FARMING NEWS

European Commission backs 3-year cheese initiative

The European Commission is to support a three year co-funded information and promotion campaign for cheese and cheese culture.

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EU backs Ireland on food, climate change

A decision by European leaders early yesterday to recognise Ireland’s heavy reliance on agriculture in a new long-term policy on food security and climate change was welcomed by Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Simon Coveney.

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24-hour beef price protests

Farmers are to stage a 24-hour beef price protest outside all of the country’s meat factories from next Monday afternoon.

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Big Irish presence at SIAL exhibition

Sustainable food production to feed an anticipated world population of nine billion people by 2050 was the central themes at the five-day SIAL exhibition in Paris which ends in Paris today.

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Innovative parlour restriction

A restriction bar which prevents sideways cow movement in the milking parlour won the silver medal in the National Dairy Show Innovation Awards.

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Smart cow collar 93% accurate

Herdinsights, a smart collar system which detects when cows are ready for breeding with 93% accuracy, won the National Dairy Show gold award for innovation.

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Anthrax-linked beef in nine EU states

A new beef scare has flared up on the Continent, after nine EU member states received batches of beef potentially contaminated with anthrax.

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Action urged in grazing rights row

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has urged all parties directly involved to come together and seek a resolution to a long-running dispute over grazing rights on Glenahiry Commonage in Clonmel.

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Farm energy costs dealt a healthy blow

Electricity costs rank among the main overheads for Irish farmers and more wind microgeneration could help to significantly reduce these costs, while allowing farmers to earn additional income by contributing surplus electricity from their farms to the national grid.

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Alan Matthews

GHG cloud hangs over Irish farming

Ireland stands out as the EU country facing by far the biggest challenge in reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, warned EU agricultural policy expert Alan Matthews, ahead of this weekend’s European heads of state meeting to decide the EU’s new climate and energy policy framework.

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