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Aurivo ready for 25% expansion

Aurivo Co-op, formerly Connacht Gold, is to invest €40m to boost its processing capacity, with its milk supply set to rise 25% over the next five years.

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Markets: Quality animals draw attention of buyers as marts enjoy a flying trade in fine weather

Silage contractor Michael Allen from Enniskeane was a busy man last Thursday afternoon making his first round bales of the season.

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Markets: Easter price gains retained in lamb trade

There has been no change in prices at factories this week, in a stable trade after the seasonal Easter boost.

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Richard Smith, Doneraile; Michael Cronin, Society Branch Secretary; Therese O'Keeffe, Irish Cancer Society, Charleville; and John Appelbe, Society Branch Chairman.

Markets: Lower kills linked to effect of holidays and weather

Beef prices are holding stable at factories this week, with good demand reported for cattle, as intake eased for the second consecutive week.

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Ailish thrilled she chose to don the hat of Feakle ICA president

A milliner, who has just had three headpieces modelled on TV3’s Exposé, is president of Feakle ICA Guild in Co Clare.

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Farmers respond to Bothar calf appeal

Bothar recently launched its annual Spring Calf Appeal, calling on farmers to donate a calf that can be reared and put in-calf, so that in 18 months time, the cow would be ready to go to a needy family in the developing world.

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Irish saddle leather sought after

Already a world-class horse producer, Ireland is becoming more important as a raw material source for saddle leather, according to Bord Bia.

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Six Irish farmers bid for Yara Grass Prix

Co Cork farmers Tom and Simon Browne will again match their grass silage production skills against the best in the UK and Ireland this year.

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Pressure on UK meat cuts

Despite population growth, GIRA market researchers forecast a UK decline of 1% per annum in retail volumes of primary meat cuts between 2014 and 2020.

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Padraig Higgins and his family have been widely praised for their efforts to raise awareness of dangers on farms.

A tragedy that highlighted farm dangers for our children

“I got down into the water and felt around. I’d say I had to go up and down three or four times because the water was that cold.

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Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney with North Cork Co-op CEO Pat Sheahan and Chairman Martin O'Keeffe.

Food start-ups record in 2014

The eight food start-up companies supported in 2014 by Enterprise Ireland set a new record for the food High Potential Start Up companies supported by the government organisation, which is responsible for development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

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Arthur Byrne, Public Safety Officer, ESBNetworks; Maura Canning, Chairperson of the IFA Family Farm Committee; John McNamara, Teagasc Healthand Safety Officer; Ned O'Loughlin, Teagasc, Naas; and Charles Gallagher, IHFA.

Farmers at Emerald Expo forum alerted to electrical risks

Six farmers lost their lives by coming into contact with electricity since the year 2000, according to the ESB, and there have been many hundreds of incidents where livestock perished, or farmers had lucky escapes when trying to rescue stricken animals.

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Muskerry to rally the troops for conference

Coopsuperstores.ie has been unveiled as title sponsors of this year’s Macra na Feirme Annual Conference.

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At Kenmare Mart last Thursday, this Charolais heifer, born November 2013, weighed 546kg and sold for €1,425.

Beef: Choosing suckler heifers

Management strategies and goal setting should ensure money invested in genetics is put to good use.

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IFA's President Eddie Downey, centre, Chief Economist Rowena Dywer, and General Secretary Pat Smith

No winners in bank versus farmer combat, says IFA President Eddie Downey

IFA President Eddie Downey has called on bankers and farmers to engage constructively to find solutions in unresolved, difficult farming credit cases.

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New Organic Farming Scheme scheme will open soon

Applications for the new Organic Farming Scheme must be made online, but there will be no requirement to use an agricultural advisor to make the applications, said Tom Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, when he recently announced that the new scheme will open for applications shortly.

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50% more milk in five years ‘very reasonable’

After three decades of severe milk quota restrictions, dairy farmers and potential new entrants to dairying face into an era which offers great opportunities for development and success.

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IFA families can clean up in €6,000 competition

To encourage members to actively participate in a rural April spring clean, IFA has teamed up with the Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG).

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PROPERTY: Three bidders vied for ‘land as good as it gets’ in Rockhill, Bruree

A 16-acre holding was sold by public auction on April 8 by GVM Auctioneers, with the hammer falling on a final price of €220,000.

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PROPERTY: Tops for the crops at Midleton

The words “top class tillage land” are music to the ears of many in the market for some additional land.

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PROPERTY: Deep in the agricultural heartland near Berrings, North Cork

Flanked by three public roads, this 70-acre residential holding in the townland of Derry, near the village of Berrings in North Cork represents a substantial piece of property in a strong agricultural heartland.

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There was an attendance of 61,556 at the Agrotech agricultural tradeshow in Poland.

More awards for Magnum 380

The Case IH Magnum 380 CVX tractor continues to pick up awards.

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Farmers’ new eye in the sky

New Zealand farmers will soon be helped by state-of-the-art aerial imaging that was first developed for military reconnaissance and space exploration.

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Q&A: Extended GLAS date gives time for assessment

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the new May 22 closing date for GLAS, saying it gives farmers more opportunity to assess the scheme.

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Impala is two-in-a-row Emerald Expo champion

Swiss judge Marc Henri Guillaume picked Laurelmore Duplex Impala, shown by John Barrett & Sons of Cork, as his Alltech FBD Senior Cow Champion at last weekend’s Emerald Expo 2015 at Punchestown, Co Kildare.

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Andrew Doyle, TD: says end land eligibility confusion.

TDs, senators back farmers in Common Agricultural Policy land eligibility row

TDs and senators have broadly agreed with farmers that the confusion around land eligibility guidelines in this crucial first year of a new Common Agricultural Policy is “entirely unacceptable”.

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30.5c a litre for Glanbia’s 30% milk pool

Glanbia Co-op moved this week to hold the manufacturing milk price for March supplies at the current 30.5 cent per litre including VAT — despite Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) reducing the base milk price by 1c, to 29.5c. GII cited current weakness in global dairy prices.

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EU to reduce use of crops to create biofuel

EU member states will be urged to produce more biofuel from residues, wastes and seaweed as part of a proposed cap on fuels made from farmed crops.

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Dairy Week to focus on health and nutrition

Ireland’s dairy sector is to use next week’s National Dairy Week events to promote the quality of milk.

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Irish dairy sector looks to revamped derivatives

Euronext is launching a revamped dairy derivatives, betting that the end of the EU’s milk quota system will stir price hedging interest in a sector that has so far shunned futures markets.

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