NEWS

Agri-company Alltech buys rival in €400m deal

Irish-founded company Alltech has agreed to buy US firm Ridley for nearly €400m in a deal which will strengthen its position as global leader in the area of animal nutrition.

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World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen setting the new world record for fastest tractor 130.165 km/h (80.88mph) on a snowy road in Finnish Lapland.

Valtra, Nokian combine for tractor speed record

A new Guinness World Record has been set for the highest speed ever recorded with a tractor.

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Killarney farm sells for high price

Land sales along the Cork-Kerry border are moving along very well, with recent auctions yielding some exceptionally positive results.

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Sheep’s Head ‘Whackers’ lead the way on wildfires

A spate of wildfires has scorched the land recently. One group in West Cork has decided to take action

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Dairy steer beef at 20-21 months can work well

With the forecast expansion of Irish dairy cow numbers following the end of the milk quota regime, there will be a greater number of dairy-type calves available for beef production.

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First post-quota meeting likely in early summer

The first meeting of a dairy forum to address the post-quota environment is likely to take place in the early summer. 

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Teagasc has ambitious 2025 plans for dairy

Increasing the average EBI of dairy females from its current level of 119 to 210 is one of the targets set for dairy farming by Teagasc, in its submission for the Food Harvest 2025 programme to advance the agri-food industry.

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Call to hike LEADER co-financing rate

The Government has been urged to bring the LEADER programme into line with the rest of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme, by increasing their LEADER co-financing rate from 37% to 46%.

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Many suckler cows will show heat 7-10 days after restricting access to suckle

Suckler fertility
It is timely that we should be looking at areas to maximise fertility on suckler farms.

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Teagasc reveals outreach plan in FH2025 proposal

Teagasc plans have been revealed to provide support services to rural-based agri-professionals who are employed in agricultural consultancies, the banks, the co-ops, veterinary practices etc.

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Agri events guide

Today, April 23
Eddie, Anne and Thomas Dwan, winners of the 2014 NDC/Kerrygold Quality Milk Award, host Teagasc farm walk, Bohernamona, Thurles, Co Tipperary: 2-4pm

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Cattle marts report: Kilmallock sales were €1.5m on Monday, but buyers say store prices are easing

I’m a right pity this week, as I attend the marts. My right hand is broken, and I can no longer pick up the odd little calf, as I go about my mart reporting business.

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Beef market report: Last week’s under-30,000 kill a significant indicator

Beef prices remained stable at factories this week, but the underlying supply trend is fuelling cattle farmer confidence that any price movement in the coming weeks will be in a positive direction for them.

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ICA News: Nora Hennessy kept the show on the road at Galbally ICA

On the night two years ago that Galbally ICA Guild came close to disbanding, Nora Hennessy was devastated.

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Macra news: Drama victory in the stars for Wicklow cast

Johnstown/Coolgreaney Macra from Wicklow took home the top prize at Macra’s All-Ireland drama final in Sligo.

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2015’s biggest weekly price cut for lambs

Lamb prices have taken a hammering at factories this week, with the biggest year-to-date weekly drop in prices.

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Pig farmers welcome 4c rise

Pig farmers have welcomed a 4c/kg price rise, but say there is a long way to go. 

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Department issues PIs next door notices

Breeding season notices are being issued by the Department of Agriculture to alert herdowners whose neighbours still have retained cattle persistently infected (PI) with BVD virus more than seven weeks after the first test.

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At the launch on Tuesday of the history of IFA, The Path to Power, Matt Dempsey, who edited the book; former EU Agriculture Commissioner Ray MacSharry, who launched the book; IFA President Eddie Downey; and IFA General Secretary Pat Smith.

Fertiliser industry under the spotlight at IFA conference

Since 2005, total expenditure on farming inputs has increased more than 50%, from €3.7bn to €5.7bn, now soaking up more than over 70% of the farm-gate value of output, said IFA President Eddie Downey last week.

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Q&A: AEOS and REPS4 farmers can apply for GLAS now

Teagasc has alerted farmers to a significant change in GLAS eligibility rules.

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Coveney downplays EU climate report

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has downplayed a report by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, which recommended reducing the Irish beef herd by 35%, and the dairy herd by 5.5%, to comply with EU 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets.

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CAP reform continues to shut out small SFPs

Farmers with very small Single Farm Payments (SFP) have been shut out of the Basic Payment Scheme, which replaces the SFP this year.

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Danone Finance Director Cecile Cabanis

Global yoghurt No 1 Danone predicts dairy price recovery

A dairy price recovery in the second half of the year is predicted by Danone, the world’s largest yoghurt maker.

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Slurry injection (or wild bird cover) could move your GLAS applications up the rankings far enough to get you accepted into the scheme.

Beware of long delay to register online for GLAS

From speaking to farmers over the last few weeks, there is some confusion over closing dates for various schemes.

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Creep feeding for easier weaning... and much more

Creep feeding should not be used just to achieve easier, stress-free weaning.

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Tanker drivers and milk processors saved farmers up to €10m in superlevy fines on April 1.

Co-ops’ huge superlevy savings on April 1

Lakeland Dairies estimates that its milk suppliers dodged more than €1 million in superlevy fines, due to the hard work of milk carters and processing staff who handled about four million litres of milk on April 1, which was mostly carried over from the last days of March.

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Dairy firm Ornua to grow via acquisition and sales

Further acquisitions, partnerships, and placing marketing personnel in target markets will be central to Ornua’s global sales growth plans.

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New organic farming scheme launched

The opening of a new Organic Farming Scheme has been announced by Minister of State Tom Hayes during a visit to the farm of John Purcell, Good Herdsmen, an organic meat processor, in Golden, Cashel, Co Tipperary.

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Farmers’ charter negotiations advancing

Negotiations on a Farmers’ Charter are at an advanced stage but a number of areas require further discussion.

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Grants scheme launched to encourage farmers to go organic

Farmers will be paid up to €220 per hectare of their land while converting to organic farming under a new scheme launched yesterday.

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