Teagasc unveils annual student award winners

Conor Coakley, a level six dairy programme student at Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College, has won the Teagasc/FBD Insurance Student of the Year award.

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Carbery profits climb as strong dairy market drives growth

Carbery Group has reported pre-tax profits of €31m for 2017, up from €27.1m in 2016, with group turonover up 22.7% to €417.3m from €340m in the ...

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Farm Money Advice - PWC predicts a hard Brexit: How hard?

Kieran Coughlan offers the latest advice on farming and your money.

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Rain leaves thousands more farms short of feed

Up to 2.6in of rain in Munster over the past nine days plunged thousands of extra farmers deeper into fodder crisis.Despite drier conditions now, grazing was made ...

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Consequences of fodder crisis might not be all bad

Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that they can make it through to the summer, writes Stephen Cadogan.

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Dairygold to boost inter-farm trading with maize pilot programme

Dairygold Co-op, assisted by Teagasc, will run a maize pilot programme this year, based on new initiatives to develop inter-farm trading of forages.

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LIGHTEN UP! No fear of gold diggers on farms

If there is one thing lacking in rural Ireland, it’s matrimony, writes Denis Lehane.

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West Cork co-ops to make dairy support payments

West Cork co-ops joined other processors this week by introducing a 2c per litre support, to offset a 2c March milk price cut.

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Aerostats emerge in US for rural broadband delivery

Boston-based startup Altaeros is teaming with Ericsson to deliver high-speed wireless communication to traditionally hard-to-reach regions in the American countryside. ...

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‘Exceptional’ Cork City farm set to exceed €20,000/acre

On June 14 next at 3pm, there is sure to be a large and expectant crowd at Cork’s Rochestown Park Hotel for the auction of a truly exceptional farm holding.

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Red bull will give wings to Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown pedigree Angus sale next week

Grand National-winning owner Michael O’Leary turns his attention on April 28 to selling 50 of his pedigree Angus cattle, writes Denis Lehane.

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Ryanair boss has eye to the sky and an ear to the ground down on the farm

On most Tuesdays, I can be found hanging off a mart gate someplace, chewing the cud and talking livestock with cattle farmers.

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The Occupier’s Liability Act - The responsibilities one has when someone suffers injury on their land

The Occupier’s Liability Act 1995 outlines the responsibilities an occupier has in respect of other people, who suffer injury on his land, writes Karen Walsh. ...

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Agribusiness sector rallies to help combat fodder crisis

By Stephen Cadogan Co-ops and agribusinesses and Teagasc have put their shoulders to the wheel to help farmers since Dairygold Co-op’s move last week to import ...

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Kerry Foods and Kepak feature in UK’s top grocery brands

By Stephen Cadogan Kepak Group is celebrating the confirmation of its microwaveable burger brand, Rustlers, as one of the UK’s top-performing grocery brands.

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Online pay to boost farm-to-farm trade

By Stephen Cadogan The fodder shortage could have been eased by smoother farm-to-farm trading of feed.

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40-acre residential farm outside Killarney now under offer

By Conor Power In Kerry, good agricultural land will tend to stimulate the ever-present factor of the “Kerry Co-op Shares”, where land gets a premium ...

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Jackets for calves pass the 2017-18 winter test

By Paul RedmondOne night recently, I came in after a long day’s work, not feeling too well.

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If you suspect a ‘gold digger’, consider a pre-nuptial or cohabitants agreement

Having an elderly parent gives rise to many different worries for children, writes Karen Walsh.

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Tillage farms also hit by bad weather

By Stephen CadoganTillage farmers hit by the bad weather welcomed yesterday’s EU Commission decision to grant them a 2018 derogation on the crop diversification ...

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Can’t depend on good luck (or weather) for winter feed===

An investigation of why feed ran out in 2013 and again in 2017 is needed, writes Stephen Cadogan.

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English hay: A slice of upper crust in my round feeder

By Denis Lehane I purchased a bale of that English hay, and I was deeply disappointed with it.

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Farm Focus with FBD ... The Farm Safety Podcast

In the first of the Irish Examiner 'Farm Focus' podcasts in association with FBD, Noel Baker speaks with farm safety campaigner Peter Gohery about the day that changed ...

