FARMING NEWS

What are squatter’s rights exactly?

What exactly are squatter's rights and what are your legal options if your land is encroached upon?

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Search begins for Ireland’s top farmer

The battle is on to become Ireland’s top farming family – and this weekend two Cork clans pit their skills and knowledge against one another in a bid to gain the prize.

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Pig farmers fear spread of PEDv

Detection of the highly pathogenic Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in Ukraine has heightened fears that the disease could spread and cause a major EU pork production slump in 2015..

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Mairead McGuinness

EU brings legal clarity to ongoing debate on GM

The EU has one of the toughest genetically modified food regulations in the world, and the cultivation of GM crops is only allowed after thorough risk assessment.

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Donkeys eligible in DAS rules

A Co Kerry TD has warned that farmers will discard donkeys, and sanctuaries will be at full capacity, if the animals are not made eligible for inclusion in the stocking density calculation for farmers to qualify for disadvantaged area payments in 2015.

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Dairy Board pays suppliers €11m bonus

Co-ops which sell dairy products through the Irish Dairy Board can look forward to the Board paying a record bonus for 2014 of €11 million, up 12% year-on-year.

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Gerald Nash

EU states to develop joint safety strategy

Government sources have revealed plans to strengthen links between safety and health and other EU policies, in sectors such as agriculture that have a high workplace accident record.

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Gay, proud and ready for a joyful Taoiseach

At the end of an awesome week which has shaken me to my mortal foundations I have to be brave today and I summon up all my courage to finally come out publicly after all those hidden years.

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English dairy farmer’s tale urging caution when expanding

At the Positive Farmer event, farmer Andrew Brewer and his wife Claire from Cornwall in England, gave a sobering and very personal take on disease risk when expanding a herd.

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Big changes on beef farms

This year will see many changes at beef farm level, with the new CAP regime introducing the new BASIC Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening, to replace the Single Farm Payment.

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