NEWS

Public focus on health drives renewed interest in goat farming

Interest in goat farming is on the increase, according to Teagasc, which attributes the trend to two main factors.

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IFA seeks rise in winter finishing cattle prices

Cattle prices need to rise for winter finishers to avoid further losses and secure a margin on some cattle sold out of the sheds this spring, said IFA livestock chairman Angus Woods.

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Fonterra reports rise in dairy exports to China

New Zealand dairy co-op Fonterra says its consumer exports to China increased by 14% in February, with industry analysts predicting the trend will continue.

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Dairygold €19m profit down 34%

Dairygold says it will continue to give its suppliers a strong milk price during 2016, despite global market pressures having driven its 2015 profits down 34% to €19.2m from €28.6m in 2014.

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Carbery Group delivers increases in profits and earnings

Carbery Group has reported an increase to €25m in its 2015 operating profits, up from €18.3m in 2014, plus a 33% rise in earnings before interest, depreciation, tax and amortisation to shareholders on a turnover of €349.5m.

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‘Exceptional’ land on 145-acre seaside farm for sale near Tralee, Co Kerry

“Cockle Beach” is the kind of name to conjure up images of large groups of women in shawls and hardy men in peaked caps, heavy linen shirts and dark waistcoats gathering shellfish along the seashore on a neap tide.

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Technology news: New technology ‘predicts’ mastitis

Visitors to a farm open day taking place today in Co Fermanagh will see how new technology can be used to control mastitis, the most common and costly disease in dairy herds.

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Depth of dairy slump is just sinking in

Reduced March milk cheques have brought home to dairy farmers how bad the dairy slump is, said ICMSA’s dairy farmers spokesman, Gerald Quain.

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High car insurance hits rural Ireland

Rural representatives have warned that the rising cost of car insurance will drive more young people from rural areas.

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Phil Hogan: Beef to China in 2016

Six of Europe’s largest beef producing countries could resume shipments to China by the end of this year, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan indicated during a visit to Beijing last week.

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Brexit could mean changes to our food and farming sector

Eight weeks from today, on June 23, British voters will decide if their country remains a member of the EU.

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Brexit would bring trade, economy, and currency worries

The sector of the agriculture and food industry that seems to have most to fear from Brexit is beef, because of the large proportion of our current trade that goes to the UK. 

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Machinery and equipment: Claas claims widest mounted mower on the market title

Claas have announced six new machines.

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Veterinary news: BBSE: would your stock bull pass this bovine NCT?

On a number of calls over the past few weeks, I have been asked to scan cows that are going late.

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News Q&A: Planning nursing home care vital for farm viability

Q&A - IFA: Fair Deal
Planning for possible nursing home care is hugely important, particularly if you have a farm business, IFA has advised its members.

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New Cork Declaration expected at conference

EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan has announced that the European Commission is organising a European Conference on Rural Development in Cork on September 5-6, 2016.

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Bad spring has left many cows in bad shape

It is the most important period of the dairying season.

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Advice from Teagasc: Deadline tomorrow for top dairy course

Tomorrow (April 29) is the application deadline for the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management Programme.

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Advice for beef farmers: Summer in the shed looks best for young bull beef

A combination of a shortage of grass and/or a shortage of available land has seen a lot of young bulls being finished indoors.

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ICA news: Pieta House receives €3,800 boost

Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, received over €3,000 at Cork Federation’s AGM in Watergrasshill earlier this month.

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Macra news: Outrage at mental health funds transfer

Macra’s Rural Youth Committee has expressed outrage and disappointment that some of the €35m increase in funding for mental health services this year will be moved to other areas.

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Cattle marts report: Top price of €4,400 and not an empty seat at Gigginstown ‘Ryanair’ Angus sale

From Skibbereen to Gigginstown, it has been quality all the way at the cattle sales.

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Beef market report: Tighter supply and late grass boost price outlook

The tightening in the supply of cattle to factories, and slight hardening in prices for them, are continuing this week.

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Agri events guide

Today, April 28
Teagasc/Forest Service walk event focusing on management of young forests, meet at Lisgriffen National School, Buttevant, Co Cork, 7pm

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Farmers seek advice on spring lamb prices

Farmers need industry guidance on the best time to produce spring lamb, according to ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks.

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Farmhouse cheesemakers open their gates to public during April

Farmhouse cheesemakers are opening their doors and gates to the Irish public with a nationwide series of free open visits during April.

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Students gain food career insights

Secondary and third level students will gain insights into careers in food science, research and nutrition at a series of one-day science fairs hosted by Teagasc, Smart Futures and SciFest.

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G7 says ageing farmers are threat to global food

Ageing farmers could threaten global agriculture’s ability to produce the food the world needs, Group of Seven ministers agreed.

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Alltech buys out Keenan Systems

US-headquartered animal nutrition group Alltech has acquired Keenan Systems, the cattle feed machinery firm in Borris, Co Carlow.

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Inspections key to building trust in EU organic sector, says Phil Hogan

Trust, the heart of the current and future growth of Europe’s organic sector, can only be maintained if production, inspection, and certification standards are kept to their present high levels.

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