John McCurdy, business innovation director, and Gerard Keenan, CEO of Richard Keenan and Co; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Liam Kavanagh, managing director of The Irish Times; and InterTradeIreland chief executive Thomas Hunter McGowan.

Major award for Keenan inTouch mixer system

Keenan inTouch has won the agri-food category in the Irish Times InterT radeIreland Innovation awards for 2014.

Pˆttinger claim their drills with 12.5 cm row spacing are best, and invite a debate.

Drill manufacturer kicks off debate with claim their seed row spacing is best

Some people swear by a row spacing of 12.5 cm, others insist on 15 or even 16.7 cm to produce maximum yield.

The new Novacat 302 ED mower from Pˆttinger.

Arm makes mower easier to adjust

New rear-mounted mowers made by Pˆttinger of Austria for the coming season have a hydraulic lower linkage arm that enables easier mounting, without having to adjust the tractor hitch struts.

Solar panels on a shed produce predictable renewable electricity and a consistent financial return.

6%-10% return on solar barn outlay

A return of 6-10% on the money invested in a solar barn was the prospect extended to farmers interested in harnessing the power of the sun at last week’s Agricultural Buildings Show in Lincoln, England.

Solid jets of of silage additive from above and below give the best grass coverage in forage loader wagons. But fan jets (inset) can result in spray drift.

Silage additive loss due to inadequate delivery

Independent forage trials have shown almost half the additive applied to silage can be lost when using standard delivery equipment.

Glanbia supplier George Kenny, Lisdowney, Co Kilkenny and James Fitzpatrick, ruminant business manager, Glanbia Agribusiness, at the launch of a new online animal health and veterinary products store.

Glanbia launch new online veterinary store

Glanbia Agribusiness, the largest animal feed manufacturer and agri retailer in Ireland, has shaken up the animal health and veterinary products sector by launching a new vet store online.


Auto-milking is reducing cow-grazing across EU

Automatic milking has reduced cow grazing on farms that have robot milkers, across Europe.

Drones — or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) — like this Airinov product, left, are gaining popularity in agriculture.

French farmers using more drones on farms

French farmers are monitoring an estimated 10,000 hectares of farmland with flying drones made by Airinov, a Paris-based company which made its first drone in a garage four years ago.


Text alerting you to next heat cycle saves money

Herdalerts is a new heat-cycle management service. It’s €60 to register, plus €1 per cow (for example, €115 per year for a herd of 55 cows).


Cattle traceability to become digital in France by 2017

Traceability of 30m cattle movements per year in France is to go digital over the next three years.