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Kepak and Oliver Carty buy Greene Farm Foods

Food groups Kepak and Oliver Carty have formed a joint venture company to acquire a majority shareholding in Greene Farm Foods, in Ballygarvey, Rathowen, Co Westmeath.

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James Kennedy named HSI interim chief

James Kennedy is to take over as interim CEO of Horse Sport Ireland to allow current CEO Damian McDonald prepare for his new role as director general of the IFA.

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Small farms set to test property market

In the fertile lands of what might be best described as the ‘near West Cork area’, auctioneers Hodnett-Forde in Clonakilty are offering a brace of similar-sized holdings.

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Limerick properties in Knockatanna and Shanaclough West attracting top offers

A 100-acre holding in Co Limerick, in two separate lots, is already attracting strong interest, according to the selling agents.

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Trusti Tuber stomach tubing kit continues to impress

Having won an award at the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays event earlier this year, the Trusti Tuber stomach tubing kit continues to impress, winning the Product Innovation Award at the recent AgriScot Farm Business Event in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Robots drive efficiencies in European agriculture

Robots will make many farm tasks less dangerous and unhealthy, and will improve the overall safety of workers — that is according to the European Parliament’s science and technology options assessment panel.

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Kieran Coughlan: Kerry farmers left in limbo to await Revenue’s decision on shares

Kerry farmers are left in limbo as the Revenue’s position on shares given out under the Kerry Co-op’s patronage scheme is teased out across a variety of fronts.

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Breeding season in autumn calving suckler herds

December is upon us and, the breeding season has begun or will do soon in autumn calving suckler herds.

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Request for tenders to design and deliver wildlife schemes

Management teams are being recruited to help design and deliver hen harrier and freshwater pearl mussel schemes which will target up to 2,800 landowners.

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How forestry pays dividends in both the long and short term

Diarmuid Cohalan reports on why industry experts say that forestry plantation makes great financial sense.

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When farm disputes led to death penalty

This is hard reading if you are a farmer, as many of you certainly are.

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Comment: So far, so good for us in UK's  plan for  food and drink sector

Forging the strongest economic links with European neighbours, as well as close friends in North America, the Commonwealth, and other partners around the world, is part of the UK government’s action plan for its food and drink sector up to 2020.

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Teagasc predicts increase in milk price, challenges for beef

Teagasc’s outlook for 2017 is mixed for farmers, with some positives for dairy but with further challenges ahead for the beef sector.

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Severe bird flu found in north French wild ducks

A severe strain of H5N8 bird flu that hit several countries in Europe, leading to the culling of thousands of poultry, was detected in wild ducks in Northern France.

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Avonmore soup marks 25 years with new range

Avonmore’s soup production facility is celebrating 25 years in operation, with a range of soups developed at Glanbia’s Innovation Centre in Kilkenny.

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Irish milk in US smoothie

American drinks company Lifeway Foods is launching a range of smoothies using fresh milk from grass-fed cows on small family-run farms in West Cork.

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Andrew Doyle: Horticulture worth €400m

Horticulture contributed a farm gate value of €400m in 2015, making it the third most valuable agricultural commodity after beef and dairy, said Agriculture Minister of State, Andrew Doyle.

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ICSA says more live cattle exports will be needed

ICSA beef chairman Edmond Phelan welcomes the fact that Libya is seeking to import live cattle from Ireland, but adds that more boats will be required to deal with the substantial increase in cattle forecast for 2017.

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Attractive North Cork farm sparks interest

Situated in the townland of Rowls Noonan near the Cork-Limerick border is an 82-acre residential farm that is currently listed with Liam Murphy Auctioneer of Kanturk.

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Q&A: Bovine tuberculosis explained

Ever wondered how the TB test works and why we have to do them every year?

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Denis Lehane: Why did we ever forsake the wonderful ballrooms of rural Ireland?

The Ballroom of Romance was one mighty film.

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Oliver Moore: Co-op model ideal for snail farming

Two hundred and fifty people attended a two day snail farming conference organised by NOTS — the National Organic Training Skillnet — in Tullamore last week. This level of interest is significant, and there appears to be an export market available, due to the shortfall in supply in Italy and France in particular.

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Stephen Cadogan: Latest eartag collects useful animal data

An eartag that be used for official animal identification, real-time location, and health monitoring purposes was one of the four gold medal innovation winners at last week’s EuroTier, the world’s leading trade fair for animal production.

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Shinagh Farm profitable at 2016 milk prices

Shinagh Farm profits will dramatically fall in 2016, but the demonstration dairy farm at Bandon, Co Cork, will still make a profit, despite a substantial fall in milk price.

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Timely operation can salvage spastic paresis calf

Is he just lame, or is it more?

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€45,000 per year GP incentive not enough to attract rural doctors

If one were to listen to someone like the HSE’s Director of Primary Care John Hennessy talk about Primary Health Care in rural Ireland, it all sounds very exciting, well thought-out and progressive; a great way to bring health care into the rural communities of our Republic and help to keep both rural communities and those that live in them alive and ticking.

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Cormac MacConnell: Ratburgers on Moscow menus

Hungry today? How would you fancy a ratburger?

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Karen Walsh: The law of the gun is applied strictly here

Firearm legislation in Ireland is among the least permissive in Europe.

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Get dosing and feeding strategies right for the winter

Winter has eventually arrived, and temperatures have dropped dramatically in the last week.

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Kieran Coughlan: Income tax shock for milk suppliers to Kerry Co-op

Revenue has issued letters to Kerry Co-op milk suppliers this week.

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