Irish dairy sector a huge contributor to growth across the rural Irish economy

The Irish dairy sector is a huge contributor to growth in economic activity across the rural Irish economy, supporting over 60,000 jobs, according to food economist ...

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Almost a fifth of vets surveyed had to take time off work due to injury

Almost a fifth of vets surveyed had to take time off work due to injury

More than half of livestock vets working on farms get injured annually.

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What will groups like JBS get from EU trade deal?

The Mercosur trade agreement with the EU has helped to boost the market capitalisation of the world’s largest meat processing company to nearly €16 billion. ...

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€100m worth of dangerous items in fake foods and drinks seized across Europe

€100m worth of dangerous items in fake foods and drinks seized across Europe

More than €100 million worth of potentially dangerous food and drinks was seized in the latest enforcement drive by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime ...

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Minister opts not to allow August road hedge cutting

Minister opts not to allow August road hedge cutting

Hedge cutting during August has been ruled out for this year by Minister for Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

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Resurgent Greens flexing their muscle in European Parliament

Resurgent Greens flexing their muscle in European Parliament

The European Greens last week announced a plan to step up EU’s climate ambition, by raising the EU 2030 climate target to at least 60% greenhouse gas emissions ...

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Q&A: The more Europe exports, the more jobs it can create

Q&A: The more Europe exports, the more jobs it can create

Stephen Cadogan The EU has published texts of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement.

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Tech move to reduce huge resources needed currently to check on seven million farmers

Tech move to reduce huge resources needed currently to check on seven million farmers

In Denmark, the Department of Agriculture aims to completely eliminate by 2020 inspection visits to farms in order to check tillage operations are carried out, and ...

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Community playground approved as part of LEADER funds shake-up

A community playground in Rockchapel village, Co Cork, was one of the most recent projects approved for funding from the LEADER rural development scheme.

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Will Ireland have a vote on the Mercosur deal?

Will Ireland have a vote on the Mercosur deal?

It will be two years before the Government knows for sure if Ireland will have a vote on ratification of a final Mercosur agreement.

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Three out of four farmers using automatic drafting believe it was great investment

Three out of four dairy farmers currently using automatic drafting have said it was a great investment.

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Losing beef farms could bring unintended consequences

What will be done with the land of Ireland, if the specialist beef herds which are grazed on most of it are reduced?

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Mercosur products must comply with EU standard

The EU-Mercosur trade agreement will not change the requirement that any product arriving to Europe from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay must comply with ...

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Up to three years of Mercosur talks

Up to three years of Mercosur talks

Up to three more years of talks remain, before the EU-Mercosur trade deal can be finalised.

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How farms could get 40% more usable protein from grass

How farms could get 40% more usable protein from grass

In West Cork next week, farmers and others will see how versatile a raw material grass can be, during the Biorefinery Glas farm bioeconomy demonstration day at Bandon. ...

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Government aims for eventual ETS type regime for EU agriculture

Government aims for eventual ETS type regime for EU agriculture

The Government says it will work with other EU states and the European Commission on the creation of an alternative regulatory regime for agricultural emissions, ...

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365 Pearl Mussel Project contract offers to farmers

The Pearl Mussel Project has sent 365 contract offers to farmers in the eight project regions in Counties Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, and Mayo.

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Growing trend of farm businesses being no longer viable, unless subsidised by off-farm income

Growing trend of farm businesses being no longer viable, unless subsidised by off-farm income

A new survey of more than 2,000 farmers shows less than 300 with a clear succession plan in place, and about 860 of them not planning for succession because of their ...

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How Nitrates Derogation can be supported: Teagasc

How Nitrates Derogation can be supported: Teagasc

Teagasc has responded to the questions in the public consultation for the Interim Review of Ireland’s Nitrates Derogation Programme, with proposals for how ...

