African swine fever detected in Belgian wild boars

African swine fever has jumped across Europe, having been confirmed in wild boars in Belgium.

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Farm Focus with FBD: Podcast - A look ahead to the 2018 Ploughing Championships

In the fourth Irish Examiner Farming Podcast, it’s all about the National Ploughing Championships.

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Farm Focus with FBD: Sponsoring an Irish institution since the 1980s

It’s an Irish institution and FBD Insurance are proud to be continuing their support of the Ploughing Championships.

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Farm Focus with FBD: Entering the arena of the new ag-tech boom

New technologies helped many farmers around the world to increase their output 12-fold from 1950 to 2000, and a new age of digital technology now heralds another ...

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Farm Focus with FBD: All you need to know ahead of the National Ploughing Championships

The National Ploughing Championships is a child-friendly event. Children under 12 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Farm Focus with FBD: It happened at the Ploughing... 20 years of tales from the trenches

From Rathcoole, Co Cork, in 1968, to Screggan, Co Offaly, Ray Ryan has seen it all and enjoyed it

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Creed’s ‘one more acre under the plough’ plea

Imports alone will not solve the fodder problem, warned Agriculture Minister Michael Creed last week.

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Global implications if Brazil were to ban glyphosate

Global rows over what technology farmers can use may come to a head, as the glyphosate spotlight falls in Brazil.

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Next low-cost farmer loans will be for capital investment

The next low-cost farmer loan scheme will be focused on long-term capital investment and finance, unlike the previous cash flow scheme.

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Why do the EBIs of my animals keep changing?

The latest proofs (Eurostar and EBI figures) have been updated by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), and are available to view for every animal, in your ...

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Bankers say no significant farmer debt changes after difficult weather

Bankers indicated last week that pig farmers may be the most stretched sector financially, and that cattle finishers are considering selling feed rather than buying ...

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Option to purchase imported straw is very welcome

Most beef and dairy farmers are only too aware of the difficulties associated with this year’s grass silage harvest.

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Clothes made from cow manure smelling of roses

Who would wear clothes made from cow manure?

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How many cows can one person milk?

The milking process should be recognised as the most important operation on the dairy farm.

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Site transfer: Beware of the longer term implications

The tax implications of transferring a site are in many circumstances not given enough attention, more particularly the longer term implications are often underestimated. ...

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Karen Walsh: Know your turbary rights before a day’s work in the bog

Karen Walsh Turbary rights were granted by landlords before the Land Commission took over

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Buy or sell your way out of a fodder shortage — don’t just hope for the best

As I travelled the country over the last week, it was noticeable that the colour has changed to a better shade of green in more and more areas, suggests Brian Reidy. ...

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Six Munster finalists for NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

Six Munster farmers and one each from Monaghan and Longford are in the final shake-up to win the 2018 NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.

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Beware: Tax return deadline approaching fast

The income tax return deadline is fast approaching, with less than eight weeks to the filing deadline of October 31, writes Kieran Coughlan.

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€307m Arla boost as EU drought impact revealed

The tough financial situation on EU farms due to drought has led the Arla dairy co-op’s board to propose paying out its entire 2018 net profit to its 11,200 ...

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How heifers’ warts can be turned into a vaccine

As a child, I remember getting a small wart on one of the fingers of my left hand, writes Paul Redmond.

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“We need to think outside the box, and look at hemp”: Farmer

An Irish hemp grower is being helped to grow the market in Ireland for this ancient crop by EIT Climate-KIC, the European knowledge and innovation community which ...

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70 acre south Tipperary holding will Attract Bidders at Public Auction

The unimaginatively-named but highly impressive “Vee” in South Tipperary is one of Munster’s finest beauty spots.

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Lack of profit more a threat to our pig farms than ASF virus

Disease-free Irish pigs could become very valuable, if African swine fever continues to spread globally, writes Stephen Cadogan.

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Can be complex to prove liability for product defects

People are entitled to expect that the things they buy are safe.

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Future fines for emissions will change prospects for every sector in the economy

Part two of our look at the implications for rural life and for farming of the likely measures to reduce greenhouse gases

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Another victim of the grass shortage due to drought

I got a call from Ed the other day. He was worried about a weanling that didn’t look too good. We got a vet out to him to have a look at this animal, and he ...

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Imported straw and maize will be mainstays on beef farms this winter

As the evenings begin to close in rapidly, the farmer’s mind invariably turns to winter.

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Experimental sugar beet grown in Co Cork

Stephen Cadogan The results of large-scale sugar beet experimental field trials conducted in Cork will help determine if the crop can be revived in Ireland.

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How Brexit will help our retailers, at the cost of our consumers

With the advent of online shopping, many of us have at one time or another bought goods directly from the UK, from spare parts, to ink, to clothes and shoes.

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Festival of Irish horse breeding winners

Limerick Show last Sunday featured the Festival of Irish Breeding presented by the Traditional Irish Horse Association, in which the famous Limerick Lady Championship ...

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Two thirds of an acre. That’s how much goes under solar panels globally every second

Most farms, industrial buildings and homes will get 25 to 30% of their energy from solar photovoltaic equipment in the future, said Paul Kenny of the Tipperary Energy ...

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Comment: Deal with EU could be the end for Brazil’s Cerrado

A land investment in Brazil’s Cerrado might be a good move for French and Irish farmers who fear they could be put out of business by a free trade deal between ...

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EU’s largest-ever seizure of fake pesticides

The largest-ever seizure of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe was achieved recently in Europol’s annual Silver Axe operation.

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Employers must take stock of the working hours they require

Dolly Parton’s song ‘Nine To Five’ was a big hit in the 1980s, and became something of an anthem for office workers in the US.

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The syringes broke, one by one, the first time I did C-section

There is always a first time for everything, and when it happens, it will stand out in your mind afterwards, for one reason or another.

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Extreme weather patterns heighten global warming awareness and discussion

It has been known for over 30 years that the world is getting warmer, mainly due to manmade greenhouse gases, writes Eamonn Pitts

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€320,000 price tag for 127-acre farm near The Top of Coom

Located in an elevated rural setting in West Cork just 3km west of the Gaeltacht village of Coolea, a large residential holding is attracting interest locally and ...

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The incentive to maximise productive use of land is all but gone

IFA’s pre-budget submission to the Department of Finance focuses on supporting farmers through “unprecedented challenges”.

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European-grown timber 8%-12% lighter since 1900

European-grown timber has become 8%-12% lighter since 1900, according to researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

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Busy six months for beef exports to the UK

The UK’s fresh and frozen beef imports in the first six months of 2018 were up 5% (or 6,200 tonnes), to 136,300 tonnes.

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Lower CAO points for agri-courses

The CAO points required for entry into most of the country’s agriculture courses fell again this year.

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Comment: 2023 at earliest before moves to ban glyphosate in EU

The EU doesn’t have America’s much more legalistic society, nor its class action legal mechanisms.

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Mairead McGuinness says fodder crisis is EU-wide

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has allocated €4.25 million to a new Fodder Import Support measure.

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Global milk growth drops under 1%

Dairygold Co-op has left the base price paid for milk supplied in July unchanged, at 32c per litre including a 0.5cpl quality bonus and VAT, based on standard constituents ...

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Computers versus farmers in Dutch cucumber growing competition

Five international teams are growing cucumbers at a distance, with the use of artificial intelligence, in the Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge which got under way ...

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