The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

A Unionist newspaper published daily in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Articles cover current events, politics, and sports from around Northern Ireland and the UK.

Articles from June 19, 2004

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ALEX KANE: UUP Must Resist the Temptation to Wobble and Panic
Byline: ALEX KANE NO amount of spin, or cookie-cutting, can disguise the sheer horror of the UUP's Euro result. The lowest vote and percentage of vote in the party's history and out-polled in every constituency by the DUP. On these figures, no...
Attraction Crowned Coronation Queen
Byline: WILLIAM HAYLER ATTRACTION cemented her status as the best three-year-old filly in Europe over a mile with victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot yesterday. The first to complete the English and Irish 1000 Guineas double, Attraction...
Australians Launch New Grading Method for Beef
MEAT Standards Australia (MSA) has launched a new alternative grading method for guaranteeing the eating quality of beef. The new 'hot grading' method will offer processors greater flexibility in selecting a method of grading that better suits their...
Bar Killings Atrocity Plea 10 Years On
Byline: JOANNE LOWRY TEN years after the murder of six men in a bar in Co Down, police have renewed their appeal for information in a bid to bring those responsible to justice. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the Loughinisland killings,...
Beef Is on the Increase
Byline: DAVID MCCOY FOLLOWING the results of the December 2003 census, the Meat and Livestock Commission has revised its beef production forecasts upward to take account of the increased numbers of cattle between one and two years. As a result,...
'Bizzare' Negotiating Style Was Damned with Faint Praise
DAVID Trimble's negotiating skills come under fire in Godson's exhaustive biography. Blair trouble-shooter Jonathan Powell identifies one of the distinctive features of the UUP leader's ''bizarre'' negotiating style. This was that he either asked...
BOOKS: Candid Moments in Canterbury Tales
Know the Truth by George Carey. Published by HarperCollins, London. pounds 20 GEORGE Carey had an unlikely background for an Archbishop of Canterbury, coming as he was the son of a Ford motor worker in a working class area of Dagenham in East London....
BOOKS: Strange Affair of Detective Strange
Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos. Published (hardback) by Orion. pounds 12.99 PELECANOS'S novel Hard Revolution is a prequel to a trilogy of books featuring Washington DC African American detective Derek Strange. The first part of the book...
BOOKS: The Immigration Issue
Bloody Foreigners: The Story Of Immigration To Britain, by Robert Winder. Published (hardback) by Little, Brown. pounds 20 IMMIGRATION is often thought of as a recent development, but as Robert Winder shows, a steady flow of people has come to...
British Simmental Cattle Society Council Meeting at Enniskillen
Byline: DAVID MCCOY THE British Simmental Cattle Society Council has met in Northern Ireland for the first time. Council members travelled from Scotland and England to join with Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Club members for a two-day meeting...
BRUSSELS NOTEBOOK: EU Parliament Fails to Impress Voters
Byline: RICHARD WRIGHT AS the election results for the European parliament came in across Europe officials in Brussels tried to put a brave face on the outcome. In general the real winner was apathy, with the turnout well down. Even worse...
BSE Eradication Rules Revised
A EUROPEAN Commission proposal to revise the BSE eradication rules has been agreed by the Member States through the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. The revised rules will reduce costs for farmers and industry while maintaining...
Buffer Feeding in Summer .
Byline: DAVID MAWHINNEY DAIRYING TECHNOLOGIST, GREENMOUNT CAMPUS, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTGUREM FOOD AND RURAL ENTERPRISE GRASS growth rate has slowed down significantly in many parts of the Province due to the dry weather conditions in recent weeks....
Bundles of Joy Can Save a Packet with Gordon's Gift to New-Borns
Byline: JEREMY GATES WITH Britain's adults a trillion pounds in the red, is it possible to turn children into determined long-term savers - watching patiently as a Government gift at birth grows into a useful lump sum on the threshold of adulthood?...
BY IAN PARKES: Speed Worries Button
Byline: IAN PARKES JENSON Button admits to being worried about the speed of Michael Schumacher - which actually makes the BAR star very happy. It is all a far cry from nine months ago for Button when he headed into last year's United States Grand...
Callous Nurse Is Jailed for Trying to Murder OAPs
A ''CALLOUS and unprofessional'' nurse was jailed for five years yesterday for trying to kill two elderly patients in a bid to free beds. Ward sister Barbara Salisbury, 48, was found guilty of the attempted murders of 88-year-old May Taylor and...
