FARMING NEWS

Better animal health ‘can help beef farmers return to profitability’

Improving animal health can help struggling beef farmers work their way back towards profitability, according to the organisers of a series of beef health conferences.

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Beef and suckler farmers told to withdraw from quality scheme

The ICSA is calling upon beef and suckler farmers to withdraw from the Quality Assurance Scheme in response to the sector’s long-running price battle with meat factories.

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Options workshops to help families diversify on-farm business ventures

Farm families can boost their incomes by diversifying into on-farm business ventures, according to the hosts of a series of Teagasc-led entrepreneurial workshops.

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Calf exports to Spain leap 33% despite fall in beef consumption

Calf exports to Spain rose by 33% during the first six months of 2014, despite a 5% fall in beef consumption among Spaniards.

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Nestle to sell smaller baby brands as it reorganises portfolio

Nestle said it plans to sell babyfood brands Alete and Milasan to German investment group BWK GmbH and a private investor as it pushes ahead with its portfolio clean-up.

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Irrational fixation with animal age will ruin our sector

In our lives, very occasionally something happens — or someone says something that suddenly shows the many facets of a complex problem reduced down to one simple truth.

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Rekindling the vision of PJ Power

A BRIGHT 25-year-old businessman hopped into his small white sports car in Cork City one Friday night in 1961 and drove to Mallow over a corkscrew road with 108 bends.

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Chinese importers jet in for ploughing championships

A delegation of 11 Chinese livestock, genetic and meat importers last week visited the National ploughing Championships.

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Young farmers told not to follow parents sheep-like onto land

Young farmers should make their own career choices rather than following the current fashion for farming, warns one of the country’s leading agri-advisers.

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89% of farmers say State is soft on migrants

Nine out of 10 farmers feel Ireland’s immigration policy is too lax, despite recent scandals over conditions for asylum seekers in direct provision.

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