NEWS

Good news for dairymen, very bad news for those in beef

A dramatic increase in profits in 2017 on dairy farms is forecast by Teagasc economists at its annual review of the agricultural sector published on Tuesday. At the same time it forecast a substantial fall in margins and incomes (from already low levels) on beef farms in 2017.

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Brexit is still biggest cloud on the horizon for farmers

Brexit presents the biggest single challenge that the Irish Agri-food sector has faced in decades.

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Farmers warn against undermining nitrates derogation

A farm leader has warned that any undermining of the nitrates derogation would do untold damage to Irish family farms and would, overnight, make many of them unviable enterprises.

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Irish Farmers' Association honours great campaigners

Ray Ryan reports on the 300 surviving veterans whose efforts 50 years ago led to farmers having a voice in national policy formation.

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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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