NEWS

India set to approve use of GM mustard seeds

Indian agri-food authorities are shortly expected to give approval for the commercial use of indigenously developed genetically modified mustard seeds.

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UK demand for Irish beef drives up factory prices

Rising UK demand for beef and a tightening supply of cattle will continue to drive up meat factory prices, says IFA livestock chairman Angus Woods.

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Scotland unveils hotline to tackle food crime

Food Standards Scotland has launched a free food crime hotline amid fears of a post-Brexit rise in food fraud, manipulation, substitution and mislabeling.

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Home baking is a recipe for success

Baking at home is continuing to remain a favourite with Irish consumers, according to a new Bord Bia study.

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Accredited courses hold key to progress in agriculture

There are not many career paths where you will succeed having only your initial education or qualification in your chosen profession. 

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Brexit to drive down farmland prices in England and Wales

The price of farmland across England and Wales is set to fall further as concerns in relation to Brexit hit buyer demand, according to a new survey.

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ICMSA seeks €1,200 in dairy aid

The ICMSA has called upon the Government to deliver a €1,200 direct payment to ease the income crisis facing dairy farmers, and to drop the suggested model of low- interest bank loans.

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Grain growers face income crisis

The Irish cereal sector is in danger of entering terminal decline unless all stakeholders support domestic growers, says IFA national grain chair Liam Dunne.

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€600,000 guide price for 45-acre property in Shanballymore, Co Cork

A top-quality residential holding of the right size is never going to stay on the market too long without drawing attention. 

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Major mower from Mayo the choice at the Palace

An Irish machinery company can take much of the credit for the beautiful lawns at one of the best known English stately estates, a historic property where more than 750,000 visitors pass through the gates each year.

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New shredders for use on field borders, road verges, pastures

Kuhn Farm Machinery has added three new machines to its range of grassland and roadside shredders.

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Irish producers make the grade at the food Olympics

After a rigorous series of blind tastings, The Great Taste Awards has given top marks to Irish products

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Q&A: Lime can increase grass 1-1.5t/ha of dry matter

Lime advice: Soils need regular lime to maintain productive capacity.

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Veterinary advice: Spending your €1,533 dairy replacement cost wisely

As the future of every dairy herd, replacement heifers need to reach their full potential.

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ABP in launch of Irish Shorthorn beef brand

The Irish Shorthorn Society are teaming up with ABP to promote Irish Shorthorn Premium Beef to ABP’s Irish and international customers.

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Glanbia ‘refund’ fixed milk price adjustments

Glanbia Fixed Milk Price Scheme participants, taken by surprise when deductions were made without warning in their July milk payments, have been refunded the money involved.

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Growers wishing for harvest weather

Unfavourable weather has added to tillage farmers’ harvest fears of low prices and a significant fall in yields compared to last year.

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EU agri-trade surplus €16bn... and growing

EU agri-food exports for the year to June totalled just over €129 billion, 2.1% ahead compared to 2014-2015.

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Points for UCD’s B Agr Sc fall after nine-year rise

The number of CAO points required for first round entry into UCD’s level 8 Agricultural Science course fell by 10, to 460 points, this year.

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€10.1m for Co Tipperary rural development

The new LEADER programme will bring funding of €10.1m into Co Tipperary, up to 2020.

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Advice for dairy farmers: BVD nearly beat: IBR and Johne’s next

Up to about a decade ago, BVD was wrecking many dairy farms, and the cause was not often clearly identified.

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Advice for beef farmers: Beware of lush grass performance setbacks

Grazing excessively low covers of lush, high-nitrogen grass is not ideal at any time, but is common place on many farms at present.

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Advice for farmers: A new look at the fertiliser value of cattle slurry

Cattle slurry has about 25% less potassium than was previously assumed from research findings in the early 1990s, said Teagasc researchers at the recent Beef 2016 event in Co Meath.

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ICA news: Ballinspittle members enjoy series of unlikely events

Ballinspittle ICA Guild’s commitment to helping out their community has seen them involved in some rather unusual events.

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Macra news: Limerick prepares to rally the Macra troops

Limerick Macra will play host to the biggest event of the Macra calendar this year.

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Beef market report: Steers stay at 385 cent/kg as beef intake stabilises

The beef trade is stable and tending towards slightly firmer at the factories this week, with supplies holding reasonably in balance.

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Cattle marts report: Quality stock fetching good prices, but plain animals are struggling

Unlike the jails of Rio, where I hear the water is scarce (the taps only run for a couple of minutes every day), our farms this week have seen plenty of the watery stuff.

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Agri events guide

Friday, August 26
National Limousin Show, 11am-5pm, The Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny (part of International Limousin Congress which continues to Sunday)

 

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Innovative Achill Island food project

Innovative product development and community co-operation are critical for remote rural food producers to capture year-round sales, says a leading island-based food entrepreneur.

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Farmers lead protest to highlight government inaction on flood risk

With the threat of winter flooding on the horizon, the IFA has urged the Government to set out an immediate plan of action, including timelines, for works to minimise the risk of flood damage.

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