NEWS

IFA: profitability is key focus for beef farmers

Enhanced profitability and an increased membership of the beef technology adaptation programme (BTAP) will be the key focus for farmers over the next 10 years, says IFA president Eddie Downey.

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Extra week for BDGP applications

Beef farmers have until next Friday, June 5, to submit applications for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), as Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has extended today’s deadline by a week.

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AIB: Discussion groups boost beef sector optimism

Beef farmers are optimistic about their future, bolstered by participation in discussion groups, according to an AIB report on the sector.

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Origin Enterprises eyes 4% earnings growth

Agri-services group Origin Enterprises has reiterated its expectation of earnings growth of over 4% in its current financial year, on the back of good performance in its seasonally important third quarter.

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Big need for sheep farm efficiencies

Small adjustments to sheep sector management can boost profitability, Teagasc director Prof Gerry Boyle said while unveiling the programme for Sheep2015, to be hosted in Teagasc Athenry, Co Galway, on June 20.

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Steady sales at marts despite farmers being busy making silage while the sun shines

I have to admit that I’m finding it increasingly difficult to be in any way negative about the mart trade these days.

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UK pig producers sliding into the red

IFA Pigs Committee chairman Pat O’Flaherty has reported some processors cutting deals with pig farmers to ensure a steady supply of pigs in the approach to the peak summer demand period, and processors competing for pig supplies.

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Beef prices up and supply unlikely to recover soon

Tightening supplies have contributed to an improvement in the trade for beef cattle at the factories this week.

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New names feature in Midleton’s Hereford Championship

New entrants to the breed society are featuring in Hereford sales and shows around the country — among them Anthony McCarthy of Gurrane, Banteer.

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Weak euro masks continuing dairy market weakness

Dairy markets remain depressed right now.

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New Clare ICA president Joanne Allen starts with vow to build connections

As newly-elected president of Clare ICA Federation, Joanne Allen wants members to come to federation meetings for the craic and to connect.

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12 categories in new forestry grant and premium scheme

The Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme 2014-2020 supports the planting of new forests and offers a range of planting options designed to accommodate a variety of sustainable timber production and ecological objectives.

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Blue Jean Country Queens festival set for Athboy

Blue Jean Country Queens from across the country, and from overseas, will be under the spotlight in Athboy, Co Meath, this bank holiday weekend, as the 28th annual festival gets under way.

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Pilot scheme brings fast broadband delights to Belcarra

Calving season used to be more complicated for Conor Heaney, a part-time suckler farmer with a day job as a maintenance carpenter in Mayo General Hospital.

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Get a return on animal health investment

Controlling veterinary costs is not about simply cutting costs.

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Low milk fat may resolve itself in two to three weeks

“My milk fat has dropped in the last two weeks – should I be worried?”

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Only two bidders, but 78-acre Kilmallock farm sold for €11,000/acre

A large crowd attended the public auction of a 78-acre roadside farm located at Ballingaddy North, Kilmallock.

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€9,000 per acre guide price for grazing land in Co Clare

Just under 2km from the livestock mart in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, a 33-acre non-residential holding for sale with Niall Gilligan Auctioneers has recently come onto the market, in the townland of Ralahine South, located between Newmarket-on-Fergus and Sixmilebridge.

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New spore traps great for timely warnings

New spore traps can use modern DNA-based methods to identify and quantify threats to crops and send out warnings to growers within minutes.

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Review spring calving and make plans for a better 2016 outcome

It is not too long since the spring cows were calving.

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Northern co-ops holding merger talks

Merger talks are ongoing between two of Ireland’s longest established co-ops.

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Winners and losers in agriculture as El Nino develops

Drought in the east of New Zealand could be the main consequence affecting EU agriculture, if the El Nino weather pattern develops, as predicted by global weather forecasters.

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GrowUp Urban Farms has growing future

A London warehouse is being converted into the UK’s first commercial aquaponic farm, creating a pioneering new model for sustainable, ethical food production in cities.

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Get your figures right for land eligibility pro-rata bands

Up to 10% of a land parcel can consist of scattered, small ineligible areas, but the parcel will be fully eligible, thanks to EU legislation which provides for a pro-rata system to facilitate area reductions up to 10%.

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€3.92bn Rural Development Programme gets EU go-ahead

Formal adoption this week by the European Commission of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 cleared the way for €3.92 billion of public money, mostly targeted to support agriculture and forestry on more than one million hectares.

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US Department of Agriculture sees another 18 tough months ahead for global dairy industry

The US Department of Agriculture has cut its forecast for New Zealand milk output in 2015 — but said the reduction in the world’s No 1 dairy product exporter won’t be enough to revive gobal dairy markets.

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Increasing demand for land expected to push rents harder than sale prices

Increasing demand is expected to push land prices up, but only by a relatively modest amount — and prices are unlikely to change in some parts of the country, such as the west and north.

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TAMS II grants uproar among tillage farmers

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that only dairy equipment; organic farming; low emission slurry spreading; animal welfare, safety and nutrient storage; and pig and poultry, are in the TAMS II targeted modernisation scheme.

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Ireland badly hit by Russian food ban

Ireland is one of only three EU member states which suffered a trade setback of more than 70% due to the Russian embargo on EU food imports.

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Simon Coveney hoping for late surge of entrants to genomics scheme

Entrants to the new Beef Data and Genomics Programme will be free to subsequently withdraw once they get back data on their own herd, said Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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