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Positive Farmer Response to Countryside Services’ Exclusive Caisley Tag Contract.

Announcements 10th November 2018 | By: Roger Allen

Positive Farmer Response to Countryside Services' Exclusive Caisley Tag Contract. “Excellent customer service, the reliability of the product and ease of use means Caisley Tags are perfect for our farm.” This is how father and son team, Hugh and Kyle Smyth, describe the Caisley Tag from Countryside Services. Hugh and Kyle run a progressive dairy herd outside Dromore in Co.Tyrone where attention to detail is paramount. They have been customers of Countryside Services, Dungannon, for the past three years and appreciate the savings in both time and money that can be achieved by using Caisley Tags. Hugh Smyth said, “We rear our heifer calves as herd replacements and use Caisley Tags as they are extremely robust and offer a high retention rate.” Kyle Smyth commented “tagging is made so much easier due to the fact that Caisley Tags come in a strip of four and only requires one applicator. This eliminates the potential for errors and also saves time.” Hugh went on to point out that they also use the Caisley marker pen for adding their herd management information on the tags and finds this a very useful addition. He added “ I am pleased to hear that Countryside Services have been awarded an exclusive supplier contract for the Caisley Tags. The design and quality of the Caisley Tag is complemented by the professionalism of their service.” Roger Allen, Sales Manager said, “We have been delighted at the response from farmers to the news of our exclusive status for the Caisley Tags, and can assure our customers that this will enable us to offer an even more efficient service.” Commenting on their experience in BVD testing Roger pointed out that the simplicity of the Caisley design enables a tissue sample to be taken easily in one action providing a sealed vial ready for sending to the testing laboratory. He added, “But the BVD testing tag is only part of the story - the knowledge, experience, and advice we can share since the programme was introduced makes us the tag provider of choice.”


Caisley Tags – Now Exclusive To Countryside Services.

Announcements 3rd November 2018 | By: Roger Allen

Caisley Tags – Now Exclusive To Countryside Services.   Farmers can now enjoy the superior quality Caisley Livestock ID tag  “on demand” throughout Northern Ireland due to an exclusive supplier contract granted to Countryside Services, Dungannon.   To acquire this exclusive status Countryside Services had to undergo a comprehensive supplier evaluation where customer service, production efficiency and routes to market were analysed.   The status of preferred supplier for the market-leading Caisley Livestock ID Tags allows Countryside Services to distribute animal livestock ID Tags through their premises and online store, approved independent merchants and veterinary practices throughout Northern Ireland.   Roger Allen, Sales Manager commented “While this is great news for Countryside Services it is also welcome news for the farming community. Firstly because the Caisley tag is a superior product made from a new polymer plastic which means that it benefits from an industry leading 99% retention rate cutting down the number of replacement tags required. This provides a vital saving in the long run for the farmer.   Since 2015 Countryside Services has been at the forefront of the drive to eradicate BVD.  Caisley BVD tags have been instrumental in the fight against BVD and have become a firm favorite with farmers in Northern Ireland due to their simple design, easy to use applicator and automatically sealed sample vial.     The quality of the Caisley tag, its simplicity, and design, in addition to its 99% retention rate have all contributed to its popularity throughout the province. Our excellent service combined with the exclusive rights to supply Caisley tags ensures their popularity will only increase in Northern Ireland.”   Ruth Potter, Customer Service Manager was keen to point out that Countryside Services provide an unrivaled service level, “ we supply tags in a strip of four, which makes the process of applying the tags easier and more straightforward.  We even use a unique font on the tags so they are easier to read. Our highly efficient production team ensure a quick turnaround and the farmer receives a text message to confirm the dispatch of their tags”.     Roger Allen added, “ Being awarded exclusivity of Caisley Livestock ID tags for Northern Ireland  is an incentive for us to maintain our excellent customer care performance in the field of animal livestock ID Tags.”   Keep up to date with our latest news on Facebook & Twitter   Photo info: Sales Manager Roger Allen and Customer Service Manager Ruth Potter with our fantastic Caisley BVD Tags and Applicator.


