IFA's hill farming committee national chairman, Pat Dunne, wants Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to put in place a "meaningful" GLAS scheme.

Facing an uphill battle to keep future viable

Q&A: Pat Dunne
Pat Dunne takes over as IFA’s hill farming committee national chairman, at a time when upland farmers face major uncertainties.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney launching a €40m investment package for suckler farmers in 2014, including the Beef Genomics and Beef Data Programmes, at the ICBF headquarters in Bandon, Co. Cork.

Beef-schemes deadline extended to April 17

Farmers have been given until Thursday, April 17, to submit applications to the 2014 Beef Genomics Scheme and Beef Data Programmes.

Jackie Lavin with her nephew Brian Purcell from 'The Apprentice' on TV3, who is participating in a Springboard event in Co Laois on Saturday, April 29, along with past winners of Macra na Feirme's FBD Young Farmer of the Year.

Innovative agriculture can be economic springboard

Q&A: Brian Purcell
Ambitious young farmers will come face to face with Brian Purcell of The Apprentice fame later this month, as part of an innovative Springboard event.


Irish take on UK in silage yield competition

Q&A: Ian Matts, Yara
Ian Matts of the Yara fertiliser company says grass deserves the same level of attention to detail more usually given to arable crops.

Prioritise any repairs to buildings used to store fodder and livestock to keep yourbusiness up and running, says Michael Doyle of Zurich Insurance.

Risk planning is critical to ensure future of farm

Q&A: Michael Doyle
"Simple steps are often overlooked, such as ensuring farm buildings are maintained and in good order through the year"


EU funds must be used to protect environment

Q&A: Jack McCarthy & Andrew Jackson
About 64% of Ireland’s land area is used for agriculture, so it’s impossible to overstate the significance of the sector.


IPM and SUD spell out the latest farming rules

Q&A: Pesticide Control Service, DAFM

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney launched the Angus science competition, with from left, Padraig Foley, Tim Dunne, Paul Matthews, Jonathan Forbes, Charles Smith and Liz Moynihan.

Students get chance to beef up projects

Q&A: Charles Smith
Irish Aberdeen-Angus Producers Ltd, with partners ABP and Kepak, has invited transition year students to apply to participate in a project which can form part of their Leaving Certificate agricultural science project.

Pat Hally, Rathdowney, judging cattle at the Christmas fatstock show and sale in Cork Marts, Skibbereen. For many farmers, producing the top cattle starts with checking their Euro-Star ratings.

Five-star cattle prove their clear superiority

Q&A: Christy Watson, ICBF
The beef Euro-Star system got under way in 2007 with the suckler welfare scheme, in which participants recorded sires.


How forestry grants could reduce river floods

Q&A - Tony Lowes, FIE
Pay upland farmers forestry grants instead of the EU and exchequer-funded payments they get now, suggests environmentalist Tony Lowes.