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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Monsoon shows why out-wintered stock always get best prices

We had a bad shower on Saturday. It started at about half past two in the afternoon, and didn’t finish until Monday at 7pm.

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115 acre farm for sale near Bantry Co Cork

There is sure to be a good deal of interest in a West Cork farm currently for sale with Clonakilty-based auctioneers Hodnett Forde Property Services.

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Farmers protest against Fair Deal scheme which can eat away their assets in nursing home fees

As assets go, agricultural land is unique, in that it has huge capital value but only a very limited earning capacity.

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Minister slams ‘violent crime’ of national park wildfire

The recent wildfire in Killarney National Park has been described as “a violent crime” by Josepha Madigan, the Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht minister. ...

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Cormac MacConnell: Elastic band-driven tractor bounces back

Steady yourselves now, for ye are about to encounter a world exclusive scoop in this earthy space.

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Heat detection helping hand for tail painters

Denis Lehane When it comes to identifying, developing and creating new devices to help us on the land, surely there is none better than the entrepreneurial farmer ...

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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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Macra: Processor bonus key to future of beef

A bonus to young farmers from processors and access to training can be crucial in creating a viable future for the beef sector, says Macra na Feirme president James ...

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China approves imports from 12th meat plant

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said a further Irish beef plant has been approved by the Chinese authorities and listed by GACC, the Chinese General Administration ...

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IFA seeks realistic plan to reduce carbon footprint

IFA has urged the State to prioritise Teagasc’s realistic measures to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint over the Citizens’ Assembly’s ...

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Stay sober and check your tyres

Going through the village of Ballineen the other night, I was stopped by the guards.

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IFA warns that Ireland's imports of non-EU maize are undermining Origin Green credentials

IFA grain chairman, Mark Browne, said that Irish tillage farmers are furious about the continued failure of many animal feed merchants to use local barley.

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Newly rebranded dairy body prioritises drive to reduce antibiotic usage

Legislation due to prohibit the blanket use of antibiotics on dairy farms by 2022 is a priority issue for the newly rebranded Milk Quality Ireland.

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Macra President Thomas Duffy highlights farmers’ Brexit plight

The Brexit plight of intensive pig, poultry and mushroom farmers has been raised by Thomas Duffy from Virginia, Cavan, who was last week declared the 37th Macra ...

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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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Price of a fencer is shock to the system

I’m after a terrible few weeks of it. I’m worn out from chasing cattle.

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From Aintree to the cattle marts, cream always rises to the top

I didn’t go to the Grand National on Saturday. I was working. But I heard it on the radio, which is the same thing really.

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Grass course attracts overseas experts

Agri professionals from across the world are attending a five-day grassland training course being hosted this week by Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Co ...

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Legal advice with Karen Walsh: Can my boyfriend take my farm?

I have been living with my boyfriend for two years in my family home, which belongs to me, and is on the family farm. What is the position if we were to break up?

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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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Dairygold pays its farmers €15m above market price in a record year for milk production

Dairygold's revenues are an all-time high of almost €1 billion. The company's directors talk to Joe Dermody

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How to make best use of zero-grazed grass

Richard Halleron Fresh grass is the cheapest feed source available to dairy cows, and increasing its inclusion in dairy cow diets presents farmers with opportunities ...

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Hogan: No-deal Brexit to hit perishables

Damage to perishable foods caught in port delays will be an early negative consequence of a no-deal Brexit, said Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and ...

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Farm manager with Multiple Sclerosis awarded €31k for unfair dismissal

A farmer unfairly dismissed a manager with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) after allegedly telling him that most people at his stage of MS would have "fallen off the edge ...

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Dairy Management course open for applications

Teagasc now accepts applications for the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management programme.

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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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In Fermanagh, they’d call it a clatty pracus

Often, in these crazy times on all fronts globally, I devoutly wish that I could deploy my most expressive language by far, to inform you fully of how I’m ...

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Wanted: Silage tractor drivers

It’s a busy time on farms as contractors get into full swing, with plenty of field work under way.

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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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Farmers applaud beef club stability

Farmers have welcomed the launch of Glanbia Ireland and Kepak’s new Twenty20 Beef Club, offering members a guaranteed market for their heifers and steers.

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Marts holding ground in spite of factory slippage

I hear Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is going under the knife this week. His heart is giving him trouble.

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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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ICOS welcomes EU vote in favour of CAP reform, but concerned at threat to Ireland’s dairy sector

ICOS has welcomed the European Parliament’s agriculture committee vote 29-7 in favour of proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2020.

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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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Time to reverse my greatest mistake

I don’t know what took me to that place, up the yard.

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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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Knotweed a potential point of contention for neighbours

UK case: Potential for landowner to take ‘Tort of Nuisance’ suit over invasive plant

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EU small farmers want priority in CAP funds

Sustainable small farmers should be put at the core of EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), states a paper released by a pan-European coalition of farmers.

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Dairygold launches two UCC bursaries

Dairygold has launched two annual bursaries for students undertaking the new BAgrSc at University College Cork when it starts in September.

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Young farmers urged to take lead in co-ops

Young farmers can ensure their own future profitability by playing a lead role in the co-operative movement, according to the president of Spain’s leading ...

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ICMSA president says existing Brexit losses must be first in line to be addressed

I met EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan last Thursday in Brussels to discuss the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit and the crippling effect the chaos is having ...

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