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Pomeroy Suckler Farmer Praises Electronic Tag for Performance Tracking Feature

News 16th April 2021 | By: Shannon Grogan

Declan Rafferty manages a suckler herd near Pomeroy, County Tyrone in partnership with brother-in-law Aidan Quinn. The farm comprises of 100 Simmental-cross, Limousine-cross, Stabiliser and Aberdeen Angus cows and currently hosts 56 hectares which is split into 5 land blocks with variant soil types. The herd has expanded from 30 suckler cows to 100 over […]

Sixth Generation Hill Farmer Values Benefits of Countryside Services Sheep EID Tags

News 4th March 2021 | By: Shannon Grogan

Rachel Houston farms sheep and suckler cows, in partnership with her father Francie, on the family farm near Rostrevor in Co. Down. The farm has been managed by the family for over three centuries and currently comprises 70 acres of farmland. The 30 suckler cows and 300 breeding ewes are also grazed on common hill […]

Clandeboye Estate Dairy Herd Looks to the Future with DNA Testing

News 19th February 2021 | By: Shannon Grogan

Clandeboye Estate has a long tradition in dairy farming, with a dairy herd on the estate for over 170 years. Whilst more widely known for the production of its famous yoghurt, the Estate is also at the forefront in using the latest technologies to ensure it attains the highest standards of cow welfare, animal health […]

Leading Ayrshire Farmer Stresses the Importance of Cattle Identification

News 4th February 2021 | By: Shannon Grogan

Accurate and consistent dairy cow identification has become so important nowadays to assist with many decisions regarding feeding rates, breeding data, disease management, calving dates etc., which all need detailed performance recording and analysis. Accurate records and animal identification are vital to ensure that the constant work load such as calving, weaning, implementing health protocols, […]

NI Farmers Saving In Excess of £150,000 for Replacement Tags

News 14th December 2020 | By: Shannon Grogan

According to official DAERA statistics there has been a reduction of 20% for cattle replacement tags from 2016 to 2020. The figures for the number of replacement tags each year are: 2016  – 219,816 2017  – 214,724 2018  – 193,895 2019  – 191,349 2020  – 176,900 circa ( 171,403 up to 5th December) From 2016 […]

Countryside Services To Partner With Two Local Charities

News 11th December 2020 | By: Shannon Grogan

“Keep abreast of all your events in 2021 while supporting two very worthy charities” – that is the advice from Countryside Services who have produced a very attractive calendar, depicting rural life and scenery in Northern Ireland, to support Air Ambulance NI and Charis Cancer Care. Ian McNiece, Managing Director of Countryside Services explains “These […]

Farm Business Improvement Scheme Assists Grassland Management And The Environment

News 25th November 2020 | By: Shannon Grogan

Financial assistance for the purchase of slurry equipment under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme has enabled Dungannon farmer, Stephen Hayes to improve his grassland management and cut fertiliser costs while contributing to environmental improvements. Stephen farms at Grove Hill, Clonmore Road, Dungannon where he runs a herd of spring calving suckler cows with all progeny […]

Solution For Animal Identification

News | By: Shannon Grogan

Confronted with animals with only one ear tag on many occasions, Brian McGartland, decided, three seasons ago that there had to be “a better system”. After detailed research he decided to purchase Caisley tags from Countryside Services Ltd, as a new polymer plastic is used in their manufacture which means that they do not go […]

WIN! Pedal Ride On Tractors

News 21st November 2020 | By: Shannon Grogan

Who doesn’t love a competition? Two Pedal ride on Tractors are up for grabs and just in time for Christmas! To be in with a chance of winning, simply: Like our Facebook page Share our competition post on Facebook Follow our Instagram page Please note: You must be a current or become a new customer […]

Organic Egg Packing Gets A Boost

News 20th November 2020 | By: Shannon Grogan

Packing eggs from 9,000 hens on a daily basis takes time, patience and expertise. David and Sharon Hall from Glebe Farms, Rathfriland have been carrying out this task for the past eleven years. Sharon explains “We started free range organic egg production 11 years ago when I called with a local egg packer to purchase […]