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IFA: Politicians ignoring impact of sterling slump

“The biggest threat to Irish farming in half a century” was how the Irish Farmers Association president Joe Healy yesterday described the impact of the Brexit negotiations on incomes in the sector.

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Tillage farmers to stage Dáil protest over losses

Tillage farmers will stage a protest outside the Dáil today as part of a campaign to secure an aid package for growers who suffered severe weather-related losses in the last harvest.

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IFA looks to ‘renewal’ as governance tackled

The new director general of the Irish Farmers Association, Damien McDonald, was introduced to the members at yesterday’s annual general meeting.

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Food industry raises alert over Brexit talks

The Irish food and drinks industry yesterday called on the Government and the Commission to protect viable businesses and jobs during a potentially fraught Brexit process.

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Phil Hogan hails move as US lifts French beef ban

A decision by the US to lift its embargo on beef imports from France was welcomed yesterday by European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan.

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Teagasc land award for Schull school students

A project that investigated agroforestry and its potential to offset carbon emissions from other agricultural sources won the Teagasc special award at the Young Scientist and Technology exhibition for students from Schull Community College in West Cork.

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Welcome revival of beef exports to Egypt

THE new year has got off to a promising start in the Government’s continuing efforts to secure more market outlets for beef exports which were worth around €2.38bn last year.

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CAP policy a key focus for the year ahead

This year will see a lot of focus on future CAP policy at EU level.

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Vigilance urged as second case of bird flu confirmed

A second case of bird flu has been confirmed in a wigeon, a type of wild duck, in Co Galway. 

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World food prices continue to fall

World food prices fell for a fifth straight year in 2016 as losses in cereals, meat and dairy outweighed rises in sugar and vegetable oils, the United Nations food agency said yesterday.

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Spreading rules must bow to weather

ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock wants the Department of Agriculture to adopt a more common sense approach to slurry spreading dates.

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Product prices key to farm mood

Product price is the main concern for farmers in 2017, with the greatest optimism evident in dairy, pigmeat and poultry farmers, according to a new IFA barometer of farmer sentiment.

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Bord Bia report shows cattle farms missing out on export boom

Bord Bia has acknowledged the 2017 challenges for cattle farmers, the main farming sector behind Ireland’s continuing impressive food and drink export performance.

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Property: €12,000 per acre price tag near Old Head of Kinsale

There is a very advantageous stretch of the Cork coastline just west of the Old Head of Kinsale.

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Property: Auction of 160 mountainous acres in Dingle

Large blocks of mountain land are coming up for an online auction in Kerry.

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Oliver Moore: Organic farming may be less ‘costly’

“Cadmium exposure, pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria all result in costs to society that are not typically included in the price of the fertiliser, plant protection product, or antibiotic drug. Although difficult to estimate accurately, these costs may be substantial and represent negative production externalities.”

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Most calf housing not up to standard, says animal health consultant

The majority of calf housing, both old and new, is not of sufficient standard, said animal health consultant Martin Kavanagh at the Teagasc National Beef Conference in October.

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Four ASABE awards for New Holland Agriculture

New Holland Agriculture scooped four of this year’s 50 awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), for innovation in engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

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Karen Walsh: Why a farmer’s divorce can be more stressful and worrying

In Irish divorce cases,  punishing either party is not the role of the court, says Karen Walsh.

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HerdPlus membership went over 23,000 in 2016

In modern farming, using information on breeding, the reproductive performance of dairy and suckler cows, and the physical performance of animals, to help you make correct breeding and management decisions, is vitally important.

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Denis Lehane: Good advice for my 18-year-old self

You will all agree that there is a big difference between myself and Victoria Beckham. Yerra, we are poles apart, really.

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Kieran Coughlan: One of busiest tax times for VAT, PAYE, Capital Gains, etc

The coming few weeks is perhaps one of the busiest times on the tax front, covering VAT, PAYE, Capital Gains Tax, and a new income tax charge for certain pension products.

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EU beef consumption growing despite Italy slump

Italians ate 3% less beef in 2016, according to early estimates from the EU’s No 1 market member state for beef imports.

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Half of our beef comes from farms earning €12,660 on average

Teagasc 2025 Road Map predicts suckler cow decline due mainly to CAP reform and effects of Brexit

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ICSA proposes €200 incentive to reduce suckler cows

Many older suckler farmers are putting their lives and health on the line trying to manage suckler cows, and returns from the marketplace are getting worse and worse, says Dermot Kelleher, the suckler committee chairman in the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association.

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Cormac MacConnell: Black Shannon heifer left her mark on me

The truth is often not easy to deal with.

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Essential that bulls are slaughtered under 16 months

Cattle to be killed this spring are in many cases indoors for 60 to 70 days at this stage.

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Celebrating 175 years of Case IH, JI Case and International Harvester

Another year, another anniversary.

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Stephen Cadogan: We all need to remember to look after our rural elderly

In many places, there is no direct transport to hospitals serving rural areas, leaving older people to pay for taxis to attend appointment, says Stephen Cadogan.

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Up to 2,500 extra to qualify for rural social protection help

Up to 2,000 extra farm families may benefit from the farm assist programme in 2017, and the rural social scheme has 500 extra spaces, according to Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.

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