NEWS

Farmers gain insights on value of milk-price hedging

Brokerage FCStone, the IFA and other dairy leaders are encouraging Irish co-ops to look at price hedging options to protect farmers against price volatility.

More

Milk prices set to remain low warns Lakeland Dairies chief

Dairy farmers can expect another 12 months of low milk prices, Lakeland Dairies chief Michael Hanley has cautioned.

More

104 acres in Listowel’s dairying hinterland

Situated in the townland of Dromerin, 6km west of Listowel in Co Kerry, a 104-acre farm is being presented to the market by Tralee-based auctioneers DNG WH Giles Property.

More

Technology: John Deere previews new sprayer at Cereals Event

A 5,000-litre spray tank is allied to spray width of up to 36m in John Deere’s new R4050i self-propelled sprayer, which will make its UK and Ireland show debut at Cereals 2016 in Cambridgeshire in June.

More

18 member states paid €830m in EU to keep dairy cows

France has elected to pay its dairy farmers a coupled premium of between €34 and €86 per cow — despite leading calls to curtail the EU milk supply.

More

News Q&A: LEADER funding starts as local contracts signed

The first LEADER contracts are issuing to local action groups, in the first stage of provision of €250m in LEADER funding to support development of sustainable rural communities, up to 2020.

More

Machinery and Equipment: Field day in the grass and muck for machine lovers

Machinery lovers will have a field day next week, as the 2016 version of FTMTA’s Grass and Muck event takes place.

More

BDGP: genotypes delayed until August

The results of animals genotyped under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme will not be available until after the next Euro-Star evaluation run in August. 

More

€50m loan fund for agri businesses welcomed

A significant new credit line for Irish farmers was welcomed last week by EU commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, who said the traditional lending institutions such as banks have done a poor job of understanding the nature of the sector.

More

Beef exports to the UK down 7.5% this year

Irish beef exports to the UK in January and February were 7.5% lower this year than last year.

More

Call for all sectors of the economy to unite to support farming

A plea for all sectors of the economy to unite in supporting farming through “a perfect storm” has been made by the managing director of a leading agri-business.

More

Ireland told to up its game on conservation

Ireland has been warned by the European Commission to designate more special areas of conservation. 

More

Cash flow warning as dairy slump continues

The challenge to generate enough cash in the business over the next few months was outlined for dairy farmers this week, as the global dairy markets slump continued.

More

Veterinary advice: Minerals: Extremely deficient animals need extra treatment

Maintenance of adequate levels of trace elements and minerals is essential for optimum growth and health in all stages of an animal’s life.

More

Karen Walsh: Unfortunately, some dogs are just natural born killers

It is a known fact that homeowners and farmers alike, who own a dog, are more likely not to be broken into.

More

Advice for beef farmers: Plan for more than five months of indoor feeding

Grass is just beginning to move on most farms around the country, and most are approaching or soon will have growth rates greater than demand.

More

Advice for dairy farmers: Late calvers are often neglected part of the herd

According to Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), the average calving interval on Irish farms is around 400 days. The ideal target is 365 days.

More

Advice for farmers: Don’t forget sulphur fertiliser for grassland

Sulphur is an essential nutrient for grass growth, closely associated with nitrogen uptake and efficiency.

More

Beef market report: Sign of the times as beef intake falls to 28,700

The trade for cattle at the factories remained stable this week with only slight, but upward, movement in prices.

More

Cattle marts report: Cattle are selling well despite grass and money drying up in farming circles

Thank God summer has finally arrived. I thought for a while that it would never get here. But it has.

More

Macra news: Tractor run raises over €1,250 for residential care home

A three-month long project for three Macra clubs in Cork’s Seandún region culminated in a presentation to a residential care home.

More

Macra news: Members to make the trip to Tipp for AGM

Members from across the country will make the trip to Tipp tomorrow for this year’s Macra na Feirme national AGM.

More

ICA news: Cappamore guild members enjoy great break in Vienna

Dancing horses, apple strudel, sun, Schubert, and birthday celebrations — it was all part of the experience for nine Cappamore Guild members when they took a mid-week break in Vienna just after Easter.

More

Agri events guide

Friday, May 6
Skibbereen Mart, includes section for Beef Replacement Heifers.

More

Dairy farmers push for suspension of superlevy

Suspension of superlevy repayments and interest-free cash loans for dairy farmers must be a priority for the incoming Minister for Agriculture, says IFA dairy chairman Sean O’Leary. 

More

Lakeland Dairies is now Ireland's third largest milk processor

Lakeland Dairies is now Ireland’s third biggest dairy processor, having acquired Fane Valley’s dairy business for an undisclosed sum.

More

Public focus on health drives renewed interest in goat farming

Interest in goat farming is on the increase, according to Teagasc, which attributes the trend to two main factors.

More

IFA seeks rise in winter finishing cattle prices

Cattle prices need to rise for winter finishers to avoid further losses and secure a margin on some cattle sold out of the sheds this spring, said IFA livestock chairman Angus Woods.

More

Fonterra reports rise in dairy exports to China

New Zealand dairy co-op Fonterra says its consumer exports to China increased by 14% in February, with industry analysts predicting the trend will continue.

More

Dairygold €19m profit down 34%

Dairygold says it will continue to give its suppliers a strong milk price during 2016, despite global market pressures having driven its 2015 profits down 34% to €19.2m from €28.6m in 2014.

More