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Eddie Downey

Policies must protect family farms, says IFA

Profitability for family farms must govern the policy decisions of the Government and the EU, says IFA president Eddie Downey.

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Alltech reports 2% rise in animal feed output

Animal feed production rose by 2% in 2014 to almost one billion tonnes, according to a global survey by animal feed and health group Alltech.

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Silver Hill Farm's Ronnie and Lyla Steele, withWolfgang Otto of Otto Gourmet Germany, andEavan Fallon, Bord Bia marketing fellow.

Silver Hill deal to export fresh ducks to Germany

Leading German chefs Otto Gourmet have signed a deal to distribute fresh duck products from Silver Hill Farm in Co Monaghan. The agreement with the Michelin-star chefs was secured by Bord Bia marketing fellow Eavan Fallon, who is working on business development assignments on behalf of a number of Irish food and drink companies in the country.

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Record numbers opt for electronic cattle tags

More than one million calves were registered electronically last year, a record switch from the manual ‘blue book’ over to electronic tagging. With electronic tags making up almost 50% of the 2.14m calves registered last year, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the fact that farmers are seeing the benefits of the system.

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Kieran O'Dowd, National President of Macra na Feirme

EU schemes usher new era for young farmers

New era beckons for young farmers

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Farmers urge energy firms to pass on benefits of oil cuts

Farmers are calling upon electricity and energy service providers to pass on the benefits of global oil price reductions to consumers.

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Carbery opens new facility in Brazil

Carbery Group, headquartered in Ballineen, West Cork, has officially opened Nutrifont in Brazil, a whey processing joint venture between the Irish company and BRF, one of South America’s leading food companies.

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Sensors make perfect sense

learns why Dairymaster chief Dr Edmond Harty believes farming has been revolutionised by innovative new technologies learns why Dairymaster chief Dr Edmond Harty believes farming has been revolutionised by innovative new technologies.

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Irish Dairy Board says brighter times will follow tough year

Dairy farming is facing a very difficult year, but the medium to long-term prospects are positive, according to the Irish Dairy Board chairman Aaron Forde.

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Forestry key to creating ‘green jobs’

The forestry sector has a major role to play in creating “green jobs” and in boosting growth in EU rural areas.

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What are squatter’s rights exactly?

What exactly are squatter's rights and what are your legal options if your land is encroached upon?

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Search begins for Ireland’s top farmer

The battle is on to become Ireland’s top farming family – and this weekend two Cork clans pit their skills and knowledge against one another in a bid to gain the prize.

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Pig farmers fear spread of PEDv

Detection of the highly pathogenic Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in Ukraine has heightened fears that the disease could spread and cause a major EU pork production slump in 2015..

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Mairead McGuinness

EU brings legal clarity to ongoing debate on GM

The EU has one of the toughest genetically modified food regulations in the world, and the cultivation of GM crops is only allowed after thorough risk assessment.

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Donkeys eligible in DAS rules

A Co Kerry TD has warned that farmers will discard donkeys, and sanctuaries will be at full capacity, if the animals are not made eligible for inclusion in the stocking density calculation for farmers to qualify for disadvantaged area payments in 2015.

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Dairy Board pays suppliers €11m bonus

Co-ops which sell dairy products through the Irish Dairy Board can look forward to the Board paying a record bonus for 2014 of €11 million, up 12% year-on-year.

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Gerald Nash

EU states to develop joint safety strategy

Government sources have revealed plans to strengthen links between safety and health and other EU policies, in sectors such as agriculture that have a high workplace accident record.

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Gay, proud and ready for a joyful Taoiseach

At the end of an awesome week which has shaken me to my mortal foundations I have to be brave today and I summon up all my courage to finally come out publicly after all those hidden years.

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English dairy farmer’s tale urging caution when expanding

At the Positive Farmer event, farmer Andrew Brewer and his wife Claire from Cornwall in England, gave a sobering and very personal take on disease risk when expanding a herd.

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Big changes on beef farms

This year will see many changes at beef farm level, with the new CAP regime introducing the new BASIC Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening, to replace the Single Farm Payment.

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Bord Bia’s €400k fund for food and drink firms

Bord Bia yesterday announced a new €400,000 fund for small food, drink and horticulture businesses.

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Animal heath, milk quality pose risk for dairy industry

The fourth in a series of Teagasc-ICOS seminars on dairy expansion will be held at Horse and Jockey, Co Tipperary, on Friday.

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File photo of Eddie Downey.

Farmers apply pressure to secure RDP funding

Oireachtas members will be lobbied by the Irish Farmers Association in Dublin tomorrow to put pressure on the Government to secure European Commission approval for the Rural Development Programme (RDP).

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Bord Bia event to attract 300 overseas buyers

Bord Bia will host its largest ever Marketplace International in the Convention Centre, Dublin, in March.

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Path is clear for sugar industry revival, says Coveney

It is now up to the parties seeking to re-establish a sugar industry in Ireland to move the project forward, according to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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Farm joy at letter from America

Ray Ryan explains why Ireland’s leading state veterinary officer was glad to get a letter from America, confirming a renewed welcoe for Irish beef

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Cost of food threatens the political order in Venezuela

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro warned, in a televised interview on January 13, that an “economic coup d’etat” was afoot. He blamed “saboteurs” for hoarding goods and scalping prices in an alleged plot to “destabilise” the national economy.

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Peers put pressure on UK state to protect dairy farmers

Peers in the House of Lords have put pressure on the British government to take action to protect dairy farmers from low prices.

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EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan speaking to 1,700 guests and voluntary officers, who served on IFA councils since its creation in 1955.

Family values to fore for Ireland’s farming leaders

Joe Dermody attends the IFA’s 60th anniversary, a celebration of its values and most loyal servants.

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John Bryan

Bryan bid for Hogan seat

Ex-IFA president John Bryan may be in the running to fill the boots of “Big” Phil Hogan. 

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