Agri-food expert honoured by Queen’s University

Agri-food expert honoured by Queen’s University

A leading member of the Northern Ireland business community has received an honorary professorship from Queen’s University Belfast. Declan Billington, chief executive of John Thompson and Sons animal-feed manufacturer and the vice-chair of the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association, recently had the title Professor of Practice conferred on him.... View Article

UFU creates Covid-19 FAQ document to help members

UFU creates Covid-19 FAQ document to help members

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has produced a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to support farmers during the Covid-19 outbreak. The content contains relevant information on the most common queries that UFU has received from members relating to the illness and its impact on the agri-food industry. There is a section... View Article

Essential farm visits require diligence, says UFU

Essential farm visits require diligence, says UFU

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is urging farmers to be extra careful when interacting with essential farm visitors. This includes milk lorry and animal feed drivers. Northern Ireland is taking measures to reduce the impact of Covid-19 and it is vital that members are taking all precautions on-farm, as well as... View Article

Livestock & Meat Commission celebrates 30 years of QA scheme

Livestock & Meat Commission celebrates 30 years of QA scheme

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the inception of the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (NIBL FQAS); a “gold standard” guarantee of high standards, according to Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) Chief Executive Ian Stevenson. “Northern Ireland was to the fore in... View Article

Agriculture Bill upholds continuation of support post-Brexit

Agriculture Bill upholds continuation of support post-Brexit

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has welcomed a provision within the Agriculture Bill regarding the legal basis for continuation of support at UK and regional levels, following the UK’s departure from the EU. The funding will remain in place until a new regional agricultural support policy for Northern Ireland is determined.... View Article

Leading physician highlights role of red meat

Leading physician highlights role of red meat

Professor Alice Stanton, director of human health at agri technology company Devenish, has outlined the importance of consuming sustainably farmed fresh foods, particularly red meat, as key to feeding a growing global population and encouraging good human health and nutrition. Speaking at the recent Oxford Farming Conference, Professor Stanton outlined... View Article

Love Lamb Week; another great success says LMC and UFU

Love Lamb Week; another great success says LMC and UFU

Reflecting on another busy Love Lamb Week, the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) and the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) says it was a great success with positive support for the industry shown throughout the week. As part of the UK-wide campaign, LMC and the UFU hosted live... View Article

Nutritional risks replace smoking as society’s “biggest killer”

Nutritional risks replace smoking as society’s “biggest killer”

Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s and coronary disease accounted for the single-largest burden on the public purse in the UK – an estimated £148bn per annum – according to an eminent nutritionist from the University of Cambridge who gave the keynote at a debate on farming, food... View Article

LMC’s pilot scheme strives to bring Meat4Schools

LMC’s pilot scheme strives to bring Meat4Schools

Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) is launching a pilot scheme which aims to improve the availability of beef and lamb for pupils studying food related subjects in post-primary schools. The Meat4Schools scheme is being run in the form of a competition in which one school from each... View Article

LMC and UFU returning to Belfast with Love Lamb Week

LMC and UFU returning to Belfast with Love Lamb Week

Love Lamb Week will see the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) and the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU)  returning to the heart of Belfast to encourage consumers to support Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) lamb. LMC and UFU will be hosting live cookery demonstrations and sampling sessions... View Article