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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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Tesco Future Farmer Foundation: Young farmers invited to learn agri-business skills

Five young Irish farmers will be selected for the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation, a year-long agri-business development programme.

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Open day at hi-tech farm near Killarney

Dairy and sheep farmers are invited to visit a hi-tech farm near Killarney from 12 noon to 5:30pm, Thursday.

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Hedging experts to offer risk management advice

Cork Institute of Technology and INTL FCStone are hosting a dairy hedging and risk management workshop from September 5 to 9.

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Milk price increases must reflect market reality

Two extremely strong Global Dairy Trade auctions this month and corresponding increases in EU dairy prices are clear indications that dairy market recovery has taken hold.

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Leading limousin breeders to gain technical insights at annual congress

The world’s premier breeders and enthusiasts of limousin cattle are in Ireland this week for their annual congress.

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North and east Cork farmers angry at local milk price gap

Anger is rising among farmers in north and east Cork who says their co-ops are paying them less for their milk than their West Cork neighbours’ co-ops.

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Rising to the harvest challenge

Ray Ryan hears why tillage farmers are facing into a hard harvest, with incomes driven down by grain imports, poorer prices and reduced yields.

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IFA welcomes Dairygold milk prices increase

Dairygold’s cautious optimism about a likely gradual recovery in global milk prices has been welcomed by the IFA. 

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Recovery signs after 24-month dairy slump

Rising July milk prices and a jump in the global dairy auction have encouraged dairy farmers to believe a long overdue recovery is under way after a record two-year dairy market slump.

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38 acres with lake and road frontage in Leap, West Cork

There has been no shortage of quality blocks of land appearing in affordable sizes in the Leap area of West Cork.

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35-acre bank of forestry on Ring of Kerry

If trees are the new bank, then there will surely be people lining up to get a piece of an interesting bank of forestry that has just come onto the market in the townland of Garrane, about 5km east of Portmagee, Co Kerry.

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Technology: Gas-producing farm tests ‘gas’ tractor

The methane tractor is an attractive idea for environment-conscious farmers, offering an 80% reduction in polluting emissions, cutting fuel costs, and lowering their carbon footprint.

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Machinery and equipment: New 99-117 horse power Case IH tractors do 40 km/h at 1,730 rpm

Case IH has proudly launched their Luxxum tractor range, designed for mixed and arable farming.

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Q&A: A dairy farmer’s experience with Johne’s Disease

 

Farming Q&A: Animal Health Ireland
As many dairy farmers throughout the country can testify, Johne’s Disease (JD) can be a crippling disease in any herd.

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More member states likely to use country of origin labelling

Poland is the latest EU member state to move towards more clearly labelling its home-produced food products as “Product of Poland”.

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Growers ‘baffled’ by poor performance of winter barley

Baffled grain farmers want Teagasc to investigate why winter barley yields have been so disappointing.

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EU audit shows some dairy farmers unaware tail docking banned here since 2003

Measures are in place to ensure cattle on Irish dairy farms are not caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury, concluded EU Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) inspectors after their audit in Ireland last February.

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Legal advice for farmers: Fixed charge fines system includes farm vehicle drivers

New regulations keep agricultural vehicles in line with key road safety considerations.

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105 tonnes milker is star of Cork herds competition

CHFC Annual Awards: Rebecca O’Sullivan, Dairygold, presenting to Cathy, Denis and Megan Reilly, and Ted, Lily and John O’Sullivan, Barryroe, receiving their award from Seamus O’Mahony, Dairygold.

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Advice for beef farmers: Harvest challenge varies from drought to surplus grass

Some parts of the country, particularly in the east, are experiencing a drought, and grass has become very scarce.

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Farmers at Tullamore Show hear new ideas for EU agriculture

Organisers couldn’t have asked for a better 25th birthday celebration for the big midlands agricultural show.

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Veterinary advice: If free of salmonella, maintain a closed herd

Last week I received a call from a client anxious about the impact Bovine Salmonellosis would have on his herd of spring-calving cows, and wanting to prevent the nightmare his neighbour endured last winter.

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Advice for dairy farmers: Break-even in US is market turning point

The longer term prospects for dairying have not changed.

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Advice for suckler farmers: Keep suckler calves thriving

Despite a late spring, suckler calves performed well on most beef farms.

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Cattle marts report: Olympics puts mart traders in mood for speed, with plenty of prizes up for grabs

In Bandon mart on Monday, a bit like sprinter Usian Bolt in Rio, I didn’t feel the need to hang around for too long.

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Beef market report: Rare example of August beef market strength

The combination of tight supply of cattle for the factories, and hardening of prices, is almost as rare in the second half of August as frost.

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Macra news: Macra to be on show at the ploughing

Visitors to this year’s National Ploughing Championships will have the opportunity to learn about all things Macra.

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ICA news: Guild’s spiritual journey to resting place of Anita Lett

When Breda Banville was about to become Wexford federation president a few years ago, she visited Anita Lett’s grave in Bree.

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