CAP Reform Not Only Issue, Warns Banker
BEWARE of over-reacting to CAP reform, says David Douglas, Regional Agribusiness Manager for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. "While the need to respond with care and precision to CAP reform is obviously a key factor for rural businesses this year,...
Castlewellan Show . . . Bigger and Better This Year
CASTLEWELLAN & District Agricultural Show Ltd, organisers of one of the largest one-day shows in Northern Ireland, have issued the schedule for their annual Show on Saturday, July 17. With the support of existing and new sponsors, a larger programme...
CHRISTOPHER SALFORD: Unionism's Fight Draws to a Close as Nationalism's Begins
Byline: CHRISTOPHER SALFORD THE results of the recent European election, announced on Monday afternoon, confirmed that the re-alignment of Unionist politics is well and truly underway. Those in the media and the other political parties who would...
Clergy Part of CSS Scheme
CHURCH curates have been introduced to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) as part of their postordination training. The clergy toured Rectory Farm in Great Easton, on the Leicestershire/ Northamptonshire...
Colombia Three Are 'Fearful' of Army Help
THREEIrishmen - acquitted on terrorism charges in Colombia but forced to remain in the country pending an appeal - have refused government protection, citing the army's alleged links to right-wing death squads. "We've read the human rights reports...
CORNERSTONE: Team Aspect of Ministry Hailed
THE understanding of church ministry is changing and it must change, a leading Church of Ireland cleric says. Canon Cecil Hyland, former director of ordinands, said there is a new emphasis on team ministry, on collaborative ministry and on the ministry...
Dairy Chain Delivers the Dairy Industry
ALL that is best about the British dairy industry will be showcased in The Dairy Chain - an innovative new feature located on a prime site in the heart of the Royal Show. But the exhibit will not be complete without the presence of dairy farmers...
DAN KINNEY: Anglers Angry at Fleeing Fish
Byline: DAN KINNEY I NEVER was one for letting dull facts, however important, get in the way of a good story. After visiting the Loughs Agency's smart new headquarters at Prehen in Londonderry this week and being cordially received by the staff...
Dealer Turned Dogs on Police
A MOTHER left court in floods of tears after her drug-dealing son was jailed for four years yesterday. Belfast Crown Court heard that three Rottweiller dogs belonging to 21-year-old Thomas Bingham had attacked police officers who had gone to search...
DEFRA Clamp Down on Waste Products
Byline: DAVID MCCOY FOLLOWING lengthy negotiations between the Agricultural Industries Confederation, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency, AIC confirmed DEFRA had agreed that materials resulting from...
DEFRA in Move to Snuff out Disease Threat
Byline: DAVID MCCOY THE Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs yesterday published a paper which gives illustrations of the potential role it sees for emergency vaccination in tackling outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. The paper...
Donnelly in Early Lead
EUGENE Donnelly put his stamp of authority on the opening day of the Shell Donegal Rally in his Toyota Corolla WRC. During the six stages he set fastest time on four of them, sharing time with Andrew Nesbitt on one, while Nesbitt won one in his...
Drop in English TB Herd Incidents
PROVISIONAL statistics for the first four months of 2004 show a reduction in the number of herd incidents and herds under restrictions in England compared to the same period in 2003. The statistics, presented to the TB Forum, revealed that the number...
Dutch Potato Exports Continue to Impress
Byline: DAVID MCCOY HOLLAND'S seed potato exports from the 2003 crop continue to increase. The cumulative total, up to the end of April, was almost seven per cent higher, at 698,000 tonnes, than for the 2002 crop with 653,000 tonnes. The largest...
Enniskillen Students Receive Their Awards
THE first of the agricultural college prize days was held yesterday. Miss Jean Mitchell was special guest speaker at the annual prize day at Enniskillen Campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise. And Professor Tom Fraser,...
EU Awards Pounds 128m to Food Safety Research
THE European Commission is to award EUR192 million (pounds 126 million) for food quality and safety research in the second year of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme for Research. These funds will go to 31 research projects and networks of excellence...
Euro Constitution Agreed by Leaders
Byline: JON SMITH AND GEOFF MEADE A EUROPEAN constitution was agreed last night - a landmark new EU rulebook - after marathon talks in Brussels. The final deal meets most of Prime Minister Tony Blair's demands to preserve Britain's "red lines"...
Europe Goes Organic
THOSE who support the concept of organic farming - either as a producer or consumer - are in no doubt as to its benefits. The rest, whether farmers or consumers, don't care. Consumers who have not been persuaded of the system's benefits, simply...
