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Nitrates derogation vital, say farmers

Farmers will continue to lobby the Government in the coming weeks to ensure Ireland retains its derogation on EU nitrates regulations.

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UK authorities closely monitoring bird flu outbreak

The UK government has put restrictions in place around a farm in Suffolk amid concerns over a new outbreak of bird flu.

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Technological breakthrough in grass swathing by Austrian company

The trip to the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show got many talking about new technologies and advancements in grass swathing.

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Replacements: Get milk from the dam, beef from the sire

Calving is progressing well in most herds at present. Varying degrees of difficulties and health issues are being reported, as usual.

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Good start half the battle in calf rearing

Aim to give your newborn suckler calf a good start in life and win the battle for survival by ensuring that the calf suckles and receives adequate colostrum in the first six hours of life.

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If scanned lambs go over 2.0...

The number of lambs sold per ewe to the ram is a key driver of profitability of a sheep enterprise.

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Why cows need concentrates for at least six weeks

In the four weeks coming up to calving, the silage intake of cows drops off by 30-50%.

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Stephen Cadogan: UK must ensure easy access for the 38% of its foods it imports

A vegetable shortage has given the UK a reminder of the risks of relying on faraway countries for food.

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Kieran Coughlan: What would Ireland look like without family farming?

2014 was the international year of family farming, as proclaimed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

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Karen Walsh: Buy in haste at an auction and you may regret your impulse

Conducting due diligence is critical prior to making a successful bid at an auction.

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Cormac MacConnell: Why pub taxis can be a rural lifesaver

Rural publicans will have to arrange transport for their patrons, if the mandatory suspension of all drivers who fail the breath test arrives, as expected.

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Oliver Moore: Frustration at low response to report

The Organic Farmers Representative Body has expressed concerns over GLAS payment delays, and doubling up in both funding rules and farm inspections of for the organic sector.

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Denis Lehane: Valentine repair for love of my life

It isn’t often that I mention her here on this page. But this being Valentine’s week, I feel it’s high time she got the special treatment.

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Price slips as supply of cattle reaches 34,600

The strong supply of cattle to the factories is undermining returns to farmers, as prices come under increasing pressure.

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Marts in mourning over the passing of Willie Slyne, a legend among cattlemen

It would be remiss of us, in the business of covering mart reports, if we didn’t mention the recent death of the well known and well respected cattleman, Willie Slyne.

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Macra: Leadership awards for outstanding trio

Three outstanding Macra na Feirme members have been presented with National Leadership Awards.

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Agri events

Today, February 16
Cork IFA grain meeting, Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, 8.30pm. Speakers: Liam Dunne, Chairman, and Fintan Conway, Executive Secretary.

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FAO urges Asian states to regulate meat trade

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has urged authorities in East and Southeast Asia to regulate the trade of meat products.

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Lamb prices are on the up and up this week

Lamb trade in factories is stronger this week with numbers at the factories tighter, said IFA sheep chairman John Lynskey.

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UAE buyers meet Irish food firms

Buyers from leading United Arab Emirates supermarket chain Spinneys were in Ireland this week at the invitation of Bord Bia.

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Agri-tech company BHSL pilot project draws investors

Agri-tech company BHSL has completed the €8m first tranche of an equity drive, it revealed during a visit to its pilot project converting poultry manure into energy in Maryland, USA.

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Thia Hennessy’s lead role in UCC food business studies

Agricultural economist Prof Thia Hennessy has been named as the new head of UCC’s Department of Food Business and Development which specialises in food business and marketing, international development and co-operative studies.

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Each late GLAS, AEOS cheque ‘eyeballed’

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has revealed his department staff have to ”eyeball” each of the more than 11,000 cases where GLAS and AEOS payments are held up.

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Making life easier at calving time pays off for farmer-inventor

Converting your farm labour-saving idea into a business: How Thomas Kenny got up and running.

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Precision agriculture ‘on the cheap’ with a lightbar

Farmers interested in precision agriculture can try it out “on the cheap” with a device which won a technological award certificate of merit at the recent LAMMA machinery show in England.

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Ready-to-Go 79-Acre Dairy Farm near Innishannon

This 79-acre residential dairy farm is for sale near Innishannon, Co Cork.

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50 acres bursting with potential in Co Clare

Clarecastle is one of those villages that grew and grew —particularly in the last 20 years. This is because of its perfectly-formed size and location.

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AMV of €7,500/acre for Tipp border land

This 98-acre farm has just come on the market near the village of Grangemockler, in the Tipperary-Kilkenny border area.

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Q&A: Have your say on EU agri-food policy after 2020

The 12-week public consultation on the EU’s CAP Agriculture and Food Policy after 2020 has been launched by the commissioner for agriculture and rural development, Phil Hogan.

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Veterinary advice: Tracking down a lost piece of electric fencing wire

Farmers must make it their business to take care of all the electric fencing around the farm.

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