Sheep genetics study hopes to use data to raise flock profit

Uncategorized 27th June 2018 | By: Roger Allen

Abattoir data and genomics are two key areas that will be explored in a sheep genetics scoping study that will inform future British flock breeding. A Defra-funded project led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will recommend innovations in sheep breeding to maximise genetics, environmental gain and flock profit. SRUC livestock geneticist Jo Connington told Farmers Weekly that one aim was to turn the sheep breeding pyramid “on its head” through use of commercial data from abattoirs. By feeding back commercial data from cross-breds and commercial sheep this could be used to influence purebred selection decisions. The report will be complete at the end of 2018. Dr Connington said it was very early days in the study but the report would stress how far the UK sheep sector is behind competitors in Ireland and New Zealand in its use of genomics. She added: “This project aims, in the long term, to improve the efficiency and productivity of the sheep sector, driving commercial aspects of sheep production. “We will be exploring how to get to a stage where all the information we can capture in the supply chain is informing selection decisions.” The project is made up of three work streams: A review of sheep genetic improvement programmes globally The definition of the appropriate breeding goals An estimation of the economic impact of implementing the breeding goals. Project collaborators are the AHDB, the National Sheep Association, agribusiness consultancy AbacusBio and the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock. Together they will explore how different breeding goals and objectives will effect the sheep sector using genetic and economic modelling. SRUC said breeding goals will look to deliver for maternal upland, maternal lowland and terminal production systems. Our Flexo Plus Geno tissue sample tag is now available to purchase online. This unique system takes a tissue sample whilst the tag is applied.   Full article https://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/livestock-breeding/sheep-genetics-study-hopes-to-use-data-to-raise-flock-profit


General News 14th June 2018 | By: Roger Allen

Still looking for inspiration or something unique for your Fathers Day gift? We are excited to announce a very exclusive run of our Limited Edition Father's Day Keyring Tag. This top quality laser printed keyring is almost indestructible! It will complement any set of keys and will last for years. Available in a selection of colours and only £1.50 +p&p To order call our order line ( 028 8778 9770) from 9am or email info@countrysideservices.com or send us a private message. Order cut off is strictly 3pm Friday 15th June 2018.


#worldmilkday

News 1st June 2018 | By: Roger Allen

5 reasons to love milk today on #worldmilkday 1. Load up Milk is a great source of vitamins B2, B5 and B12. Milk helps to give our body energy, reduce tiredness and encourages a healthy immune system. 2. Brain food Milk gives you brains! Well, what we mean is that milk is rich in Iodine and this helps brain function. Your memory is better and so too is your concentration levels. 3. Under Pressure Milk is a good source of Potassium which helps to maintain healthy blood pressure. 4. Do you even lift Bro? Protein-rich milk is important to all of us, not just Arnie wannabes! It helps to provide our muscles with the protein needed to keep our muscles functioning. Plus remember that old saying "milk strengthens your bones?" well, that's absolutely true, phosphorous found in milk helps our skeletal system providing our bones with everything they need for optimum health. 5. Get rich Milk is nutrient rich and consuming milk is the most efficient and beneficial way to get the right nutrients our body needs. If you were to split the nutrients up and try to consume them as supplements on their own they would be less effective (and way more hassle and expensive) than just having some milk! So, who would have known how amazing and essential milk is? We at Countryside Services are super proud to be supporting our local Dairy Farmers. Let's raise a glass (of milk) to the hard working Farmers of Northern Ireland!


Lamb Adoption Service

General News 28th May 2018 | By: Roger Allen

We are proud to support The Lamb Adoption Service. This is a really worthwhile service for the farming community that has a dedicated team behind scenes updating the site several times a day. You can view their website here https://bit.ly/2n2DHwD Don't forget we sell a broad range of sheep tags to suit all budgets and requirements. Order online here https://bit.ly/2L1iQm9 or call our order line 02887789770


Balmoral Show 2018

News 24th May 2018 | By: Roger Allen

We had an awesome time at the 2018 Balmoral Show.  Here is a quick video.  


Ulster Farmers’ Union Training Division

Announcements | By: Roger Allen

Countryside Services are proud to be co-ordinating the courses on behalf of The Ulster Farmers Union. Courses commence June 2018 and enrollment is now open. The courses currently on offer are: PA1 Safe use of pesticides PA2 Boom Sprayer PA6 Hand-held Applicator Rodent Control We expect a high demand for the courses and booking is essential.  Secure your space by clicking here For more information contact the Rural Services team on 0845 0267 535

More information on the courses offered


Lantra Awards Technical Award in Safe Use of Pesticides - Northern Ireland

Summary:

Pesticides are very widely and successfully used in land-based industries, but they can be potentially harmful substances, therefore it is essential that they are handled, applied and stored correctly. This therefore makes training essential and our Safe Use of Pesticides attendance course will guide you through the key elements of using pesticides safely, and with confidence.

Target audience:

Our one day training course is for you if you are employed within the agriculture or horticulture industries, and if you are responsible for the storage, handling and application of pesticides. This course will help you develop your knowledge of health and safety and legislation enabling you to work safely and effectively out in the field.

