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The joys of lambing

Every fortnight people from a farming background, or who have a heart for the countryside, offer a personal reflection on faith and rural life. They hope that you will be encouraged by it.

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A new logo for Countryside Alliance

After nearly ten years with our current logo, Countryside Alliance is rebranding.

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James McKee, from Comber, Co Down

Unwelcome visitors on UTV’s Rare Breed

Some welcome and unwelcome visitors feature in this week’s Rare Breed – A Farming Year which continues on Tuesday (21st February) at 7.30pm on UTV.

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Jim Nicholson MEP meeting with David Jones MP, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) in Strasbourg this week

Trade on the agenda in Strasbourg

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has stressed that agriculture must not be used as a bargaining chip as the UK seeks to strike new trade agreements post-Brexit.

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Pictured with Independent Claire Sugden are representatives of Northern Ireland Farm Groups, pictured (l-r) are William Taylor, co-ordinator of Farmers For Action, Michael Clarke, Chairman of Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association, Claire Sugden MLA, Sean McAuley and Samuel Morrison Farmers For Action Steering Committee members.

NI Farm Groups meet Claire Sugden

Last week Northern Ireland Farm Groups which includes the Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association and Farmers For Action commenced meeting the politicians ahead of the election on the issue of legislation on farm gate prices for Northern Ireland.

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Help is available for stressed farmers

Help is available for stressed farmers

Farming is a highly pressured, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week job, with hardly any time off or away from the farm.

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WATCH:‘Sea of yellow’ as one thousand baby chicks found abandoned in field

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after officers were called to a sea of day-old chicks abandoned in a field in Cambridgeshire.

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EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan puts some final touches to David Boyd's cow entered in the Diageo Baileys Champion Cow Competition with Denis O'Neill, cow handler from Saintfield, Co Down

Knowledge is power for industry

Back in 1597 Francis Bacon held that knowledge is power – and that is as true of today’s dairy industry as it was then of his claim that understanding was the key to technical and social progress.

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Left to right: Halocur AE is a critical part of Michael Chambers and Neville Chambers animal health plan. Pictured  at their farm in Moneyreagh.

Preventing, treating and controlling Cryptosporidiosis

The number of calves dying due to scour on Northern Ireland farms is continuing to increase, however the cause is often never investigated.

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CETA trade deal could be a dry run for what is to come

CETA trade deal could be a dry run for what is to come

This week saw the European Parliament vote through the CETA trade deal with Canada. This makes provision for 50,000t of Canadian beef – mostly high quality cuts – to be exported on a tariff free-basis into the EU market.

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UFU annual meeting at Greenmount. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Rural crime figures are a concern

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the latest statistics for rural crime highlights that despite efforts to curb this, the countryside and farmers remain soft targets for criminals.

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William Irwin

Police cattle raids based on intelligence

Officials are inspecting some 300 animals after a joint north-south raid on a border farm suspected of being involved in livestock rustling.

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South Down MP Margaret Ritchie with George Eustice and organisation representatives who attended the meeting in London

Ritchie leads delegation to meet Defra ministers

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has led a delegation of farming representatives from Farmers for Action and Family Farmers during a meeting with the DEFRA Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom regarding the future of agriculture post-Brexit.

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Stephen McCully, Managing Director of Power NI and Philip Rainey, Chief Executive of Simple Power are pictured in Ballyclare at one of several 250kW wind turbines projects completed in recent months.  The turbines are empowering Northern Ireland with clean, green renewable energy.

Simple Power completes projects

Local wind energy company, Simple Power, has announced the completion of several new wind energy projects across Northern Ireland.

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Lamb survival is highly dependent on the nutrition of the ewe

Advice for pregnant women at lambing time

Pregnant women who come into close contact with sheep during lambing or other farm animals that are giving birth, may risk their own health and that of their unborn child from infections that such animals can carry.

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UFU backs Fertiliser Tariff Removal Campaign

UFU backs Fertiliser Tariff Removal Campaign

With fertiliser prices still high the Ulster Farmers’ Union has backed a campaign to persuade the European Commission that in a harshly competitive global market there is no need for it to maintain tariffs against imports.

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UFU hits out at media reports linking members to RHI scandal

UFU hits out at media reports linking members to RHI scandal

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has hit back at what it claims are attempts by the media to link “progressive, well known farmers and the Union” to the RHI scandal.

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Texel sheep stolen from Londonderry field

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following the report of theft of livestock from a field on the Trench Road in the Londonderry area.

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James Speers

Tesco scheme a ‘fulfilling experience’

Co Armagh young farmer James Speers regards his involvement with the 2016/17 Tesco Future Farmer Foundation as one of the most rewarding experiences of his career to date.

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Limousin cattle on the Moore farm

Limousin ease of management key for Moore farm

Father and sons Brian, Simon and Jason Moore have been running their family farm on the shores of Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, alongside their building business for 40 years.

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