Contact DARD

You can contact the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) by telephone, in writing, by email or by forwarding your request through this website.

How to contact DARD (Northern Ireland)

If you know the name of the person you wish to speak to, please telephone 0300 200 7850.
For all other enquiries please see below:
DARD telephone numbers (charged at local rate)
Animal Health & Welfare and Veterinary Public Health
Information and services relating to livestock movements, trade, animal welfare, veterinary public health,
and the prevention and control of animal diseases
0300 200 7840
Cattle Registration Line
Registration of cattle births and deaths by telephone
0300 200 7855
Education and Training
Education and training courses provided by CAFRE
0300 200 7841
Agri-environment schemes. Countryside Management advice including Cross-Compliance, Nitrates
Directive, Codes of Good Agriculture Practice, Farm Waste Management, Uncultivated Land
Regulations and Field Boundary Removals.
0300 200 7842
Livestock. Crops. Horticulture. Plant health. Equine. Organic farming. Farm business management.
Information technology and online services.
0300 200 7843
Aquaculture. Sea fisheries. Fish health. Foyle, Carlingford & Irish Lights Commission.
0300 200 7844
Flood Defence and Drainage
Sea and river defences. Flood protection. Flood risk management. Drainage. Maintenance of designated
watercourses. For flooding emergencies call the Flooding Incident Line 0300-2000-100.
0300 200 7845
Knowledge and technology transfer. Marketing support to food businesses. Food industry training.
Food Business Incubation Centre. Food Safety. Product certification. Marketing and quality standards.
0300 200 7846
Timber production and marketing. Plant health controls for wood and bark, Woodland grants
(including Short Rotation Coppice). Recreation. Educational visits. For caravanning and camping
bookings you will need to book directly with the Forest Park.
0300 200 7847
Grants and Funding
Single Farm Payment, LFACA, agri-environment, farm, fisheries, forestry and rural development
payments and grants, pre-2005 schemes.
0300 200 7848
Rural Development
Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme, Rural and community development,
Farm diversification, Rural Champion, Rural Proofing, Rural White Paper.
0300 200 7849
DARD Corporate Services
DARD Headquarters, Press Office, information services and systems, human resources and
facilities management.
0300 200 7850
Calls from non-UK numbers or networks/International Calls +44(0)
28 9049 5780
The above contact details, and contact details for DARD's Regional Offices, are available using the links below:

Other enquiries:

The DARD Helpline number is 0300 200 7852
The DARD Helpline email is:
If you have a hearing difficulty you can contact the Department via Text Relay. Making a call from a textphone dial 18001 + number. Making a call from a telephone dial 18002 + number.
If you wish to write to the Department, you can use the following postal address:
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB
Alternatively, you may contact the Department using the following online form:
Please note - The above contact details are for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland only.
Below are links to the contacts pages for other regions

Greening E-Mail Helpline

If you have queries regarding Greening you can contact DARD by using the following email address It will be helpful for DARD staff if you include your name and business ID with the query.

How to contact the Minister

The Private Office provides administrative support to the Minister Michelle O'Neill - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
You can write to the Minister at:
Michelle O'Neill
DARD Private Office
Room 438
Dundonald House
Belfast BT4 3SB
You can telephone the Minister's Office on 028 9052 4739
Alternatively, you can email the Private Office at:

How to complain

If you have a complaint about the quality of service you received, please use the link below to follow the Complaints Procedure.

Reporting wrongdoing ("Whistleblowing") - How to raise a concern

This guidance invites the general public, where they may have witnessed or have concerns about alleged wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and malpractice in the Department of Agriculture & rural Development (DARD) to make their concerns known (“blow the whistle” to the Department).

Contacting the web admin team

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