Description: 

Our Safe Use of Pesticides - Northern Ireland - attendance course will guide you through the key elements of using pesticides safely, and with confidence.

Product objectives: 

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand your duties under the law and help you become a safe and competent pesticide user.
  • Understand what pesticides are and their ‘field of use’.
  • State legislation relevant to pesticide application.
  • Interpret and use label information.
  • Take the appropriate action to protect themselves and the environment.
  • Store and transport pesticides safely.
  • Dispose of the pesticides and containers safely.
  • Record information.

The use of the Northern Ireland Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products and pesticides labels is stressed at all times to ensure compliance with the Control of Pesticides Regulations.

The Northern Ireland code of practice specifies the knowledge and skills required of a competent operator.

Course sessions:

  • Definitions
  • Consequences of not using or handling pesticides safely
  • Legislation that affects pesticides use
  • Pesticide product labels
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safe storage and transport of pesticides
  • Environmental factors
  • Disposal of pesticides and containers
  • Dealing with accidents
  • Keeping pesticide records

Course type: One day Training Course

Min number of learners: 1

Max number of learners: 12


Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides Using Vehicle Mounted Boom Sprayer Equipment

Summary: 

The Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides Using Vehicle Mounted Boom Sprayer Equipment has been developed in direct response to a legal requirement for users to hold a recognised specified Certificate before using pesticide products to protect plants and crops from pests and diseases, and for the control of unwanted plants/weeds. From 26 November 2015, anyone who is purchasing a pesticide authorised for professional use must ensure the product will be used by someone who holds a specified Certificate or who will be working under the direct supervision of someone who holds one. A specified Certificate is one which relates to the relevant use of the product being purchased.

This qualification has been developed for individuals involved in a variety of roles in the safe use and application of pesticides using vehicle mounted boom sprayer equipment. It provides the opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification which reflects the national standards for the type of role(s) they perform.  This qualification will be suitable for those entering work, those who have established themselves in a role and those working at technician/supervisory/management levels.

This qualification is available for learners aged 16+ wishing to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the safe use and application of pesticides using boom sprayer equipment.

Description: 

The qualification is designed to enable learners to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to support their role(s) and develop their career in the protection of plants and crops from pests and diseases, and controlling unwanted plants and weeds. It also provides an opportunity for learners to obtain a specified certificate, without which they would not be able to carry on working with pesticides. The qualification will enhance the ability of personnel to work safely, effectively and efficiently in the workplace, reducing unnecessary risks to themselves and others.

Product objectives: 

The qualification aims to assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding and competence in:

  • the regulations regarding safe use of pesticides
  • pesticide product information
  • hazards and risks associated with pesticides
  • personal safety when using hand held equipment
  • the measures to deal with pesticide poisoning
  • safe working practices
  • the requirements for protected areas
  • environmental risks and protection of wildlife
  • how to deal with incidents
  • factors to consider when using pesticides with vehicle mounted boom sprayer equipment

Product purpose: 

Following regulatory requirements for qualifications to have a distinct purpose, this qualification is identified and approved with Ofqual to have the following:

  • Purpose: D Confirm occupational competence and/or 'licence to practice'
  • Sub purpose: D2 Confirm the ability to meet a 'licence to practice' or other legal requirements made by the relevant sector, professional or industry body.

Course: Level 2 Qualification (one day training followed by 2-3 hour assessment on subsequent day)

Assessment type: Internal assessment and external verification

Course / product delivery: Theory and practical based


Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides Using Hand Held Equipment

Summary: 

The Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides Using Hand Held Equipment has been developed in direct response to a legal requirement for users to hold a recognised specified Certificate before using pesticide products to protect plants and crops from pests and diseases, and for the control of unwanted plants/weeds. From 26 November 2015, anyone who is purchasing a pesticide authorised for professional use must ensure the product will be used by someone who holds a specified Certificate or who will be working under the direct supervision of someone who holds one. A specified Certificate is one which relates to the relevant use of the product being purchased.

This qualification has been developed for individuals involved in a variety of roles in the safe use and application of pesticides using hand held equipment. It provides the opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification which reflects the national standards for the type of role(s) they perform.  This qualification will be suitable for those entering work, those who have established themselves in a role and those working at technician/supervisory/management levels.

This qualification is available for learners aged 16+ wishing to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the safe use and application of pesticides using hand held equipment.

Description: 

The qualification is designed to enable learners to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to support their role(s) and develop their career in the protection of plants and crops from pests and diseases, and controlling unwanted plants and weeds. It also provides an opportunity for learners to obtain a specified certificate, without which they would not be able to carry on working with pesticides. The qualification will enhance the ability of personnel to work safely, effectively and efficiently in the workplace, reducing unnecessary risks to themselves and others.

