Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland to host international agriculture conference

Northern Ireland to host international agriculture conference

The Ulster Farmers’ Union will host the 37th biennial North American and European Union Agricultural Conference on the 22-23 October...

March 12, 2015

Northern Ireland suckler herd falls 8% in two years

Northern Ireland suckler herd falls 8% in two years

The results of the December 2014 Agricultural Survey have just been released from DARD and have indicated a decline in suckler cow numbers in Northern...

March 9, 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

UFU rejects Red Tractor proposals on lifetime assurance for beef

UFU rejects Red Tractor proposals on lifetime assurance for beef

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has rejected proposals made by Red Tractor for the implementation of ‘Red Tractor Lifetime Assurance’...

February 27, 2015

Record number of dairy cows in Northern Ireland

Record number of dairy cows in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland dairy herd currently has the highest cow numbers on record, with 306,300 cows on record. Results of an...

February 26, 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

North’s Department of Agriculture to relocate to Derry

North’s Department of Agriculture to relocate to Derry

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Northern Ireland is moving its headquarters to Ballykelly, Co. Derry. DARD is relocating...

February 19, 2015

‘Difficult year’ sees payments make up 87% farm incomes in Northern Ireland

‘Difficult year’ sees payments make up 87% farm incomes in Northern Ireland

Following the ‘difficult year’ experienced by farmers across all sectors in 2014, the Single Farm Payment continues to play a vital...

February 2, 2015

Milk prices have dropped over 30% (10p/L) in Northern Ireland

Milk prices have dropped over 30% (10p/L) in Northern Ireland

The dairy sector in Northern Ireland continues to feel the impact of a 30% fall in milk prices, according to...

January 28, 2015

Northern Ireland cattle supplies to remain tight in 2015

Northern Ireland cattle supplies to remain tight in 2015

It is likely that cattle supplies in Northern Ireland will remain tight in 2015, according to the Livestock and Meat...

January 19, 2015

Retailer specifications drives reduced young bull kill in Northern Ireland

Retailer specifications drives reduced young bull kill in Northern Ireland

The young bull kill fell significantly in 2014 in Northern Ireland due to changes in the market whereby the value...

January 15, 2015

Have your say on the battle to wipe out bovine TB in Northern Ireland

Have your say on the battle to wipe out bovine TB in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has urged the public to have its say on plans to eradicate bovine TB in...

January 14, 2015

Farm workers in Northern Ireland set for 2% pay rise

Farm workers in Northern Ireland set for 2% pay rise

Farm workers in Northern Ireland are set to receive a pay rise in the coming weeks according to an announcement...

January 14, 2015

Wesley Aston appointed as UFU CEO Designate

Wesley Aston appointed as UFU CEO Designate

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has announced the appointment of Wesley Aston as the Chief Executive Designate of the organisation....

December 24, 2014

Northern farmers call on Minister to provide long-term template for industry

Northern farmers call on Minister to provide long-term template for industry

Northern Ireland farmers have written to the Northern Minister for Agriculture looking for the Agri Food Strategy Board (AFSB) to...

December 23, 2014

Northern farmers meet with banks to discuss cash flow concerns

Northern farmers meet with banks to discuss cash flow concerns

Representatives of the main banks in Northern Ireland met with Ulster Farmers Union this week to discuss the down turn...

December 19, 2014

New restrictions for Northern farmers with environmentally sensitive grassland

New restrictions for Northern farmers with environmentally sensitive grassland

From January 1, 2015, farmers in Northern Ireland will not be allowed to plough or convert permanent grassland in areas...

December 17, 2014

Finished cattle in Northern Ireland make €170 more than southern

Finished cattle in Northern Ireland make €170 more than southern

A gap of €170 per head exists between equivalent cattle prices in Northern Ireland and the Republic, according to latest figures from...

December 15, 2014