NEWS

Good signs for live cattle exports to Italian market

Prospects for live cattle exports to Italy are looking positive, said IFA director of livestock Kevin Kinsella.

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Colbourne takes on top Teagasc west coast role

David Colbourne has been appointed as Teagasc manager for the Galway-Clare advisory region, replacing Brendan Heneghan, who has retired after a successful career with the organisation.

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Dairy, beef farmers call for urgent action

Irish farmers urgently need a 28c per litre intervention milk price and a sustained effort to re-open the Russian market, ICMSA president John Comer has stated.

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Taoiseach admits rural Ireland left behind in broadband race

High-speed broadband has been connected to about 340 premises in North Kerry, in enet’s showcase project for the National Broadband Plan.

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Beef merger not notified or referred to CCPC

The proposed transaction between ABP Food Group and Slaney Foods has not been notified to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), nor has it been referred for examination, according to a clarification from the CCPC, following our article last week.

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Ireland’s 13% milk increase in the spotlight

Fingers are being pointed at Ireland from the other side of the world, as under-pressure New Zealand milk processors blame the growth of milk supply in Europe and the US for the deepening global dairy market slump.

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Tractor drivers ‘like’ gethitched.ie

The main tractor news at the recent Q8 Oil Spring Farm Machinery Show in Millstreet was the number of dealers offering 0% finance deals.

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In fond memory of Terry Wogan, legend among mart reporters

Not many people know this, but the late Terry Wogan began his broadcasting career on RTE radio dishing out the cattle mart report.

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33,630 is highest beef cattle supply since 2014

Beef prices at the factories remained at a standstill for all categories this week, while supply continued at high levels.

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10 legal tips for buyers of agricultural land

If you succeed at auction, you will need to sign the contract immediately, says Karen Walsh.

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Organic Farming: Promising new sustainable swards

Sustainability has at least three dimensions — ecological, economic and social.

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Shanagarry ICA’s looking forward to ‘passport trip’ in September

Watch this space, say Shanagarry Guild members, who are looking forward to a presentation from a local travel agent at their February meeting, when they’ll discuss ideas for a ‘passport trip’ in September.

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Save grass for mid-pregnancy when ewes need it

There has been good grass growth this autumn and winter.

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Sheep housing in demand

Housing of ewes provides welcome shelter for man and beast and also allows pastures a well-earned rest.

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Manifesto puts access to land in spotlight

Macra na Feirme national president Seán Finan has presented Taoiseach Enda Kenny with the organisation’s pre-election manifesto.

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CAP needs to focus more on young farmers, CEJA hears

Macra national president Seán Finan and chief executive Edmond Connolly were in Brussels last week to represent Macra na Feirme at a CEJA working group in Copa Cogeca headquarters.

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Dungarvan competition sees top teams in great debates

Last weekend saw Glanmire Macra’s senior debating team and their supporters hit the road for Dungarvan, Co Waterford, as they contested the second round of the competition.

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188 submissions to Minister Humphreys show burning and hedge cutting are hot topics

Managed hedge cutting will be allowed in August and controlled burning may be permitted in March.

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Weather conditions mean not a lot of grazing and plenty of slurry to spread

The rain just keeps on coming.

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Teagasc Moorepark survey results indicate how important calf hygiene is

A survey of 271 dairy farmers in 2013 indicated that more than 95% cleaned calf pens at some point in the year.

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Farmers should aim to apply at least 75% of slurry in spring

Slurry has become a very valuable product which can enable a great saving in purchased fertiliser and if used correctly.

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IFA agrees road land acquisition deal

A fixed payment of €3,000 per acre for all lands and associated areas acquired for national road improvement works has been agreed between the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII); and the Irish Farmers Association

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Farmers fear drones used by burglars ahead of raids

Senator David Norris last week highlighted the concerns of farmers in Co Tipperary who believe they are being targeted by burglars using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) to reconnoitre their properties.

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Tractor jacking device Trakjak lifts LAMMA health and safety award

An Irish-designed tractor jacking device has won a major health and safety award.

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Ample grain supplies to keep lid on global prices

Plentiful grain supplies will help offset market volatility caused by disruptive storms, according to US trader projections.

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Mixed farmer responses to dairy and pig farm supports

Farmers have welcomed aid packages for dairy and pig farmers, but say the supports do not go far enough.

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Pig farmers set to gain €3,000 in EU direct aid

Pig farmers with more than 200 animals slaughtered in 2015 are to receive a flat payment of €3,000 in EU-funded supports to offset the impacts of volatile market prices.

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Over 3,300 primary schools will view Agri Aware’s safety film ‘Once Upon a Farm’

More than 3,300 primary schools will view Agri Aware’s ‘Once Upon a Farm’ seven-minute farm safety film in the coming weeks.

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Young growers more likely to test soil fertility say Teagasc

Awareness of soil fertility’s role in farming profitability is highest among young dairy farmers with large herd sizes, according to a Teagasc survey.

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Farmers and co-ops fearful of EU trade talks with Latin American trade bloc Mercosur

Farmers and co-ops have warned the European Commission the possible relaunching of free trade talks between Brussels and the Latin American trade bloc Mercosur would have a catastrophic effect on agriculture, especially beef.

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