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Dairy farmers facing a double threat due to super levy fines

Dairy farmers are facing a double threat in the form of super levy fines coming on top of the present price squeeze, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers has warned.

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Pigmeat sector’s problems discussed

The difficulties facing the Irish pigmeat sector, including the effects of the Russian ban on EU exports, have been raised in the Dáil.

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O’Leary urges co-ops to consolidate

Irish co-ops need to consolidate to compete with commercial rivals in the marketplace, said ICOS president, Bertie O’Leary.

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Freemount take Club of the Year accolade

Cork’s Freemount Macra took home the 2014 title of AIB Club of the Year at the Macra annual conference.

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Mountain mushroom business is through the valley of darkness

Science couple have basically written the book from scratch on growing ten types of mushrooms.

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Ireland one of few selling cattle at a loss

Ireland is one of the few major beef-producing regions where cattle are being sold at a loss, says ICMSA livestock committee chairman, Michael Guinan.

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Farm connected to a public supply is liable for water charges, says Kelly

Current local authority standing charges and unit rates for water still apply to non-domestic consumption, such as farm use, despite Irish Water having taken responsibility for public water services.

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Pat McCormack

Twin headaches on the horizon for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers must brace themselves in the coming year for the significant double-threat of punitive superlevy fines due to follow the present price squeeze.

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Profitability best when calving aligned with start of grazing

Profitability is greatest where the calving date for suckler cows is aligned with the commencement of the grazing season, said Teagasc researcher Paul Crosson at the recent Teagasc National Beef Conference.

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MEPs come very close to banning rat poisons

MEPs came close to banning second generation anti-coagulant rat poisons in a recent vote, revealed Michael McKeon, one of the speakers at the recent Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference.

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