NEWS

Offers in for 27 acres near Bandon, Co Cork

Land close to the progressive town of Bandon is always going to sell well.

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32-acre residential holding priced to sell in Kilworth, Co Cork

Just east of Kilworth, Co Cork, in the townland of Ballinaparka, a 32-acre residential holding is for sale with Barry Auctioneers of Cork City.

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Compact Residential Farm in Waterford for €10,000/acre

Covering 27 acres in total, the latest offering near Ballinamult from Dungarvan-based Harty Auctioneers is not a self-contained farming unit, but it does contain all the elements required, albeit in a smaller package.

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Self-lubricating cuts tractor maintenance by 21 hours a year

The first fully battery-powered tractor is one of John Deere’s winners for innovation at the SIMA 2017 show, which gets under in Paris on Sunday.

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Irish start-ups in PLA global top 10

Moocall’s wearable technology for cows (fitted to the cow’s tail) alerts the farmer when they are starting to calve.

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Fully automated version added to Kuhn’s round baler range

Kuhn Farm Machinery has added the new LSB 1270 DX to their square baler range, and upgraded their largest fixed-chamber round baler, the FB3135.

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Taxpayer bill for land eligibility justified

Children’s toys found on farms were part of the evidence on which the European Commission based their move in 2014 to fine Ireland €181 million for five years of ineligible land payment claims.

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Our hill farms will be abandoned unless upland agriculture practices change

There is a danger that upland farming areas will be abandoned, because market returns from hill sheep production are not economically justifiable without income supports, which may be lost due to land ineligibility.

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Q&A: Little Canadian interest in 50,000t EU beef trade

Q&A: Canada-EU trade deal
All imports from Canada have to meet EU rules and regulations. For example, only hormonefree meat will ever be imported into the EU.

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BVD and BDGP calf tissue tagging ruled out

Efforts to move to two tissue tags instead of a conventional tag and a tissue tag have failed.

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Bird flu precautions still threaten free-range status

The 40% of egg production in Ireland which is free range remains under threat of losing this status, due to the prolonged housing of poultry for protection from bird flu.

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Mexico may emerge as EU dairy shopper

Cooling trade relations with the US will make the EU’s mountain of stored dairy products increasingly attractive to Mexico, according to dairy trade analysts at Rabobank.

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99% paid up in milk superlevy instalments

A three-year instalments plan to help dairy farmers settle their 2014-15 superlevy bill was 99% paid up in 2016, year two of the plan.

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Reserve ‘great for the young farmers who want to progress’

The re-opened National Reserve is great news for young farmers who want to progress their careers, said Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan.

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Veterinary Clinic: Calf-friendly version of Aggers Pump worth investigating

I came across a common scenario last week. Tommy had a day old calf that wouldn’t drink. He was panting a lot and had a raised temperature, though not very high.

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Average Irish dairy stock density still low

It is likely that sometime in the future, the EU will withdraw or modify the Irish nitrate derogation.

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Grazing deferred on most beef farms

After a great January and early February, the weather turned quite wet in many areas. Growth is good, but a further spell of better weather is now needed to get more slurry and fertiliser out.

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Stephen Cadogan: Irish farms must be proactive against antibiotics over-use

Farmers need to prepare for less and less reliance on antibiotics in livestock production.

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Karen Walsh: Invoices and paper trail will make debt recovery easier

Having good financial records will make securing payment of a lawful debt a lot smoother.

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Kieran Coughlan: Paternity benefit for payers of PRSI

Revenue have issued a tax briefing confirming paternity benefit is a taxable payment.

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Cormac MacConnell: Soccer star or farmer, danger in every job

A couple of disjointed points to make this week.  First, because of a farm accident at the weekend involving a wise old friend of many years, can I begin by mentioning the PTO, or PTOs, in your farmyard.

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Denis Lehane: Fatted calf could be the finish of me

My knees are bandy, my arms are aching, my back is well on the way to being broken. I’m ruined entirely, I’m telling you, and there is no point in saying otherwise.

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Oliver Moore: Pesticide residue rules cause tension

While the EU Commission and IFOAM EU continue to argue in public and private in relation to the proposed new organic regulation and the responsibility for pesticide residues, another issue is causing tension.

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Beef marts: Enda and store cattle are on the move, as mart trade holds firm

It looks like Enda Kenny’s forthcoming visit to Washington will be his last high-flying trip as Taoiseach.

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Cattle marts: Record level of spring beef supply hits prices

The pressure on beef prices at the factories has continued to erode returns for farmers this week, with the intake at remaining very strong, setting a new February record.

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Agri event guide

Friday, February 24
Corrin mart dairy heifer show (10am) and sale (11am)

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Farmers applaud €5m national reserve reopening

Macra na Feirme and the IFA have welcomed Agriculture Minister Michael Creed’s decision to allocate €5m in funds for the newly-reopened 2017 national reserve.

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WeChat to help exports to China exceed €1bn

Some 30 Irish food and drink exporters gained insights into the mobile app WeChat at an interactive workshop hosted by Bord Bia.

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