Executive Progress on Housing Targets
Byline: IAN STARRETT EFFORTS to improve living accommodation for the people of Londonderry are making steady progress, a housing chief claimed yesterday. Sean Mackie, Housing Executive Londonderry area manager, spoke at the launch of the organisation's...
Experts Picking Holes in Defending Champions
Byline: DAN KINNEY THE experts are at it again, picking holes in the armoury of All-Ireland champions Tyrone. They didn't play well against Fermanagh in the Ulster quarter final. Nor, indeed, did Armagh, against Cavan last Sunday. But I have...
FARMHOUSE CORNER: A Case of Careful What You Wish For
Byline: NIKI HILL THE break in the long days of hot sunshine this week has served to remind us just how wilful our weather patterns can be these days , and reinforce our belief that if only ... we had this kind of weather for most of the time, what...
FARMHOUSE CORNER: Make the Most of Those Babies.
WITH the new potatoes in the shops, take advantage of their unique flavour and texture by cooking them in a summer fashion. POTATO SALAD WITH SALAMI You can use ordinary sausages (cooked and then cooled) for this one if you wish. For four...
FARMHOUSE CORNER: Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted - or Will They
Byline: WIFE'S TALE BY VALERIE HIGGINSON WHEN we were young, most farms had signs up somewhere on their lands ''Trespassers will be prosecuted'. Another popular sign was 'No Shooting'. But where have these signs gone? Have we become more tolerant...
Food for Thought
Byline: LYNNE DAWSON, AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NORTHERN IRELAND CREEP feeding lambs from six weeks of age to weaning can increase lamb live weight gains by up to 21 per cent and lamb weights at weaning by up to 4kg. This is the finding...
FOOTBALL: End of the Road for Bulgars
Byline: PAUL WALKER Bulgaria 0 Denmark 2 BULGARIA went out of Euro 2004 in disgrace yesterday as they were beaten by Denmark in an ill-tempered Group C encounter in Braga. The Bulgarians, after shipping in five goals to Sweden in their opening...
FOOTBALL: 'Goose' in Firing Line .
ROBERT "Goose" Robinson is determined not to be on the receiving end of a Danish pasting when Ballymena United make an Inter-Toto Cup debut in tomorrow's first round first leg away Odense. The 29-year-old goalkeeper bridges a three-year gap since...
FOOTBALL: Greece Close in on Quarter Final Spot
GREECE will attempt to book their place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2004 without inspirational midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos. The 29-year-old Bolton star has been a key figure in his country's first two Group A games, the shock 2-1 win over...
FOOTBALL: Ibrahimovic Saves the Day
Italy 1 Sweden 1 ZLATAN Ibrahimovic rescued a point for Sweden with a late goal against Italy at the Dragao stadium in Porto. The Ajax forward struck five minutes from time to earn a 1-1 draw and punish the Italians who missed numerous chances...
FOOTBALL: Justy's Euro Blow
Byline: DENIS O'HARA JUSTIN McBride will be part of the Ballymena United squad that travels to Denmark for tomorrow's Inter-Tota Cup tie against Odense But the pint-sized striker will miss next Saturday's return fixture at the Showgrounds because...
FOOTBALL: No 'Home' Guarantee Says Pauleta
PORTUGUESE star Pauleta believes home advantage matters very little in games against Iberian rivals Spain, with the two sides set to face each other tomorrow in Lisbon. Portugal were humbled by Greece in their Euro 2004 opener, and forward Pauleta...
FOOTBALL: Raging Rooney
Byline: JOHN CURTIS ENGLAND hero Wayne Rooney has admitted he needs to get angry to produce his best form - and has vowed not to change his ultra-competitive approach during Euro 2004. Rooney put England's campaign back on track with a fine individual...
Four Years for Hit-and-Run Killer Called 'Disgrace'
A GRIEVING wife slammed as a "disgrace" the four-year jail term given to a callous hitandrun death driver yesterday. However, a disgusted Geraldine McLaughlin said she was "not surprised" at the jail term and 10-year driving ban given to the killer...
Funding Package Lays Foundations for 'Digital Corridor'
Byline: HELEN MCGURK A 2.3m euro scheme to develop a cross-border 'digital corridor' for the east border region, has been unveiled. Representatives from the University of Ulster, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Dream Ireland joined the Republic's...
Ghosts of '69 Finally Laid to Rest
Byline: IAN CALLENDER ONE of the most significant moments of the day at Stormont on Famous Thursday was a decision taken just 6pm, halfway through Ireland's winning reply. Alex O'Riordan, one of the heroes of Sion Mills 1969, and who was present...
