56% decline in shipments of Irish sheepmeat to the UK in January 2021

Imports of Irish sheepmeat to the UK fell by 56% in January of this year, with overall imports of fresh and frozen sheepmeat to the UK falling 9% on the same period as last year (January), according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Exports Looking at exports first, UK exports of fresh and frozen [...]

By | April 6th, 2021|News|0 Comments

‘One-fifth of EU goods checks carried out in Northern Ireland’

Around a fifth of EU documentary checks on goods are now carried out in Northern Ireland, according to the DAERA permanent secretary. Speaking at the Stormont Agriculture Committee meeting on Thursday (March 4), Denis McMahon told members that Department of Agriculture staff had been “stretched to the limit”.The checks are required as part of the Northern Ireland [...]

By | March 8th, 2021|News|0 Comments

Northern Ireland vet shortage ‘must be addressed’ as NI Protocol problems deepen

A senior Ulster Unionist Party member has called for urgent action to address an increasingly serious shortage of vets carrying out official meat inspections in Northern Ireland. Lord Rogan was speaking after Northern Ireland’s chief veterinary officer told a Stormont committee yesterday (March 4), that when the supermarket grace period in the Northern Ireland Protocol [...]

By | March 8th, 2021|News|0 Comments

UFU backs calls for UK and EU agri-food standards to be aligned

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said it would back an agreement in principle that would align the UK as a whole to the EU’s agri-food standards. The radical proposal to align sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards was floated last week by North Down MP Stephen Farry and would have the aim of minimising trade friction [...]

By | February 22nd, 2021|News|0 Comments

DAFM staff on customs duties at ports triples in 12 months

Brexit has seen the number of Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine staff posted at Irish ports and airports to deal with customs checks more than triple over the course of the last year, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue. This follows a question on the matter from Sinn [...]

By | January 27th, 2021|News|0 Comments

DAERA launches ‘Major Emergency Response Plan’ as Brexit preparations hit critical stage

DAERA launches ‘Major Emergency Response Plan’ as Brexit preparations hit critical stage Rachel MartinNov 23, 2020, 2:39pm  Image source: Gerry Temple Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a ‘Major Emergency Response Plan’ as Brexit preparations hit a critical stage ahead of January 1, 2021. The end of the Brexit transition [...]

By | November 24th, 2020|News|0 Comments

‘Lack of understanding’ on ferry capacity ‘will lead to trade crisis’ – Murphy

Sylvester PhelanOct 30, 2020, 11:04am   Grave concerns have been expressed by independent TD Verona Murphy over what she considers to be “incorrect numbers” that the government is continually communicating in relation to ferry capacity post-Brexit. In explaining the issue, deputy Murphy said: “Simon Coveney and many others have said recently that we have 22 weekly [...]

By | October 30th, 2020|News|0 Comments

100 days to Brexit – Varadkar urges businesses to ‘focus on readiness’ Kathleen O Kathleen O’Sullivan Sep 22, 2020, 2:58pm

With 100 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period and the inevitable changes to come with it, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is urging businesses to “focus on their readiness”.From January 1, 2021, the UK will no longer be in the single market or customs union which means trade will be starkly different [...]

By | September 22nd, 2020|News|0 Comments

Could drones play a part in sheep management? – Australian trial underway

The use of drones in modern day farming is becoming increasingly popular and a trial is now underway in Australia to assess whether the hovering of a drone can replace the attentive eye of a farmer. The ‘Drones for monitoring sheep welfare’ pilot project is being conducted by a Best Wool / Best Lamb group in [...]

By | September 22nd, 2020|News|0 Comments

Draft deal agreed for movement of Irish food products through UK

By Tony Connelly Europe Editor Irish and EU officials have reached a draft agreement to limit the impact of Brexit on the movement of Irish food products and live animals into the rest of the EU via the UK land bridge, RTÉ News has learned. As a result of the agreement, officials say Irish food exports [...]

By | July 3rd, 2020|News|0 Comments