FARMING NEWS

IFA safety initiative welcomed as 80 lives lost on farms over past 4 years

The IFA National Farm Safety Awareness Day took place yesterday as figures show 80 lives were lost on farms in the past four years.

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Snack maker acquires New Zealand food products firm for €450m

A global rush for Australasian food assets continued yesterday with Pacific Equity Partners selling a New Zealand company to Philippine snack and beverage maker Universal Robina for NZ$700m (€450m).

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Martin and Maria Calvey, and their children, Ciaran, Conor, and Aisling.

Through seasons and generations

Family farms are the predominant form of agriculture and their role is being highlighted as 2014 has been designated by the UN as the ‘International Year of Family Farming’, writes Ray Ryan

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MEP Sean Kelly: Potential benefits of an EU-US trade deal are enormous.

Views vary on benefits or costs of transatlantic trade talks

The divergent agricultural and industrial views on the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks between the US and the EU seem to be widening.

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IFA president Eddie Downey

Families asked to identify risks as farm fatalities rise 70%

Farm families countrywide have been asked to set time aside today to think about health and safety.

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ICMSA president John Comer

Time for hard questions on plummeting beef prices

Farmers are being shamelessly taken advantage of by players further along the chain

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Aldi tops Bord Bia audit for meat products with Quality Assured mark

Bord Bia’s latest retail audit has found that 77% of Aldi’s fresh meat range displays its Quality Assurance mark, giving Aldi the highest ranking of the nine supermarket and convenience store chains surveyed.

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Research shows soil management can reduce greenhouse gas levels

Farmers can reduce greenhouse gas production through soil management, according to research published jointly by Teagasc and Scotland’s Rural College.

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Liquid milk producers advised to weigh up choices in post-quota era

Liquid milk producers should assess the profit margins they achieved in recent years before making business choices for the post-quota era, said IFA liquid milk committee chairman, Teddy Cashman.

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ICOS marts committee chair Michael Spellman, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, and ICOS chief executive Seamus O'Donohue at the talks. Picture: Fennells

ICOS warns minister that suckler farming is under serious threat

The future of suckler farming is under serious threat, an ICOS delegation of mart managers and chairmen has told Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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