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Help prevent fuel theft with these useful tips

Thursday, 8 November 2018

With the night’s drawing in, we urge you to remain vigilant against fuel theft in the countryside. A 1,000-litre tank can be drained within minutes and a tank that’s not properly protected will make an easy target for thieves looking to make some quick money.
Statistics show that of all the items available on a farm, fuel was the eighth most likely thing to be targeted by criminals. This means that thieves stand a higher chance of stealing these liquids instead of horses and tractors.



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Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today urged water users, both recreational and commercial to take precautions when visiting the River Blackwater catchment in Co Tyrone.

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Countryside Alliance sets out 5 principles for new agricultural policy

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Countryside Alliance has set out five principles that should be at the heart of a new British agricultural policy to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. 

The Government has been consulting on plans to introduce a UK policy framework for agriculture with specific policies for a new system of support in England post Brexit. The devolved administrations have also been consulting on plans for new policies in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The Government is expected to publish the long-awaited Agriculture Bill shortly and MPs will have the chance to debate it in Parliament later this year

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Countryside Alliance Show How Rural Activities Can Lead To Health Benefits

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Countryside Alliance has told a Government inquiry how taking part in rural activities such as fishing, hunting or shooting sports has shown to provide a positive impact on social mobility, education, health, and community engagement.

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Be Wildfire Aware

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

In 2017 the fire service attended over 2,072 gorse fires across Ireland.
While the majority of gorse fires attended by the Fire & Rescue Services are started deliberately they can also be started unintentionally by thoughtless and careless behaviour.
Both deliberate and accidental fires can cost lives and they are asking that the public heed fire safety advice to protect themselves and the countryside. These fires can easily spread and even a slight change in wind direction can pose a serious risk to life, property and the environment. 

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Compulsory CRRU-IASIS Wildlife Aware Certification

Friday, 6 October 2017

Trained Professional Users of Rodenticides must register with Dept of Agriculture by 31 December 2017 and must have CRRU-IASIS Wildlife Aware Certification
Newly introduced requirements for those offering rodent pest management services require that Trained Professional Users (PMUs) offering such service register with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). 

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Wanted rabbits and hares from across Ireland

Monday, 12 June 2017

We have been asked if our members would assist a PhD student (Jen Prebble) who is studying rabbit and hare parasites for which we need as many carcasses as possible.

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Avian Influenza Update

Monday, 5 June 2017

Avian Influenza H5N8 has been confirmed in a small backyard flock of chickens and geese in Norfolk, England. The infected premises is situated within a poultry dense area with 87 commercial premises located within the 10km surveillance zone that DEFRA have put in place.
Specific licensing arrangements relating to the movement into Northern Ireland of poultry which took effect from 9.00 am, Monday 19 December 2016 remain in place.


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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in NI extended to 31 May

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Avian Influenza Protection Zone covering Northern Ireland is being extended until 31 May 2017, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has confirmed. 
The current Prevention Zone, which expires at 11.59pm on 30 April, provides keepers in all areas of Northern Ireland with the option to let their birds outside subject to them complying with additional biosecurity mitigation measures.Ahead of the implementation of the new Prevention Zone on Monday 1 May, Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Robert J Huey is reminding all bird keepers to remain vigilant.

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Guidance on Avian Influenza for Hunters

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Hunting associations and wildlife authorities should be aware that H5N8 and other avian influenza viruses might be present in waterfowl hunted during the migratory season. No human cases of the avian influenza H5N8 subtype currently circulating, or other viruses of this subtype, have been reported.
However hunters are potentially at risk of infection from influenza viruses and other avian pathogens (e.g. salmonella, chlamydia). There is no evidence that properly cooked waterfowl (or domestic poultry) can cause illness in people. Hunting, handling and dressing of shot waterfowl carries the risk of spreading avian influenza viruses to susceptible poultry.
Surveillance of wild waterfowl is an important function that hunters can perform to assist the Department of Agriculture in avian influenza controls.

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