NEWS

Tension mounts over late GLAS payments

ICMSA rural affairs chairman Patrick Rohan says delays in GLAS payments represent a breach of the Farmers’ Charter of Rights, which states “payment of up to 75% will commence the third week of October and payment of 25% balance to commence when all inspections are completed, normally mid-December”.

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Farmers urged to attend ICOS Skillnet quality seminars

Farmers preparing for quality assurance scheme audits are urged to attend two free seminars to be hosted by ICOS Skillnet, the learning and development division of ICOS.

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ICMSA urges co-ops to breach 30cpl price ceiling

Co-ops need to deliver at least 30c per litre for November milk, said ICMSA dairy chairman Gerald Quain.

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Genetics key to dairy profitability

Dairy farmers can boost their profits through better breeding and grass utilisation, industry experts said at the Teagasc National Dairy Conference.

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Homemakers or assisting spouses needn’t lose out on state pension and maternity benefit

Making sufficient PRSI contributions entitles you to a number of benefits, including the contributory state pension and maternity benefit.

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Denis Lehane: In these icy conditions, the cobbler is the poor farmer’s friend

I nearly came a cropper, on the streets of Ballincollig last Wednesday night.

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Oliver Moore: Organic lamb with your Beaujolais?

What do Beaujolais Nouveau wine, Cadbury Creme Eggs, and Irish organic hill lamb have in common? Read on.

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Prime land for sale near Cork's famous Chetwynd Viaduct

Situated near the famous Chetwynd Viaduct that spans the main road to Bandon (N71) about 5km from Cork city, one of the most anticipated portions of farmland in Munster this year has just been put up for sale with Keane Mahony Smith auctioneers.

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Plenty of potential at 31-acre holding at the edge of Buttevant

Situated in the townland of Lackaroe on the outskirts of Buttevant, just east of the famous village, a 31-acre holding listed with O’Connell Auctioneers in the town is a residential farm with plenty of potential for buyers.

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35-acre holding in Dripsey is good quality land in a great location

For sale with Blarney-based auctioneer Dan Fleming, a 35-acre Co Cork holding, at Dripsey, near Coachford, is a moderately-sized farm that should attract a wide level of interest.

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No shortage of dairy calf to beef system options

Current industry figures show that approximately 30% (340,000) of dairy calves (Friesian) are replacement heifers for the dairy herd.

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Danish dairy cows near calving needing get care box for some TLC

Lucky Danish dairy cows have wellness boxes for a bit of tender loving care if they feel a bit down.

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Massey Ferguson’s new  prototype earns citation at SIMA Innovation Awards

Massey Ferguson’s Dynamic Top Link Control is only in the prototype stage, but earned a citation in the SIMA Innovation Awards.

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544 tonnes of straw baled in 17 hours by Big Baler 1290 Plus

A baling challenge in July, in France, resulted in New Holland’s new Big Baler 1290 Plus with a T7 Heavy Duty tractor making 1,254 high quality square straw bales in 17 hours, over two days.

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Beef farms threatened by prices, Brexit, and carbon footprint

The overall Teagasc estimate is that 2017 farm incomes will increase by 5% next year, on average

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Teagasc economic review highlights strong argument for replacing some beef with more forestry

The recent Teagasc economic review of farming also covered the forestry sector.

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Cormac MacConnell: Modern Herods drive flight from Aleppo

A searing TV image stopped me in my tracks, a few nights ago. It was the sight of a terrified young mother, with her newborn infant in her arms, fleeing her home in the blasted hideousness that is Aleppo.

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Kieran Coughlan: Farmers who got tax bills for Kerry Co-op sharesfacing some hard choices

It’s make or break time for Kerry Co-op farmers.

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Cork County Mayor welcomes LEADER programme

Cork County Mayor Cllr Seamus McGrath and Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey have welcomed commencement of the LEADER programme across the county.

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Karen Walsh: Top 10 tips for successful farm succession plan

Start thinking about succession planning sooner rather than later, writes Karen Walsh.

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Stephen Cadogan: Fasten your seat belts: CAP reform starts to move again

The most pressing challenge is ensuring food security and a fair income for farmers, while the sector adapts to climate change and a more conscious use of natural resources, writes Stephen Cadogan.

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Winter crops hows more barley but less grain

The winter barley acreage increased 6% in 2016, but the national grain yield from the main cereal crop fell 10%.

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Crops in 2016: Significant losses on individual farms

Overall 2016 production of cereals, estimated at slightly over 2.28m tonnes, is 7% lower than the five-year-average, according to the Teagasc Harvest Report.

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Farmers protesting at Foynes Port.

Farmers in eight counties increased cropping in 2016

Farmers in eight counties picked a bad year to significantly increase their crop acreages.

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Michael Noonan urges fast response to Revenue’s patronage shares tax letters

Farmers who received a patronage shares tax letter from Revenue should engage with Revenue without delay, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has advised.

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Spring calving is just around the corner

Last week, I wrote here about breeding in the autumn suckler herd.

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Free fences for riverside livestock farmers in Duhallow

Farmers with land adjoining the Araglin or upper Blackwater rivers in Duhallow are offered free river boundary fencing by the IRD Duhallow rural development company, as part of river protection measures.

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General Mills cuts jobs, citing shift in public taste

US food group General Mills has cited its customers’ shift to less processed and sugary foods as part of its reason for a restructuring that will see it cut up to 600 jobs globally.

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Genetics trial for meat tenderness is global first

Teagasc’s Donagh Berry is working to develop a ground-breaking, world first genetics test which could predict the tenderness of an animal’s offspring.

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Gold medal for Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products

Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products Ltd has won a gold medal at the World Cheese Awards, hosted in San Sebastian, Spain.

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