Eddie Downey

Policies must protect family farms, says IFA

Profitability for family farms must govern the policy decisions of the Government and the EU, says IFA president Eddie Downey.


Alltech reports 2% rise in animal feed output

Animal feed production rose by 2% in 2014 to almost one billion tonnes, according to a global survey by animal feed and health group Alltech.

Silver Hill Farm's Ronnie and Lyla Steele, withWolfgang Otto of Otto Gourmet Germany, andEavan Fallon, Bord Bia marketing fellow.

Silver Hill deal to export fresh ducks to Germany

Leading German chefs Otto Gourmet have signed a deal to distribute fresh duck products from Silver Hill Farm in Co Monaghan. The agreement with the Michelin-star chefs was secured by Bord Bia marketing fellow Eavan Fallon, who is working on business development assignments on behalf of a number of Irish food and drink companies in the country.


Record numbers opt for electronic cattle tags

More than one million calves were registered electronically last year, a record switch from the manual ‘blue book’ over to electronic tagging. With electronic tags making up almost 50% of the 2.14m calves registered last year, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the fact that farmers are seeing the benefits of the system.


Dairy cows have Cork set to be ‘globally important dairy hub’

Report says €1.2bn investment will create an additional 4,000 jobs

Kieran O'Dowd, National President of Macra na Feirme

EU schemes usher new era for young farmers

New era beckons for young farmers


Farmers urge energy firms to pass on benefits of oil cuts

Farmers are calling upon electricity and energy service providers to pass on the benefits of global oil price reductions to consumers.


Carbery opens new facility in Brazil

Carbery Group, headquartered in Ballineen, West Cork, has officially opened Nutrifont in Brazil, a whey processing joint venture between the Irish company and BRF, one of South America’s leading food companies.


Sensors make perfect sense

learns why Dairymaster chief Dr Edmond Harty believes farming has been revolutionised by innovative new technologies learns why Dairymaster chief Dr Edmond Harty believes farming has been revolutionised by innovative new technologies.


Irish Dairy Board says brighter times will follow tough year

Dairy farming is facing a very difficult year, but the medium to long-term prospects are positive, according to the Irish Dairy Board chairman Aaron Forde.