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Bord Bia has spectacular success with annual Bloom Festival

Some people feared that Bord Bia had taken on too daunting a challenge when it decided to organise a world-class garden show in Dublin.

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Joe Healy seeks advance farm payment to ease income crisis

The leader of the Irish Farmers Association has claimed the farm income crisis is deepening because of falling prices and poor weather.

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Macra na Feirme's Sean Finan delighted government plan is committed to future farming

I was delighted to see in the programme for government a significant support for the next generation of farmers — with commitments to maintain the young farmer schemes, to use the taxation system to encourage land mobility and succession, to ensure access to affordable credit and a review of agricultural education.

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Free online resource Taste of Science to inspire new food entrepreneurs

Tralee Institute of Technology in Co Kerry has introduced a free online resource, Taste of Science, to give small and medium-sized food producers a competitive edge by keeping them posted on new trends, scientific knowledge and technological developments.

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Big crowds at Newford suckler demonstration farm visit

Over 2,000 farmers gathered at Newford suckler demonstration farm in Athenry, Co Galway this week for an open day.

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Dairy farmers' income plight in spotlight

Farm leaders have stepped up their campaign to ease the falling income plight of dairy farmers.

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Artisan foods have key role to play in local economies

Evidence suggests the artisan food sector can have a significant impact on local economies as businesses are typically owner managed and may be closely linked to local farms.

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Rare 33-acre farm in Glanmire, Cork holding causes a stir

When you see the name of Glanmire, Co Cork, in print, it’s normally associated with words such as “bypass”, “residential” or “commercial”.

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Keen interest likely for 80 acres of well developed land at Doneraile

A lot of farmland has been moving in the north Cork area in recent weeks.

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Smart app ideal for all followers of MF

Massey Ferguson (MF) has launched an app which enables users to browse its full line of farm machinery products and select, configure, and price the MF machine of their choice.

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Isolation ‘can lead’ to raised stress level and deadly farm tragedies

Stress affects many workers, in different ways but in agriculture it can manifest itself in farmers predominantly working alone, which poses a risk to their mental health, according to a pychotherapist Tom Evans.

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Silage season 2016: your guide to getting the balance exactly right

Beef producers all over the world face exactly the same challenge.

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Veterinary advice: Botulism can bring horrendous suffering and death for livestock

In 2010 we had a severe outbreak of Botulism on two of our clients’ farms.

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Essential plan to optimise silage management on farms

A lot of silage was fed in March and April and there are very little reserves on most farms.

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Average incomes grew by 6% in 2015

Average incomes on Irish farms grew by 6% in 2015.

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Liquid milk 40cpl cost of production

The average liquid milk producer has been spending 40c to produce a litre of milk over the past two years, according to an accountant’s report at the recent Fresh Milk Producers 2016 Conference.

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Now you can play a part in Teagasc’s education strategic vision

Teagasc is inviting submissions to its recently launched Education Strategic Vision project for the land-based sector.

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Caution urged as farm traffic rises

Road users were yesterday urged to take extra care as farm traffic is set to increase with the start of the busy silage-cutting season.

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Green ribbons focus on mental health

Macra na Feirme continues to distribute green ribbons this month to clubs across the country in a bid to get people talking about mental health.

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Plenty of uncertainty as lamb prices take a hit

It has been another difficult week for lamb producers with prices under pressure at the factories as the trade slips further behind.

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Cattle marts report: Personal touch sees Gortatlea cattle mart grow its business by 50% in a single year

I’d say there were more Cork fellows back in Gortatlea mart on Friday than there were up in Thurles on Sunday. And I’m sure they had a better day out to boot.

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Beef market report: Beef prices showing a welcome recovery

Beef prices at the factories are continuing to edge upwards slowly as the decline in supply steadies again.

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Agri events guide

Today, May 26
Discover Farmhouse Cheese Farm Visit: free to attend, you must book online at http://www.discoverfarmhousecheese.ie 12 noon-1:30 pm, Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese, The Rock, Carrigaline, Co Cork.

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Leo Varadkar urged to alter Farm Assist scheme to help low income families

Farm leaders have called on Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to make changes in the Farm Assist scheme to protect low income families.

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Electronic displays at marts to be grant aided

New electronic data displays in livestock marts are to be grant aided, it was revealed yesterday.

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Musgrave signs up to Origin Green project

Musgrave has become the first food retail and wholesale group in Ireland to become a verified member of the Origin Green programme, it was announced yesterday.

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Aquaculture set to make waves as industry value increases

There was a strong recovery in fish and shellfish farming production in Ireland last year, according to the latest Bord Iascaigh Mhara figures.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to form partnership with Nofima

Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Nofima in Norway are to form a partnership that will see the two agencies share knowledge on adding value to their national seafood products.

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Asian businesses investing about €3.5bn in milk and dairy production in Russia

Asian businesses are investing about €3.5bn in milk and dairy production in Russia, helping Moscow replace imports hit by trade sanctions on traditional suppliers.

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Minister Michael Creed needs to get to grips with collapsed milk price

Together with some of my colleagues I was happy to accept an invitation from our new Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed TD, to meet him in the department last Thursday.

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