NEWS

Leo Varadkar urged to alter Farm Assist scheme to help low income families

Farm leaders have called on Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to make changes in the Farm Assist scheme to protect low income families.

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Electronic displays at marts to be grant aided

New electronic data displays in livestock marts are to be grant aided, it was revealed yesterday.

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Musgrave signs up to Origin Green project

Musgrave has become the first food retail and wholesale group in Ireland to become a verified member of the Origin Green programme, it was announced yesterday.

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Aquaculture set to make waves as industry value increases

There was a strong recovery in fish and shellfish farming production in Ireland last year, according to the latest Bord Iascaigh Mhara figures.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to form partnership with Nofima

Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Nofima in Norway are to form a partnership that will see the two agencies share knowledge on adding value to their national seafood products.

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Asian businesses investing about €3.5bn in milk and dairy production in Russia

Asian businesses are investing about €3.5bn in milk and dairy production in Russia, helping Moscow replace imports hit by trade sanctions on traditional suppliers.

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Minister Michael Creed needs to get to grips with collapsed milk price

Together with some of my colleagues I was happy to accept an invitation from our new Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed TD, to meet him in the department last Thursday.

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Advisory experts put diverse agriculture in spotlight

Advisory and education professionals from all over Europe will be in Limerick next month for a conference on the provision of innovation support for a diverse agriculture.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara says aquaculture sales rising

Aquaculture sales rose by €34m in value and by 25% in volume during 2015, according to new statistics from Bord Iascaigh Mhara.

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IFA seeks superlevy relief while milk prices remain low

The IFA is calling on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to suspend superlevy repayments while milk prices remain below the cost of production.

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Fine 18th-century mansion in Co Clare, but 310 acres will attract farmers

Last featured in these pages over two years ago, the very impressive estate of Newhall House in Co Clare is due to be sold at public auction on June 9 at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis.

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Farm by the Suir with Waterford city views

Gyles Quay is on the outskirts of Waterford City, but located in the more dominant hurling stronghold of Kilkenny. 

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Search for funds as no end in sight in farm crisis

The crisis reserve which EU farmers pay into each year came back on the table at Tuesday’s EU Agriculture Ministers’ Council.

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Technology: Mower for all uses from scrub to stubble clearance

The Major 2.5m Cyclone Mower was demonstrated in various locations in the west of Ireland recently.

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AccuWeather’s global weather forecast predicts wet summer

A fairly wet summer has been predicted for Ireland and the UK, with the heaviest falls expected in Northern Ireland, western Scotland and northwest England.

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News Q&A: Open day at one-man, 100-cow suckler farm

Newford Farm, the 100-cow suckler-to-beef demonstration herd launched in 2015 and located in Athenry, Co Galway, will host a national open day on Wednesday, May 25.

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Oakpark Foods set to expand range in UK market

Pork and bacon producer Oakpark Foods is due to launch four new products into the UK market next month with supermarket chain Morrisons.

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Machinery and Equipment: €50m loan boost for Grass and Muck 2016

The car parks were full when I arrived at Gurteen College last Thursday for Grass and Muck 2016.

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Top Jersey herd wins interbreed hat-trick

The Fleming family of Downpatrick maintained their grip on the dairy interbreed title at the Balmoral Show in Belfast, winning it for the third consecutive year with an animal from their well-known Potterswalls Jerseys herd.

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More than 100,000 online BPS applications

Even for the experts in Teagasc, the Basic Payment Scheme applications were not plain sailing.

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Friday week last day to apply for Teagasc level 5 college courses

Friday, May 27 is the closing date for applications to QQI accredited level 5 courses at Teagasc agricultural and horticultural colleges.

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Memories of Moorepark’s transformation since 1959

There was a pleasant social event in Moorepark recently where current and former staff assembled for the launch of “Moorepark Memories”, a 258-page photographic record of the people and events that transformed what was a derelict Land Commission farm in 1959 into today’s technology centre with more than 300 people employed.

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Advice for beef farmers: Sudden change to exceptional growth rates

Grass got ahead of many dairy and beef producers during the good spell of weather over the last two weeks.

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Using milk futures to reduce price volatility and aid planning

Euronext is making a bid to develop a dairy market but Ireland could have leading role in exchange modelled on CME.

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Teagasc: Scope to delay silage after heading date is very limited

Difficult spring weather and poor growth delayed closing and application of fertiliser to silage ground on many farms.

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Teagasc news: Smaller maize, beet crops likely

With most of the maize and fodder beet sown, Teagasc advisors said last week acreages of both are likely to be reduced, compared to last year.

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ICA news: Clare federation honours great heroes of Ireland’s 1916 Rising

Reaching out and reaching back were twin themes on the Co Clare ICA agenda last month.

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Macra news: Blue Jean Country Queens for Athboy

Athboy will be the place to be this June bank holiday weekend, as Queens from all over the country, and indeed overseas, battle it out for this year’s Blue Jean Country Queen title.

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Cattle marts report: Big spenders pick up some impressive €980 Friesian stores and a €1,570 dry cow

The only regret I had in Bandon mart on Monday was that I’d didn’t have my cheque book with me.

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Beef market report: Processors pay more to get through lean period

The tightening in the supply of cattle to factories over recent weeks has delivered a price improvement for beef farmers.

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