NEWS

Factories and farmers push for access to export markets

Meat Industry Ireland has urged Agriculture Minister Simony Coveney to push for immediate action at EU level to remove technical restrictions on pig meat exports to Russia.

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First for Irish corn on cob

Vegetable grower Rowland Newenham is to supply 50,000 Irish-grown corn on the cobs to SuperValu.

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Keen early interest in two fine plots of land in East Cork

This farm is for sale jointly with Michael O’Donovan of Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan in Fermoy and Paul O’Driscoll of Cork-based auctioneers Thomas J O’Driscoll.

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Estuary farm nestling in idyllic location

In all likelihood, this 88-acre holding listed with Lisney Auctioneers was of most interest to its previous owners for its exquisite location snaking alongside the estuary of the River Blackwater.

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Top marks for Case IH balers

Case IH has optimised its large square balers to peak capacity. 

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From left, Seán Fitzpatrick of BHSL; John Reed of Cargill Meats Europe, and Declan O'Connor of BHSL.

Cargill contract for Limerick agri-tech company BHSL

A Limerick-based company’s technology for on-farm combustion of poultry manure has set it up for expansion across the UK, Europe and the USA.

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Progress needed to get through harvest backlog

Virtually no harvest progress was made last week, leaving 50%-80% of grain unharvested nationwide, depending on location, according to growers.

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Aaron Forde, director and chairman of Ornua, and chief executive officer of Aurivo Co-operative Society Limited since 2004.

Aurivo chief to head up Young Farmer of Year judging panel announced

The judging panel for this year’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition has been unveiled.

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Jonathan is Young Farmer of the Year

Jonathan Marry has been named this year’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year.

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Irish pig sector is trailing Europe

Pig prices remained unchanged this week, disappointing for Irish producers who have seen recent increases in several EU member states.

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€17m milk price support at Dairygold

Dairygold Co-op has revealed a €17m spend this year to-date on milk price support.

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National Dairy Show launch 2015

Excitement builds for National Dairy Show

Ireland’s leading breeders will compete for a prize fund of €30,000 at this year’s National Dairy Show in Green Glens, Millstreet, Co Cork, Saturday, October 17.

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Fund capitalises on global respect for Irish agri-food

Enterprise Ireland has opened a Competitive Feasibility Fund for Agri Businesses.

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PLC shares windfall for Glanbia members

Shares with a current value of about €530m have been transferred to Glanbia Co-op members since 2013, following the latest “spin-out” transfer of about 10 million Glanbia plc shares to the 15,600 co-op members.

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No one near Denmark’s farm worker productivity

Grass gives Irish farmers a competitive advantage, but the focus on grassland-based livestock production leaves it languishing in the lower half of the EU-28 farm productivity league table.

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Plan for the autumn sales

Every successful business needs a planned sales outlet. The business of farming is no different.

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Robotic system a smaller, cheaper build for this new entrant to dairy farming

If automatic milking is to realistically have a role in Irish dairying, then it must be integrated with the grass based system.

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Expect at least €1 of milk for 70 cent of concentrates this autumn

Many farmers will be milking cows later this autumn.

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High-solids autumn milk can still pay well

Milk prices continue to disappoint, and are likely to get worse before they get better.

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ICA: Excitement rises for finals of national brown bread baking

Watergrasshill ICA president Kathleen Barry had two broken fingers when she won the Cork Federation heat of the national brown bread baking competition in June.

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Preparing for the winter ahead

September is upon us and the grass has turned softer and lusher. It can only mean one thing and unfortunately it is that winter is only around the corner.

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Agri events

Today, September 3
West Cork Development Partnership LEADER programme public consultation meeting (book at www.wcdp.ie ), 7.30pm, Riverstick Community Centre.

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Donegal reports €2m profit despite challenges

Donegal Investment Group has reported €2m in half-year post-tax profits, up €900,000 versus 2014, despite a €100,000 dip in group revenue.

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Ministers’ early talks to discuss issues facing European farming

Agriculture ministers from Spain, France, Italy, and Portugal will meet on Friday to discuss issues facing European farming ahead of next Monday’s crunch EU Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels.

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Northern farmers plan protest at Stormont

Northern farmers are to stage a major demonstration at Stormont on Friday to highlight the difficulties facing their industry.

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EU urged to see global context to food debate

Europe needs to see the full global context to any debate on balancing sustainable farming and food production issues, said Ireland East MEP Mairéad McGuinness.

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Protein is a must to promote muscle growth and health in later life

In Ireland, people are living longer and, with the demise of the Celtic Tiger, many people are having to work past pensionable age.

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Launching McDonald's new limited edition Irish Artisan burger — the McMór — are Dermott Slade, head development chef at Dawn Meats, and Maxine Hyde, marketingmanager, Ballymaloe Foods.

McDonald’s to sell artisan burger McMór at all Irish outlets

Ray Ryan speaks to McDonald’s Ireland and some food producers, who have teamed up to produce an artisan burger made with 100% Irish beef.

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Farmers take to the streets to highlight income challenges

Large numbers of farmers are taking to the streets this morning to highlight income challenges faced by the sector in an IFA-led protest outside the EU Commission offices in Dublin.

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Young Farmer winner to be unveiled

The FBD Young Farmer of the Year for 2015 will be announced in Ballina, Co Mayo, tomorrow night following a countrywide search.

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