Sell-off of imported livestock fodder

Dairygold Co-op has offered farmers who buy 25 tonnes of alfalfa a €1,000 voucher for ruminant compound feed.

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Irish milk not yet affected by lactose market setback

China’s 700 million pigs eat about 400g of lactose each in their lifetime.

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Sustainability of rural Ireland was at the heart of this year’s RDS Spring Awards

The economic and environmental sustainability of rural Ireland was at the heart of this year’s RDS Spring Awards.

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How Microsoft Airband would solve the urban-rural broadband gap

Last week’s Government decision to award the national broadband plan contract to Granahan McCourt wasn’t the only big recent announcement about improving ...

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Five schools take on calf rearing task

Students have been chosen from five schools to rear Irish Angus calves for 18 months in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.

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Move to help communities access grant funding

Information for community groups on how to submit effective applications for grant funding will be delivered at a series of events this month.

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€1m scheme to help new forest owners affected by 2018 drought

Tomorrow, May 10, is the deadline for submission of applications in the new reconstitution scheme for forest owners whose plantations were affected by the 2018 drought. ...

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Scheme that pays up to €40 per eligible suckler calf well under way

Up to last week, some 1,700 individuals had registered privately owned scales, and some 30,000 weights had been recorded, in the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot ...

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High-profile beef farmer's switch to dairy in 2014 has gone well

Michael Doran is quite a new entrant to dairy farming based at Johnstown, Duncormick, Co Wexford.

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Global success beckons for North Yorkshire fertiliser

The world is waiting for the first deliveries of a multi-nutrient fertiliser from 5,000 feet under the North Yorkshire moors, connected to export facilities at Teeside ...

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IFA came to rebel Cork ‘to start a farmer rebellion’

IFA warned the Government of a day of reckoning in the European Parliament and local elections on May 24, when the Association's members protested at Cork’s ...

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Robots ready as workers turn away from agri-food

Collecting eggs, packing tomatoes, weeding, checking animal welfare, harvesting fruits, and detecting pests in crops will all be performed by robots in the not-too-distant ...

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960 panels on Iverk Produce packhouses generate 208,000kw

Ireland’s largest photovoltaic solar energy installation at the time was installed at O’Shea Farms in Co Kilkenny in October, 2015.

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Solar pilot scheme results point to 20% lower dairy farm electricity bills

A Co Kilkenny dairy farmer is showing the way forward to low carbon agriculture, with his own solar farm, on course to reduce his annual dairy farm electricity bill ...

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Recognition for farmers managing their land and livestock in a way that benefits nature

May 12 is the deadline for nominations to find Ireland’s Farming For Nature ambassadors for 2019.

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Prospect of EU trade agreement with New Zealand worries dairy farmers

The threat of EU trade agreements harming Ireland’s main farming sectors has doubled, with negotiations with New Zealand moving forward rapidly.

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Offal worth up to €800m is exported annually by the meat industry, and farmers want a fair share of the returns

Offal worth up to €800m is exported annually by the meat industry, and farmers want a fair share of the returns.

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Irish Wildlife Trust wants changes after a week of wildfires devastated upland habitats

The Irish Wildlife Trust called this week for radical transformation of uplands management, after a week of wildfires which devastated habitats across Ireland.

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ASSAP bid to improve water quality under way

Meetings with farmers and communities are going on around the country as part of the Agricultural Sustainability Support and

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Macra says Ireland's ailing beef sector needs a pragramatic plan

This year Macra na Feirme celebrates 75 years of representing, supporting and developing young farmers to help them overcome the challenges they and their communities ...

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Irish healthfood company Chia Bia is among world's leading healthy seed suppliers

Chia Bia, a health food company based in Tramore, Co Waterford, has become an industry leader in the supply of seed products to the Irish, European, and international ...

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EU’s 3mt mushroom compost challenge

Monaghan Mushrooms is taking part in a major EU-funded project to make the industry more sustainable.

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Irish pig farmers hope to benefit as ASF leaves global customers scrambling to secure long-term protein supplies

African swine fever in China has become a major world food markets event, with the Chinese loss in pork production now estimated at nearly 30%, larger than the US ...

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Angry dairy farmers react to milk price cuts at co-ops

The Dairygold Co-op board has maintained the March milk price at the February level of 31.19 cent per litre (cpl), including VAT, and a 0.65cpl quality and sustainability ...

