NEWS

Dairygold delivers €27m profit

Dairygold’s €27.2m operating profit for 2014 is a virtual carbon copy of the co-op’s 2013 results, achieved in a year of marked global milk price volatility and despite investing €50m in expanding its processing facilities.

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Dermot O’Leary appointed as chair of Carbery Group

Dermot O’Leary, chairman of Bandon Co-op and vice chairman of Carbery Group, has been appointed chairman of the company.

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Spanish milk consumption falls

Milk consumption in Spain fell 4% last year, and dairy processors are developing new products amid uncertainty about the sector’s post-quota future, a Bord Bia analyst has said.

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North Cork farm adds up to nearly €1m

What is described by selling agent Christy Buckley as a residential holding with “top class land” is on the market at Abbeyswell in north Cork — about 8km from Bweeng and 14km from Mallow.

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Tiger gets its teeth into beet

The newest and biggest beet harvesters were on show in the ROPA Tiger 5, which won an award at the 2015 Sima show in Paris. The German-made harvester won the Machine of the Year award in the potato and sugar beet- handling category.

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Milk quota no longer a factor in cow feeding

For the first time in decades, every dairy farmer can feed the cows in the most profitable and efficient manner, without the restrictions of the milk quota.

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Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae: backing the Disadvantaged Farmers Legal Challenge group.

€40,000 raised for legal case against Department

 

The Disadvantaged Farmers Legal Challenge group says it has raised about €40,000 of a targeted €100,000 for a legal challenge against Department of Agriculture Single Farm Payment penalties in marginal and disadvantaged areas nationwide.

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Teagasc hampered by staff restrictions

Teagasc is setting up a national team that can work with local advisers, to help farmers draw up plans for expansion that can be used to draw down funding from financial institutions.

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Nearly 10,000 farm payments cut in 2014

Deductions and sanctions were applied to nearly 10,000 payments in the 2014 Single Farm Payment and Disadvantaged Area Schemes.

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Dairy farms will need price shock insulation

Greater demand for dairy products provides a real opportunity for the Irish dairy industry to establish itself as a world leader in the supply of high quality dairy products, underpinned by the unique advantages of our grass-based production system, says Pat Dillon, Head of the Animal and Grassland Programme with Teagasc.

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ICMSA President John Comer

GDT slump damper for dairy farm freedom

Weakening world dairy markets greeted the EU’s removal of milk quotas yesterday.

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GLAS guide: Farmers want more time to prepare for GLAS

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney will extend the GLAS deadline from April 30 to May 22 (pending EU Commission approval), in light of the Commission’s announcement that Member States can extend the deadline for direct payment applications beyond May 15, and up to June 15.

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Concentrating on the information at the Department of Agriculture CAP/GLAS meeting in Whites Hotel, Wexford.

The nuts and bolts of how agri environment scheme GLAS works

 

New CAP may be heavy going but information meetings offering farmers key advice on new scheme.

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Agri events

Today, April 2
IFA regional dairy seminar on “A Framework for Dairy Growth”, Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick, 8pm, all welcome

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Beef market report: Kill recovers, but 2,500 head less than last year

Cattle supplies to the factories have recovered to near the leveld of early March.

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Cattle marts report: Mart trade going well but may need milder weather to maintain buyer confidence

The first person I met in Bandon mart last Monday morning was former mart manager Pat McCarthy, promoting the virtues of the Hereford breed.

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Pigmeat market report: Market may recover too late

Country of origin labelling across all poultry, pigmeat and sheep meat became mandatory yesterday, and IFA sources said it may slightly boost the pigmeat market.

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ICA news: Wexford charity walk raises €3,000 for deserving causes

Presenting the proceeds of a fundraising walk to two local charities gave Wexford ICA members a feeling of empowerment.

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Macra news: Welcome for quota end ahead of election

The Macra presidential and vice presidential elections will take place in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin on Tuesday.

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New corporate identity for dairy exports

The Irish Dairy Board has unveiled a new global corporate identity, Ornua — The Home of Irish Dairy.

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Agri-business sectors split on impacts of EU-US trade talks

Agri-business and other industries remain divided on how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and USA will impact Ireland.

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Phil Hogan tries to reassure British farmers

With just days to go to the end of the EU’s dairy quota regime, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has hit back at claims by British farmers that it would put them out of business.

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Dairy farmers face fines as quota era nears end

Dairy farmers are bracing themselves for collective superlevy fines of up to €100m, with the Department of Agriculture estimating the sector is 5.07% over-quota to end of February.

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75 acres of borderlands for sale in Knocknagree

Located near the Cork/Kerry border just 3.5km from the village of Knocknagree, a sizeable holding of 75 acres is fresh to the market with Tom Spillane Auctioneers in Killarney.

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Seed drill requires less power

Offset press wheels at its centre make the award-winning, new Kuhn Espro seed drill easy to pull.

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Tech focus: Electronic aids for farmers

A new grass measurement device allows the farmer to measure grass using a plate meter, and transmit that information via Bluetooth to a mobile phone, where the farmer can calculate grass wedge.

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Department assists Reserve applicants ahead of online deadline Tuesday

To assist young farmers and new entrants in completing and submitting online applications in the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme, the Department of Agriculture offers one-to-one assistance, up to next Tuesday, at its offices in Portlaoise.

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Cork gets 6.3% of LEADER

LEADER funds for rural development have been cut more in Cork than any other county, according to the Ballyhoura Development group.

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