UK pig industry antibiotic usage drops for third year running

UK pig industry antibiotic usage drops for third year running

Industry leaders, including the Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum (NIPBF), have welcomed latest figures indicating the pig industry has reduced antibiotic usage throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland by a further 16% in 2018 on the year before. The industry target is to reach 99 mg/PCU by 2020. According... View Article

Henderson develops produce category creating new brand with local suppliers

Henderson develops produce category creating new brand with local suppliers

Henderson Wholesale has developed its fresh produce category together with 19 local suppliers to create a new brand, The Greengrocer’s. In September 2018, Henderson Wholesale embarked on a full analysis, review and refresh of its produce offering, looking at every aspect of the business from the suppliers, products and branding... View Article

UFU focuses on fruit and veg campaign at Balmoral

UFU focuses on fruit and veg campaign at Balmoral

Recognising a gulf between the need for fruit and vegetables to be a key part of any diet and consumer behaviour, Ulster Farmers’ Union has joined forces with Veg Power and the Food Foundation to convince parents and children that eating more healthily is not only good, but also a... View Article

M&S recognises its local farmer suppliers

M&S recognises its local farmer suppliers

Producers from across Northern Ireland and Ireland were recognised by M&S at its Select Farm Awards presentation, which took place on the first day of this year’s Balmoral Show. The winners were Excellence Award – James Brannigan, Co Fermanagh; Innovation Award – Pat McGlade, Newry; Young Producer Award – Arlene... View Article

Four Nations Butchery Championships to take place at Meat2Trade

Four Nations Butchery Championships to take place at Meat2Trade

Created by the butchery trade organisation, Butchery Excellence International – Meat2 Trade is a new trade exhibition which is coming to Lisburn’s Eikon Exhibition Centre in October 2019. Dedicated to the food manufacturing, retailing and butchery industries, it has also been announced that Meat2Trade will be home to the first-ever... View Article

HR seminar to bear fruitful harvest

HR seminar to bear fruitful harvest

With the number of job vacancies across NI’s food and drink industry estimated to total 800 by the end of the year – and the sector’s growth outpacing the number of applications – the industry faces a potential resource issue which could hamper its future growth. To address the problem... View Article

M&S reinforces position as leading retailer supporting local agriculture and farming sustainability

M&S reinforces position as leading retailer supporting local agriculture and farming sustainability

As the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) prepares to open the gates at Balmoral Park for the 150th Balmoral Show, Platinum Sponsor Marks & Spencer is set to showcase its commitment to local agriculture and farming sustainability. Peter Kennedy, M&S Agriculture Manager says: “M&S has always led the field in... View Article

Ireland to host World Potato Congress in 2021

Ireland to host World Potato Congress in 2021

The Irish Potato Federation has won the bid to host the World Potato Congress (WPC) in 2021 in Dublin. The President of the Irish Potato Federation, Michael Hoey, said: “Winning the World Potato Congress for Ireland is the culmination of a lot of hard and creative work by a very... View Article

Latest ever planting of early potatoes

Latest ever planting of early potatoes

This week has seen a major push by early potato growers in North Down to get crop into the ground. “We estimate that 60% of this year’s early crops are planted. But growers are nearly a full two months behind their normal planting schedule, said Lewis Cunningham, managing director of... View Article

UFU raises over £21,000 for Air Ambulance NI at annual dinner

UFU raises over £21,000 for Air Ambulance NI at annual dinner

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has raised over £21,000 for Air Ambulance NI at its annual dinner. UFU president, Barclay Bell says he has been blown away by the support from farmers and industry for the life-saving charity. “The air ambulance has been operational since July and already I have heard... View Article