Environmentalists have intensified their campaign against proposals to relax hedge-cutting and burning rules, which come before the Dail this week in the Heritage Bill.

Feature: Craft beer makers looking to brew with Irish ingredients

Hardly any Irish beers are made with Irish-grown ingredients but that’s all about to change, says Oliver Moore.

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€5,900/acre asking price in West Cork

Situated close to the West Cork village of Leap, a 51-acre piece of land is currently listed with Skibbereen-based auctioneer Pat Maguire.

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Lehane horses dominated at Bandon horse show

The Lehanes from Clonakilty dominated the horse section at last Sunday’s Bandon Show, with Seamus Lehane showing champion yearling Ballard Oatfield Diamond; and ...

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Machinery and equipment: Quad mowers, manure spreader controls, JCB specs

The latest Quad-X innovations in all-terrain (ATV) machinery were at Balmoral Show in Belfast.

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New technology: Robot can do €10,000 per year of henhouse work

A PoultryBot could be just what your hens need to liven up their boring day!

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News Q&A: Move to spot test in BVD free herds seems unlikely

Spot testing for BVD, rather than testing all calves, has been “shot down” by researchers who identified birth profiles and movements of calves born in Ireland during ...

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Veterinary advice: How those ultra-violet rays can ‘skin’ your cattle alive

I was out at Jerry’s farm recently, doing a herd test, when I noticed one of the cows with signs of photosensitisation from last year. 

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Advice for beef farmers: Plan now for profitable finish

Housing stock next winter is obviously a long way off, but you need to plan ahead to have stock on target for your intended market.

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Teagasc Advice for beef farmers: What’s your plan for high quality silage?

On beef farms, making high quality silage will go a long way towards maximising animal thrive in the winter, while controlling concentrate costs.

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Advice for dairy farmers: Strategic baling can almost replace topping

Baled silage has a very useful role to play in management of grass, where surplus areas can be taken out to maintain grass quality.

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Landowners to be better protected from claims

A strengthened national scheme to indemnify private landowners against claims from recreational users for injury or damage to property is expected before the end ...

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Big changes likely on farms to meet climate targets

Maximum progress in beef genomics and dairy EBI will be needed as part of the bid to achieve 2020 and 2030 climate targets in the Irish agriculture, forestry and ...

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Stephen Cadogan: For the birds: The challenges of conserving biodiversity

Across Europe, there is a danger of farmland birds becoming extinct.

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Karen Walsh: Best to resolve a boundary row amicably with the other party

The financial cost of litigation may exceed the value of the land in dispute

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Oliver Moore: Greek co-ops offer hope in hard times

Having spent a week in rural Greece, visiting co-operatives, farms, food processing factories, and communities, the phrase necessity breeds ingenuity seems apt.

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Kieran Coughlan: New boom and new taxes

Here in my Cork city hinterland, it’s beginning to feel like boom times again. There’s full blown construction at a number of local residential sites.

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Cormac MacConnell: How rich that milk from the udder tasted

In what will feel like the day after tomorrow, the rising generation, known as the Millenials, will be looking back on their youthful era, walking down their memory’s ...

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Denis Lehane: The shed that fell and what it fell on

It isn’t often that I have a heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, and downright depressing saga to divulge.

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ICA news: Rathpeacon hosts table quiz for Special Olympics Munster

Rathpeacon Guild arrived at Cork Federation AGM last month with a cheque for €630 for Special Olympics Munster.

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Macra unveils Brexit ‘six pack of priorities’

Macra has proposed a “six-pack of priorities” to reduce the impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU on young farmers and young people living in Rural Ireland.

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Cattle marts report: Store cattle drop by €60 per head at marts, as the three Fs have beef farmers floored

Store cattle — and bullocks in particular — have suffered a €60 per head price drop over the past two weeks.

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Beef market report: Strong beef trade for 31,500 head weekly kill

Positive momentum behind beef cattle prices is maintained this week, with gradual hardening of prices at factories.

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Agri-events

Today, May 25

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Close to €1m expected for 52 acre Mallow farm

Situated about 1km from Mallow in the townland of Ironmines, a well-maintained piece of pasture is available for sale with Mallow auctioneers Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan. ...

