NEWS

Cork needs to make agrifood dream a reality

I’d like to outline an argument about why Cork city should be a stand-out agrifood industry hub and be recognised as such internationally.

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Calls for EU’s €11m aid to go to tillage and dairy

Tillage farmers must be prioritised for the European Commission’s €11m agricultural aid package, said Mairead McGuinness MEP and vice-president of the European Parliament.

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American Soybean Association group keeps eye on mergers

American Soybean Association is reviewing likely impacts on farmers of Bayer’s plan to acquire Monsanto.

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Strong demand in prime holdings in Cork and Limerick

Are we turning a corner in terms of price being paid for land? Some auction news this week from Midleton, Co Cork, and Adare, Co Limerick, would certainly lead one to think so.

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New Zealanders come to aid one man Irish farms

Visitors to last week’s Ploughing got a taste of farming on the other side of the world, on the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise stand, where a wide range of equipment from down under was on show.

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Machinery and equipment: Field of dreams: from slurry tanks to high end perfume

It’s over for another year, the annual agricultural pilgrimage to the Ploughing.

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€11.09m aid funded by EU must be notified by November

Liquidity concerns, strengthening co-operation, supporting quality schemes, and providing training in financial management, have been identified by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed as issues where the €11.09 million exceptional adjustment aid from the EU offers possibilities for meaningful and innovative interventions.

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Pressure on milk supplies on both sides of the world

New Zealand’s milk production was down 3% year-on-year in August, the month when supply starts to rise towards an October-November peak.

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One in four Irish dairy farmers seeks EU aid to cut back

One quarter of Ireland’s dairy farmers are taking part in the EU’s €150 million Milk Reduction Scheme.

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Dirty livestock could cost us valuable market access

Q&A: Clean livestock policy
New advice leaflets for farmers on presenting clean cattle and sheep for slaughter were launched by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed at the Ploughing.

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Ireland’s first genomic beef proofs

For the first time ever in Ireland, genomic proofs are now included in beef genetic indexes.

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Ploughing results: Tracey and Whelan to fly Irish flag again

Previous world champions Eamonn Tracey and John Whelan will represent Ireland again in 2017, at the World Championships in Kenya, having won their test matches at Tullamore last week.

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Late harvest ordeal for tillage farmers

IFA has been trying to get extra combine harvesters to Donegal as part of the effort to salvage grain crops uncut because of bad weather.

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Karen Walsh: Collaborate to get ahead

How to mobilise resources into productive agriculture is a major challenge.

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Denis Lehane: Badly needed rest after the Ploughing

This week, I was all geared up to write about the Ploughing, but then something far more exciting happened to me, and now I’ve no interest at all in the Ploughing.

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Veterinary advice: Preventing the worry, stress, and cost of autumn pneumonia

Autumn sees a seasonal rise in cases of pneumonia, with both individual animals and groups being affected.

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Hen Harrier hold-up continues

Farmers waiting for a Hen Harriers Threat Response Plan to learn how conservation of the bird will affect their lands will not know their fate for some time yet.

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Breed societies with youth on their side

Why youngsters interested in farming flocked to Irish Hereford and Irish Angus stands at the Ploughing.

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Stephen Cadogan: Narrow weather window least of tillage sector problems

Some of the harvest difficulties for tillage farmers might have been avoided if livestock farmers and grain growers worked better together.

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Kieran Coughlan: Cure for pessimism is an optimistic plan

Last week’s Irish Examiner ICMSA farming opinion poll provided a snapshot of the mood amongst farmers.

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Oliver Moore: Zach Wright’s course on enhancing soil

Do you remember when birds used to flock around the back of the plough? Ploughing meant a guaranteed supply of worms and other edibles, so birds swooped and swooshed towards their food behind the moving tractors.

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Advice for dairy farmers: Plan for environment friendly farming

A fertiliser and slurry plan for your entire farm is the first step in making the best use of nutrients on your farm.

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Cormac MacConnell: 'Shamefully, I will be hoping and praying that Dublin triumph on Saturday'

A motor dealer told me years ago about the perils in his trade associated with the Monday Morning car.

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Advice for beef farmers: Don’t cull the wrong sucklers

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Key features of running an efficient suckler herd include good breeding management and herd fertility.

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Advice for beef farmers: Maize silage excellent feed, but...

The Ploughing is over for another year, the evenings are getting darker, and the last grazing rotation is beginning on many farms.

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Beef market report: Processors offer 365-370 cents per kg for steers

Beef prices at the factories came under further pressure this week, following strong supplies of cattle, as deteriorating weather forced farmers to reduce stocking levels.

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Cattle marts report: Ringside talk turns to need for timely farm payments as prices fall for plain animals

“We are seeing very large numbers of cattle appearing at our sale for the time of year,” Thurles mart manager Martin Ryan said to me after Monday’s cattle sale.

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Macra leading the way on farm safety

More than 287,000 people turned out for the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly, and Macra na Feirme was in the thick of the action.

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ICA news: Phyllis receives applause from brown bread fans far and wide

When Waterford Federation’s Phyllis McGovern won the National Brown Bread Baking Competition at the National Ploughing Championships last week, the congratulatory phonecalls flooded in and from further afield than Ireland.

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Agri events

Today, September 29
ICMSA Bandon area AGM, Old Still, 8.30pm: speaker Gerald Quain, Chair, Dairy Committee

 

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