Northern Ireland
NIFAIS to be made ‘more user friendly’
Peter McCann
The first stage of the new NI Food Animal Information System went live in September 2023.
Thousands of BPS forms not submitted
Scheme rules are due to change from 2025 onwards, which could see increased activity with entitlement trading.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Farmer referrals to Rural Support double
Overall, 560 farm families contacted Rural Support for help during 2023/2024, with a 40% increase in calls seen during the last six months.
One in five badgers test positive for TB
Despite the high positive rates, there are concerns that the survey could be under-estimating the extent of bovine TB infections in local wildlife.
Mixed results from winter grazing study
Experiments were conducted in Hillsborough, Co Down over two winters where silage swards were grazed by sheep for three to four weeks from mid-November.
Bluetongue vaccine approved in the Netherlands
Sheep will require one dose of the vaccine, with cattle needing two doses before they are optimally protected against the virus.
Cuddy wins UFU deputy president race
Cuddy, who farms beef, sheep and pigs, was effectively in a three-way race for the vacant deputy president position.
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from across the farming and food industry in NI.
Moy Park increases payment to growers
On a typical broiler unit with 40,000 birds and seven crops per year, the higher stocking density pay rise equates to over £11,000.
All land eligible for payment from 2026
A DAERA spokesperson confirmed to the Irish Farmers Journal this week that the rule change is 'planned for 2026'.
More growers leave Moy Park for eggs
Before eggs packers started recruiting existing poultry units, Moy Park had firm control over its supply chain.
24 April 2024 Northern Ireland