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Feature: Restoring 35x to its resplendent glory was labour of love for Michael

Michael Ryan, of Fedamore, Co Limerick, has something of a passion for Massey Ferguson 35s.

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Josephine pulls out the stops on cancer fundraising drive

Despite receiving treatment, Josephine Peters organised a successful tractor drive in Knocklong recently.

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Breaking News

European Milk Board says price must nearly double for EU to sell skimmed milk powder

European dairy farmers say the price of skimmed milk powder (SMP) needs to nearly double before the EU can sell its 350,000 tonnes of the powder stored in intervention. ...

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Burnt land not generally eligible for Basic Payment

Farmers whose land was damaged by recent wildfires will have a nervous wait to see if their cheques from the Basic Payment Scheme and other area-based schemes are ...

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Top forecaster predicts ‘normal’ summer weather

Normal summer weather is predicted across the UK and Ireland by AccuWeather, the American company which claims to be the world’s most accurate weather forecaster.

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Bankers back their credit performance

Bankers have defended themselves against allegations of high interest rates in Ireland.

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Knowledge Transfer deadline extended to July 31

The original May 31 deadline for completion of meetings and farm improvement plans in Knowledge Transfer groups has been extended to July 31, 2017.

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Farm safety: May you stay safe this month

The May workload on farms includes a range of areas where farm safety risks can arise — stock going to grass, fertiliser and slurry spreading, silage making, and ...

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Farm cash flow fears unfounded

Bankers have revealed that feared farm cash flow problems didn’t materialise this year.

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News Q&A: Extension of dental, optical and aural services

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar recently extended the Treatment Benefit scheme to some 450,000 self-employed people and their dependent spouses for the first ...

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Advice for beef farmers: Consider pushing heavier cattle to avoid autumn supply glut

The rain dancing paid off last weekend.

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Karen Walsh: Why a couple may legally be called ‘strangers in blood’

Cohabiting partners do not automatically have rights to their partner’s estate, says Karen Walsh.

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Kieran Coughlan: Do the Vat sums to find out if it would pay you to register

Across the EU, farmers have an almost unique position when it comes to either registering or remaining unregistered, for Vat.

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Stephen Cadogan: Clóna brings Ireland’s unique SDAS to new benchmark

Clóna Dairy Products Ltd in West Cork can this week claim to be the first milk company in the world systematically measuring and improving the environmental performance ...

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Denis Lehane: Message to Macra - All we need is love

If there is one thing lacking in rural Ireland today, it’s love. And I’m not talking here about love thy neighbour and that kind of rubbish. 

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Cormac MacConnell: We all have nicknames, known to us or not

Let’s talk today about nicknames. There are hundreds of thousands of them in daily circulation all around this island.

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Advice for dairy farmers: Why cows are eating more and more silage

With the end of milk quotas, silage makes up an increasing proportion of feed, because cows are being calved earlier, and will be milked later in the season.

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Veterinary advice: Diagnosis fell into place thanks to client phone call

“Just a quick question” said Tommy on the other end of the phone.

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New Polish manufacturing plant as Mzuri expands

The tillage scene in Ireland has seen a growth in the no-till and strip-till markets.

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New technology: Herdwatch Version 4 launched

The team behind the Herdwatch app have found a solution to the farmer’s challenge of using a smartphone even when their hands are very mucky.

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New technology: Multi Tool Trac uses renewable energy for 20% more yield, 20% faster

Multi Tool Trac, billed as the first electric tractor that saves the soil, is one of this week’s finalists in Rabobank’s FoodBytes event.

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Cattle marts report: To make a decent living, it’s boats we should be buying rather than bullocks

I discovered earlier this week that it’s boats we should be buying and not bullocks. It can be very hard to make money out of a bullock, but any old fool could make ...

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Beef market report: Only 5c heifer premium in bid to control prices

There is very little change in the range of prices being quoted for beef animals at factories this week, but the underlying price trend remains positive for beef ...

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Macra news: Callan team takes toughest club title

Callan Macra from Co Kilkenny has been declared Macra’s toughest club.

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Macra news: Meath celebrate their 30th Blue Jean festival

This June bank holiday weekend, members from all over Ireland will descend on Athboy, Co Meath, for the 30th anniversary of the Blue Jean Country Queen Festival.

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