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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

DARD’s single applications deadline creeps close

DARD’s single applications deadline creeps close

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in the UK is urging Northern Irish farmers to submit their single...

May 2, 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

North’s Basic Payment Scheme entitlements transfer window to open in April

North’s Basic Payment Scheme entitlements transfer window to open in April

Farmers in Northern Ireland will have their first opportunity to transfer Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements when the window opens on...

March 30, 2016

Over 50% of gay people in rural areas ‘feel compelled to move to urban areas’

Over 50% of gay people in rural areas ‘feel compelled to move to urban areas’

More than half of gay people who have always lived in rural areas of feel more compelled to move to a...

March 25, 2016

North’s Area of Natural Constraint payments begin to issue

North’s Area of Natural Constraint payments begin to issue

Payments are to begin to issue to farmers in Northern Ireland who were successful in applying for the 2016 Area...

March 23, 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

11 tips on transporting livestock in warm weather

11 tips on transporting livestock in warm weather

Farmers and hauliers are being reminded by the North’s Department of Agriculture (DARD) to take extra care to protect any...

July 4, 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 app to allow everyone monitor tree health

New app to allow everyone monitor tree health

Treecheck, a smartphone app to enlist the public’s help in safeguarding tree and forest health on the island of Ireland,...

April 18, 2015