Teagasc to redevelop Johnstown Castle

Teagasc is to undertake a conservation project on Johnstown Castle in Co Wexford, a €7.5m project that will run from now until from now until mid-2017.


Tillage farmers facing income crisis, says IFA

IFA grain chairman Liam Dunne has called upon Government authorities and trade buyers to help stem the deepening income crisis on tillage farms.


Irish beef exports to Germany up 24%

Irish beef has risen to top three in the German market, nearing €120m in annual exports, Bord Bia said yesterday at Anuga, the world’s largest food trade event, in Cologne.


Bank survey finds beef sector planning on-farm investment

Beef farmers are committed to their sector despite the post-quota allure of dairy, an AIB survey has found.

Eddie Downey, IFA president

Budget must deliver €580m to support farm schemes

Tomorrow is decision time for the Government. What they have agreed to do for agriculture will define their commitment to the sector.

Macra na Feirme president Seán Finan (centre)

Macra says Teagasc staffing is vital for Irish agri-food

Macra na Feirme has again called on the Government to provide Teagasc with sufficient staff to help it carry out its vital educational role.


FAO reports monthly rise in world food prices

World food prices rose in September, contrasting with a fall during August, according to the latest report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the UN food agency.


Liquid milk suppliers call for higher winter price

High winter milk prices will be required to ensure a year-round commitment from producers, said IFA liquid milk chairman Teddy Cashman.


Origin Enterprises adds two board members

Origin Enterprises has named two new non-executive directors. Kate Allum and Christopher Richards join the board, following the appointments of Gary Britton and Rose Hynes.


Macra says grassland equipment can optimise natural advantage

Farmers should be given access to grass-measuring equipment to help maximise Ireland’s competitive advantage from grass-fed dairy production, Macra na Feirme has said.


London coup for Farmflo

Irish farm management software start-up Farmflo has been selected to join Microsoft’s Accelerator programme in London.

2015 Agritechnica winners for innovation: John Deere Active Fill, and the Zunhammer Ultra-Light UL-T18 slurry tanker.

Helping harvesters not to spill a drop

A John Deere innovation is designed to help drivers of self-propelled forage harvesters achieve the near- “impossible” task of directing all the forage into the accompanying trailers — while coping with hilly terrain, wet soil and soft ground, lodged crop, obstacles, etc.


Early offers for well drained limestone land in Glanworth, Co Cork

A very interesting 77-acre holding close to the north Cork village of Glanworth is being sold in three lots through Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan in Fermoy.

Part-time farmer with bad broadband: Survey shows that Sean Butler is like many other rural dwellers

Rural achiever has to depend on the post rather than internet

One minute, Sean Butler is managing his suckler herd on his north Tipperary farm.


Rollercoaster world dairy markets bounce back

The global milk price roller coaster continued this week, with another Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction index price rise.


Forest income in Budget talks

Income averaging for forestry owners remains on the table in Budget talks.


Big jump in long term leasing despite overcharging allegations

A move away from conacre towards long-term leasing has been welcomed — but young farmers have led a campaign against landowners overcharging for leases.


Shares gains advice seminars for farmers

Farmers who have made substantial gains in their Irish food stocks and shares will be advised on how to proceed at three seminars later this month.


Vast majority of the 2015 silage has preserved very well

Silage results are starting to come back, as we get ready for winter feeding.

Bert Stewart

Herd-owners demand share of bovine TB success

News Q&A: Bert Stewart, IFA
IFA says TB costs have increased for some farmers.


€67.6m fine ‘farmer-friendly’

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has promised the Government will do everything it can to have as farmer-friendly a solution as possible to the €67.6m financial correction for Ireland, arising from EU audits of over €12bn of direct payments to farmers in Ireland, in the 2008-2014 period.


Green winter pasture grows better in spring

Autumn grass is very valuable and should be kept in the diet of cows for as long as possible.


Teagasc advice: 10 hazardous waste collections

The Environmental Protection Agency has teamed up with several partners to operate 10 centres for collection of farm hazardous waste in October and November.

Back row left to right: Ann O'Mahoney, Sheila O'Callaghan, Margaret Clancy, Peg O'Hanlon, Kitty Tarrant, Helen Tarrant. Front row left to right: Ann O'Callaghan, Rita Archdeacon, Nora Noonan, Barbara Allshire.

ICA news: Lombardstown guild sends call out for new members

Lombardstown ICA is hoping a fashion event in Glantane Community Centre next Thursday night will bring in new members.

Mags O'Leary, Aileen Sheehan, Niamh O'Shea, and Norma Downing, Berrings Macra, at club officer training in Limerick. Berrings has made the Club of the Year shortlist.

Macra news: Clubs to battle for Club of the Year title

Six Cork clubs are in the running to be named Macra na Feirme Club of the Year, with Tipperary and Limerick clubs also shortlisted.


Cattle mart report: Weanling heifers and bulls make good prices as sellers have upper hand at marts

I doubt if there is a sinkhole under the town of Macroom. For if there was, it would surely have opened up last Saturday afternoon, when Macroom Mart had one hell of a weighty sale.


Beef market report: Cow prices weaker, but market looks brighter

There is a bit more optimism around this week that the decline in the beef prices at the factories may have bottomed out for the season.


Farming events guide for this week

Today, October 8
Teagasc/Dairygold joint programme event: Focus on Farm Partnership and Grassland Management on the farm of John O’Gorman (JJ Farm Partnership) Ballyboy, Clogheen, Co Tipperary, 11am


Oireachtas committee to seek bank flexibility on loan repayments

Flexibility in bank loan repayments and EU intervention were the main measures discussed yesterday by the IFA and the joint Oireachtas committee on agriculture to ease the income crisis in dairy farming.


Divided views on sheep and dairy supports

The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine is due to hear IFA suggestions on supports for sheep farmers and income volatility in the dairy sector.