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Phil Hogan tries to reassure British farmers

With just days to go to the end of the EU’s dairy quota regime, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has hit back at claims by British farmers that it would put them out of business.

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Dairy farmers face fines as quota era nears end

Dairy farmers are bracing themselves for collective superlevy fines of up to €100m, with the Department of Agriculture estimating the sector is 5.07% over-quota to end of February.

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75 acres of borderlands for sale in Knocknagree

Located near the Cork/Kerry border just 3.5km from the village of Knocknagree, a sizeable holding of 75 acres is fresh to the market with Tom Spillane Auctioneers in Killarney.

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Seed drill requires less power

Offset press wheels at its centre make the award-winning, new Kuhn Espro seed drill easy to pull.

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Tech focus: Electronic aids for farmers

A new grass measurement device allows the farmer to measure grass using a plate meter, and transmit that information via Bluetooth to a mobile phone, where the farmer can calculate grass wedge.

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Department assists Reserve applicants ahead of online deadline Tuesday

To assist young farmers and new entrants in completing and submitting online applications in the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme, the Department of Agriculture offers one-to-one assistance, up to next Tuesday, at its offices in Portlaoise.

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Cork gets 6.3% of LEADER

LEADER funds for rural development have been cut more in Cork than any other county, according to the Ballyhoura Development group.

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IFA Hill Committee Chairman Pat Dunne says farmers and GLAS planners should carefully examine the information recently issued by the Department of Agriculture on commonage land, in case of errors. Picture: Alan Murphy

42 ha of commonage enough for GLAS €5,000

Farmers with 42 hectares or more of commonage are looking forward to qualifying for the maximum GLAS payment of €5,000.

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June 15 is new direct aid application deadline

Farmers will be given until June 15 to apply for this year’s CAP direct aid payment — an extension of one month from the usual date, to give them time to adapt to the Basic Payment Scheme which replaces the single farm payment.

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Farmers party at end of milk quotas

Farmers around the country will celebrate the end of EU milk quotas on March 31.

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32 years of milk quotas were a tough fight back for Billy Buckley

Joanne returned from travelling in 2006, and she began the expansion of the Buckley milking yard.

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GDT auction first test of end of EU quotas

Farmers will get an early signal next Wednesday of the impact of the end of EU milk quotas on global dairy markets.

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Take steps to halt relentless rise in costs

While recent reports indicate some improvement in dairy markets, dairy farmers cannot afford to lessen their focus on cost control for 2015.

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Silage costs you at least €28-32/t

April is almost upon us, and silage season is just around the corner.

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Keep suckler calf deaths under 5%

Calf mortality should be less than 5% on suckler farms. If it is higher than this on your farm, ask yourself why.

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Beef market report: 5-10c extra for beef cattle as kill dips under 30,000

Some tightening in cattle supplies could be about to herald relief for cattle farmers who have feeling the effects of weaker prices at the beef factories.

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Cattle marts report: Strong prices for dairy stock point to post-quota confidence in the milk sector

Everyone was busy in Corrin mart on Tuesday. It was a big mart with big prices, with 2,000 cattle and calves on offer.

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Pig market report: Ireland making little use of PSA

Latest figures on private storage aid (PSA) for pork show Ireland making little use of the scheme to take pork temporarily of the market.

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Sheep market report: Sheep farmers enjoy best prices for years

There is a lot to be positive about for sheep farmers, enjoying the best hogget prices for several years, and expecting a strong Easter lamb trade.

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ICA news: ‘Women of distinction’ are remembered at UL gathering

Limerick ICA ladies had a strong presence at a civic reception recently in UL to mark International Women’s Day.

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Macra news: Presidential race heats up at hustings

Hustings have been taking part across the country this month, offering members an opportunity to meet those contesting the presidential race.

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Agri events

Today, March 26
Pallaskenry Agricultural College open day, 10am-2pm, Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick.

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Farmers can apply for EU loans rather than grants

Farmers and entrepreneurs will apply for loans rather than grants from the EU’s rural development fund under a programme unveiled by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank.

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Global buyers visit Irish food, drink promotion

More than 400 food and drink sector buyers from 30 countries will be in Dublin’s Convention Centre this week to forge links with Ireland’s leading producers.

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EU Cuts will amplify farm safety issues, ICSA warns

Cuts to EU supports will only serve to exacerbate farm safety issues, ICSA president Patrick Kent has told a Seanad public consultation on farm safety.

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10% of European bees facing extinction, experts warn

Almost one in 10 of Europe’s bee species is facing extinction, conservation experts have warned.

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Simon Coveney unveils investment plan for public harbours

The ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbours and local harbour network is being boosted by a €17.8m capital investment package.

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French co-op InVivo acquires 50% of Irish company Life Scientific

InVivo acquires 50% of Life Scientific

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Challenger MT700 tractor, — royalty of tractor world

The 773 litres (170 gallons) fuel tank is one of the features which has won a big award for the Challenger MT700 tractor series.

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Change of tyres and lower air pressure cuts fuel usage 40%

Reducing the air pressure in their Ultraflex Technology tyres cut the fuel cost for drilling 100 hectares by £400 (555) in a new UK trial conducted recently by Michelin.

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