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New map can point the way in mobile blackspots

A national map of outdoor mobile phone coverage for 2G, 3G and 4G services for a range of providers has been published by ComReg, the Commission for Communications ...

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First equine piroplasmosis since 2009

Horse owners are on alert after equine piroplasmosis was found in a mare in Co Kilkenny.

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UK clears EU’s animal health requirements

The UK has met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country to export live animals and animal products to EU member states.

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Beef Plan quiz for candidates

Farmers are exiting suckler production and beef cattle finishing in unprecedented numbers, according to the Beef Plan Movement.

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€1bn plan to eliminate bovine TB by 2030

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has reiterated his commitment to eradication of bovine TB in Ireland by 2030.

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Property marked with your Eircode is less attractive to thieves and it is easier to recover

Eircode has teamed up with the not-for-profit company, Property Marking Ireland, and with local communities, to roll out nationwide property marking to combat theft, ...

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Enormous emissions can be avoided by using bio-based building materials

One of Europe’s tallest timber buildings, with 21 floors, will be completed in Amsterdam by 2020.

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Scheme offers dairy beef market guarantees

Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group have announced the “Twenty20 Beef Club”, with a pilot year target of 6,000 calves, offering Glanbia

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Hen harrier contract for every farmer who applied

The hen harrier project team has announced it can now offer a contract to every farmer who applied to join the programme.

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21% slump gives sheep farmers preview of Brexit future without NI lamb imports

Stephen Cadogan Sheep farmers are gaining from an early taste of a possible Brexit halt to the annual cross-border imports of nearly 500,000 sheep from the North.

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New marketplace for anaerobic digestion sector

Agrocycle Marketplace is a new website where farmers and food producers can sell their food-waste and agricultural waste to biogas energy producers and other users ...

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85% of dairy farms are viable economically

Using data compiled in the 2017 Teagasc National Farm Survey, a newly published sustainability report by Teagasc tracks the performance of Irish farms in terms of ...

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Alltech hosts interactive breeding seminars

Following the highly successful “Focus for 150” dry cow workshops last winter, the breeding seminars will take farmers through the final phase of the ...

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Clare Daly: Seasonal work issues are a ‘time bomb’

The lack of protection for seasonal migrant workers is a “time bomb”, says the Independent TD for Dublin Fingal, Clare Daly.

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Tariff on idiocy would make us rich indeed

Brace yourselves for a staggeringly pure truth which is stranger than fiction.

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Buffer feeding advice: The days of feeding for sake of it are gone

They say no two years are ever the same and that is certainly true with 2019 so far.

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Applications open for Innovation Arena at Ploughing Championships

Irish agri firms are invited to apply to showcase their products and innovations at the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, ...

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Turning wood into food to solve protein shortage

Converting wood into food has enabled an American agricultural-biotechnology company called Arbiom to share in €10.9 million of EU funding.

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Teams from 13 countries to take part in European Ploughing Championships in Wexford

Stephen Cadogan The 36th European Ploughing Championships will take place in Springpark, Ballinaboola, Co Wexford on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31.

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Solar and LED grants for all farming sectors

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has announced grant aid for solar panels and LED lighting on all farms.

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Only 50% donkeys for 2020 ANC

From 2020, only 50% of the stocking density requirement can be fulfilled using donkeys, in the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme.

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EU tests in humans and livestock confirm rising AMR

One of the worrying trends in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is that medicines to treat diseases transmissable between animals and humans, such as campylobacteriosis ...

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Commitment to increase trails in the Walks Scheme

Payments are made to about 1,900 landholders to maintain 39 recreational walking trails around the country, and the Department of Rural and Community Development ...

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How American farmers plant 30% more acres

The peak crop-planting season is under way in the United States, and farmers have found a technologically advanced way to plant 30% more acres per hour or per day.

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Rendering bottleneck is latest Brexit scare

The EU Commission has been warned of problems looming for rendering companies in the EU-27 which have been shipping Category I Meat and Bone Meal to the UK for incineration. ...

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Dairy markets boosted by GDT result

New Zealand’s third warmest summer ever is a growing factor in rising dairy markets which may help to ease Irish milk producers’ Brexit worries.

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