Dr Joe Kerry

Smart packaging alternative to relocation for agri-food firms

Irish agri-food companies are at a crossroads: Do they produce food here and export it, or do they relocate and still try to call it Irish, asks UCC food packaging scientist Dr Joe Kerry.

Eddie Downey

IFA: Many rural towns yet to see any signs of an upturn

While recent economic indicators are pointing to the beginning of a strong recovery, many rural towns and villages have yet to see any tangible signs of an upturn, the Irish Farmers Association told Oireachtas members at a pre-budget meeting in Dublin.


Vision to make it on global scale

The story of Brazilian company JBS becoming the world’s largest meat company is fascinating, and so is the journey of the man whose vision helped make it a global player. He talks to Ray Ryan.


Farmers need clarity on LPIS appeals process

10,173: The number of farmers who felt that they had been penalised unfairly for Land Parcel Identification Scheme (LPIS) over-claims.


Good weather has driven positive seed harvest yields this year

The certified seed harvest for 2014 has been very positive, with favourable weather driving higher than normal yields combined with good quality grain, according to seed assembler Goldcrop.


US task force will tackle growing threat of antibiotic resistance

The US government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance to national security, setting a February 15 deadline for the outlining of specific steps to be taken, White House advisers said at a press conference.


IFA: Farmers who sign up for GLAS must be accepted into the scheme

Farmers who sign up for GLAS on commonage lands must be accepted into the scheme, said IFA rural development chairman Flor McCarthy.


15 of Europe’s top chefs give Irish beef thumbs up after ABP plant visit

Irish beef was given a seal of approval during a visit to the ABP Plant in Bandon, Co Cork by 15 of Europe’s most prominent chefs — including a chef from Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant in London.


Phone-based cattle health and fertility monitor hotly aniticipated

Dairy farmers will welcome the much anticipated arrival of MooMonitor+, Dairymaster’s much anticipated mobile phone-based cattle health and fertility monitoring device, according to the European commissioner for research and science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

James Keane: Newly appointed Teagasc cattle knowledge transfer specialist.

Implementing research findings ‘can boost profits for beef farmers’

Beef farmers can boost their profits by implementing the findings of scientific research into their production plans, said newly appointed Teagasc cattle knowledge transfer specialist James Keane.