Product objectives: 

Mandatory Unit- K/507/0952 Principles of the Safe Use and Application of Pesticides Optional Units- R/507/3862 Safe application of pesticide to land using hand held equipment fitted with hydraulic nozzles or rotary atomisers Y/507/3863 Safe application of pesticide to land and water using hand held equipment fitted with hydraulic nozzles or rotary atomisers

The qualification aims to assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding and competence in:

  • the regulations regarding safe use of pesticides
  • pesticide product information
  • hazards and risks associated with pesticides
  • personal safety when using hand held equipment
  • the measures to deal with pesticide poisoning
  • safe working practices
  • the requirements for protected areas
  • environmental risks and protection of wildlife
  • how to deal with incidents
  • factors to consider when using pesticides with hand held equipment

Product purpose: 

Following regulatory requirements for qualifications to have a distinct purpose, this qualification is identified and approved with Ofqual to have the following:

  • Purpose: D Confirm occupational competence and/or 'licence to practice'
  • Sub purpose: D2 Confirm the ability to meet a 'licence to practice' or other legal requirements made by the relevant sector, professional or industry body.

Course: Qualification Level 2

Assessment type: Internal assessment and external verification

Course: Theory and practical based


Lantra Awards Rodent Control on Farms

Summary: 

This course approved by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) Training and Certification Working Group is designed to help people plan and carry out rat and mouse control in an agricultural setting. It is intended to provide a full working knowledge of both preventive and curative methods to be able to plan, implement and monitor a control programme that is appropriate to the situation, assessing and using the most efficient and safe methods and with due regard to the environment. This course provides an opportunity to gain an industry recognised certificate that will be a requirement for users from June 2016. It is the responsibility of anyone carrying out rodent control to be familiar with the relevant legislation concerning the humane and effective management of rat and mouse problems. Whilst guidance is given during the course on the main legislation and its relevance to rodent control, it is essential that those engaged in pest control should keep up to date with changes in legislation that may affect pests or pest control.

Target audience: 

Our comprehensive training is for anyone who wishes to control rodents and undertake pest control predominantly in land-based or related industries. This course provides an opportunity to gain an industry recognised certificate that will be a requirement for users from June 2016.

Description: 

The training will include theory and practical activities during the day and provide you with an understanding of why it is necessary to control rodents, the biology and behaviour of rodents and legislation associated with rodent control. You will understand what information is required when carrying out a survey and the non-chemical methods available to control rodents as well as the current rodenticides and formulations how they work, how to transport them, safe disposal and the importance of completing documentation. This training is suitable to anyone new to rodent control or wishing to develop their skills further in rodent control.

Product objectives: 

  • Understand your responsibilities under the law and help you become a safe and competent biocide user
  • Interpret and use product label information
  • Store and transport biocides safely
  • Dispose of biocides and containers safely
  • Record information correctly
  • Identify rats and mice and the typical symptoms of damage caused
  • Identify non-target species
  • Identify the degree and source of an infestation
  • State the legislative obligations and responsibilities relevant to the control of rats and mice
  • Describe the lifestyle, habits and habitats of rats and mice
  • Plan, implement and monitor an effective control programme for rats and mice
  • Select and carry out the most appropriate methods of rat and mouse control, in line with current legal guidelines and recognised good practice
  • Understand the effect rodent control can have on the environment and ensure risks to non-target animals are minimised.

Course sessions:

  • Legislation that affects Pest Management
  • Common terms for using Biocides
  • Public Health Biocides Product labels
  • Safe Storage and Transport of Biocides
  • Disposal of Biocides and Containers
  • Keeping Biocide Records
  • Specific Legislation and best practice for the management and control of rats and mice
  • Target Pest Species
  • Non-Target Species
  • Site Surveys
  • Evaluate Control Options
  • Control Programmes

Course: One day training followed by a one hour assessment

Assessment type: Internal assessment and external verification

Course / product delivery: Theory and practical based

Min number of learners:  1

Max number of learners:  15


DAERA announces £7.9million budget for second tranche of Farm Business Improvement Scheme, Tier 1

Announcements 3rd May 2018 | By: Roger Allen

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs have announced that an additional £400,000 is available for the second tranche of Tier 1 of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Capital (FBIS-C). To date 1,480 Letters of Offer for grant totaling £7.5million have been issued. Letters of Offer will continue to issue to eligible applications on a weekly basis to those receiving the highest score until the available budget is fully allocated. It is expected that unsuccessful applicants will be notified by early June. To read this article in full click here