Agriculture minister of state Tom Hayes, Environment Minister Alan Kelly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, and rural minister of state Ann Phelan launch Food Wise 2025.

Farmers seek support for role in expansion plan

Dairy farmers need volatility protection and a review of EU dairy intervention prices if they are to meet expansion targets, says the IFA.

Sean Kelly, MEP

Sean Kelly sets out food security as EU priority

European authorities must work to find the right balance in protecting environmental and food security interests, said MEP Sean Kelly.


Make expansions safe and sustainable, says Teagasc

Dairy farmers must ensure their expansion ambitions are sustainable from an economic, environmental and a family farm perspective, says Teagasc director Prof Gerry Boyle.


Dawn Meats to acquire stake in French firm

The EU Competition Commission has approved the Dawn Meats acquisition of a 49% stake in Elivia, a €1bn turnover business and the No 2 beef and veal processor in France.


Home comforts on a combine harvester

The harvest won’t seem like a chore for those sitting in the Suite Ultra cab of a New Holland CR combine harvester.


Great interest in ‘proper gem’ Carriglea

There is quite simply a huge amount of interest gathering over the sale of a 207-acre holding in Carriglea, West Waterford through Ardmore agents Brian Gleeson Auctioneers.

ICMSA President, John Comer

Irish milk production jumps as prices fall

Irish farmers are powering ahead with extra milk production, even as world dairy prices slumped further this week.


Saxony pigs with tails earn valuable bonus

Pig farmers in the German state of Lower Saxony can now earn a premium of €16.50 per pig if their tails are intact.

Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev

Russia rejects EU food for another year

Russia shocked the EU’s food exporters last week by extending a boycott of EU goods by 12 months.


Teagasc sees great BDGP opportunity for progress

News Q&A: Teagasc on BDGP
Teagasc beef specialists say the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) launched in May will, in the short term, provide some much-needed income on suckler farms, with essentially €95 each for the first 10 cows and €80 for each eligible cow thereafter.


Long term leasing boost helps LMS arrange 47 more land deals

Halfway through its second year of operation, the Land Mobility Service (LMS) has already doubled the number of arrangements made for farmers considering expansion, changing enterprise, or stepping back from farming.


Karen Walsh: When families disagree over co-owned land

My father died six months ago. In his will, he left the land between me and my three siblings, in equal shares. None of us are farming. 


Reseeding decisions easier after rain boosts grass growth

Most of the country had very welcome rain in the last week, giving a boost to grass growth rates. This increase in growth should encourage farmers to start planning their autumn reseeding.


Smother weeds with well managed grass

Timely control of weeds and other invasive species is a key component of grassland management on every farm.


Hogan envisages cheap EIB New Year loans

European Investment Bank loans for Irish farmers, offering money at 3% over ten to 20 years, are expected by January,


Much to learn from bad and good years

Strong milk prices and the prospect of quotas ending injected huge enthusiasm into the dairy industry last year, but poorer milk prices this year have perhaps brought a more realistic outlook.

Macra national president Seán Finan

Progress on farm partnerships welcomed by Macra president

Macra national president Seán Finan has welcomed progress by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on the finalising of the statutory instrument for the establishment of farm partnerships.


Beef market report: Continuing strong trade may be calm before storm

The steady trade for beef has continued this week, with prices maintained at the factories — although the supply of cattle is gradually edging upwards, week by week.


Cattle marts report: Good times for sellers but tough for buyers as every Friesian in the ring exceeds €2/kg

I had big plans for heading to Dungarvan mart on Monday. It has been a few weeks since I’ve touched down at the Waterford mart.

Huntsman Stephen McDonald with the Woodrock and Blackwater Valley Beagles at last weekend's Charleville Show.

Weighty matters at Charleville Show for the ordinary farmer

Charleville Show hasn’t lost sight of you and me, the ordinary farmer who likes certain things when he goes to an agricultural show.

Brigid O'Brien with Aughadown ICA members in the play Ageism, which they performed last year: front, Mary Whooley, Chrissy O'Driscoll, Noreen Collins; back, Teresa Walsh, Sheila Minihane, Mary O'Sullivan, Phyllis Fahy, Rose Whooley, Brigid O'Brien.

ICA news: Dramatic times for West Cork

The new West Cork ICA vice-president doesn’t mince her words: the organisation is dwindling.


Farming events guide

Friday, July 3
Discover Farmhouse Cheese Farm Visit: free to attend, you must book online at , continues Saturday, 12 noon-2pm, Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, Main Street, Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny


Dairy concerns over extension to Russian ban on food imports

Bulgaria’s State Fund Agriculture has paid the equivalent of €360,000 to 66 farmers affected by the Russian import ban on certain agricultural and food products.


Dairy giant boosts its Greek baby formula supplies

Dutch dairy co-op FrieslandCampina has boosted its stocks of condensed milk and infant formula in Greece in anticipation of stockpiling by consumers.

John Lynskey

IFA anger over sheep price cuts

Sheep farmers are angry that the factories moved so hard and so quickly with price cuts of 40c-50c/kg in the past week, said IFA sheep committee chairman John Lynskey.


Trade deal will defend farmers, says Phil Hogan

The interests of European agriculture will be defended and promoted in crucial trade talks with the US.


Too much red-tape around CAP: Phil Hogan

The EU goes over the top in the disproportionate way it deals with farmers who have small holdings, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said. 


Ugandan farmers aid

The National Ploughing Association is helping two farmers from Mbale Co-op in Uganda to pursue a course in sustainable agriculture and rural development at Baraka College in Kenya. 


More interest in alternative crops

There is a renewed interest in alternative crops to improve rotation on farms, according to Teagasc experts at a crops and sprayers open day in Oak Park, Carlow.


Agri-food sector ‘integral in recovery’

The agri-food sector is set to play an integral part in the country’s economic recovery and the continued viability of rural and coastal areas.