NEWS

Agri-tech firm BHSL signs $3m ‘poultry energy’ deal in US

A $3m pilot project trialling manure-to-energy technology in the US has been agreed by a Irish agri-tech firm.

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€15,000 per acre hasn’t put bidders off Raheen property

If you were to imagine a farm with the optimum mixture of quality, location, and potential it would probably look something like the 66-acre holding that came on the market with Cork City-based auctioneers Casey & Kingston three weeks ago.

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Perfectly-Package 35-Acre Farm near Lissarda

Seen from the air, the 35-acre non-residential holding which is for sale in the townland of Curraclogh, Lissarda, Co Cork, looks like a rich patchwork quilt of differing shades of green.

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Big green hope: Biomass could be world’s new oil

Plants can be the new oil — according to a team of scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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12-14c per litre incentive to reduce milk

Each litre of reduced milk production from October to December, in 2016 compared to 2015, will qualify for a 12-14c payment, in this week’s EU plan to reduce milk deliveries.

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Two main elements in EU’s €500m package

Conditional adjustment aid, defined and implemented at Member State level from a menu proposed by the Commission, makes up €350m of the EU’s new €500m farmer aid package.

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Co-ops reject milk cut plan

Co-ops are disappointed by the new EU scheme to reduce milk production, said ICOS President, Martin Keane. 

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Q&A: Bringing some light to the puzzle of life after Brexit

News Q&A: Bord Bia
Bord Bia tries to project likely outcomes of UK exiting EU.

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Pathways for food firms to build towards life after Brexit

The immediate impact of sterling weakening will make it difficult for Irish exporters to compete in the short term

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Feeds exclusively made from Irish crops offer hope for growers

IFA’s All Irish Rations drive promotes quality feeds manufactured exclusively from Irish cereal and protein crops.

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Beware of over-conditioned autumn calving sucklers

Suckler herds are gearing up for calving autumn cows and for creep feeding spring born calves.

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Machinery and Equipment: Choose your own gear shift technology on Deutz-Fahr 6

Last week we mentioned the new Deutz-Fahr 7 series, this week we follow up with the brand new 6 series.

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Veterinary advice: 3,200 vets agree: Dublin buiatrics conference a ‘wonderful success’

Some 3,200 cattle veterinarians and allied scientists from the four corners of the planet were corralled into the Conference Centre in Dublin for the biennial World Buiatrics conference for four days earlier this month.

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Milk price cut despite Ornua stability

Dairy farmers have condemned co-ops for cutting June milk prices, despite stable pricing at Ornua, the major buyer of Irish dairy produce.

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No Irish grass advantage without fertility

Soil fertility is essential for optimum production, but is one of the most neglected aspects of Irish farming.

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Cattle marts report: Stronger price for the stronger store, even if Turkey trip for cattle looks less likely

Having spent last week giving out about the poor trade in the mart for light store cattle, this week found me at the mart selling light store cattle.

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Beef market report: Beef price still falling despite reduced supply

The downward trend in prices at the beef factories has continued, with a further reduction of 5 cents/kg in this week’s quotes.

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ICA news: Ballyphehane guild’s devoted work within local community

Whether it’s raising funds for a nearby hospital or contributing to the education of six to eight-year-olds in the local school, Ballyphehane ICA Guild is all about giving back to the community.

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Macra news: Return of Miss Macra festival to Thurles

This year heralds the return of the International Miss Macra Festival to Thurles, Co Tipperary.

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Agri-events

Friday, July 22
IFFPG waste farm plastics bring-centre collection day (farmplastics.ie), Cronins Old Pit, Coolcaslagh, Killarney, continues Saturday

 

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US may loosen EU meat import restrictions

The US is proposing to change regulations which restricted the importation of sheepmeat from the EU.

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Report brands farming policy ‘unsustainable’

A new report claims Ireland’s current agriculture and land use policy is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable.

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Mixed Irish response to EU farming aid package

The EU agricultural aid package announced, this week, in Brussels by Commissioner Phil Hogan must support farm incomes, leaders of the Irish Farmers Association and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association have insisted.

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Ireland to get €11m from new EU agri aid package

A €500m aid package for the EU agriculture sector, with particular emphasis on the crisis-hit dairy industry, was announced by Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan yesterday.

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IFA calls for recognition of Irish salad growers

Retailers have been urged by the Irish Farmers’ Association to recognise the investment made by the country’s salad growers.

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Community at heart of CUH excellence award

Cork University Hospital, the first healthcare facility in the world to be awarded a Green Flag for its work on environmental management and sustainable healthcare, serves more than 1m meals every year.

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Phil Hogan: Improved greening payment can deliver more

The greening payment concept introduced in the 2013 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy is working but can be improved to deliver more.

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Equestrians focus on road to Rio

Ray Ryan looks forward to the Dublin Horse Show, to which the imminent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are adding extra spice.

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Traceability would give sheep exports a competitive edge

Full nationwide electronic tagging for sheep would give Ireland a competitive advantage for this crucial sector, ICOS national marts chairman Michael Spellman.

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IFA seeks milk price to year end

IFA dairy chairman Sean O’Leary has called upon dairy co-ops to commit their milk price to year end.

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