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ICA news: Bantry lunch out proves great success

For the far flung ICA guilds in West Cork, a lunch organised at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry, at the beginning of April was a very welcome event.

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Feed and manage bucket reared calves for profit

We are heading towards the end of the spring calving period,with very strong market demand continuing for all calves.

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Pressure on EU to move milk powder into humanitarian aid and animal feed

Rabobank analysts in the US predict the EU may have to move some of its 350,000 tonnes of intervention skim milk powder stocks into humanitarian aid and animal feed. ...

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Rollout of Dutch-made €5 per soil test scanner

For those who think soil sampling and laboratory analysis are too slow and costly, the arrival of hand-held soil scanners will offer an alternative.

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Happy clients and happy farmers in social farming

Linda is one of the participants who benefited from her involvement in Social Farming scheme, and this is what she had to say.

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Cattle marts report: A cruel summer is looming on horizon for the beleaguered Irish cattle buyer

This week I have some good news and I have some bad news. First the good news. 1980s pop trio Bananarama are to regroup. 

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Beef market report: 1,000 less cattle per week is critical market factor

The trade for beef at factories continued steady this week, with the reduced supply remaining a critical factor.

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Dairy farmers likely to lead farmland bidding

Dairy farmers are expected to lead the way in the 2017 agricultural property market, according to the annual Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland/Teagasc Land ...

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Poultry allowed access to open areas and runs

The Department of Agriculture lifted the legal requirement to confine poultry as a precaution against bird flu last Tuesday, five days ahead of the original schedule. ...

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Environmental Protection Agency plans water quality stream walks

Stream walk investigations to pinpoint the causes of water quality problems are planned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Q&A: It’s the meat plant that determines quality bonus

Q&A: Beef and Lamb Scheme

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€5,700 sought for 87-acre residential farm near Emly, Co Tipperary

A sizeable land parcel in the Golden Vale has just been brought to the market by Matt Ryan & Son Auctioneers of Tipperary Town.

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Multiple possibilities for residential 52 acre farm at Mallow

Located just 1km from Mallow, a 52-acre residential farm at Ironmines comes with a quality residence, outbuildings and top-class land.

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Macra news: Macra elects three vice-presidents

It’s not just president-elect James Healy who is preparing to take up office next week, Macra has also elected three vice-presidents.

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Karen Walsh: Land leases must be in writing for tax exemptions

Lease sets out both parties’ obligations and provides useful legal protection

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Veterinary advice: Everything must be in tip-top shape for Bull NCT

It had been one of those weeks when you reckoned the spring work was starting to wind down. I decided to fill a lot of last Thursday with an appointment to carry ...

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Deere debutants in Grassland & Muck 2017 working demos

John Deere’s new 6250R tractor with the award-winning CommandPRO joystick, and the company’s premium C441R wrapping baler, are among the public working demonstration ...

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131,000 landowners get one tenth of EU’s annual budget

Nearly one tenth of the entire EU budget went in annual payments to the owners of just 131,000 farm holdings in 2014, according to economist Alan Matthews.

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Make full use of AI’s potential for huge gains

The poor situation in dairying in 2016 resulted in a swing to more beef breeds and in some cases, more stock bulls.

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Helping out on the farm is just what the doctor ordered

Initiative enables people with disabilities to spend time with a host farmer in a safe and friendly environment.

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Agri events guide

Today, April 27Barryroe Co-op shareholder information meeting, 8.30pm for Inchybridge/Darrara/

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Denis Lehane: Never mind pour-on for calves. The farmer could do with cleaning wonder juice!

One of the greatest sources of trouble, for the smooth running of any farming enterprise, can be the insistence of a wife or mother that the farmer remains clean.

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Oliver Moore: Certification bodies in Oireachtas talks

It was the turn of the OCBs — the Organic Certification Bodies — to appear at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture recently.

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Cormac MacConnell: Miss Flanagan and Ban Garda O’Sullivan are still thriving

I will have ye know that when the last recession struck, at the end of the 1980s, and when the newspaper that had been my bread and butter for years upped and died ...

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Kieran Coughlan: Help to buy incentive aimed at first timers, to boost new construction

Last year’s budget saw the announcement of a “Help to Buy” scheme. The initiative offers qualifying first-time house buyers the opportunity to obtain a refund of ...

