucellosis testing to 24 months from 12 months on October 19,...

October 8, 2015

‘Drones will be spotting frost damage and diseases in crops soon’

‘Drones will be spotting frost damage and diseases in crops soon’

Tillage farmers in Canada are currently using drones with mounted cameras to gauge disease levels and frost damage in a...

October 4, 2015

Throughput of lambs in the North 8% ahead of September 2014

Throughput of lambs in the North 8% ahead of September 2014

The plants in Northern Ireland have reported good supplies of lambs coming forward for slaughter with 13,314 lambs killed in...

October 2, 2015

Northern Ireland milk production up 3.1% as milk price falls 31.6%

Northern Ireland milk production up 3.1% as milk price falls 31.6%

Milk production in Northern Ireland in August 2015 was 180.15m litres, up 3.1% year-on-year, statistics from the Department of Agriculture...

October 1, 2015

Northern farmers say supply chain failing to provide for beef farmers

Northern farmers say supply chain failing to provide for beef farmers

The scale of the beef price differential between Northern Ireland and Great Britain has become a significant concern, according to...

September 26, 2015

North’s dairy aid package worth €1,920 to each dairy farmer

North’s dairy aid package worth €1,920 to each dairy farmer

The average dairy farmer in Northern Ireland is set to receive an average of €1,920 from the North’s £5.1m dairy...

September 25, 2015

Imports of Northern lamb for slaughter up 4% on 2014

Imports of Northern lamb for slaughter up 4% on 2014

During the 12 weeks ending September 19, 2015 a total of 72,481 lambs were imported from Northern Ireland for direct...

September 25, 2015

GM crops to be banned in Northern Ireland

GM crops to be banned in Northern Ireland

Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan has announced that he is prohibiting the cultivation of...

September 21, 2015

North’s Ploughing Championships officially launched

North’s Ploughing Championships officially launched

The Northern Ireland Ploughing Association (NIPA) officially launched the 72nd International Ploughing Championships, which return to Balmoral Park on October...

September 13, 2015

Northern Ireland obtains Official Brucellosis Free status

Northern Ireland obtains Official Brucellosis Free status

The Europen Commission has approved the North’s application for Official Brucellosis Free (OBF) status, Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill has confirmed....

September 9, 2015

UK cattle prices falling, Ireland still in fifth on league table

UK cattle prices falling, Ireland still in fifth on league table

Ireland remains in fifth place on the EU deadweight cattle prices league table, latest figures from the Livestock and Meat...

September 9, 2015

Has Northern Ireland one too many lobby groups?

Has Northern Ireland one too many lobby groups?

United we stand: divided we fall is an old adage – but a true one. And it strikes a particular...

September 4, 2015

Ulster Farmers’ Union claims 500 turnout for Stormont protest

Ulster Farmers’ Union claims 500 turnout for Stormont protest

Approximately 500 farmers and food industry representatives participated in an Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) protest at Stormont today, according to...

September 4, 2015

Number of dairy cows in Northern Ireland reaches all time high

Number of dairy cows in Northern Ireland reaches all time high

The number of dairy cows in Northern Ireland increased by 6% in June 2015 on June last year to 311,500...

August 28, 2015

Northern Ireland’s Rural Development Plan approved by Commission

Northern Ireland’s Rural Development Plan approved by Commission

Northern Ireland’s £623m Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 has been approved by the European Commission. This Rural Development Plan approval...

August 27, 2015

O’Neill calls on EU to support North’s farmers

O’Neill calls on EU to support North’s farmers

The EU needs to act swiftly to support farmers in Northern Ireland, according to the North’s Agricultural Minister Michelle O’Neill....

August 24, 2015

Stolen lambs warning: poisonous to eat

Stolen lambs warning: poisonous to eat

Police in Dungannon are appealing for information following the theft of 16 lambs in the Eglish Road area on the...

August 23, 2015

Former horticulture student and tutor scoop silver in Brazil

Former horticulture student and tutor scoop silver in Brazil

Jonathan Gill and Colin McKnight of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) have won a Silver Medal at...

August 23, 2015