Local retail support vital for agri-food sector

Local retail support vital for agri-food sector

As Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, I lead a new department with a broad outlook and a wide range of responsibilities. It is an economic department guided by a sustainability ethos where our agri-food industry meets our natural environment. I am particularly excited to be taking this role... View Article

Asda secures Farm Safety Affiliate status

Asda secures Farm Safety Affiliate status

Asda is the first retailer in Northern Ireland to be affiliated with a new scheme which will promote health and safety in farming. The Farm Safety Affiliate Scheme, which is being coordinated by the Farm Safety Partnership, was launched by Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs... View Article

GILFRESH TAKES BACK THE POWER WITH £2.5M INVESTMENT

GILFRESH TAKES BACK THE POWER WITH £2.5M INVESTMENT

Vegetable processor Gilfresh Produce has invested more than £2.5m in a new system which will address and tackle its rising energy costs. The investment was supported by Danske Bank. The company has installed an anaerobic digester which will see 120 tonnes per week of waste vegetables being used to generate... View Article

Mash Direct Welcome Home Secretary Theresa May to the Farm

Mash Direct Welcome Home Secretary Theresa May to the Farm

Mash Direct were thrilled to welcome the Home Secretary Theresa May to their farm along with Mike Nesbitt Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and Philip Smith Ulster Unionist MLA for Strangford. They took the opportunity to show the Home Secretary around their farm and demonstrate how they produce and... View Article

UFU IN MAJOR EU-WIDE DISCUSSIONS ON DAIRY AND PIG INDUSTRIES

UFU IN MAJOR EU-WIDE DISCUSSIONS ON DAIRY AND PIG INDUSTRIES

Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president Ivor Ferguson and Chief Executive Wesley Aston have attended the COPA- COGECA presidium meeting in the Netherlands, with EU farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, addressing a number of key issues facing the agriculture industry at present. Several meetings have also taken place with EU farming leaders... View Article

UFU host major open EU Referendum Debate

UFU host major open EU Referendum Debate

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has confirmed details of its EU Referendum debate on the Leave and Remain arguments for Northern Ireland agriculture. This will take place at the Eikon complex at Balmoral Park on Tuesday 7 June at 8.00pm. UFU president, Barclay Bell, said this was a timely opportunity, two... View Article

Cavanagh Free Range Eggs wins Asda deal

Cavanagh Free Range Eggs wins Asda deal

Award winning Cavanagh Free Range Eggs has won its first major supermarket deal, which will see it supply its locally farmed free range eggs to Asda stores across Northern Ireland. As a result of the new contract, all eggs sold in Asda’s 16 Northern Ireland stores will be locally sourced.... View Article

Balmoral Show visitors have a ‘legen-dairy’ time with Dale Farm

Balmoral Show visitors have a ‘legen-dairy’ time with Dale Farm

Dale Farm had another stand-out year at the Balmoral Show 11th-13th May 2016. Thousands flocked to the stand and consumed more than 140 litres of Dale Farm Protein Milk and more than 1 tonne of yogurt, custard and cheese throughout the three days. Visitors also had the opportunity to pick... View Article

Willowbrook Foods named Henderson Wholesale’s Local Supplier of the Year at Balmoral Show

Willowbrook Foods named Henderson Wholesale’s Local Supplier of the Year at Balmoral Show

Willowbrook Foods has taken home the top award at the Henderson Wholesale Local Supplier Awards, which took place today (Friday 13 May) at the Balmoral Show. The Co. Down supplier of salad bags and bowls, freshly prepared vegetables and cooked meal accompaniments has been trading with Henderson Wholesale for 20... View Article

Lidl continue support of Balmoral Show

Lidl continue support of Balmoral Show

The RUAS are delighted to announce that platinum sponsor Lidl is supporting the Car Park Signage and Hereford cattle section at Balmoral Show 2016. Speaking on the sponsorship, Paul Gibson, Sales Operations Executive, Lidl Northern Ireland commented “Lidl Northern Ireland is privileged to be involved in the Balmoral Show yet... View Article