NEWS

Poitín safe from rivals

The unique protective “geographical indications” (GI) status sought for Irish poitín is safe for now from any potential EU competitors, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has indicated.

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Technology: T-flail machine ideal machine for heavy-duty cuts

Farm machinery manufacturer McConnel has looked closely at flails, and come up with what they claim is the first heavy-duty T-flail which is equally adept at grass mowing, hedge-cutting, or maintenance of mature three-year hedge growth.

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Technology: Cool tool to help in the fight to cut greenhouse gas emissions on farms

The Cool Farm Tool is an online greenhouse gas calculator that is free for farmers, to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products.

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Property: Residential farm in heart of Golden Vale, Ballyhea

The Charleville Park Hotel in the north Cork town is the venue for an auction of what is described as an “excellent” 67-acre holding by Patrick Carroll of Carroll Auctioneers in Kilmallock.

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Property: Coastal property sure to draw buyer interest in Youghal

A 47.5-acre holding outside the coastal east Cork town of Youghal is sure to attract a wide range of clients in an area where tillage farming, dairying and horse-breeding are equally prevalent.

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Tractor brakes a concern in 37% of farm inspections

More than one-third of farms inspected last year were given written advice on maintaining handbrakes in tractors — the biggest killer in farm machine accidents.

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Dairy: Make sure cuts don’t impact on herd health

The most obvious and immediate post-quota improvement for most farmers is to increase the length of lactations.

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Beef advice: Push on while prices are rising at beef factories

Cattle to be killed out of the sheds this spring are in many cases indoors for 70 to 80 days at this stage — if not longer.

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Dairy goat farming: first, find a market

The biggest challenge for anyone who wishes to enter dairy goat farming is finding a secure, consistent outlet for the milk.

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Markets: Solid sales at marts are hopefully a sign of better times ahead

Being the plucky fellow I am, I had plans on Monday to head to some faraway mart like Castleisland or Dungarvan.

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Markets: Upward beef price trend despite steady supply

The gradual upward trend of recent weeks in beef prices has been continued in prices quoted at the factories this week.

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Youth Affairs minister James Reilly for Macra awards ceremony

Youth Affairs Minister James Reilly will be guest speaker at this year’s final of Macra’s National Leadership Awards.

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New Local government Public Participation Networks to enable citizens have a say

Changes in local government are bringing new networks to enable citizens have a say on issues that concern them.

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Too much nitrogen on the land costs Cork farmer his annual single farm payment

A Co Cork farmer has lost his 2013 single farm payment and disadvantaged area payment due to exceeding nitrates limits on his land for a fourth consecutive year.

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Farm schemes expected in next two months

Late March is the likely opening date for important multi-annual farm schemes such as the beef data and genomics programme, farm improvement grants, support for collaborative farming, discussion groups, and LEADER grants.

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French Agriculture Minister, Stephane Le Foll

Biggest ever CAP clawback in France

A 66% reduction in a huge EU fine for CAP over-payments in France offers hope of similar reduction in the €181 million which the European Commission says Ireland owes it for land not eligible for the single farm payment.

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Eddie Downey

Policies must protect family farms, says IFA

Profitability for family farms must govern the policy decisions of the Government and the EU, says IFA president Eddie Downey.

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Alltech reports 2% rise in animal feed output

Animal feed production rose by 2% in 2014 to almost one billion tonnes, according to a global survey by animal feed and health group Alltech.

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Silver Hill Farm's Ronnie and Lyla Steele, withWolfgang Otto of Otto Gourmet Germany, andEavan Fallon, Bord Bia marketing fellow.

Silver Hill deal to export fresh ducks to Germany

Leading German chefs Otto Gourmet have signed a deal to distribute fresh duck products from Silver Hill Farm in Co Monaghan. The agreement with the Michelin-star chefs was secured by Bord Bia marketing fellow Eavan Fallon, who is working on business development assignments on behalf of a number of Irish food and drink companies in the country.

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Record numbers opt for electronic cattle tags

More than one million calves were registered electronically last year, a record switch from the manual ‘blue book’ over to electronic tagging. With electronic tags making up almost 50% of the 2.14m calves registered last year, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the fact that farmers are seeing the benefits of the system.

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Kieran O'Dowd, National President of Macra na Feirme

EU schemes usher new era for young farmers

New era beckons for young farmers

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Farmers urge energy firms to pass on benefits of oil cuts

Farmers are calling upon electricity and energy service providers to pass on the benefits of global oil price reductions to consumers.

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Carbery opens new facility in Brazil

Carbery Group, headquartered in Ballineen, West Cork, has officially opened Nutrifont in Brazil, a whey processing joint venture between the Irish company and BRF, one of South America’s leading food companies.

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Sensors make perfect sense

learns why Dairymaster chief Dr Edmond Harty believes farming has been revolutionised by innovative new technologies learns why Dairymaster chief Dr Edmond Harty believes farming has been revolutionised by innovative new technologies.

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Irish Dairy Board says brighter times will follow tough year

Dairy farming is facing a very difficult year, but the medium to long-term prospects are positive, according to the Irish Dairy Board chairman Aaron Forde.

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Forestry key to creating ‘green jobs’

The forestry sector has a major role to play in creating “green jobs” and in boosting growth in EU rural areas.

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What are squatter’s rights exactly?

What exactly are squatter's rights and what are your legal options if your land is encroached upon?

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Search begins for Ireland’s top farmer

The battle is on to become Ireland’s top farming family – and this weekend two Cork clans pit their skills and knowledge against one another in a bid to gain the prize.

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Pig farmers fear spread of PEDv

Detection of the highly pathogenic Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in Ukraine has heightened fears that the disease could spread and cause a major EU pork production slump in 2015..

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Mairead McGuinness

EU brings legal clarity to ongoing debate on GM

The EU has one of the toughest genetically modified food regulations in the world, and the cultivation of GM crops is only allowed after thorough risk assessment.

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