Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Robert J Huey, pictured, is urging herd and flock keepers to avoid sourcing animals from Continental Europe, especially France, where the area has been affected by Bluetongue.
NIEA signs innovative environmental agreement with Lakeland Dairies
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced the signing of a Prosperity Agreement between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Lakeland Dairies (NI) aimed at improving environmental and business outcomes for both organisations.
Agri food sector in ‘grave peril’ without political stability
John McCann MBE, Managing Director of one of Ireland’s largest salad and vegetable producers Willowbrook Foods, has called out the need for political stability in Northern Ireland, describing the local agri food sector as being ‘in grave peril’ should the current impasse continue.
Given the good weather and the work getting done, it is a fair bet that Brexit and its consequences are the last thing on farmers’ minds. However no amount of good weather will brush away the threat to support prices and export markets.
Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president, David Brown, has said that there must be no ban on live animal exports from the UK. The comments follow DEFRA’s call for evidence on controlling live exports for slaughter and improving animal welfare during transport after the UK leaves the EU.
A new portable echocardiogram machine, which measures a patient’s heart and blood vessels, has been delivered to the Clark Clinic at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children following two record breaking charity auctions at local agricultural markets.