NEWS

Farmers reassured by beef price, despite UK vote

Irish beef farmers are not phased by currency speculation following the Brexit vote as the sterling-euro rate has remained relatively stable, said ICSA beef chairman Edmond Phelan.

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€9,000-13,000 per acre paid in recent Tipperary auctions

Public auctions are continuing to produce impressive results in the Premier County, as evidenced by two auctions of farmland in South Tipperary over the last fortnight.

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Technology news: Irish product highly commended in IMMAs

Extra spray days, due to the reduced risk of damaging spray drift, is one of the advantages claimed for the Syngenta Defy 3D Nozzle, winner of one of the annual International Machinery Manufacturers Awards’ 2016 Innovation Awards (IMMAs) at the recent Cereals event in the UK.

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EU likely to move to control of milk supply

A new EU aid package for dairy farmers in July is likely to be linked to an EU-wide milk supply control measure — and may be partly financed from a crisis reserve fund taken out of farmer payments.

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Machinery and Equipment: Polaris Big Boss ATV is built for two and for maximum payload

Polaris has introduced the all-new Sportsman 6X6 Big Boss 570 EPS to its range.

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Q&A: Weeds interfere with grass and animal production

Docks, dandelions, buttercups, thistles, nettles and rushes can interfere with grass and animal production, and should be eliminated as soon as possible.

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Sterling weakness already hitting prices for food exporters to Britain

Sterling weakness is already hitting prices for food exporters in the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany and Denmark, the main suppliers of the 2m tonnes of meat imported into the UK per year.

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Brexit border dilemma for Northern Ireland

Brexit could make Northern Ireland a haven for smugglers, as the only land border for goods and people to enter Great Britain.

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Agrifood at centre of Irish Brexit policy

“Safeguarding the interests of the Irish agrifood sector will be central in informing the Government’s overall approach to all negotiations pertaining to the UK’s exit from the EU,” said Andrew Doyle, the minister of state at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, in Monday’s Brexit Dáil debate.

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Why we are all poorer due to uncertainty caused by Brexit

Immediate effect is less wealth, which will affect our ability to sell goods and services.

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EU avoids glyphosate exit

Exit glyphosate has been avoided by the EU, with the European Commission temporarily authorising continuing use of the world’s and the EU’s most widely used herbicide.

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Farming showcase for Minister Creed and IFA President Healy

VIPs and young and old alike enjoyed Charleville Agricultural Show’s celebration of all that is good in Irish farming.

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Advice for beef farmers: Your 2016 cereal harvest options

With high prices still being paid by farmers for weanlings and store cattle, even with Brexit market uncertainties, costs will need to be closely monitored this winter if profits are to be realised.

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Teagasc advice: Reluctance to retire revealed by researchers

Farmers resist transferring the land to the next generation, due to an anticipated loss of the recognition and social status that accompanied their position as an active and productive farmer.

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Macra news: Neighbours urged to embrace community

Macra na Feirme is calling on communities nationwide to host a local event this summer to encourage neighbours to get to know each other better.

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ICA news: All hands to the wheel as Watergrasshill ‘do it right’

The tiny Cork guild of Watergrasshill hosted two major ICA events this year, the Cork Federation AGM and the East Cork Federation quiz.

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Cattle marts report: Calm seas at marts as Brexit comes ashore, but will this picture hold in longer term?

All seems to be quiet in the marts this week. Perhaps “too damn quiet” as they say in the cowboy films, just before the Indians attack.

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Beef market report: Immediate Brexit blow of 5-10c for cattle sellers

The sharp fall in the sterling exchange rate, following the British referendum on EU membership, had immediate effect on livestock prices for Irish farmers.

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Agri events

Today, 30 June
Managing Through 2016 Teagasc dairy farm walk (grass and winter feed budgeting, cashflow management), farm of John and Edwin Thompson, Kilmore, Golden, Co Tipperary.

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Irish agri-food firms ‘unprepared’ for post-Brexit price risks

Irish agri-food companies are poorly-prepared for the post-Brexit risks and other challenges they face, according to a report by risk management experts Aon.

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Mandatory milk output cuts unwise, warns IFA

Unilateral EU production cuts would not resolve the current market slump, IFA dairy chairman Sean O’Leary told the EU Agriculture Council meeting in Luxembourg.

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Forestry leaders gather to discuss certification

Irish and visiting forestry leaders will discuss issues and solutions around many aspects of certification at a conference on Thursday in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

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Brexit plan essential to protect €5bn food exports

The decision of the UK to leave the European Union will have serious implications for all sectors of the Irish economy including the agri-food sector.

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Agri-food leaders urge authorities to be inclusive with UK following Brexit

Ireland’s agri-food leaders have urged the Government to do everything in its powers to ensure the EU maintains an open approach to future trade with Britain, following last Thursday’s Brexit referendum.

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Co-ops welcome Visa’s move to reduce transaction fees

A decision by Visa to reduce its fees on business debit card transactions through the Irish banks has been welcomed by Ireland’s national umbrella body for co-ops.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara's maritime festival is a celebration of our ocean wealth

The country’s seafood industry will have much to celebrate and many challenges to ponder in Galway this coming weekend when Bord Iascaigh Mhara holds its second maritime festival.

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Teagasc outlines series of key dairy small savings

Small improvements can add up to big savings, Teagasc is advising in its ongoing dairy farm walks’ series.

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IFA unveils menu of solutions to ease income pressure on farmers

Enhanced direct payments, low cost short-term loans and the abolition of EU import tariffs on fertiliser are on the IFA’s menu of solutions for the income crisis facing farmers.

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First step to create Irish milk futures markets as milk price index developed

Milk processors have taken the first step to create a milk futures market for Irish dairy farmers, by developing a milk price index for Ireland.

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Pressure on to harness solar energy by 2020

Landowners are being approached by solar farm developers looking to secure land

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