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Irish and UK united stance on Brexit threat

The British food and drink industry has warned the government in Westminster to protect its Irish trading partners in Brexit negotiations.

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How a thriving food industry faded away to nothing in the 1960s

At its peak, more than one million rabbits per year were exported from Co Cork alone in the early 1940s.

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Offer tabled for 15-acre plot in Riverstick, vendor is seeking €20,000/acre

The market for holdings with potential of around 15 acres is a particular type.

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Rare 85 acres of good Golden Vale farmland in Tipperary

For sale with Waterford-based auctioneers Brophy Cusack, an 85-acre quality holding is drawing interest from a wide geographical area, according to selling agent David Cusack.

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Technology: Intercropping set for key role in future of farming

In an intercropping system, useful animals can seek refuge in the plants of the other crop while one crop is being harvested, and can then migrate into strips with green manure.

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Machinery: Kubota’s steer system speeds up front wheels

A unique feature of Kubota’s new MGX-III tractor range is the Bi-Speed Turn system.

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Q&A: €26m on offer for tillage farm capital investments

Tillage TAMS: GPS machinery control is one of the areas eligible for TAMS grant aid.

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No EU skim sale progress

The winter predictions, that the EU’s mountain of skim milk powder overhanging global markets could hold back milk prices until 2018, gained credence with this week’s Global Dairy Trade auction indicator taking skim prices to an eight-month low.

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Dutch cow cull could affect beef trade as much as dairy market

The cull of 160,000 cows which started in the Netherlands on March 1 will cut Dutch milk production this year by 6-10%, and will add 0.61% to annual EU beef production.

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Brazil loses second biggest buyer in meat scandal

Some of China’s biggest retailers pulled Brazilian beef and poultry from shelves this week, after the world’s biggest exporter of chicken and third biggest of beef was hit by a meat processing scandal.

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Learn from this spring’s bad dairy experience with poor quality silage

April is almost upon us and silage season is just around the corner.

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Crypto calf infections more prevalent in recent years

In recent years, calf mortality due to cryptosporidia rose sharply on suckler farms.

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Veterinary: Eating stones off ditches

Every now and then, I’m shown a cow ‘licking the ditches and drinking water from pools on the passageway’. Other than that, the cow might appear normal.

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Stephen Cadogan: Brexit could equally damage food and farms in UK

Four million new supporters have emerged from an unlikely source for Ireland’s food and drink sector, as it fastens its safety belt ahead of the Brexit impact.

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Kieran Coughlan: Tractor ‘NCT’ latest in endless list of regulations for farmers

Over the last couple of weeks, yet more regulations have been announced, imposing costs and down time for farmers.

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Cormac McConnell: Bishop Casey brought humanity to his office

I went into the chapel in the early afternoon to talk my way to my God about Bishop Casey. The chapel was almost empty. That is the way it often is nowadays.

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Macra: Presidential race 2017 getting into full swing

With just one hustings remaining, and ballot papers issued to clubs across the country, the race for 36th presidency of Macra na Feirme is well under way.

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Beef marts: Beef price picks up as supply trend changes

Beef processors’ willingness to concede on prices in order to attract supplies of cattle this week indicated strong demand on export markets for Irish beef.

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Cattle marts: Latté drinking beef farmers, the cattle trade is looking up

I was in Ballincollig on Monday morning, polishing off a latté in the company of the brother-in-law, when we spotted Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

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Agri events guide

Today, March 23
Annual IHFA premier bull show and sale, Nenagh Mart

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IFA welcomes increases in lamb and beef prices

IFA sheep chairman John Lynskey said the lamb trade is stable with factories paying from €5.10 to €5.20/kg.

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Bord Bia capitalises on goodwill of St Patrick’s Day events

Bord Bia is capitalising on today’s global focus on all things Irish by hosting 65 global food promotion activities aimed at consumers, retailers, trade and food service operators.

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Copa & Cogeca welcomes less red tape for fruit and vegetable producers

EU farmer group Copa & Cogeca has welcomed the European Commission’s decision to simplify rules and increase supports for fruit and vegetable producers.

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Threat as NI eases bird flu precautions

Ireland faces a new threat to its avian influenza-free status tomorrow, when precautions against the disease are eased north of the border.

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North Cork farm to be sold in lots

A brand new offering from Fermoy-based Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan is the largest of a number of strong farms fresh to the market this week.

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Roadside holding has broad appeal in Midleton

Hegarty Properties in Midleton are offering a top quality pasture holding in east Cork this week.

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Keen interest in pair of fine Cork farms

Fermoy auctioneers Property Partners Dick Barry & Sons are offering a brace of similar farms this week in east Cork, totalling 93 acres.

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Visual similarity to meat key to getting people to accept new products

Studies of consumers have indicated that meat substitute products that resemble the original meat will most likely have the highest chance of market success.

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Scientists turn vegetables into substitute for meat

If you process a vegetable enough, you can make a meat substitute out of it.

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Machinery: New Holland making real progress in methane power

The development of New Holland’s innovative 100% methane-powered tractor is making progress and the second generation T6.180 methane-powered tractor prototype has completed extensive testing across Europe.

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