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Farmers urged to consider clover swards to lower fertiliser costs

Farmers urged to consider clover swards to lower fertiliser costs

Farmers are being encouraged to consider how clover swards could save them money as the Covid-19 pandemic puts many farm businesses...

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

Little improvements have been made in the nutritional quality of Northern Ireland silage over the last decade, according to a...

Can you afford to miss this grazing opportunity this summer?

Can you afford to miss this grazing opportunity this summer?

As housed dairy systems become more popular, CAFRE staff are advising farmers to reconsider the financial benefits of sticking to...

NI farmers show their appreciation to the NHS with local produce

NI farmers show their appreciation to the NHS with local produce

Members of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) have showed their support for the NHS by providing frontline workers with locally-produced food...

Are worm burdens affecting the performance of your lambs?

Are worm burdens affecting the performance of your lambs?

Worm control is vital if you are aiming to achieve good lamb growth rates and a profitable sheep enterprise. Heavy...

Silage 2020: This year’s top safety tips for farmers and contractors

Silage 2020: This year’s top safety tips for farmers and contractors

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is reminding farmers and contractors to take extra care during the...

New chairman and vice-chairs appointed to the AgriSearch board

New chairman and vice-chairs appointed to the AgriSearch board

The board of AgriSearch, the farmer-funded research and innovation body, has seen a number of changes made, with a new...

Checklist for shearers and farmers produced during Covid-19

Checklist for shearers and farmers produced during Covid-19

An industry checklist has been produced to ensure that shearers, wool handlers and farmers work in partnership to keep everyone...

Controlling grassland weed on dairy farms – act now or pay next year

Controlling grassland weed on dairy farms – act now or pay next year

Docks are known to be one of the most troublesome grassland weeds, but did you know that leaving them in...

Measuring to manage: The key to success for dairy farmers

Measuring to manage: The key to success for dairy farmers

As in many other sectors, dairy farmers are currently facing a difficult time due to the coronavirus pandemic. An increase...

Calls for councils to reopen recycling centres as fly-tipping continues

Calls for councils to reopen recycling centres as fly-tipping continues

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has called on councils to reopen recycling centres, with incidences of fly-tipping said to be...

NI calf TB testing changes ‘strike right balance’ between integrity and safety

NI calf TB testing changes ‘strike right balance’ between integrity and safety

A decision by the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to suspend calf TB testing during the coronavirus...

Recent dry weather sparks NI wildfire warning

Recent dry weather sparks NI wildfire warning

DAERA and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) are asking farmers and the public for their help amid warnings...

ICSA slams EU for ‘lack of urgency’ on Covid-19 impact on farming

ICSA slams EU for ‘lack of urgency’ on Covid-19 impact on farming

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) president Edmond Phelan has said that the EU’s prevarication on the impact...

‘With a reduced kill and an extra 4,000-5,000 cattle per week left in sheds, this is costly’

‘With a reduced kill and an extra 4,000-5,000 cattle per week left in sheds, this is costly’

“It was encouraging to hear Prof. Alan Matthews on CountryWide on (RTE Radio 1) acknowledge the work being done by...

‘What do you be doing on that phone anyway?’ – Herdwatch farmer survey reveals all

‘What do you be doing on that phone anyway?’ – Herdwatch farmer survey reveals all

‘Is the internet all things to all farmers?’ ‘Why are they always stuck in their phone?’ Herdwatch said that it...

Creed ‘leads pan-European push’ for [agri] response to Covid-19

Creed ‘leads pan-European push’ for [agri] response to Covid-19

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, said that he has “succeeded in garnering the support of...

Friesian bull calves for export selling up to €60/head in Cork marts

Friesian bull calves for export selling up to €60/head in Cork marts

AgriLand caught up with Seán Leahy, manager at Fermoy Mart and Tim McSweeney of Macroom Mart, who provided an update...