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 […]

New Year message from UFU president David Brown

THIS YEAR Florencecourt native David Brown took over as president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union. It was a challenging year for local farmers, between the costs crisis, the ongoing political stalemate at Stormont, and issues over the Brexit Protocol. Below, in his New Year’s message, Mr Brown shares his hopes for 2023. “We have marked the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hedge cutting illegal before end of summer

FERMANAGH farmers and anyone hoping to give their boundaries a trim at the moment has been reminded it’s a criminal offence to cut hedges, trees or scrub before the end of August. Local police have shared a warning issued by the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) after reports of hedge cutting taking place right across the […]