Your future depends on the Succession Act 1965 if no will was made

Wills, specific bequests, lifetime transfers, all part of good succession planning

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Farming labour force has been in decline for decades — time to reverse this trend

It has been projected that more than 6,000 extra people will be needed on dairy farms by 2025 if the dairy sector is to achieve its growth target

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When body’s processing plant breaks down

I was in the factory recently, looking at the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver on the inspection table in front of me, thinking about the damaged livers us vets see ...

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€1m sought for 119-acre stud farm 7km from Fethard

Located approximately 7km south-east of the town of Fethard in South Tipperary, a 119-acre stud farm is sure to get some pulses racing.

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Water beds ideal innovation for overheated dairy cows

Dairy farmers who found their cows were wilting in the heat wave may be interested in a French idea to reduce the effects of heat stress on the herd.

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ABP’s China online beef breakthrough

ABP is the first European meat processor to offer premium beef products to China’s growing online marketplace, following an exclusive deal with Beijing Hopewise ...

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Peat, slats and mats for livestock bedding

It costs €1.19 to bed a 200kg suckler calf for a week, with straw priced at €25 for a 150kg bale.

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Co-op comes to aid of farmers devastated by bad weather

Many farmers have been carrying a heavy burden alone and didn’t call for help, even as thousands of their cattle died last april. That situation cannot be ...

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Cattle mortality soared in March and April

Cattle deaths on farms soared in April and March, increasing 22% and 30% compared to the 2017 levels, according to the latest information from the Department of ...

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Creed makes fodder crop plea

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has appealed to farmers with lower stocking density to consider growing fodder cash crops which could be used by farmers nationally ...

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Farm View: Farmers’ high mortality rate is being compounded by stress

Farmers in the 16-64 years old working age category have a cancer mortality that is three times higher than that of other workers in Ireland.

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New funding of €1bn to revive rural areas

Proposals have been invited for a government scheme to revive rural areas with funding of €1bn from 2019 to 2027.

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Farm money advice: Retirement options look better after pension changes

Historically, the pension options available to persons who reached retirement were fairly limited, says Kieran Coughlan.

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Drought is killing the primary feed source in threat to farm industry

Make the most of grass that looks dead, but is still of reasonable feeding quality, because it will be lost to decay once the rain returns.

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Agriculture minister’s plan for Irish M bovis study

The Department of Agriculture is planning to undertake a study to establish the prevalence of Mycoplasma bovis infection in the national cattle herd, revealed Agriculture ...

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92-acre holding for sale is a Dingle peninsula rarity

The Dingle Peninsula is a very sought-after part of the world.

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Buying grain locally off the combine is a better idea than ever this year

Conditions have been amazing for the start to the 2018 cereal harvest.

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ICMSA official questions dairy profitability as drought bites

Work load phenomenal for farmers whose wells have dried up, says Ger Quain

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Non-EEA labour pilot scheme brings new legal obligations for employers

The agri-food sector employs about 173,000 in Ireland and contributes almost 8% to gross national income, and has annual exports worth almost €13.5 billion.

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Music is the main crop as Townlands Carnival hits Colin Wolfes’ farm near Macroom

Co Cork suckler farmer Colin Wolfe hosts Townlands Carnival 2018 from Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22

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Fodder rocketing as silage wilts

As the scorching weather continues, our cows are getting 6kg of ration, an allocation of grass, and 10kg of silage per day.

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Court verdict illustrates need for clarity in relation to the ownership of land

Bank loses court appeal against farm adverse possession by ‘squatter’

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12-year-old plays his role on the family farm as a calf buyer

Breandán suggested he might buy the calves when his father decided to switch from suckers to calf rearing

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Boiling hot cows need to be cooled down very fast

I was watching one of the World Cup games on Sunday evening, when I was struck by the performance of the Danish full back, Jonas Knudsen.

