NEWS

Talks begin on future role of Macra na Feirme

The process of planning a long-term strategic plan for Macra na Feirme is about to start with the holding of four consultations in Charleville, Roscommon, Meath and Waterford.

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EU buildings attacked due to milk price fears

European dairy farmers yesterday sprayed milk powder onto a building used by EU leaders for summits in Brussels.

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European Commission planning ‘innovation’ event for Dublin in June

The European Commission is planning a big event in Ireland in June to prepare for digital innovation hubs in the agriculture sector.

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Department issues new forestry felling guide

A Department of Agriculture felling guidance tool to help maximise returns from forestry was launched yesterday by minister of state Andrew Doyle.

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Increase in urban foxes ‘causing problems’

The apparent growth in the number of urban foxes is causing problems in many respects, the Dáil has heard.

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IFA welcomes Dáil vote on tillage aid campaign

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) yesterday welcomed the strong support in the Dáil for its campaign seeking emergency aid for grain growers seriously affected by weather losses in the 2016 harvest.

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Michael Creed rejects scheme to compensate grain farmers

A special compensation scheme for grain farmers has been rejected by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

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Tillage farmers losses put at €4m because of wet harvest

A total of 245 tillage farmers from Kerry to Donegal lost grain and straw valued at over €4m because of the wet weather during the 2016 harvest.

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Property: Rare 202-Acre Chunk of Cork-and-Kerry Mountain Farm for Sale

One of the most scenic and rural parts of Ireland is to be found in the lands to the north of Glengarriff in West Cork.

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Property: Kilronan West pastures near Dunmanway are turning heads

Located south of Dunmanway, in the townland of Kilronan West, a well-tended 19-acre piece of pasture land has just come onto the books with Dunmanway-based auctioneers Lehane & Associates.

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Property: 44-acre nugget on border of Tipperary and Limerick shines with potential

A good quality piece of grazing land that straddles the border between Tipperary and Limerick is the kind of land to pique the interest of the dairying community.

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Oliver Moore: Organic Research Centre’s Organic Producers Conference well worth a visit

There’s a feast of information and exchange for organic farmers and growers, at the Organic Research Centre’s Organic Producers Conference, February 1-2.

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Sheep Welfare Scheme closing date is January 31

The Sheep Welfare Scheme is a new scheme targeted at making a meaningful positive contribution to sheep welfare with particular regard to Irish production systems.

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Denis Lehane: A Hollywood biopic? Can it be true?

A friend called me on Saturday night with some right startling news.

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SafeShaft replaces slurry PTO drives

A hydraulic motor which replaces the mechanical PTO drive on slurry tankers has been put on the market by Noel and Ger Hickey from Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford.

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Hydrostatic and powershift in new JCB forklift transmission

Currently available transmissions on telescopic farm forklifts are either mechanical, powershift, hydrostatic, or continual variation 100% hydrostatic.

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Karen Walsh: Guide to making a will - Why let someone else dictate who will get your assets?

Once you’ve made your first will, the next one becomes much easier, says Karen Walsh.

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Homelessness a major national concern - but many houses are unoccupied

The census revealed 259,562 vacant dwellings in the State, 12.8% of houses. This includes 61,204 holiday homes

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Cormac MacConnell: Smooth but fiery taste from a different era

In a friendly farmhouse in Tipperary last week, I was offered a shot of poitín, largely because the farmer is a reader of this paper, and enjoys most of the bits I write here.

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2016 cost per litre of milk lowest in years

There is no dramatic evidence of an increase in the costs of production since the removal of milk quotas, said Teagasc economist, Trevor Donnellan, when he presented his review of dairy farming in 2016.

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For disinfection, get fresh air into your cattle buildings

We attended a talk recently, given by the renowned housing expert, Jamie Robertson.

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Stephen Cadogan: American move on growth-promoter beef leaves sour taste

The US remains determined to have Europeans eating beef from US cattle treated with growth promoters.

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Kieran Coughlan: Up to €22,850 tax-free fishing income

In many rural seaside communities, farmers can be engaged in both part-time farming and fishing.

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Grazing season is not too far away - time to plana ahead

This time of year is always very busy on beef farms, and the list of jobs can be endless.

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Michael Noonan rules out changes to co-op shares tax

Finance Minister Michael Noonan this week ruled out legislating for different tax treatment specifically for patronage shares paid by co-ops to dairy farmers.

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Country’s biggest milk buyer Glanbia goes to 30 cent per litre

The country’s biggest milk buyer, Glanbia, took the December manufacturing milk price to 30c per litre last week.

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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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