Glenravel's Big Day Out
GLENRAVEL and District Sheepdog Society helds its 58th annual trial on the land of J P Mc-Fadden at Newtowncrommelin last Saturday. Seamus Gallagher was the man in the hot seat judging the 68 dogs that were entered. It was a lovely course sloping...
Great Night at Simmental Stockjudging
MEMBERS of the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Club came together for their annual junior stockjudging competition on Thursday night. Junior members and senior members alike enjoyed judging the excellent stock provided by the host, Robert Rodgers,...
Hostage Beheaded Claim by Al-Queda
THE al-Queda group which kidnapped American Paul M Johnson Jr said in an online statement last night that it had killed the hostage - and posted three still photographs of his beheaded body. "In answer to what we promised...to kill the hostage Paul...
Ireland Are Well Worth Watching
SIMPLY sensational. The greatest ever win in Irish cricket history. Again. That opening line has become a virtual cutand-paste job as Jason Molins' men keep hitting new highs. A senior statesman on our sportsdesk had called for this column to...
Irish Gold Medals Up for Grabs
Byline: DAVE MCKIBBIN OVER 1,500 young athletes will be at the Antrim Forum today and tomorrow for the First Trust Northern Ireland and Ulster Age Group Championships. There are 152 titles down for decision altogether with a host of Irish Schools'...
Jeremy Fit for Dutch TT
Byline: DERMOT JAMES JEREMY McWilliams yesterday declared himself fit to ride in the Dutch TT next Saturday. The Belfast veteran has recovered well from injuries received a week ago in a warmup crash at Catalunya in Spain. "I was forced to...
JOHN CUSHNIE: Create Air of Tranquillity with an Oriental Landscape
Byline: JOHN CUSHNIE SIMPLE is the word I would use to best sum up a Japanese garden. I am sure there are complicated oriental gardens but none would compare to a traditional western garden with everything but the kitchen sink included in the...
Keep Fly Control Up to Scratch
JUST two horse flies exceed the economic nuisance threshold for cows at grass, whereas severe swarms of stable flies can cause reductions in milk yield of up to 25 per cent. Keeping fly control up to scratch when cows are at grass is as important...
Keep Grass Intakes Up
Byline: NIGEL MOORE, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL ENTERPRISE AND PETER BARRETT, THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NI KEVIN McGrade, a dairy farmer from Dromore, Co Tyrone, is one of three farmers from across Northern Ireland who are...
Keep to the Rules
Byline: KIERON CALLAGHAN, WATER MANAGEMENT UNIT, ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE SERVICE (DOE NI) THE Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (SSAFO) are designed to help prevent water pollution...
LEADING ARTICLE: Government Should Be Fair on Equality
EQUALITY is a vital ingredient in a divided society and in Northern Ireland getting the balance right is not an easy task, such are the perceptions in the two main communities that the other side is getting more than us. Nationalists, not always...
LETTER: Petrol-Heads Are in the Wrong Gear
THE Department of Regional Development has no interest in or vision for an integrated public transport system in Northern Ireland. Its argument in favour of such a system is style over substance. It is also based on deceit as the debacle concerning...
LETTER: The Mugs Are Those Hiding from the Truth
I READ with interest the comments made by South Belfast MLA Esmond Birnie regarding the pro-Union vote (News Letter, June 17). The content of the article left me thinking that, when reality is too difficult to accept, there are some who adopt a...
LIFESTYLE: Enjoy World Wine Week in Style!
Byline: (JUNE 21-27) THE young set would probably laugh if you offered them a glass of Blue Nun. It's not exactly a 'cool' drink in those hallowed clubs where everything is drunk out of a bottle. The makers have been trying to give it a fresh,...
LIFESTYLE: Lazy Summer Days - Perfect for Brunch
Byline: SANDRA CHAPMAN LATE last summer I was invited to a Sunday brunch. Now, my experience of a brunch in the past has been that the food was half breakfast, half lunch so that first occasion was a surprise to me. The mix of food was rather...
LIFESTYLE: Tasty Morsels
BANANA LOVE: Serena Williams, Leyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis wouldn't be without bananas during the Wimbledon tennis tournament. It's the courtside power snack and as well as the players tucking in, so too do the umpires, ball boys and girls,...
Loss of Home Advantage Blow to Cliftonville
CLIFTONVILLE have been forced to give up home advantage in their Royal Liver Irish Cup second round tie against Limavady today. The contractors who took over the ground on May 4, four days before their Ulster Bank League game against Lisburn, have...
