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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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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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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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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More than 50,000 at Cork’s prime country meets city event

Hosted by the Munster Agricultural Society, Cork Summer Show was bigger and better than ever

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Calves need sunshine vitamin

Teagasc researchers have found that it is not just humans in Ireland who may go short of vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin.

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Every farmer should consider creating an EPA

Dementia describes a range of conditions which cause damage to our brain. This damage affects memory, thinking, language and our ability to perform everyday tasks.

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Farm Focus With FBD ... Succession has a critical role for future of farming

For succession to succeed, the most important part of the process is about getting the conversation started between the different generations

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

The process of succession planning can be long and detailed for farmers.

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Farm Focus with FBD ... Listen to 'The Farm Succession' podcast

Noel Baker talks to Alan Jagoe, former Macra President and farmer, Karen Walsh, solicitor, and Austin Finn of the FBD-backed Land Mobility Service about this complex ...

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Farm Focus with FBD ... Four essential pieces of legal advice on farm succession

According to Karen Walsh of Walsh and Partners Solicitors, communication is key — and the earlier the better.

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Farm Focus with FBD ... Explaining the Land Mobility Scheme

The Land Mobility Service has become an option for some people, marrying the resource of farm land with the separate resource of manpower.

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Farm money advice: Priority SUSI grant renewal deadline

Today is the deadline for priority grant renewal applications in the SUSI third-level student grants support scheme, with a further four weeks available for first ...

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Teagasc/SEAI launch €400,000 dairy farm energy efficiency scheme

In collaboration with Teagasc, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has launched a new scheme for 2018 of support for installation of more efficient vacuum ...

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Grass growth slowed dramatically, particularly in the South and East

Not long ago, we were all wondering when the rain was going to stop.

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Rain welcome for farmers faced with threat of fire

This week’s rain was welcome for some farmers.

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Scan shows cows not seen bulling isn’t all bad news

At this time of the year, we get called to see cows that have not been seen bulling.

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Karen Walsh: It is up to the squatter to prove a claim

Adverse possession (Squatter’s Rights) is a common enough scenario, writes Karen Walsh.

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iTunes Top 100 singer a show-stopper at Clonakilty show.

Show organisers have eye and ear for the right musical talent to match the region’s prize farm animals, writes Denis Lehane

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Old farmers just can’t visualise a life off the land

Older farmers need a national voluntary organisation that specifically represents the senior generation of the farming community, according to researchers at NUI ...

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138-acre farm near Carrigaline likely to sell for about €2m

There is going to be a huge amount of interest in an exceptional and rare piece of agricultural land just launched on the market with Cork-based auctioneers Cohalan ...

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‘Prize bulls fit for slaughter, not for breeding’

Male fertility in the cattle herd has been ignored, warns Doreen Corridan of the Munster Cattle Breeding Group.

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Timber Tongue a disease of the past that hasn’t entirely disappeared

A pouch under the jaw could be caused by a few things, like a malfunctioning heart, liver fluke, or a disease we call “timber tongue”.

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FRS reports progress in attracting badly needed farm workers from overseas

Progress in attracting overseas farm workers has been reported by FRS (Farm Relief Services).

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Farm money advice: Are dairy farmers really milking it?

The main talking point in this year’s Teagasc National Farm Survey results is the stellar rise in dairy farm incomes for 2017, increasing 65% about 2016 levels. ...

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Cormac MacConnell: DKs are a powerful, hidden political party

I am a proud DONT KNOW, as far as the Irish pollsters are concerned, writes Cormac MacConnell.

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Irish winners say cheese at UK awards

Killeen Farmhouse, Co Galway, was the big Irish winner at the 2018 British Cheese Awards which took place at the Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset, England.

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Karen Walsh: Don’t forget the legal aspects of parent care

Having an up to date will one of the legalities that prevent difficulties down the line, writes Karen Walsh.

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CAP cut and reform could slash income

The CAP reform proposals announced on June 1 add an 8-10% farmer income cut to the 12% cut due to a proposed CAP budget cut, according to experts in the Farm Europe ...

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Unprecedented CAP reforms may prove too disruptive

Anyone who thinks their governments, and the EU, are slow to make decisions will recoil in horror from the European Commission’s proposals for CAP reform.

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Denis Lehane: Farmers need eight days a week

Do your weeks go by in a blur? Denis Lehane has the answer.

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James Healy: My plan to maximise the huge potential of Macra

A year into his tenure as Macra president, Eoin McCarthy talks to James Healy about his highlights and successes.

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Affordable Wild Atlantic Way gem on the market

There are many farms with stunning views on the Wild Atlantic Way, but this one includes a superb coastal stretch of the famous tourist route that runs right through ...

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Fears future of small-scale dairy sector is on the line

Milk from Oceania (New Zealand and Australia) will put our entire small-scale dairy farm sector on the line, according to Germany’s AbL small farmers’ ...

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New residential rent rules

If you are a landlord or tenant of a private residential property, it is important that you are aware of legislation governing the setting of rent and rent reviews. ...

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EU says farm satellite data can be used as compliance evidence

Inspectors arriving at the farm gates could be a thing of the past, following the European Commission’s adoption of new rules last week which for the first ...

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€12.5m boost for continuous cover forestry

€12.5 million has become available to support continuous cover forestry in Ireland, through an EU guaranteed loans and investments package.

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Survey: farming sole occupation for only 53%

The 2016 Farm Structure Survey results launched last week by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) provide a definitive picture of farming in Ireland.

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Fright night on the run in the hills

The thunder on Saturday night was shocking.

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€10,000 prize for automated mineral dosing system

Terra Liquid Minerals in Kildare, an agri-business set up by Tom and Padraig Hennessy in 2012, was named as the overall National Enterprise Award for 2018 winner ...

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Revenue calls halt to ‘€10 an hour and sort out tax later’

Sinn Féin has branded forthcoming PAYE tax system changes as unworkable for farmers.

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200-acre farm in North Cork could exceed €3,000,000

Summer is the time when many vendors put their best foot forward, particularly when selling large holdings.

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Some earn €100,000 but many are part timers or pensioners

Record dairy earnings due to increased milk supply and a high milk price, but dramatically lower incomes in other sectors, were highlighted by the 2017 National ...

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Live trade probe after complaints

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has revealed a thorough investigation is taking place into the circumstances of the journeys undertaken, after four animal welfare ...

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Court hears cases have "far-reaching implications for the peat harvesting industry"

In cases which have "far-reaching implications for the peat harvesting industry" two companies have asked for permission to appeal the rejection of their challenges ...

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