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Russian dairy opportunity

Increased Russian imports of dairy products represent a post-quota opportunity for Ireland’s milk processing industry, according to one Bord Bia analyst.

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Egyptian financier wins race to buy Arab Dairy

Egyptian financial services firm Pioneers Holding has won the race to buy Egypt’s Arab Dairy for €30m, beating a rival offer from Al Nour, the market regulator said.

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Flahavan’s oats standing test of time

GENERATIONS of Irish people have started each day with a bowl of porridge produced from cereals grown on some of the country’s best tillage lands.

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Farmers at risk of being forgotten

CAP’s five-year rule may exclude ‘old young farmer’

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Coveney welcomes EU move to ease pigmeat pressure

A move by Brussels to ease pressure on the EU pigmeat market has been welcomed by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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Dairy farmers to outline cashflow challenges at Dáil debate

Managing market volatility and supports for farm incomes must be central to this week’s Dáil debate on the challenges facing the dairy sector, said IFA dairy chairman Seán O’Leary.

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Farmers say badger cull in the UK reduces TB in cattle

Farm leaders in Britain have recorded reduced incidences of tuberculosis in cattle in areas where badger culling is being used to tackle the disease in livestock.

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Fonterra to lift milk price

New Zealand dairy co-op Fonterra is expected to raise the price it pays its milk suppliers as lower production due to drought has stemmed supply and lifted global dairy prices from multi-year lows.

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New JCB Fastrac 4000 speeds and squats and turns in 10m

In the new JCB Fastrac 4000 Series tractor, 60kph road speed is achieved at 1600rpm, or 50kph with less than 1400rpm, for maximum fuel economy.

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France’s mini-combine harvester largest mower

French farmers use a miniature combine harvester to get a grain sample for testing, before bringing in the full harvest crew.

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Bin for plastic can cut recycle costs

JFC’s Tidywrap Recycling Bin was recently launched on the Irish market.

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€14,200/acre reflects interest in prime land near Tipperary

45-acre residential farm makes 639,000
Another strong auction sale was reported last week from the Mitchelstown branch of CCM Property Network, of a farm at Kilfeacle, near Tipperary Town.

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Is it the end of the road for farmers in laying grit and salt?

Farmers have more vehicles than the council for treating roads but liability fears are an obstacle.

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Steady prices mean good news continues at the marts, at least for those selling

The cattle and calf trade at the marts this week remains very strong. Or in the words of Kilkenny mart manager George Candler, “the good news continues, at least for the sellers.”

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Beef market report: Upward beef price trend reversed by processors

Beef processors have tightened their rein on prices, with reductions this week, having stalled the recent upward trend last week.

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Presidential candidates prepare for huskings

The time is fast approaching when Macra members will be invited to elect a new national president for the 2015-2017 term. Vice presidents will also be elected in Munster, the north west, and eastern regions.

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Vital to keep herd healthy as possible

Sub-clinical diseases that farmers might not easily notice can explain much of the low profitability on some dairy farms.

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Greening of direct payments

With 30% of direct payments dependent on meeting the “greening” criteria, it is important that farmers understand and comply with the new rules, said Ivan Whitten Teagasc, Kildare, at the National Tillage Conference.

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Tara Whelan, Mitchelstown Macra, and Tom Ahern, Fermoy Macra, at Mitchelstown Macra's mental health awareness evening which took place at the Firgrove Hotel.

Mitchelstown club stamps out stigma

Mitchelstown Macra hosted a mental health awareness evening recently in association with Headstrong — the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

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Flexible finance will be available next month

SBCI low-cost loans
Low cost long-term loans will boost investment.

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China’s top beef buyers on way

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) will work with its members and the Department of Agriculture to ensure plant audits move ahead as swiftly as possible, following the Chinese decision to re-open its market to Irish beef after an absence of 15 years.

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GLAS Plus extended to bird habitat farms

The much-anticipated GLAS agri-environment scheme is now open for applications.

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GLAS applications won’t be ‘first-come, first-in’

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has ruled out “first-come, first-in” GLAS applications.

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First the will, then the grant of probate

Probate is the legal term for a procedure that gives a person, chosen by you, authority to carry out your wishes as set out in your will.

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Three years to pay superlevy

The European Commission has confirmed that dairy farmers can pay the superlevy fine over three years, with zero interest charged.

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Breakthrough for "old-young" farmers

National Reserve applications will open in early April for the “old-young” farmers who established their holdings in 2008 and 2009, and who have missed out on both the Young Farmer Installation Scheme, and the new National Reserve priority category for farmers aged under 40, who commenced since 2010.

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Brennans televised visit to An Grianán

Tune into RTÉ TV on Sunday and see the Brennan brothers come to the aid of a national institution — An Grianán.

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Pick your options very carefully in GLAS

The potential GLAS payment of €5,000 per annum is a substantial payment for any farmer, therefore all should consider entering the scheme.

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Economics studies to help future of Irish food

Agri-economic studies can help underpin the sustainability of Irish food production, say the creators of a new course at NUI Galway.

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Irish Dairy Board rebrands corporate arm as Ornua

Ornua has been unveiled as the new corporate identity of the Irish Dairy Board, the body which markets the overseas sales of Kerrygold and related Irish dairy brands.

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