NEWS

Pat McCormack

Milk price decline to cost farmers over €500m

Dairy farmers are set to lose over €500m this year as a result of lower milk prices, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association warned yesterday.

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Sean Kelly

MEP’s call on timeline for financial instruments

A member of the European Parliament yesterday urged the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to put forward a timeline for implementing the financial instruments in the Rural Development Programme.

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Further progress on beef trade negotiations between EU and US

Progress is being reported in the two year old trade negotiations between the European Union and the US.

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ICSA calls for clarity from ABP on Cahir upgrade

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) has called on ABP to outline what the new gel bone processing process in the €50m upgrade of its Cahir, Co Tipperary plants will do in terms of better beef prices for livestock farmers.

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Coveney launches farm schemes

The opening of two new farm schemes with an indicative allocation of €175m was announced yesterday.

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Farmers seek €580m budget spending pledge

The Government must deliver on a pledge for a €580m spending plan in October’s budget aimed at stimulating the rural economy.

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Improved prices for beef suppliers ‘should continue’

The steady and improved prices available for beef farmers, so far this year, should continue in the coming months, according to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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IFA calls for new tax designation for quads

The IFA is calling for a change of tax designation for farm quads in the budget. It is effectively impossible to register and tax farm quads for limited use on public roads, the association has told the Government in its pre-budget submission.

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Ulster Farmers Union in row with council over man smoking in tractor

A man smoking a cigarette, while sitting in the cab of a tractor parked off the road at a filling station, has sparked a fuming row in the north between the Ulster Farmers Union and a local authority.

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Award for calf milk warmer

A machine which heats cold milk from a reservoir as and when required by ad-lib fed calves has won the RABDF Livestock Machinery and Equipment Award at the Livestock Event in England.

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Top-class land on offer near Mallow

A residential dairy farm near Mallow consisting of “top-class land” has just been offered for sale with Ballinhassig-based auctioneer Christy Buckley.

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Zero grazing makes wet springs and autumns easier

New machine works well for weanling to forward store beef farmer Shane O’Reilly in south Mayo.

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Niall Collins, TD, Éamon Ó Cuív, TD, and Andrew Doyle, right, TD and chairman, Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with IFDl representatives, Michael Cronin, centre, and Liam O'Keeffe, Chairman, second from right.

IFDL reject GLAS solution to hen harrier problems

News Q&A: Liam O’Keeffe (IFDL)
Landowners whose farms are designated for protection of the hen harrier have said the GLAS payment of up to €7,000 is a completely inadequate compensation.

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GII’s most successful fixed milk price offer

Dairy farmers who correctly anticipated milk price weakness in 2015 piled into the Fixed Milk Price Scheme offered by Glanbia Ingredients Ireland.

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Farmers warned not to rely on slurry alarm

Over-reliance on a widely used farm safety device has been warned against by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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Beef groups progress

Beef farmer producer groups which can negotiate contracts for sale of cattle and purchase of farm inputs will begin to take shape before the end of the year.

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Four key management tasks for resilient dairy farming

Dairy herd expansion can increase profitability, but initially places added physical and financial pressures on the farm family.

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Freemount kicks off neighbour initiative

Macra na Feirme’s Calor Know Your Neighbour Weekend kicked off in style last Saturday, with Freemount hosting a national field day.

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Harvest all winter feed opportunities

It may only be the end of July, but we all need to be preparing for next winter.

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Beef market report: Strength of sterling helps boost market for beef

The continuing balance between supply and demand for beef animals at factories has ensured that prices stay firm, aided by a favourable currency exchange rate, with sterling rising to its strongest level against the euro since 2007.

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Cattle marts report: Cattle numbers hold solid, prices are steady and bargain calves are as rare as hen’s teeth

Ever the optimist, I went to Dungarvan mart on Monday in search of a few cheap calves. But alas for me, I arrived too late.

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ICA news: Spirit of co-operation drives Glin guild to great heights

The 20 plus members of Glin ICA Guild have a strong spirit of co-operation.

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Overweight lamb too costly

Like it or not, lamb producers have no control over the price per kilo they are paid for their finished product on any given day of the year.

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Agri-events

Thursday, July 23
Irish Farm Managers Association discussion group meeting, Rockwell Farm, Cashel, Co Tipperary, 2pm. 

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Simon Coveney urges more focus on farm safety

It is important every organisation involved in agriculture continually raises the need for farmers to work safely, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney declared yesterday.

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President praises Macra ‘neighbour’ initiative

An initiative by Macra na Feirme to encourage interaction between neighbours has been praised by President Michael D Higgins.

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Phil Hogan

Phil Hogan lauds role of agricultural shows

The role of agricultural shows has been praised by EU Farm Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

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Forum sets urgent focus on €2.27bn beef exports

The opening of new markets for the Irish beef industry, which recorded exports of €2.27bn last year, will be one of the key issues for discussion at today’s meeting of the Beef Forum.

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ICSA clashes with Coveney on exports

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association has clashed with Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney over the sheep sector.

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Teagasc hails rural broadband potential

Access to high-speed broadband to most rural areas will allow farmers to develop better and faster decision-making, according to Teagasc.

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