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Mark Fenelon takes on leading Teagasc role

Fenelon takes on food research at Teagasc

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Philip Farrelly fills gap in green scheme advisory services

Veteran agricultural consultant Philip Farrelly has launched a planning service for the Green, Low-Carbon Agri-environment Scheme, filling an advisory gap due to Teagasc being hampered by the embargo on recruitment in the public sector.

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Track and wheel tractor earns a second title

The Case IH Magnum 380 CVX was revealed as “Machine of the Year 2015” in the 280 to 400 horse power segment at SIMA in Paris last week, to go with its “Tractor of the Year” title at EIMA in Bologna last autumn.

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Milking machine gets a redesign from ground up

Fullwood’s robotic milking machine — the Fullwood M²erlin — has been redesigned from the ground up.

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A 53-acre Fermoy farm for €500,000

Coming up for auction on March 19, at the Corrin Mart site in Fermoy, is a 53-acre residential farm.

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109 acres in Riverstick can be bought in lots

A rare, sizeable farm near the village of Riverstick, Co Cork, is on the market with Clonakilty-based auctioneers, Hodnett Forde Property Services.

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64.5 acre farm in Granagh for auction March 19

On March 19, the Charleville Park Hotel will host the sale of a 64.5-acre residential farm at 3pm.

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Bernard Byrne, AIB's director of retail and business banking.

AIB 4.5% loan open to farms

AIB has confirmed that many farmers are eligible for its 4.5% interest rate new funding of €200m for Ireland’s small and medium enterprises .

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Farmers urged to progress GLAS plans

Last week’s opening of an online GLAS system allowed advisors to start preparing the necessary proposals for their clients in the new agri-environmental scheme.

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Coveney to corral urban stray horses

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has asked local authorities to make proposals for capital investment projects to address welfare for urban horse populations, and has allocated €1m of government spending for this purpose.

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Galway IFA officer warns against Friesian beef glut

Farmers in the West have been advised against buying in cheap Holstein Friesian bull calves that could ‘clog up’ the beef market again in two years time.

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Beware of the Kiwi trap of 1m unprofitable cows

Staggering changes in how milk is produced in New Zealand are reported by Teagasc dairy expert George Ramsbottom, back in Ireland from a month down under, who previously worked in New Zealand for a year in the late 1990s.

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Age key to deaths

Ageing and farmer behaviours explain the rising trend in farm deaths, according to a Teagasc/Health and Safety Authority long-term study.

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Milk price recovery continues

Prices at Fonterra’s global dairy trade auction price crept higher again this week.

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€370/ha in GLAS for hen harrier lands

Farmers will get €370 per hectare of hen harrier-designated lands, in the GLAS agri-environment scheme.

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CSO revises 2015 farm incomes upwards

The latest statistics have revealed a better picture of 2014 farmers’ income.

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Teagasc advice: Is she a good thing?

Sucklers
Have you taken a really good look at your suckler cows?

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Cattle marts: Mart bidding reflects Coveney progress towards promised land of high beef price

Cattle buyers have been telling me during the week that store cattle in the marts are simply too expensive to purchase.

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Beef market report: €1/kg price gap to UK leaves farmers unhappy

Beef prices at the factories have entered a freeze zone, haunting cattle farmers with their worst fears, that little has changed after their very difficult 2014.

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Taoiseach opens Belview

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland hosts Taoiseach Enda Kenny and EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan today for the official opening. 

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Grenagh wellness event hailed as attaining status of holy grail

A wellness event organised by Grenagh ICA Guild president has been described as achieving a holy grail by a leading mental health campaigner.

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Grazing prospects much better than 12 months ago

After the recent snow and cold, it looks like we may have a more settled spell of weather, so stock on beef farms can start leaving sheds.

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UCC celebrates all things Macra

The university’s on-campus club has been hosting a wide range of activities to boost the organisation’s profile.

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Russian dairy opportunity

Increased Russian imports of dairy products represent a post-quota opportunity for Ireland’s milk processing industry, according to one Bord Bia analyst.

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Egyptian financier wins race to buy Arab Dairy

Egyptian financial services firm Pioneers Holding has won the race to buy Egypt’s Arab Dairy for €30m, beating a rival offer from Al Nour, the market regulator said.

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Flahavan’s oats standing test of time

GENERATIONS of Irish people have started each day with a bowl of porridge produced from cereals grown on some of the country’s best tillage lands.

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Farmers at risk of being forgotten

CAP’s five-year rule may exclude ‘old young farmer’

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Coveney welcomes EU move to ease pigmeat pressure

A move by Brussels to ease pressure on the EU pigmeat market has been welcomed by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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Dairy farmers to outline cashflow challenges at Dáil debate

Managing market volatility and supports for farm incomes must be central to this week’s Dáil debate on the challenges facing the dairy sector, said IFA dairy chairman Seán O’Leary.

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Farmers say badger cull in the UK reduces TB in cattle

Farm leaders in Britain have recorded reduced incidences of tuberculosis in cattle in areas where badger culling is being used to tackle the disease in livestock.

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