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Farm Focus with FBD ... 'A farm is no good without a farmer. It's as simple as that.'

The year 2003 was supposed to be the dawn of a bright new future in farming for Mitchelstown based dairy farmer Maurice Walsh, writes Denis Lehane.

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Farm Focus with FBD ... Injured farmer confident his ideas can help others survive farm ‘danger zone’

Today’s farmers all played in the yard as youngsters. Now they know how dangerous a place it can be, writes Denis Lehane.

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Farm Focus with FBD ... Watch the stories of two farmers impacted by accidents on the farm

As part of our series on farm safety we met up with two farmers impacted by accidents on the farm. They are thought provoking stories which every farmer should watch. ...

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Farm Focus with FBD ... Five things you need to know about farm safety

Stephen Barry brings you five things you need to know about farm safety.

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Farm Focus with FBD ... The definitive list of Do's and Don'ts on Farm Safety

Staying safe on the farm is something you should think about every day. Here's the do's and don'ts of farm safety that should be uppermost in your mind at all times. ...

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Fodder bailout is a welfare issue after latest rain deluge

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed yesterday asked his officials to develop a fodder import scheme, and said a collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed ...

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Milk processors across the EU announce further price cuts

Leading EU milk processors have announced further milk price reductions.

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Brexit for farmers Q&A: Crucial issues undecided at Brexit halfway stage

The IFA has set out its Brexit objectives — no border on the island of Ireland, no border in the Irish Sea, and no scope for the UK to pursue a cheap food ...

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Commercial vehicle VRT hike delayed for four months

Vehicle registration tax was due to change on a variety of commercial vehicles from this week, in draft plans initiated via the 2017 Finance Bill.

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66.5-acre farm with potential near Macroom in West Cork has €480,000 price tag

With the River Laney along its southern flank, a 66.5-acre non-residential holding near Macroom in West Cork presents an interesting opportunity to extend their ...

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Grass covers very disappointing

If this winter/spring ever ends, stock might get out to the fields, and when this occurs, careful management is required for a smooth transition to grass.

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Feed reserves will take a few years to rebuild

Has there ever been a more challenging winter and spring for livestock farmers?

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More organic farms means less pressure on the environment

Organic farming delivers the public goods all farmers are urged to supply, in CAP reform after CAP reform

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Farming, social media, GDPR: Are you ready for it all?

Karen Walsh Embrace social media but be aware of your responsibilities and legal obligations, says

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Dairygold imports over 2,500t of fodder

Dairygold Co-op has organised imports of over 2,500 tonnes of haylage and hay from the UK, with the first loads due in Ireland today.

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‘Bring in loads of haylage for over €1,200’

Imported haylage from the UK or France, costing over €1,200 per lorry-load, has been suggested as emergency feed for farms worst hit by the late spring.

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Traumatic winter leaves dairy farmers in need of a boost

Just how tough the milk business can be has been described by Glanbia Ireland CEO Jim Bergin.

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Survey: Irish farms fourth, fifth dearest

Ireland had the fourth highest farmland rental rates, and the fifth highest purchase prices, in a survey of 22 EU member states.

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At least €120m affordable loans for food businesses

At least 40% of the €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme opened by the Government this week will be available to food businesses.

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Strong sale expected for 21.5 acres of organic,flat limestone land

Just how much of a premium organic land can achieve in the current marketplace is a question that may be answered, partially at least, by observing how well a holding ...

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Looks like 2012-2013 winter all over again

Easterly winds last week brought a welcome drying of the land, but were followed by deluges that undid the benefits of drying winds.

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EU states go on awar footing against African Swine Fever

Denmark moves to build a 70-kilometre fence to protect its annual exports of pigmeat worth €1.5 billion

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Devoured daily by metropolitan sprawl

Another world exclusive truth here today, in relation to our DNA, which is all the buzz just now after researchers recently announced the first Irishmen were black ...

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New N rules include soil sampling, poaching, run-off

The fourth review of the Nitrates Actions Plan (NAP) recently came into law, on January 1, 2018.

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