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Lucinda Creighton: EU confused by Irish ‘scattergun’ Brexit lobbying

Agri-food stakeholders need to co-ordinate their appeals for a European response to Brexit as the EU is confused by the mixed messages coming from Irish lobbying, says Lucinda Creighton.

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Farmers on track with super levy for exceeding final year quota

Ray Ryan reports that 6,400 Irish dairy farmers who accrued a €71m liability when the EU ended milk quotas are on target with repayments

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Brazil scandal to hit global meat trade

The scandal around adulterated meat, shady practices, and endemic corruption in Brazil has sent shockwaves around the world and will have a substantial impact on the global meat trade.

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Irish and UK united stance on Brexit threat

The British food and drink industry has warned the government in Westminster to protect its Irish trading partners in Brexit negotiations.

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How a thriving food industry faded away to nothing in the 1960s

At its peak, more than one million rabbits per year were exported from Co Cork alone in the early 1940s.

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Offer tabled for 15-acre plot in Riverstick, vendor is seeking €20,000/acre

The market for holdings with potential of around 15 acres is a particular type.

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Rare 85 acres of good Golden Vale farmland in Tipperary

For sale with Waterford-based auctioneers Brophy Cusack, an 85-acre quality holding is drawing interest from a wide geographical area, according to selling agent David Cusack.

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Technology: Intercropping set for key role in future of farming

In an intercropping system, useful animals can seek refuge in the plants of the other crop while one crop is being harvested, and can then migrate into strips with green manure.

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Machinery: Kubota’s steer system speeds up front wheels

A unique feature of Kubota’s new MGX-III tractor range is the Bi-Speed Turn system.

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Q&A: €26m on offer for tillage farm capital investments

Tillage TAMS: GPS machinery control is one of the areas eligible for TAMS grant aid.

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No EU skim sale progress

The winter predictions, that the EU’s mountain of skim milk powder overhanging global markets could hold back milk prices until 2018, gained credence with this week’s Global Dairy Trade auction indicator taking skim prices to an eight-month low.

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Dutch cow cull could affect beef trade as much as dairy market

The cull of 160,000 cows which started in the Netherlands on March 1 will cut Dutch milk production this year by 6-10%, and will add 0.61% to annual EU beef production.

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Brazil loses second biggest buyer in meat scandal

Some of China’s biggest retailers pulled Brazilian beef and poultry from shelves this week, after the world’s biggest exporter of chicken and third biggest of beef was hit by a meat processing scandal.

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Learn from this spring’s bad dairy experience with poor quality silage

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

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Crypto calf infections more prevalent in recent years

In recent years, calf mortality due to cryptosporidia rose sharply on suckler farms.

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Veterinary: Eating stones off ditches

Every now and then, I’m shown a cow ‘licking the ditches and drinking water from pools on the passageway’. Other than that, the cow might appear normal.

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Stephen Cadogan: Brexit could equally damage food and farms in UK

Four million new supporters have emerged from an unlikely source for Ireland’s food and drink sector, as it fastens its safety belt ahead of the Brexit impact.

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Kieran Coughlan: Tractor ‘NCT’ latest in endless list of regulations for farmers

Over the last couple of weeks, yet more regulations have been announced, imposing costs and down time for farmers.

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Cormac McConnell: Bishop Casey brought humanity to his office

I went into the chapel in the early afternoon to talk my way to my God about Bishop Casey. The chapel was almost empty. That is the way it often is nowadays.

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Macra: Presidential race 2017 getting into full swing

With just one hustings remaining, and ballot papers issued to clubs across the country, the race for 36th presidency of Macra na Feirme is well under way.

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Beef marts: Beef price picks up as supply trend changes

Beef processors’ willingness to concede on prices in order to attract supplies of cattle this week indicated strong demand on export markets for Irish beef.

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Cattle marts: Latté drinking beef farmers, the cattle trade is looking up

I was in Ballincollig on Monday morning, polishing off a latté in the company of the brother-in-law, when we spotted Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

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Agri events guide

Today, March 23
Annual IHFA premier bull show and sale, Nenagh Mart

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