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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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Calves steal spotlight, but Donald might say they’re as overrated as Meryl Streep

It’s not every day that I agree with Donald Trump.

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Turkey not long term buyer of live cattle, Bord Bia seminar told

Turkey’s imports of live cattle from the EU are not sustainable in the long term, said Rupert Claxton of GIRA at last week’s Bord Bia Meat Marketing Seminar.

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Surprise for herdowners who found their cattle were ‘trade suspended’ at marts

Recent cases where herd owners presented cattle for sale at marts only to find their cattle are ‘trade suspended’ by the Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) System have been highlighted by mart co-ops.

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ICMSA advises against further farm inspections

More time-consuming farm inspections and paperwork will not improve farm safety, but will only add to the stress of farmers, warns ICMSA president John Comer.

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Highly pathogenic strain of bird flu in Wexford

The Department of Agriculture confirmed the avian influenza subtype H5N8 detected in the wild bird found in Co Wexford on December 28 is the highly pathogenic strain previously confirmed in the UK and mainland Europe.

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Beef and turkey returns drive Cargill profit surge

Global commodities trader Cargill says strong results from its beef and turkey businesses in North USA are the main driver behind its latest sharply higher adjusted quarterly profit.

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