Lottery Fund Boost for Rathlin's School
Byline: JOANNE LOWRY IF there's one good thing about Brian McCaughan's mode of transport to work, it's that he avoids the early morning rush hour traffic. But the father of five from Glenshesk, just outside Ballycastle, says his journey to work...
Louise Drops Dipping
SEAFORDE, Co Down pedigree Texel sheep breeder, Louise Reid, consigned dipping to the history books yet avoided early blowfly strikes! With reports since early May of blowfly strikes causing maggoting on unprotected sheep, Louise switched to using...
Maize Gets Best Ever Start
Byline: RICHARD HALLORAN DR Trevor Gilliland, from Northern Ireland's Plant Testing Station at Crossnacreevy, has confirmed to Farming Life that maize crops are currently two weeks plus ahead of where they would normally be in terms of the growth...
MAKE-A-DATE DIARY: Saturday 19th June - Wednesday 28th July
SATURDAY, June 19 Dispersal of Urney Herd of Holsteins, Rabstown Road, Urney, Strabane Saintfield Show Poultry fair, car boot and home produce sale, Dungannon Farmers' Mart (11am-3pm) Tullylagan Vintage Owners' Association vintage show,...
McGimpsey Mocks DUP 'Wings'
THE DUP has been accused of saying it will never share power with Sinn Fein - while the IRA has its weaponry - but planning for a new-look Assembly which would see it do just that. Senior Ulster Unionist Michael McGimpsey has said that "the DUP...
Meating Needs of Organic Farmers
ORGANIC farmers need to be more organised and professional to make a good living in the modern food market, says Ralph Human, managing director of the Organic Livestock Marketing Cooperative (OLMC). While food scares such as BSE and the Foot-and-Mouth...
MOTOR NEWS: Don't Stint on Servicing Warns Caravan Expert
ONE of the UK's leading caravan and outdoor specialists has highlighted the vital need of regular, professional servicing for both new and used touring caravans. Darren Brown, a Partner at Broad Lane Leisure, which operates from four facilities...
MOTOR NEWS: Honda's Fleet Comes to the Rescue
WITH mounting concern about rising fuel prices, motorists might be forgiven for panic. Certainly they are becoming more concerned with miles per gallon than miles per hour - and for many, it's time to compromise. But help could be close to hand....
MOTOR NEWS: Initial Approval for New Car Code of Practice .
THE Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' 'New Car Code of Practice', has completed stage one of the Office of Fair Trading new consumer codes approval scheme. The news means increased confidence for purchasers as the Code presents a set of...
MOTOR NEWS: Motor Bites
* Superchips, the world leader in engine management system tuning, has prepared an all-new 2.0-litre Volkswagen Caddy TDI, to compete in the VW Racing Cup, achieving massive gains in power and torque. The Racing Caddy was already fitted with a more...
MOTOR NEWS: Super Models for Father's Day
CITROEN have some super model gift ideas for Father's Day with the company's latest collection of beautifully detailed scale models - from the latest C2 Supermini to classic Citroens from the past, like the iconic DS and 2CV. The company was one...
Newcastle Leads Pan-European Organic Food Project
NEWCASTLE University is leading a new pounds 12 million project which is investigating why the taste and nutritional value of our food is decreasing and how and why organic farming can be a solution to these problems. The project includes 31 partners...
Options for Farmers Not Growing Their Own Alternative Forages
Byline: ALAN HURST, KEENAN NUTRITIONIST WITH almost all first cut silage safely in the pit across the country, it is now time to consider what can be fed alongside the grass silage next winter, so as to get optimum performance from livestock. ...
Outcry at Sentences
A MUMMY'S boy, who killed in the mistaken belief that he was saving his mother from unwanted advances, should never be released, the grieving family of his victim demanded yesterday. The call from the family of former Scottish motorcycle ace Jim...
Over There!
THE Ulster Grassland Society held a summer meeting on Tuesday when an extremely enthusiastic group of more than 70 members and friends, led by UGS president, Robert Cochrane, enjoyed two interesting and informative visits to South West Scotland. ...
PAUL CORMACAIN: Corncrake Arrives on Rathlin Island
Byline: PAUL CORMACAIN SO Rathlin Island has a corncrake! Great news! That would be a male corncrake, calling for a female to lighten his days, and in the process make the human population happier. Now, what about some corncrakes in Fermanagh,...
