NEWS

Impact of Farm Assist Scheme changes ‘to remain under review’

The impact of recent changes in the Farm Assist Scheme is being kept under ongoing review, Tánaise Joan Burton told the Dáil.

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Special EU meeting as farm crisis deepens

An extraordinary EU Agriculture Council meeting to discuss the farmer economic crisis, especially in the dairy and livestock sectors, has been convened by the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU.

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Now there is a mini-version for calves of the DeLaval swinging brush which cows have been enjoying.

Pulsation that sucks like a calf

A significant reduction in mastitis cases is claimed for the CoPulsation system, which was launched at the Livestock Event in the UK.

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A farm to set your heart racing

A substantial stud farm is always one to get the pulses racing and the 90-acre holding of Kilbrennal House in South Tipperary is a good example of the stuff of dreams for equine enthusiasts.

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Protests threaten meat exports to France

French government insistence that all public institutions must purchase only French product, in order to support local production, has worried Irish meat processors.

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Farming Q&A: Weeds reduce grass yield and prevent grazing

Deal with docks, thistles, buttercup, nettles, furze
More answers this week from Teagasc advisers, to questions on the control of noxious weeds in grassland.

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All the stars can’t compensate for poor nutrition and management

Rearing heifers as replacements is an important component of suckler farm management.

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Well-known agri-food names turn to crowd lending

Linked Finance, a leading crowd lending company, has announced their 9,000 members have lent more than €250,000 in total in the last 18 months to 10 Irish agri/farm businesses.

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Angry tillage farmers demand TAMS grants

IFA President Eddie Downey has urged Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to include infrastructure and technology for the arable crop sector in the TAMS farm modernisation grants as soon as possible.

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Now we face danger from skies

As if we weren’t faced with enough trouble in our fields, we now face danger from the skies. Kamikaze seagulls have been driving people demented all summer long.

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Agri events

Sunday, August 2
Irish Draught Horse Society, 30th National Show, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, 10 am. Enq: 086-8623620 or idhsshow@irishdraught.ie (see www.irishdraught.ie )

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Winter barley could average 3.5-4t per acre

The first half of the winter barley harvest has gone fairly well, according to Teagasc crops specialist Tim O’Donovan, with up to 50% of the expanded crop cut in early areas.

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Solution sought for 169,000 hectares of hen harrier land

A practical and common sense solution to farmers’ financial loss due to lands being designated as special protection areas is being sought by TDs and senators on the Oireachtas joint committee for agriculture, food and the marine.

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Why lime is one of best investments

Some 70% of fields on drystock farms are now below the target soil pH of 6.3. 

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Beef market report: Steady beef trade as intake stays under 30,000

Beef prices at the factories remained firm this week, as the supply of cattle to processors held stable and tight, and the trend of recent weeks was maintained.

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Cattle marts report: More weanlings starting to appear, making up to €3.13 per kg at Kilmallock

I headed to Bandon mart on Monday morning, and the first thing I spotted on entering the town was a young fellow holding two hurleys.

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Macra news: Forum steers farmers in the right direction

Macra na Feirme’s Young Farmers Positive Forum, backed by AIB, was a huge success with 90 young farmers in attendance in Birr, Co Offaly.

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Macra news: Glanmire on mission to prove Macra is not just for farmers

Glanmire Macra members are on a mission to prove that Macra is not just for farmers. The Seandún club is hoping to boost membership and says “there is always something happening and somewhere to go”.

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Pat McCormack

Milk price decline to cost farmers over €500m

Dairy farmers are set to lose over €500m this year as a result of lower milk prices, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association warned yesterday.

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Sean Kelly

MEP’s call on timeline for financial instruments

A member of the European Parliament yesterday urged the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to put forward a timeline for implementing the financial instruments in the Rural Development Programme.

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Further progress on beef trade negotiations between EU and US

Progress is being reported in the two year old trade negotiations between the European Union and the US.

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ICSA calls for clarity from ABP on Cahir upgrade

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) has called on ABP to outline what the new gel bone processing process in the €50m upgrade of its Cahir, Co Tipperary plants will do in terms of better beef prices for livestock farmers.

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Coveney launches farm schemes

The opening of two new farm schemes with an indicative allocation of €175m was announced yesterday.

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Farmers seek €580m budget spending pledge

The Government must deliver on a pledge for a €580m spending plan in October’s budget aimed at stimulating the rural economy.

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Improved prices for beef suppliers ‘should continue’

The steady and improved prices available for beef farmers, so far this year, should continue in the coming months, according to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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IFA calls for new tax designation for quads

The IFA is calling for a change of tax designation for farm quads in the budget. It is effectively impossible to register and tax farm quads for limited use on public roads, the association has told the Government in its pre-budget submission.

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Ulster Farmers Union in row with council over man smoking in tractor

A man smoking a cigarette, while sitting in the cab of a tractor parked off the road at a filling station, has sparked a fuming row in the north between the Ulster Farmers Union and a local authority.

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Award for calf milk warmer

A machine which heats cold milk from a reservoir as and when required by ad-lib fed calves has won the RABDF Livestock Machinery and Equipment Award at the Livestock Event in England.

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Top-class land on offer near Mallow

A residential dairy farm near Mallow consisting of “top-class land” has just been offered for sale with Ballinhassig-based auctioneer Christy Buckley.

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Zero grazing makes wet springs and autumns easier

New machine works well for weanling to forward store beef farmer Shane O’Reilly in south Mayo.

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