NEWS

Grain growers face income crisis

The Irish cereal sector is in danger of entering terminal decline unless all stakeholders support domestic growers, says IFA national grain chair Liam Dunne.

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€600,000 guide price for 45-acre property in Shanballymore, Co Cork

A top-quality residential holding of the right size is never going to stay on the market too long without drawing attention. 

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Major mower from Mayo the choice at the Palace

An Irish machinery company can take much of the credit for the beautiful lawns at one of the best known English stately estates, a historic property where more than 750,000 visitors pass through the gates each year.

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New shredders for use on field borders, road verges, pastures

Kuhn Farm Machinery has added three new machines to its range of grassland and roadside shredders.

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Irish producers make the grade at the food Olympics

After a rigorous series of blind tastings, The Great Taste Awards has given top marks to Irish products

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Q&A: Lime can increase grass 1-1.5t/ha of dry matter

Lime advice: Soils need regular lime to maintain productive capacity.

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Veterinary advice: Spending your €1,533 dairy replacement cost wisely

As the future of every dairy herd, replacement heifers need to reach their full potential.

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ABP in launch of Irish Shorthorn beef brand

The Irish Shorthorn Society are teaming up with ABP to promote Irish Shorthorn Premium Beef to ABP’s Irish and international customers.

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Glanbia ‘refund’ fixed milk price adjustments

Glanbia Fixed Milk Price Scheme participants, taken by surprise when deductions were made without warning in their July milk payments, have been refunded the money involved.

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Growers wishing for harvest weather

Unfavourable weather has added to tillage farmers’ harvest fears of low prices and a significant fall in yields compared to last year.

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EU agri-trade surplus €16bn... and growing

EU agri-food exports for the year to June totalled just over €129 billion, 2.1% ahead compared to 2014-2015.

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Points for UCD’s B Agr Sc fall after nine-year rise

The number of CAO points required for first round entry into UCD’s level 8 Agricultural Science course fell by 10, to 460 points, this year.

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€10.1m for Co Tipperary rural development

The new LEADER programme will bring funding of €10.1m into Co Tipperary, up to 2020.

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Advice for dairy farmers: BVD nearly beat: IBR and Johne’s next

Up to about a decade ago, BVD was wrecking many dairy farms, and the cause was not often clearly identified.

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Advice for beef farmers: Beware of lush grass performance setbacks

Grazing excessively low covers of lush, high-nitrogen grass is not ideal at any time, but is common place on many farms at present.

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Advice for farmers: A new look at the fertiliser value of cattle slurry

Cattle slurry has about 25% less potassium than was previously assumed from research findings in the early 1990s, said Teagasc researchers at the recent Beef 2016 event in Co Meath.

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ICA news: Ballinspittle members enjoy series of unlikely events

Ballinspittle ICA Guild’s commitment to helping out their community has seen them involved in some rather unusual events.

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Macra news: Limerick prepares to rally the Macra troops

Limerick Macra will play host to the biggest event of the Macra calendar this year.

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Beef market report: Steers stay at 385 cent/kg as beef intake stabilises

The beef trade is stable and tending towards slightly firmer at the factories this week, with supplies holding reasonably in balance.

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Cattle marts report: Quality stock fetching good prices, but plain animals are struggling

Unlike the jails of Rio, where I hear the water is scarce (the taps only run for a couple of minutes every day), our farms this week have seen plenty of the watery stuff.

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Agri events guide

Friday, August 26
National Limousin Show, 11am-5pm, The Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny (part of International Limousin Congress which continues to Sunday)

 

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Innovative Achill Island food project

Innovative product development and community co-operation are critical for remote rural food producers to capture year-round sales, says a leading island-based food entrepreneur.

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Farmers lead protest to highlight government inaction on flood risk

With the threat of winter flooding on the horizon, the IFA has urged the Government to set out an immediate plan of action, including timelines, for works to minimise the risk of flood damage.

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Tesco Future Farmer Foundation: Young farmers invited to learn agri-business skills

Five young Irish farmers will be selected for the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation, a year-long agri-business development programme.

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Open day at hi-tech farm near Killarney

Dairy and sheep farmers are invited to visit a hi-tech farm near Killarney from 12 noon to 5:30pm, Thursday.

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Hedging experts to offer risk management advice

Cork Institute of Technology and INTL FCStone are hosting a dairy hedging and risk management workshop from September 5 to 9.

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Milk price increases must reflect market reality

Two extremely strong Global Dairy Trade auctions this month and corresponding increases in EU dairy prices are clear indications that dairy market recovery has taken hold.

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Leading limousin breeders to gain technical insights at annual congress

The world’s premier breeders and enthusiasts of limousin cattle are in Ireland this week for their annual congress.

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North and east Cork farmers angry at local milk price gap

Anger is rising among farmers in north and east Cork who says their co-ops are paying them less for their milk than their West Cork neighbours’ co-ops.

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Rising to the harvest challenge

Ray Ryan hears why tillage farmers are facing into a hard harvest, with incomes driven down by grain imports, poorer prices and reduced yields.

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