Towing trailer spells trouble for driver

The driver of a small car towing a trailer landed in hot water with law enforcement last week after being stopped by members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in Co. Antrim. The vehicle was stopped on the M2 motorway near Antrim town, according to the PSNI Road Policing and Safety unit. Following […]

Fuel Allowance Scheme starts today as charities call for end to fuel poverty in Budget 2021

The 2020-2021 Fuel Allowance Scheme has commenced today (Monday, September 28). The season is intended to last for 28 weeks and since January of this year, the rate of allowance is €24.50 per week, or €686 annually. The allowance is paid with the applicant’s primary social welfare payment. According to the Department of Employment Affairs and […]

New project to see schools fitted with rooftop solar panels

A new renewable energy project to enable schools to power classrooms using energy generated from their own roof has been announced. The collaborative project between Microsoft Ireland and SSE Airtricity was revealed today (Monday, September 28) and aims to help schools to reduce their carbon footprint and their costs. With an investment of close to […]

‘You can’t do everything with IPM’

As is the case at many tillage events of recent times the subject of biotechnology and new plant-breeding techniques came up at the Teagasc Crops Forum recently. In 2018, the European Court of Justice ruled that gene-edited crops should be regulated in the same way as genetically modified crops. This decision has come under much scrutiny […]

Can you afford to leave 5p/L behind you?

The pioneering Lakeland Agri / Premier Nutrition Transition Management System (TMS) saves Northern Ireland farmers thousands of pounds by ensuring the cow is well managed during the dry and early lactation period. The TMS programme monitors cows and dairy herds across the UK. Of the nearly 300 farms running TMS, some 60 herds are from […]

Farmers have ‘high levels of preventable ill health’

Farmers as an occupational group have been identified with having high levels of preventable ill health, according to Teagasc. The agricultural authority highlighted the issue as part of a best practice guide for health and safety on sheep farms today (Friday, September 25). Ill health affects quality of life and a person’s capacity to farm […]

Looking for your ideal job in the Irish agriculture sector?

Every month a range of roles become available in the Irish agriculture sector, giving people the opportunity to pick out the perfect job for themselves and their career. This week, AgriRecruit has a range of jobs available to suit various candidates, with vacancies including a: herd manager; AI technician; area sales manager; tillage specialist; dairy […]

New technology ‘swims’ through grain to examine quality

New technology which can ‘swim’ through grain and examine grain quality may help to reduce storage losses and maintain optimum conditions in grain storage. The robotic solution can give detailed information on stored grains as it can move through bulk solids. A statement from Crover – the company which is responsible for the technology – […]

The importance of a strategic dosing regimen

In order to maximise their margins, dairy, beef and sheep farmers are continually striving to become ever more efficient in the production of milk and meat. To do this, it is essential that animals are kept in good condition allowing them to thrive and perform optimally. As farmers continue to become more efficient, so the […]