STEPHEN CADOGAN

How farmers can get stronger

Market withdrawal, or free distribution of produce, will be a possibility for agricultural producer groups in the reformed Common Agricultural Policy.

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Beef lands farmers in trouble

Following GSOC, Garda whistleblowers, Rehab salaries, ‘Pantigate’, and Portlaoise Hospital, the beef industry was the latest to come under the microscope of an Oireachtas committee.

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Latest China figures aren’t about record dairy imports

Dairy farmers are approaching the starting blocks in the race to expand milk production when EU quotas end in a year’s time.

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Grocery code well overdue

Bags of carrots for 9c and broccoli for 6c, in December, and now four pints of milk for £1, in the UK, seem to be good news for consumers, and bad news for farmers.

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Agri-food’s glowing report card

While the pain of the ongoing downturn is still evident in every sector of the economy, most farmers can take heart from the positive signs on their immediate horizon.

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Giving bull beef a bad name

In December, IFA warned members, out of the blue, that beef processors who encouraged farmers to keep bull calves from the dairy herd two years previously, were now turning their back on them, and not even offering to bid on dairy beef bulls.

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Beef farms do better together

Even cattle finishers who deal in hundreds of animals per year aren’t getting their telephone calls returned by factory procurement agents, as the beef business gets tougher.

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The countryside is becoming a no-go area for the vulnerable

Independent and resourceful by nature, rural dwellers took last week’s Storm Darwin in their stride.

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It’s time for a flexible week by week rethink on slurry spreading

In May, 2013, the Agriculture and Environment Ministers, Simon Coveney and Phil Hogan, announced a two-week extension of the spreading season for chemical fertilisers, thus postponing the start of the closed period from September 15 to September 30.

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Beef farmers to benefit from new genomics project

Dairy farmers say genomics technology has enabled them produce calves which are each worth €100 extra.

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