Lots of life left in Ederney’s elderly farmers

AS a group of elderly men made their way around the Enniskillen RNLI station at Killadeas during a recent visit, one comment gave away what they all had in common. While looking at the impressive RNLI lifeboat that was attached to a tractor, a man said: “Boys, but that’s some yoke.” The thing was, he […]

Wet weather adds to pressure on Fermanagh farmers

THE ongoing wet weather is adding to the financial pressures facing local farmers, with calls for the banks to provide leniency given the current situation. While March is normally seen as a turning point in the farming calendar, the weather in recent weeks has shown no signs of turning. The persistent rain has left many […]

Elliott challenges DAERA on safety for older farmers

FERMANAGH’S elder farmers are getting a raw deal when it comes to funding for safety. Tom Elliott, who is the MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone claimed that farmers in the county and the rest of the North who are over 40 are being looked over for grants to improve working conditions compared to those […]

Sheep farmers struggle with sharp fall in prices

THE cost of shearing sheep has been felt by farmers in Fermanagh this year. As the weather gets warmer and the time comes for a hair cut farmers shear sheep and sell their wool which typically covers the cost of the process. To read more on this story see this week’s Fermanagh Herald. Can’t get […]

Farmers on alert after reports of Covid-19 cases

FARMERS are said to be ‘concerned’ about the potential impact Covid-19 could have on the continuance of meat processing here. This week local meat plant workers expressed concern for their health after it emerged that a number of staff had tested positive for Covid-19. The Herald was told that almost a dozen staff at Omagh […]

Enniskillen mart goes online

LIFE on the farm goes on under lockdown with spring bringing the birth of lambs and calves as the cycle of another year begins. On Thursday last Enniskillen Ulster Farmers Mart held its first online sale. Over 200 buyers registered with thousands of bids recorded as the sale got underway. Commenting on the sale James […]