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Getting man and beast safely through the drought

July is upon us and the drought conditions continue.

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Winter feed shortage inevitable

After the hot and dry weather of the last few weeks, most have reported that second cut silages are very low in volume. Some made the decision to cut now and hope ...

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94-acre Tipp farm to be offered in lots at auction

Located just 5km north-east of the village of Newport in Co Tipperary, and close to the Limerick border, a 94-acre residential holding is due to come under the hammer ...

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25% milk loss adds up to €80 per cow

Since mid-June, Glanbia milk suppliers experienced drought which will have a big impact on milk output and ability to build winter fodder supplies.

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Improved EU dairy market, says MMO

A 5% fall in the GDT Price Index in New Zealand on Tuesday compared starkly with improved dairy market sentiment reported at last week’s EU Milk Market Observatory ...

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Heatwave brings early harvesting

Many very late sown spring barley crops are suffering from drought stress, and are quite poor, said Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc.

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Farmers have to sell off stock they can’t feed profitably...

Unless farmers are helped through this crisis, consequences could be felt all along the food chain for a few years, in the form of reduced food production and export, ...

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Drought threatens major dairy setback

Drought threatens a major dairy industry setback, with the latest statistics confirming Irish milk production to June was 0.2% behind 2017, despite rising cow numbers, ...

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Way too soon for warnings of another fodder crisis

Met Eireann said early this week grass growth was practical non-existent, and the potato crop could only survive with the intervention of artificial watering.

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Bovine Light Mask wins down under

More masked dairy cows are likely to be seen down under, after Irish company Equilume was highly commended in the International Innovation Awards at the recent 50th ...

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Feed meal when grass becomes insufficient

One of the main tasks in summer is to maintain grass quality and get any paddocks that were under-grazed or damaged back into good grazing shape.

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BDGP star rating movements as expected

ICBF says BDGP is excellent success for beef farmers

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Tax changes on the way for buyers of passenger jeeps

It’s the last chance saloon for passenger jeeps.

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What a wonderful world to be seen at the Charleville Show

2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack racehorse to riding horse winner at Charleville Show

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Landmark sale of 91.6 acres for €2m at Cahir

A 91.6-acre non-residential farm in South Tipperary was sold at public auction last week,

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Will reseeding be possible in 2018?

A lot of ground is now very stressed, and grass is getting very wiry, and is heading out early.

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Farmers moving loans away from vulture funda

Vulture funds are not viewed in a positive light by the vast majority of the farming sector.

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Karen Walsh: Knotweed as a private nuisance

Japanese knotweed can pose a risk for farmers, due to its uncontrollable growth and the difficulty in removing it.

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Stable dairy markets predicted

Global dairy markets are entering a period of relative stability for the rest of 2018, according to Rabobank.

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Sheep EID even more urgent after FSAI audit findings

Minister Creed’s efforts to improve sheep identification are laudable insofar as they would, if successful, considerably improve the profile of Irish sheepmeat ...

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Ombudsman to the rescue for farmers

A farmer gained over €40,000 from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he complained to the Ombudsman about his REPS 4 payments.

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More evidence fodder crisis hit hard in South

The heavy impact of the spring fodder shortage on southern counties is clear from the 211 applications from Co Cork in the fodder transport support measure, out ...

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13 member states reject fund CAP cut

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed told the Council, “A reduced budget means reduced ambition. This is the wrong signal to send our young people, and it is ...

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Way cleared for two new stamp duty reliefs for farmers

The Stamp Duty relief for farm consolidation will commence on August 1, and the Stamp Duty relief for long-term leases will commence on July 1.

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Record €5.8m for 101-acre farm in Cork auction

Whatever happens for the remainder of the year, it will be very difficult to top the record price achieved at the public auction of a 101-acre residential farm at ...

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Dutch show the way to reduce usage of antibiotics

About six months ago, I went to a meeting about dry cow therapy in Corrin Mart.

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