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Dairy firm Ornua to grow via acquisition and sales

Further acquisitions, partnerships, and placing marketing personnel in target markets will be central to Ornua’s global sales growth plans.

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New organic farming scheme launched

The opening of a new Organic Farming Scheme has been announced by Minister of State Tom Hayes during a visit to the farm of John Purcell, Good Herdsmen, an organic meat processor, in Golden, Cashel, Co Tipperary.

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Farmers’ charter negotiations advancing

Negotiations on a Farmers’ Charter are at an advanced stage but a number of areas require further discussion.

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Grants scheme launched to encourage farmers to go organic

Farmers will be paid up to €220 per hectare of their land while converting to organic farming under a new scheme launched yesterday.

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Coveney urged to take action on farm schemes

The news that a letter of comfort has been issued to Ireland by the European Commission for its €4bn rural development programme 2014-2020 must be seized upon by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to put in place all farm schemes without delay.

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Minister welcomes agriculture strategy

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed the announcement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on co-operation between the European Commission and the European Investment Bank on agriculture and rural development.

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Further support for Johne’s disease

Further support of €260,000 for a pilot control programme co-ordinated and managed by Animal Health Ireland for Johne’s disease in cattle was announced by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney yesterday.

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Aurivo ready for 25% expansion

Aurivo Co-op, formerly Connacht Gold, is to invest €40m to boost its processing capacity, with its milk supply set to rise 25% over the next five years.

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Markets: Quality animals draw attention of buyers as marts enjoy a flying trade in fine weather

Silage contractor Michael Allen from Enniskeane was a busy man last Thursday afternoon making his first round bales of the season.

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Markets: Easter price gains retained in lamb trade

There has been no change in prices at factories this week, in a stable trade after the seasonal Easter boost.

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Richard Smith, Doneraile; Michael Cronin, Society Branch Secretary; Therese O'Keeffe, Irish Cancer Society, Charleville; and John Appelbe, Society Branch Chairman.

Markets: Lower kills linked to effect of holidays and weather

Beef prices are holding stable at factories this week, with good demand reported for cattle, as intake eased for the second consecutive week.

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Ailish thrilled she chose to don the hat of Feakle ICA president

A milliner, who has just had three headpieces modelled on TV3’s Exposé, is president of Feakle ICA Guild in Co Clare.

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Farmers respond to Bothar calf appeal

Bothar recently launched its annual Spring Calf Appeal, calling on farmers to donate a calf that can be reared and put in-calf, so that in 18 months time, the cow would be ready to go to a needy family in the developing world.

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Irish saddle leather sought after

Already a world-class horse producer, Ireland is becoming more important as a raw material source for saddle leather, according to Bord Bia.

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Six Irish farmers bid for Yara Grass Prix

Co Cork farmers Tom and Simon Browne will again match their grass silage production skills against the best in the UK and Ireland this year.

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Pressure on UK meat cuts

Despite population growth, GIRA market researchers forecast a UK decline of 1% per annum in retail volumes of primary meat cuts between 2014 and 2020.

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Padraig Higgins and his family have been widely praised for their efforts to raise awareness of dangers on farms.

A tragedy that highlighted farm dangers for our children

“I got down into the water and felt around. I’d say I had to go up and down three or four times because the water was that cold.

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Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney with North Cork Co-op CEO Pat Sheahan and Chairman Martin O'Keeffe.

Food start-ups record in 2014

The eight food start-up companies supported in 2014 by Enterprise Ireland set a new record for the food High Potential Start Up companies supported by the government organisation, which is responsible for development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

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Arthur Byrne, Public Safety Officer, ESBNetworks; Maura Canning, Chairperson of the IFA Family Farm Committee; John McNamara, Teagasc Healthand Safety Officer; Ned O'Loughlin, Teagasc, Naas; and Charles Gallagher, IHFA.

Farmers at Emerald Expo forum alerted to electrical risks

Six farmers lost their lives by coming into contact with electricity since the year 2000, according to the ESB, and there have been many hundreds of incidents where livestock perished, or farmers had lucky escapes when trying to rescue stricken animals.

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Muskerry to rally the troops for conference

Coopsuperstores.ie has been unveiled as title sponsors of this year’s Macra na Feirme Annual Conference.

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At Kenmare Mart last Thursday, this Charolais heifer, born November 2013, weighed 546kg and sold for €1,425.

Beef: Choosing suckler heifers

Management strategies and goal setting should ensure money invested in genetics is put to good use.

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IFA's President Eddie Downey, centre, Chief Economist Rowena Dywer, and General Secretary Pat Smith

No winners in bank versus farmer combat, says IFA President Eddie Downey

IFA President Eddie Downey has called on bankers and farmers to engage constructively to find solutions in unresolved, difficult farming credit cases.

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New Organic Farming Scheme scheme will open soon

Applications for the new Organic Farming Scheme must be made online, but there will be no requirement to use an agricultural advisor to make the applications, said Tom Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, when he recently announced that the new scheme will open for applications shortly.

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50% more milk in five years ‘very reasonable’

After three decades of severe milk quota restrictions, dairy farmers and potential new entrants to dairying face into an era which offers great opportunities for development and success.

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IFA families can clean up in €6,000 competition

To encourage members to actively participate in a rural April spring clean, IFA has teamed up with the Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG).

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PROPERTY: Three bidders vied for ‘land as good as it gets’ in Rockhill, Bruree

A 16-acre holding was sold by public auction on April 8 by GVM Auctioneers, with the hammer falling on a final price of €220,000.

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PROPERTY: Tops for the crops at Midleton

The words “top class tillage land” are music to the ears of many in the market for some additional land.

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PROPERTY: Deep in the agricultural heartland near Berrings, North Cork

Flanked by three public roads, this 70-acre residential holding in the townland of Derry, near the village of Berrings in North Cork represents a substantial piece of property in a strong agricultural heartland.

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There was an attendance of 61,556 at the Agrotech agricultural tradeshow in Poland.

More awards for Magnum 380

The Case IH Magnum 380 CVX tractor continues to pick up awards.

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Farmers’ new eye in the sky

New Zealand farmers will soon be helped by state-of-the-art aerial imaging that was first developed for military reconnaissance and space exploration.

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