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Glanbia shareholders to vote on proposed sale in May

Glanbia plc’s proposed sale of 60% of Dairy Ireland to Glanbia Co-op, to create a joint venture called Glanbia Ireland, has progressed, with a binding legal agreement ...

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Celebrating 50 years of Kuhn’s GMD disc mowers

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Kuhn GMD disc mower’s launch.

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Another JCB telescopic technology innovation

Although aimed primarily at the construction industry, the JCB Teleskid will no doubt find plenty uses on farms.

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No bird flu restriction sales effect

Egg sales have not been significantly affected by bird flu restrictions, according to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

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Agri events guide

Sunday, April 23Point to point horse racing at Dromahane, Mallow, Co Cork; Askeaton, Co Limerick

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Technology: 11% more silage maize in trials of new seed drill

Increasing maize yield as much as 11% by planting in double rows is the latest breakthrough in seed drilling by Pöttinger.

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Macra news: Land mobility scheme tops all expectations

Macra’s Land Mobility Programme, which seeks to facilitate new collaborative arrangements between farmers, has surpassed all expectations during its three-year pilot ...

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Macra news: Macra youth praise after talks on CAP

Macra representatives and young people who participated in a series of talks on CAP have been praised by MEP Mairead McGuinness for promoting active citizenship.

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Advice for dairy farmers: Maintain condition in run-up to  breeding

Breeding is in full swing on most dairy farms.

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Denis Lehane: Different world out there in the city

I’m not the kind of man given to spending his time in cities or towns, where people congregate in vast numbers.

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Kieran Coughlan: Mileage opportunity for tax-free payments reduced

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has issued updated mileage rates effective from April 1, 2017.

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Young farmers are locked out of national reserve

EU small print has prevented two specific categories of farmer from accessing the 2017 National Reserve.

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Karen Walsh: Enduring Power of Attorney works like an insurance policy

Enduring Power of Attorney is one way to cover all eventualities, giving somebody legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the mental capacity ...

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Beef market report: Prices have improved by 15-20c/kg so far this year

Beef finishers are regaining some measure of control on cattle prices bit by bit, as the balance of demand and supply gradually swings more in their favour.

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Ballindoney Farm team brings taste of Tipperary to whiskey

When a fellow of my age and background hears news of a farmer distilling a spirit from grain grown on the farm, the mind immediately races to a picture of smoking ...

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Advice for farmers: Why food sector must embrace innovation ‘as never before’

The main concerns for Ireland’s food sector are the potential trade implications of Brexit.

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US fires burn 1.6m acres of grazing grassland

Wildfires in March which claimed seven lives across Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Texas panhandle, also killed an estimated 15,000 livestock, as they burned about 1.6m ...

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Machinery and equipment: Mayo company increasing its UK presence

Malone Farm Machinery Ireland based at Ballyglass, Claremorris, Co Mayo, will have a large display at the UK’s premier grass event, Grassland and Muck 2017, next ...

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ICA news: Mastering a craft or taking to the floor, life is not dull in ICA

Soon after Annette Crowley joined Ballinora ICA 23 years ago, guild members set off for An Grianán, where most of them opted to do a dancing programme.

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Oliver Moore: Farmers form new workers’ alliance Talamh

As part of a busy, vibrant Feeding Ourselves conference in Cloughjordan ecovillage last week, which focused on community food, soil, diversification and regenerative ...

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€1.5m Sought for Rare 140-acre Prize at Ballygiblin House

Once part of a 20,000-acre estate, Ballygiblin House near Mallow was originally owned by the Wrixon-Beecher family that came over here in Stuart times and lived ...

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24-acre West Cork holding already under offer

Clonakilty-based auctioneers Hodnett-Forde are offering a real piece of West Cork paradise at the moment, in the form of a 24-acre residential farm just outside ...

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News Q&A: Farm quality assurance changes as SBLAS arrives

News Q&A: SBLASThe SBLAS will replace the BLQAS in the coming weeks.

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Storms may set back New Zealand dairy recovery

Two storms which flooded large areas of New Zealand’s North Island in recent weeks may have encouraged dairy product buyers, whose bids moved the GlobalDairyTrade ...

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