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Simon Coveney hoping for late surge of entrants to genomics scheme

Entrants to the new Beef Data and Genomics Programme will be free to subsequently withdraw once they get back data on their own herd, said Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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Gulf widens between dairy and cattle farming

Dairy farm incomes reached an unprecedented high of €68,887 in 2014, with average family farm incomes rising 6% to €26,974.

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Dairy grazing land prices soar in Dublin, Munster

Grazing land values are set to keep rising, with only 38% of respondents to a landowner survey predicting any ownership mobility.

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John Dalton named president of seed trade association

John Dalton has been named president of the Irish Seed Trade Association, to serve a two-year term.

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Brazil to export beef to China in coming weeks

Brazil is set to begin shipments of beef to China from early June, with Irish beef exports likely to follow in the coming months.

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IFA says it is vital to maintain department’s vet services

The Irish Farmers’ Association has defended the services provided by the Department of Agriculture’s regional veterinary laboratories.

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Land access is essential for effective dairy expansion

This year is the 50th anniversary of the iconic JB Keane play, The Field. This classic drama is still compelling for all of us, even as it enters its sixth decade.

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Call to include more young farmers in future TAMS plans

The definition of ‘young farmer’ should be reviewed to maximise the numbers entering TAMS schemes, said IFA rural development chairman Flor McCarthy.

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Foundation stone for Irish dairy

The old Dairy Disposal Company was initially a kind of Nama for the dairy industry in Munster, according to a new book.

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Clawbacks on beef data scheme clarified as deadline looms

Clawback for the new Beef Data Genomics Programme will only apply where an individual withdraws from the scheme or is disqualified for major non-compliances.

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ICOS: Focus on price undermines dairy potential

Farmers risk undermining their industry by focusing on milk price performance rather than a longer-term strategy, warns ICOS president Martin Keane.

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Sensor machines can communicate with each other

Agriculture featured prominently in the recent CeBIT event for IT and digitisation, in Hannover, Germany.

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Large parcel of grazing farm sold in Limerick city

A strong auction result was recorded at the Limerick City Auction Rooms last Wednesday week, May 13. An 82-acre holding at Toberyquin, Ballyneety was sold for €850,000 (€10,365/acre). 

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Dept to contract with farmers in superlevy instalment plan

Contracts between dairy farmers and the Department of Agriculture will be used to facilitate payment of the superlevy in three annual instalments, without interest.

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Over 10,000 bulls per year for BDGP

In the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), at least one stock bull on the holding on June 30, 2019 must have been genotyped four or five star on either the terminal or replacement index.

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Coveney says no plans to close RVLs

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has said there are no plans to close any Regional Veterinary Laboratories.

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Farmers assured they have nothing to fear in Beef Data Genomics Programme

Genomic sampling for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) is likely to be significantly cheaper than last year’s €30, says Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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EU fine decision within six weeks

Farmers received €50 million too much in direct payments from 2008 to 2012, inclusive, according to a Department of Agriculture investigation.

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Limousin overcomes stiff opposition to win beef interbreed title at Bandon

Albert and Jennifer de Cogan continued their domination of the Angus showing scene last Sunday at Bandon, the first of the big Co Cork agricultural shows.

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Karen Walsh: Consequences when a farmer is diagnosed with dementia

Wardship may be only way to access accounts, advises Karen Walsh.

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Fertiliser price can go higher: Coveney

Continuing upward pressure on fertiliser prices is predicted byAgriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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1,000 applications per day for BDGP scheme

May 29 is the application deadline for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme.

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Calves holding their value well for this time of year as marts report steady trading

I was in Fermoy on Sunday at a sporting event and saw silage being made. I was back there on Tuesday, at Corrin mart, and you’d be half inclined to open a bale.

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John Comer

Extend safety, dairy scheme deadlines: ICMSA

The Farm Safety Scheme is putting farmers under pressure, warned ICMSA President John Comer last week.

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Critical period will test cattle price resistance now

Beef processors are continuing to hold the line on cattle prices this week, as supply comes more into balance, which returns some bargaining power to farmers.

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Cold weather has hit early crop growth

Teagasc advisors say some crops have suffered due to the lack of warm weather since they were drilled.

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Silage quality or volume? The eternal question

Some were lucky to get first cut silage saved last week.

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Calf births up 130,000, or 9% so far this year

Llarge-scale veal production is not favoured by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney as the best use of resources.

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Farewell to the Single Payment. Some farmers are glad to see the back of it

After 12 years, it’s being replaced. About time. Filling in the form had become a complicated mess.

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Cork’s new president brings lifelong passion to the role

The new president of Cork ICA Federation literally grew up along with her own local guild, Berrings.

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