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Agtech features strongly in Enterprise Ireland’s 2019 Student Entrepreneur awards

Agtech features strongly in Enterprise Ireland’s 2019 Student Entrepreneur awards

A parasite test kit for cattle, and a better girth for horses, are winners in the 38th year of Enterprise Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur Awards.

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Climate action plan will bring changes on every farm: Creed

Climate action plan will bring changes on every farm: Creed

Increasing protected urea from 1% of the straight-N market today to 50% by 2030 is one of the details behind the all-of-government climate plan launched last Monday. ...

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Survey reveals farmers’ uncertainties

Survey reveals farmers’ uncertainties

More than two out of every five farmers say their business is not viable enough to encourage the next generation to take it on.

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Mercosur deal is Cecilia Malmstrom’s top priority

Mercosur deal is Cecilia Malmstrom’s top priority

EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom has confirmed that a free trade agreement with South America’s Mercosur group of countries is her top priority.

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Irish insect farmers in global Top 100 solutions

Irish insect farmers in global Top 100 solutions

An Irish insect farming company has made it onto the Mission Innovation 100 Global High Impact Solutions list of innovators selected for having a climate mitigation ...

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Students' Bobble Trough keeps water for livestock clean

New Zealand farmer Murray Tones was sick of going around his farm looking for water leaks, so he devised a water flow indicator, over six or seven years.

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Downturn in US farming reminiscent of the 1980s

Downturn in US farming reminiscent of the 1980s

Some say it’s the worst time for US farmers since the 1980s, when thousands went bankrupt.

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Phone app identifies weed and disease in crops

Phone app identifies weed and disease in crops

Crop growers and agronomists in the UK have access to a new scouting smartphone app for accurately identifying weed and disease threats in their fields.

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Search for drugs to slow spread of swine fever

Search for drugs to slow spread of swine fever

The Pirbright Institute is entering into partnership with a Belgian company to develop the first antiviral drugs against African swine fever (ASF).

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Traces of dioxin found in chilled Irish horse meat

Traces of dioxin found in chilled Irish horse meat

Horse meat from Ireland is back in the news, after dioxins were detected in chilled Irish horse meat distributed to other EU countries.

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Commercial, industrial, agricultural and other non- domestic heat users are being supported

Commercial, industrial, agricultural and other non- domestic heat users are being supported

Applications have opened for a scheme of up to 15 years of Government support to businesses and farms that install and use biomass and anaerobic digestion (AD)heating ...

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More beef clubs on the way, says CCPC

More beef clubs on the way, says CCPC

Other suppliers are thinking about initiatives similar to the Twenty20 Beef Club, said Fergal O’Leary of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ...

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Nine entrepreneurs accelerate to success

Nine entrepreneurs accelerate to success

One of several 2019 Pearse Lyons Accelerator participants from the UK is Higher Steaks, which claims to produce the finest meats by using state-of-the-art cell culture ...

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Findings from US research will give heart to cattle farmers worldwide

Findings from US research will give heart to cattle farmers worldwide

The fight against misinformation claiming livestock is the biggest cause of climate change was ratcheted up at last week’s Alltech One 19 conference in the ...

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Giant strides for nine agri-innovators

Giant strides for nine agri-innovators

Two Irish companies made giant strides towards success on the global market, at last week’s Pearse Lyons Accelerator showcase during ONE19, the 35th annual ...

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Damaging pest will spread across China’s grain production within 12 months

Damaging pest will spread across China’s grain production within 12 months

China’s food industry has a new problem to contend with, on top of the African swine fever threatening one third of its pork production.

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Australia turns to imports to help offset crop losses

Australia turns to imports to help offset crop losses

Australia will import 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of wheat from Canada later this year — the first time in 12 years the country will import wheat, but necessary ...

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Q & A: Discussion groups offer a platform for real progress

Q & A: Discussion groups offer a platform for real progress

There were about 80 Teagasc discussion groups around the country this month.

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Sell-off of imported livestock fodder

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

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

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

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

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

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

€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

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

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

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 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

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

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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