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Read how others are developing their rural areas.

Case Studies are showcased here to share ideas and practice. Please note they may not be eligible for funding under the current Rural Development Programme.


1000 Farm Family Members trained in First Aid

Over 1000 farm family members have now been trained as part of the Farm Family First Aid Programme. This training is delivered to farm family members throughout Northern Ireland under the Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) scheme.


FARM INNOVATION VISITS Innovations in Pig Disease Control


Farm Innovation Visits is an exciting new scheme that will give farmers the opportunity to visit farms across the UK or Europe and gain first hand experience of on-farm innovative approaches. Each trip will focus on innovations within a specific&n...


Environmental Farming Scheme

Anita Kirkpatrick and her husband David Kelly farm in partnership with Anita’s brother Alexander near Brookeborough Co. Fermanagh. The business is a mixed beef and sheep farm consisting of Aberdeen Angus cross Limousin suckler cows, producing calves for the weanling market. They also run a ...


Knocknagin Community Hall

Knocknagin Hall Committee is a community organisation which operate from Knocknagin Hall just outside the village of Desertmartin in Co. L/Derry. The Committee identified the Rural Basic Services Scheme as an opportunity for improving their current premises to serve as a local learning and commun...

Business and Enterprise

Alternative Hair Solutions

Oliveen Kelly, founder of Alternative Hair Solutions, based in Draperstown, Co L/Derry has worked in the hairdressing industry for 28 years. During that time, she has catered for an increasing number of clients who have suffered from hair loss caused by medical conditions such as alopecia or as a...

Business and Enterprise

Hamilton Erskine Ltd

The Directors of Hamilton Erskine Ltd, Co Down identified a gap in the market to manufacture Smart / Switchable glass. This glass uses electrical currents to change from clear to opaque at the flick of a switch and was not previously manufactured anywhere in Northern Ireland.  Funding was so...


Farm Business Improvement Scheme FBIS Tier 1

The Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS) is funded under the NI Rural De-velopment Programme 2014-2020. The Scheme is a package of measures aimed at improving the competitiveness and sustainability of the farming sector.
The Capital Scheme has two separate tiers – Tier 1 and Tier 2...


Farm Business Improvement Scheme Tier 2

The Mitchell Family are Dairy farmers and wanted to make their farm more efficient while at the same time benefit the environment. With funding sought under the NI Rural Development Programme via The Farm Business Improvement Scheme (Tier 2) Capital, 6 robotic milking units were purchased along w...

Business and Enterprise

Carnroe Supplies Ltd

Hugh O’ Boyle, founder and Director of Carnroe Supplies Ltd, Kilrea, Co L/Derry wanted to enhance his company’s operational capability and provide a platform on which the business could achieve growth. Funding was sought under the NI Rural Development Programme via The Rural Business ...

Business and Enterprise

Farlow Engineering Ltd

Alan Farlow, Director of Farlow Engineering Ltd, Garvagh, Co L/Derry identified demand in the marketplace for bespoke double decker trailers, which the company could respond to if the operational capability of the business could be developed.  With funding sought through the NI Rural Develop...


Farm Family Key Skills

Noreen McPeake is from a farming background in Swatragh, Co. L/Derry.  She is one of over 500 people who have attended a Farm Family Key Skills Health and Safety workshop.  Managed by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), these workshops are funded through the R...


William McIlroy

Mr McIlroy wanted to make his beef cattle business operate more efficiently so he identified the parts of the land which were most difficult to farm and devoted them to growing native woodlands. He also wanted to enhance the environmental value of his holding and to create a legacy for the future...

Agri Food

Strawberries NI

Strawberries NI was a small group of 6 strawberry growers that applied to the Supply Chain Development Programme, a scheme under the NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.  They received facilitation and specialist mentoring to develop their group and enhance the understanding of their ma...


Farm Family Options Skills Training

Farm Family Options (FFO) Skills Training was funded under Axis 1, Measure 1.1 of the NI Rural Development Programme 2007 -2013. Running from February 2009 to March 201, it had a total available budget of £2.6 million.  Almost 13,000 farmers and farm family members benefited over the l...


Village Links

Village Links is an example of a co-operation project which was supported under the previous NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.  The Lead LAG in Northern Ireland was the North East Region LAG which partnered with Waterford LEADER Partnership.  The overall aim was to look at appro...

Business and Enterprise

NI LEADER Programme 2007 2013

The LEADER Programme of the 2007 - 2013 Rural Development Programme supported over 1800 projects from across rural Northern Ireland.  Funding supported farm diversification initiatives, business creation and expansion, service provision, tourism initiatives, heritage projects and renewa...