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Northern farmers ‘hardest hit’ by Brexit fallout

Northern Irish farmers will be the hardest hit by the Brexit fallout given the agriculture sector’s dependence on EU customers and the potential loss of billions of euro in grants, according to a leading economist.

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IFA seeks budget to support farm incomes

The Government must deliver on short-term measures in the Budget to directly support farm incomes, the Irish Farmers Association declared yesterday.

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National ploughing championships takes a global look

The 85th national ploughing championships in Screggan in Tullamore, Co Offaly, in two months time are going global.

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Phil Hogan highlights MilkFlex-type funds

Traditional bank lending institutions have failed to understand the nature of the agri-food sector and its enormous potential for growth and profitability.

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Ireland donates €20m to UN Food Programme

Ireland has provided €20 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said yesterday.

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IFA joins forces to boost skin cancer campaign

Thousands of people have enjoyed the recent glorious sunshine, but the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have joined forces to remind farming families and all outdoor workers of the importance of protecting their skin to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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Michael Creed highlights beef sector on Brexit vote

There is no room for complacency when it comes to developing the Irish beef sector, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed told a meeting of the Beef Forum.

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Macra president: Vital need to keep on top of market forces

As farmers, we are price takers and have little control over the price we receive for our products. A huge proportion of our time is consumed dealing with external factors to our businesses and those of the farmers we represent.

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Sky’s the limit for farm drones

The flying of drones was banned in the air space over the site of the national ploughing championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, last September.

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IFA pushes for strong enforcement of grocery rules

Farmers need strong enforcement of the new Grocery Goods Regulations, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association.

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Europe sharpens focus on crucial ecological role of bees

Beekeepers and environmentalists globally are increasingly concerned about the threat posed to honey bees and other important pollinators by insecticides.

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Agri-tech firm BHSL signs $3m ‘poultry energy’ deal in US

A $3m pilot project trialling manure-to-energy technology in the US has been agreed by a Irish agri-tech firm.

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€15,000 per acre hasn’t put bidders off Raheen property

If you were to imagine a farm with the optimum mixture of quality, location, and potential it would probably look something like the 66-acre holding that came on the market with Cork City-based auctioneers Casey & Kingston three weeks ago.

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Perfectly-Package 35-Acre Farm near Lissarda

Seen from the air, the 35-acre non-residential holding which is for sale in the townland of Curraclogh, Lissarda, Co Cork, looks like a rich patchwork quilt of differing shades of green.

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Big green hope: Biomass could be world’s new oil

Plants can be the new oil — according to a team of scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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12-14c per litre incentive to reduce milk

Each litre of reduced milk production from October to December, in 2016 compared to 2015, will qualify for a 12-14c payment, in this week’s EU plan to reduce milk deliveries.

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Two main elements in EU’s €500m package

Conditional adjustment aid, defined and implemented at Member State level from a menu proposed by the Commission, makes up €350m of the EU’s new €500m farmer aid package.

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Co-ops reject milk cut plan

Co-ops are disappointed by the new EU scheme to reduce milk production, said ICOS President, Martin Keane. 

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Q&A: Bringing some light to the puzzle of life after Brexit

News Q&A: Bord Bia
Bord Bia tries to project likely outcomes of UK exiting EU.

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Pathways for food firms to build towards life after Brexit

The immediate impact of sterling weakening will make it difficult for Irish exporters to compete in the short term

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Feeds exclusively made from Irish crops offer hope for growers

IFA’s All Irish Rations drive promotes quality feeds manufactured exclusively from Irish cereal and protein crops.

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Beware of over-conditioned autumn calving sucklers

Suckler herds are gearing up for calving autumn cows and for creep feeding spring born calves.

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Machinery and Equipment: Choose your own gear shift technology on Deutz-Fahr 6

Last week we mentioned the new Deutz-Fahr 7 series, this week we follow up with the brand new 6 series.

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Veterinary advice: 3,200 vets agree: Dublin buiatrics conference a ‘wonderful success’

Some 3,200 cattle veterinarians and allied scientists from the four corners of the planet were corralled into the Conference Centre in Dublin for the biennial World Buiatrics conference for four days earlier this month.

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Milk price cut despite Ornua stability

Dairy farmers have condemned co-ops for cutting June milk prices, despite stable pricing at Ornua, the major buyer of Irish dairy produce.

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No Irish grass advantage without fertility

Soil fertility is essential for optimum production, but is one of the most neglected aspects of Irish farming.

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Cattle marts report: Stronger price for the stronger store, even if Turkey trip for cattle looks less likely

Having spent last week giving out about the poor trade in the mart for light store cattle, this week found me at the mart selling light store cattle.

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Beef market report: Beef price still falling despite reduced supply

The downward trend in prices at the beef factories has continued, with a further reduction of 5 cents/kg in this week’s quotes.

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ICA news: Ballyphehane guild’s devoted work within local community

Whether it’s raising funds for a nearby hospital or contributing to the education of six to eight-year-olds in the local school, Ballyphehane ICA Guild is all about giving back to the community.

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Macra news: Return of Miss Macra festival to Thurles

This year heralds the return of the International Miss Macra Festival to Thurles, Co Tipperary.

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