FARMING NEWS

Little Bo Beep, Emma Shaw of Ferns, Co Wexford, Margaret Jeffares, Good Food Ireland, and George Graham, host chairman Golden Shears Ireland.

Tenfold dividend promised from world sheep shearing staging

The economy will enjoy a tenfold benefit from funds invested in next month’s Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships, say the event’s organisers.

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Report calls for integrated approach to rural economic development

Rural and urban groups have welcomed the CEDRA report’s calls for strategic responses to rural unemployment and closures of core public services.

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Co-ops invited to nominate top dairy farmers for awards

Co-ops and dairies are being invited to select and nominate their top dairy farmers for the annual National Dairy Council and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. The closing date for entries is the end of April.

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By supporting family farming you protect rural Ireland

As president of ICMSA, the State’s specialist dairy farm organisation, I take any report on invigorating our rural economy very seriously.

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Markets must set out their stall

THE country’s 150 food markets, with annual sales of about €27m, are at a crossroads, according to Bord Bia, which warns that a critical period lies ahead as to how the markets will develop.

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Demand for white paper to address problems facing rural areas

Rural Ireland needs swift action to boost access to education, employment and services, says Billy Murphy, chairman of Irish Rural Link.

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Chinese buyers may default on further €650m soybean cargo to avoid losses

Chinese buyers may default on a further 1.2 million metric tons (1.32 million tons) of soybeans worth about $900m (€650m) being shipped from the US and South America, to avoid incurring huge losses in a depressed local market, the country’s top soy buyer said.

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EU ‘will be No 1 driver of global sugar beef prices’ when quota ends

The European Union will become the number one driver of global sugar beet prices once the quota era comes to an end, according to UK investment brokerage Marex Spectron.

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Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, left,  at the talks with from left, Eddie Downey, IFA president; Pat Smith, IFA general secretary; and Michael Biggins, IFA.  Picture: Maxwells

Beef farmers and meat factories to work closely on price following talks

Beef farmers and meat factories have agreed to meet on a quarterly basis and to monitor prices via a ‘Beef Pricewatch’ online tool.

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Salvage guidelines help farmers minimise losses after Storm Darwin

Farmers minimised their losses from storm damage by following salvage guidelines, Teagasc said.

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