Last chance to apply to Environmental Farming Scheme

APPLICATIONS for funding under DAERA’s Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) Higher Level is coming to an end this week. There are just two days left to apply for the seventh tranche of the scheme, which is open for both new applicants and those with a tranche two of that is ending in December. With such a tight time frame […]

NIAPA adds its voice to ammonia strategy

THE DRAFT Ammonia Strategy for Northern Ireland Consultation that closed for submissions on Friday, March 3rd, has suggested a series of measures to try and reduce the level of ammonia emissions from Farms in NI. Many of the suggested measures have caused a lot of concern among NIAPA members and the wider farming community, especially […]

Ammonia plan could cost our farmers tens of thousands

THE NEW draft ammonia strategy could cost Fermanagh farmers tens of thousands, forcing many to turn to contractors if they cannot afford the new equipment required. That was the message from Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president David Brown last week when asked about why farmers were so worried about the new draft plan, which was […]

Farmers’ concern over impact of draft ammonia strategy

THERE are concerns over the practical and financial impact DAERA’s new draft ammonia strategy will have on Fermanagh farmers. Last week the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) launched a consultation on the long-awaited strategy, which is aimed at reducing ammonia emissions, which have an adverse affect on the environment and public health. Director of […]

Six cows saved from slurry tank

SIX cows who were rescued after being stuck in a slurry tank on a farm near Irvinestown have had a “lucky escape”. An emergency call was made when the stricken cows, at an address on the Lettermoney Road near Irvinestown, were discovered. Two Fire Service appliances from Enniskillen Fire Station, one from Irvinestown, the Large […]

Bird flu zones lifted but caution advised

THE bird flu restriction zones in Fermanagh has been lifted but farmers are being warned there is still no room for complacency. Restrictions were brought in last November after the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) strain was confirmed at commercial turkey holdings near the border with Co. Monaghan. A similar lifting of restrictions has also […]

Don’t throw Protocol baby out with bathwater warns UFU

“DON’T throw the baby out with the bathwater” over the Protocol Bill is the message from Ulster’s farmers to the British government. The Protocol Bill, which is currently being debated in the House of Lords, could see the hardening of the border that separates Northern Ireland from the Republic. Fears on the effects this would […]