PEOPLEPLACES: Taking the 'Lion's' Share!
IT will not have escaped your notice that there is football competition taking place in Portugal at the moment. Everyone - in England at least - is lining up to wave the flag of St George. However, not everyone is being permitted to back the...
Pigeons Round-Up
THE INFC had a fantastic entry of 5,100 birds for the seasons Yearling Nat flown on Wednesday, June 9 from Sennen Cove. The birds were liberated at 10.15am and members were competing for a record pounds 45,500 in pools and prizes, the top winners...
Pounds 2.2m Up for Grabs through LEADER+
Byline: FARMING LIFE ER LEADER+ had offered many new opportunities to rural business in Northern Ireland - and new funding of pounds 2.2 million now available would open more doors to such ventures, Pat Toal, Department of Agriculture and Rural...
Power of Argument or Just Power
DERMOT NESBITT, Ulster Unionist MLA for South Down, challenges the Government for a fair interpretation of the laws on equality. ARCHBISHOP Eames stated last month that the perception of many in the Protestant community is that their position "is...
Premier Shares End Week on High Due to Oil and Retail Boost
TOP flight shares rounded off the week above the key 4500 level yesterday, thanks to rising oil prices and upbeat retail news. The FTSE 100 Index built on modest gains made earlier in the session to close 12.5 points up at 4505.8. During a quiet...
Record Turnout at Texel All Ireland
THE 2004 Growvite Texel All Ireland Championships, sponsored by Univet Ltd, were held in Millford, Co Donegal in conjunction with the All Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships. With glorious weather conditions, the spectators gathered to watch a...
Remembering a Childhood Friend
Byline: CONAL GILLESPIE AWUS sair frae the delvin, sneddin an slipin o' a day's sair waark i the gairden. Dailygan's dee'in licht wus neir awa quhan A lay agin mae spade. A leuked doon the Foyle watter tae Moville, Myroe, Greencastle an Magilligan...
Reward for Aussie Farmers
RECORD year-end milk flows, sales volumes and revenue figures helped Australian dairy co-operative, Fonterra, reward farmers with an eight cent lift in payout for the season just ended. The co-op exceeded a number of previous best performances during...
RON MCKNIGHT: Midnight Grace Maze Banker
THE Derby day card at Down Royal provides several tricky handicaps, however, Midnight Grace can provide a banker on the second day of the summer festival writes RON McKNIGHT. Pat Smullen takes the mount today on his wife's runner which dead-heated...
ROYAL LIVER IRISH CUP: Depleted Inst Travel in Hope
Byline: IAN CALLENDER THIS summer has hardly gone to plan for Instonians. Knocked out of the Ulster Cup and Challenge Cup and with three defeats in their first five league games, the Shaw's Bridge side are in desperate need of a winning run to...
RUGBY: Howe Carries Ulster Hopes
TYRONE Howe accepts that Ireland have a point to prove going into this afternoon's second Test against South Africa in Cape Town (2pm). The sole Ulsterman in the side is the only member of today's team who wasn't associated with the disappointing...
RUGBY: Ireland Bid for Slice of History
IRELAND will be out to make history this afternoon in Edinburgh by attempting to get to the Under-21 World Cup semi-finals for the first time. France stand in the way of this exciting young Irish team making the penultimate stage and a close game...
Rule Changes on CLA Announced
Byline: DAVID MCCOY POLICY changes on measures to control Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) in sheep and goats have been announced by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The current policy, which is to restrict flocks on suspicion...
Rural Development Takes Centre Stage
Byline: RICHARD HALLERON WITH EU voters having again delivered a centre right coalition majority to the Parliament in Strasbourg, Northern Ireland's European Commission representative, Eddie McVeigh, believes this will bring about an immediate and...
Shared Bid to Find Hope in Pain
Byline: SANDRA MURPHY TWO men whose sons were killed during the Troubles reminded young people yesterday about the importance of maintaining peace in Northern Ireland. At the annual Terry Enright Foundation event at Belfast City Hall, Colin Parry...
Shorthorns in Big Demand at Chelford
Byline: DAVID MCCOY A complete clearance and an average just short of pounds 1,000 for heifers in-milk - the highest for many years - accurately reflects the tremendous demand for blended Shorthorn breeding at the national society show and sale...
Sign Up for New Service - Wickham
Byline: DAVID MCCOY AN attempt is to be made to encourage at least 80 per cent of dairy farmers in the Republic of Ireland to sign up to a new milk recording service. The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation last week held a workshop at Moorepark,...