STEPHEN CADOGAN

Russian ban: EU should have been much quicker off blocks

It’s at times like this that the EU resembles a 1980s dairy co-op, with fast decision making to counter the sudden Russian food import ban rendered impossible, due mainly to conflicting parochial interests among the 28 member states.

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No option but to shoot wild heifer at Limerick mart

A wild heifer had to be shot after it escaped from its pen at a Co Limerick mart.

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Russia’s import ban isn’t all bad news for EU food sector

Russia may yet be worse affected by banning food imports from the EU, US, and others than the target countries.

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Once-a-day milkers have seen the writing on the wall

Wishful thinking that extra milk quota can be miraculously allowed between now and next April could land dairy farmers in big trouble, and should be dropped.

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NZ milk price cut backs up forecast for global market

New Zealand dairy farmers are on course for a 29% milk price slump, which will take nearly 2% out of their economy, such is the importance of their dairy industry.

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Tragic farm deaths in Poland highlight the need for safety

In a week of worldwide disasters, from Gaza to Ukraine, the deaths of seven people on a pig farm in Poland should not be overlooked.

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No evidence of TB from deer, says Minister Coveney

Fears that deer in Co Kerry are responsible for transmission of TB to cattle have been allayed by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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Agri-food the star of the show as ministers shuffle their seats

Only the Departments of Agriculture, Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform emerged from last week’s cabinet reshuffle with the continuity afforded by ministers being left in place.

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Milk superlevy relief hope shot down again by EU

Relief for member states in danger of exceeding milk quota was shot down again at this week’s EU Council of Agriculture ministers.

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No trickle-down dairy effect despite record €3bn exports

Over 85% of Irish dairy production is exported, and it goes to more than 90 countries.

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