NEWS

Artisan foods have key role to play in local economies

Evidence suggests the artisan food sector can have a significant impact on local economies as businesses are typically owner managed and may be closely linked to local farms.

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Rare 33-acre farm in Glanmire, Cork holding causes a stir

When you see the name of Glanmire, Co Cork, in print, it’s normally associated with words such as “bypass”, “residential” or “commercial”.

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Keen interest likely for 80 acres of well developed land at Doneraile

A lot of farmland has been moving in the north Cork area in recent weeks.

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Smart app ideal for all followers of MF

Massey Ferguson (MF) has launched an app which enables users to browse its full line of farm machinery products and select, configure, and price the MF machine of their choice.

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Isolation ‘can lead’ to raised stress level and deadly farm tragedies

Stress affects many workers, in different ways but in agriculture it can manifest itself in farmers predominantly working alone, which poses a risk to their mental health, according to a pychotherapist Tom Evans.

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Silage season 2016: your guide to getting the balance exactly right

Beef producers all over the world face exactly the same challenge.

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Veterinary advice: Botulism can bring horrendous suffering and death for livestock

In 2010 we had a severe outbreak of Botulism on two of our clients’ farms.

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Essential plan to optimise silage management on farms

A lot of silage was fed in March and April and there are very little reserves on most farms.

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Average incomes grew by 6% in 2015

Average incomes on Irish farms grew by 6% in 2015.

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Liquid milk 40cpl cost of production

The average liquid milk producer has been spending 40c to produce a litre of milk over the past two years, according to an accountant’s report at the recent Fresh Milk Producers 2016 Conference.

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Now you can play a part in Teagasc’s education strategic vision

Teagasc is inviting submissions to its recently launched Education Strategic Vision project for the land-based sector.

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Caution urged as farm traffic rises

Road users were yesterday urged to take extra care as farm traffic is set to increase with the start of the busy silage-cutting season.

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Green ribbons focus on mental health

Macra na Feirme continues to distribute green ribbons this month to clubs across the country in a bid to get people talking about mental health.

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Plenty of uncertainty as lamb prices take a hit

It has been another difficult week for lamb producers with prices under pressure at the factories as the trade slips further behind.

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Cattle marts report: Personal touch sees Gortatlea cattle mart grow its business by 50% in a single year

I’d say there were more Cork fellows back in Gortatlea mart on Friday than there were up in Thurles on Sunday. And I’m sure they had a better day out to boot.

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Beef market report: Beef prices showing a welcome recovery

Beef prices at the factories are continuing to edge upwards slowly as the decline in supply steadies again.

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Agri events guide

Today, May 26
Discover Farmhouse Cheese Farm Visit: free to attend, you must book online at http://www.discoverfarmhousecheese.ie 12 noon-1:30 pm, Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese, The Rock, Carrigaline, Co Cork.

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Leo Varadkar urged to alter Farm Assist scheme to help low income families

Farm leaders have called on Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to make changes in the Farm Assist scheme to protect low income families.

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Electronic displays at marts to be grant aided

New electronic data displays in livestock marts are to be grant aided, it was revealed yesterday.

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Musgrave signs up to Origin Green project

Musgrave has become the first food retail and wholesale group in Ireland to become a verified member of the Origin Green programme, it was announced yesterday.

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Aquaculture set to make waves as industry value increases

There was a strong recovery in fish and shellfish farming production in Ireland last year, according to the latest Bord Iascaigh Mhara figures.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to form partnership with Nofima

Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Nofima in Norway are to form a partnership that will see the two agencies share knowledge on adding value to their national seafood products.

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Asian businesses investing about €3.5bn in milk and dairy production in Russia

Asian businesses are investing about €3.5bn in milk and dairy production in Russia, helping Moscow replace imports hit by trade sanctions on traditional suppliers.

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Minister Michael Creed needs to get to grips with collapsed milk price

Together with some of my colleagues I was happy to accept an invitation from our new Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed TD, to meet him in the department last Thursday.

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Advisory experts put diverse agriculture in spotlight

Advisory and education professionals from all over Europe will be in Limerick next month for a conference on the provision of innovation support for a diverse agriculture.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara says aquaculture sales rising

Aquaculture sales rose by €34m in value and by 25% in volume during 2015, according to new statistics from Bord Iascaigh Mhara.

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IFA seeks superlevy relief while milk prices remain low

The IFA is calling on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to suspend superlevy repayments while milk prices remain below the cost of production.

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Fine 18th-century mansion in Co Clare, but 310 acres will attract farmers

Last featured in these pages over two years ago, the very impressive estate of Newhall House in Co Clare is due to be sold at public auction on June 9 at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis.

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Farm by the Suir with Waterford city views

Gyles Quay is on the outskirts of Waterford City, but located in the more dominant hurling stronghold of Kilkenny. 

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Search for funds as no end in sight in farm crisis

The crisis reserve which EU farmers pay into each year came back on the table at Tuesday’s EU Agriculture Ministers’ Council.

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