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Dairygold: No shortcuts in quality milk systems

Quality milk producers don’t take shortcuts, according to Dairygold’s overall 2014 Milk Quality award winner.

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Real-time monitor to help farmers boost milk quality

Farmers will gain real-time feedback on milk quality thanks to a monitoring system being developed at Cork Institute of Technology.

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Tech focus: Massey Ferguson boosts spec on new harvester

A four-cylinder engined combine harvester is on the way from Massey Ferguson for the 2016 season — the new MF 7340 Activa.

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Tech focus: Australian study on robotic milking

Australian researchers may have found a flaw in robotic milking of grazing cows.

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Pair of fine farms sure to draw big interest in Co Cork

With a total of 174 acres, two of fine farms are coming under the hammer on September 24 in what promises to be a very eagerly-awaited public auction.

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ICMSA: retailers running dairy ‘casino’

ICMSA President John Comer has accused Irish retailers of running “casino rules” on dairy margins, operating a “house always wins” policy in relation to market volatility.

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Low biomass uptake as scheme fails to excite farmers

Interest in farming willow trees for biomass remains very low, with Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney revealing that only four applications were made this year in the 2015 Bio-Energy Establishment Scheme.

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ICOS joins in dialogue to define farming economy

The LESS scheme is designed to complement related GLAS details on eco-friendly slurry spreading.

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Nearly 80% of stock bulls meet genomic target

Of the 29,123 herds and 641,000 cows in the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), 79% of herds have a stock bull meeting the June 30, 2019 programme requirement of four or five-star genotype on either the terminal or replacement index.

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Search on for world’s top steak

The World’s Best Steak Producer 2015, and gold and silver medals will be handed out in October in what is claimed to be the first global championship of its kind.

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Guide to completing the Euro Star reports

Daniel Hession meets Christopher Daly of ICBF to discuss the Euro Star reports being sent to farmers

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Autumn changes are moving fast

There is a real feel of autumn around in the last week or so. Grass has that soft look and feel to it and all of the summer stem has disappeared from swards.

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Beef market report: Challenging times ahead for the Irish beef sector

Beef finishers are heading into a challenging period as the forces of price control merge to swing against their interest ahead of the peak season of the year for disposals.

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Farm machinery makers see big dip in demand

Shares of farm equipment firm Deere & Co are down 8% on weak third-quarter results as analysts say other agricultural firms are also hurt in an industry downturn.

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China: Farmers use land rights to access loans

China is to launch a pilot programme allowing farmers to use their land and property as collateral for loans, the State Council said, the latest step to bolster support for the cash-starved farm sector.

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Glanbia Co-op members share in €174m spinout

Glanbia Co-op Society Ltd has transferred around 10 million Glanbia plc shares to its 15,600 co-op members in a €174m spin-out.

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Extend farm safety grant deadline, says ICMSA

Farmers need an extension to the deadline for the Farm Safety grant, says ICMSA rural development chairman Billy Gray.

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Meat group seeks better market access

Ireland needs to push EU authorities to accelerate their efforts to gain full market access to US and China, says Meat Industry Ireland.

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VIDEO: Dairy fund of 2.7% off all farmer payments rejected

The Milk Bucket Challenge, highlighting the financial difficulties of dairy farmers, is catching on across the world.

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Mini-Me robot deployed in NZ battle against urine patches

Scientists in New Zealand believe leaching of nitrogen from cow urine patches is one of the most serious threats facing their grazed dairy farms.

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Forestry is climate-smarter and more profitable than beef

Alan Matthews, formerly professor of European agricultural policy at Trinity College, Dublin, and now Professor Emeritus, has estimated that the cost of the “credits” we would have to buy to offset our failure to reach 2030 greenhouse gas emission targets could be as much as 18% of the milk price, or 30% of the beef price.

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Kieran Coughlan: Innovative farmer tax proposals submitted by IFA

IFA have made their Pre-Budget Budget submission to the Department of Finance.

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Irish could be hit by UK dairy product label move

Irish exports could be hit as Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss moves to clearly label cheese and butter in shop displays as British, to make it easier for customers to support the UK’s struggling dairy farmers.

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€13,800 per acre guide price at Blarney

With an overall asking price of €850,000, this two-part, 69-acre property in the townland of Loughane East seems right on the money.

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Season of plenty but winter diet must be balanced

Advice for beef farmers
I have put together a good few feed budgets for clients over the last number of weeks.

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Tim O'Leary, IFA deputy president

92% of milk profits gone

Sixteen months of continuous milk price cuts have taken 92% cut of the average dairy farmer’s profit margin, according to IFA.

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Pippa Allen riding Call Me Cool Z, winner of the National Discovery final for four-year-old horses at the Millstreet International Horse Show, last Saturday. Picture: Tadhg Ryan

Promising crop of young horses at Millstreet Show

Judges had their work cut selecting winners in young horse classes at the Millstreet International Horse Show, due to the high quality.

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Helping hand for rural female entrepreneurs

Applications are now being sought for a new programme offering early stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to advance their businesses.

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Points race surprises for B Agr applicants

The number of CAO points required to receive a first round offer for the level 8 agricultural science course at UCD has increased by five points, to 470.

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Michael Doran, Fermoy, working for haulier Tony Doyle, Glanmire, with grain grower Michael McGrath, Shanagarry, Midleton, Co Cork, securing a load of 60 straw bales for delivery to Hallissey Livestock Exports, Killarney, Co Kerry.

Harvesting up to late September envisaged

Grain crops are slow to ripen, and farmers predict it will be late September before the main cereal harvest is complete.

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