NEWS

Teagasc outlines series of key dairy small savings

Small improvements can add up to big savings, Teagasc is advising in its ongoing dairy farm walks’ series.

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IFA unveils menu of solutions to ease income pressure on farmers

Enhanced direct payments, low cost short-term loans and the abolition of EU import tariffs on fertiliser are on the IFA’s menu of solutions for the income crisis facing farmers.

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First step to create Irish milk futures markets as milk price index developed

Milk processors have taken the first step to create a milk futures market for Irish dairy farmers, by developing a milk price index for Ireland.

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Pressure on to harness solar energy by 2020

Landowners are being approached by solar farm developers looking to secure land

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Survey points to farmer ailments

Low back pain is the most common physical complaint of farmers.

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Improvements at Gator and T670 ends of John Deere’s product range

John Deere has announced improvements among their smallest and biggest machines.

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Agri Events

Upcoming agri events.

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Busy menu of activities in Ballymartle ICA

Anybody looking for some activity in their life and thinking of joining Ballymartle ICA in September should look at what the Cork guild has been up to since last autumn.

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Marts dangers for the unwary or careless

Health and safety risks are heightened at marts, with large numbers of cattle brought together in unfamiliar surroundings.

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Limerick Macra na Feirme to rally the troops for conference

Limerick Macra na Feirme officially launched the biggest event of the Macra calendar last night.

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EU’s annual crop import row re-ignites

The EU animal feed industry has warned there may be severe trade disruption due to delayed EU authorisation of genetically modified (GM) crops.

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Q&A weed control: Buttercup farm may lose out on productivity

Buttercups are a common sight in fields across the country at the moment, with dandelions and docks also common problem weeds.

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Old mats used as bedding caused milk contamination scare

Old matting material used as bedding in cow cubicles has been identified as the source of polybrominated diphenylether in a raw milk sample from a farm in Co Cork.

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Red rosettes for a black Jersey winner at Cork Summer Show

A winning black Jersey at last weekend’s Cork Summer Show reflected new trends in the dairy industry.

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Maintenance offer to Kerry greenway landowners

More than 170 landowners are in line to earn about €600 a year in a maintenance scheme announced by Kerry County Council for the proposed South Kerry Greenway.

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54-acre upland farm for sale in Co Clare

Situated just 1km north of the small hamlet of Kilbane and about equidistant (5km) from the villages of Broadford and Bridgetown, a 54-acre holding in south-east Co Clare represents very good value for a substantial parcel of ground that can be put to multiple uses.

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ICA news: Breda’s Cahill creative story takes top prize in Gael Linn competition

A Wexford woman, who spent teenage summers learning Irish in Ring where she was never off the céilí dance floor, is the national winner in a new ICA competition sponsored by Gael Linn.

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Pigmeat price has moved to 152c/kg

IFA National Pigs Committee Chairman Pat O’Flaherty said continental demand has helped push prices ahead again this week.

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Lots of potential in 30 acres in South Clare

With its proximity to Ennis (10km to the north-east) and Shannon Airport (30km south-west), a 30.6-acre holding in the townland of Killerk West comes for sale with no shortage of potential.

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Early arrival of beef off grass brings price cut

The supply of cattle to beef factories is increasing and prices have come under pressure this week, somewhat earlier in the season than had been expected.

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Processors carve an extra 20c off lamb prices

Lamb producers are feeling more pain this week after processors carved 20 cents/kg more off their returns, continuing the recent market trend.

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Thurles farm likely to revert to dairying

Following the successful auction in Hayes Hotel last month of a 70-acre farm, another Thurles hotel will be receiving an auction party tomorrow at 3pm.

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Marts report: Whopping €2,390 paid for Charolais bullock in Bandon, as bigger cattle sell well

While there was some good news during the week, with Turkey opening its arms to the live export of Irish cattle, in this house I was dealing with a live export of a different variety.

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Conveyor added to centre pivot mower for increased forage harvester output

A conveyor belt grouper that collects two rows of grass for increased forage harvester output has been added to Kuhn Farm Machinery’s 3.1m disc mower conditioner.

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Agri-food’s growth outpaces all other industries

Agri-food businesses are growing faster than any other sector across the island, InterTradeIreland’s quarterly business monitor report states.

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Farm show in Charleville sets sights on sheaf tossing record

The country’s biggest two day agricultural show in Charleville will feature an attempt this weekend to set a new Guinness world record for sheaf tossing.

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IFA bids to save hill farms with action plan

A 10-point action plan for the survival of farming in hill areas was launched yesterday by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).

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Agri-food on high alert at Brexit

Ray Ryan reports on industry-wide views that a British exit from the EU would have significant negative impacts on Ireland’s agri-food sector.

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Sea mist causes severe damage to lands on south coast

Tillage lands along the south coast were parched as a result of a salt drift caused by a sea mist during the severe winter storms.

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Meat Industry Ireland sheep plan targets €150m and 500 jobs

Advances in breeding could see Ireland produce an extra million lambs annually, according to a five-year sheepmeat development which Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has presented to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

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