FARMING NEWS

Pig farmers urged to be alert to threat of virus

Farmers welcome changes in brucellosis testing

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Top dairy farmers earn €61,500 more per year

The top 10% of dairy farmers made €61,500 more profit last year than the bottom 10% of those with equivalent herd sizes, AIB agri- specialists have reminded those with expansion plans.

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HSA in safety crackdown

Health and Safety Authority sources have confirmed they will (on a case by case basis) consider going straight to prosecution for non-compliance in three specific areas of farm safety. 

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Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats

Dawn’s 49% stake in meat firm

French agriculture co-op Terrena has announced that Dawn Meats is to take a 49% stake in its Elivia meat processing business.

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Flick or a click for facebook friends

Fellows from urban parts often say to me, “It must be terrible lonely for you, out there in rural Ireland with only the bullock with one testicle to keep you company.”

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ICMSA members are ‘battening down hatches’

Prospects for 2015 will be a major topic at tomorrow’s ICMSA AGM, after co-ops warned that the cash-flow hit of falling prices, and a certain superlevy bill of up to €100m, will put enormous strain on many dairy farmers in 2015.

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Steady Kanturk sales set standard for a week of lively trading across the cattle marts

Kanturk mart held its annual fat stock show and sale on Tuesday, and I was there to enjoy the spectacle.

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Gradual recovery evident in improved price levels

Beef prices at the factories continue to gradually improve, edging up a few more cents/kg this week, while the supply of cattle continues at a record high level.

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Kieran O'Dowd

O’Dowd welcomes proposed amendment to finance bill

Macra na Feirme national president Kieran O’Dowd has welcomed the proposed amendment to the finance bill to change the criteria to qualify as a ‘farmer’ for the purposes of agricultural relief for capital acquisitions tax.

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US and China to cut their large share of greenhouse gas

The US and Chinese presidents agreed last week, bilaterally, to reduce their emissions.

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