FARMING NEWS

Options workshops to help families diversify on-farm business ventures

Farm families can boost their incomes by diversifying into on-farm business ventures, according to the hosts of a series of Teagasc-led entrepreneurial workshops.

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Calf exports to Spain leap 33% despite fall in beef consumption

Calf exports to Spain rose by 33% during the first six months of 2014, despite a 5% fall in beef consumption among Spaniards.

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Nestle to sell smaller baby brands as it reorganises portfolio

Nestle said it plans to sell babyfood brands Alete and Milasan to German investment group BWK GmbH and a private investor as it pushes ahead with its portfolio clean-up.

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Irrational fixation with animal age will ruin our sector

In our lives, very occasionally something happens — or someone says something that suddenly shows the many facets of a complex problem reduced down to one simple truth.

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Rekindling the vision of PJ Power

A BRIGHT 25-year-old businessman hopped into his small white sports car in Cork City one Friday night in 1961 and drove to Mallow over a corkscrew road with 108 bends.

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Chinese importers jet in for ploughing championships

A delegation of 11 Chinese livestock, genetic and meat importers last week visited the National ploughing Championships.

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Young farmers told not to follow parents sheep-like onto land

Young farmers should make their own career choices rather than following the current fashion for farming, warns one of the country’s leading agri-advisers.

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89% of farmers say State is soft on migrants

Nine out of 10 farmers feel Ireland’s immigration policy is too lax, despite recent scandals over conditions for asylum seekers in direct provision.

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Eugene Costello at his former farm in Ballinasloe, Co Galway.

The farmer and the fraudster

DURING the summer, on opposite sides of the world, a fraudster and a farmer were both in prison. They were jailed for very different reasons yet their full stories cannot be told without each other.

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Arrabawn capacity rises by 40% as suppliers spur rival advances

Arrabawn has capacity to process 40% more milk from its 950 suppliers, none of whom has defected to a rival creamery, said the co-op’s chief executive, Conor Ryan.

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