Q&A: EPA get 1,359 early water abstraction registrations

Most of the public and group water supply schemes, and a reasonable proportion of abstractions in many other sectors, have made submissions for the register of water ...

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800 in GLAS face expulsion and clawbacks

Eight-hundred GLAS 3 participants will be thrown out of the agri-environmental scheme and must pay back all GLAS payments made to date unless they submit their overdue ...

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Brexit labour crisis effect warning for dairy farms

Massive labour shortages in sectors such as agriculture may be exacerbated if and when the UK withdraws from the EU, warned Cork North Central Fianna Fail TD Billy ...

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Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme maximum payment will rise to €4,240 per farm in 2019

The maximum annual payment in the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme in 2019 for the farmers with the poorest land will increase to €4,240, pending EU permission ...

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Comment: Why a modern version of the US buffalo massacre is likely

Reducing livestock numbers is of course likely to be much easier politically than, for example, asking the French people to pay more for fuel, writes Stephen Cadogan. ...

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Claas puts tracks under harvesters to save soil

Claas has won an innovation gold medal for putting rubber crawler tracks under forage harvesters.

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Q&A: Agricultural water abstraction registrations well short of expectations

About two-thirds of those expected to register water abstractions did so before November 30, said the Environmental Protection Agency last week.

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Farm Money Advice: Better get your copy of ‘The Employers’ Guide to PAYE’

The most significant change to Ireland’s PAYE system in over 60 years is coming into effect in two weeks time, writes Kieran Coughlan.

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€8,000-10,000 per acre sought for Co Limerick farm

Conor Power Just on the market in the busy agricultural zone of North Co Limerick is a 36.5-acre non-residential holding near the village of Pallaskenry, between ...

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Quality 140-acre residential farm for sale in South Clare

A large residential farm in South Clare, close to the Limerick border, is a rarity that will surely turn a few heads.

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Why the 25% of milk on our shop shelves coming from Northern Ireland may increase (Brexit permitting)

The number of registered liquid milk dairy farmers in Ireland has dropped significantly in recent years, falling from 3,113 to just 1,901 in 15 years.

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As little as 10 kg of maize silage does the trick

I have visited a lot of my autumn calving customers over the last few weeks.

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Cork ladies use glass bottles to reduce plastic waste

Why not bring back the glass milk bottle?

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Why falling trees are a winter worry for landowners

It is essential for landowners to check their lands for dangerous or falling trees

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Boost for anaerobic digestion on farms

A major renewable gas project is to be located at Mitchelstown, Co Cork, because of the location’s huge potential for gas from Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants ...

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New Zealand on course for record milk production

With milk production in New Zealand on course for an all-time high, Tuesday’s first gain since last May in the GDT Price Index might be a mixed blessing for ...

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Farm income down 18%: Teagasc estimate

Farm income pessimism was overdone this year, with this week’s new estimates from Teagasc painting a better than expected picture.

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Denis Lehane: Jingle all the way to the rubbish bin

While I’m far from a bandwagon jumper, I’m all for the recent banning by a radio station of the Christmas ditty ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside.’ ...

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Robot helper improves safety for cattle drovers

Safety is taken seriously by multinational giant Cargill at their beef processing plants.

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€1.4m scheme to restore and protect Allow River

Sustainable agricultural practices which enhance wetland and freshwater ecosystem services will be rewarded in the five-year Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments ...

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Farm money advice: Does your car emit 24 times more carbon than your beef?

Pressure on governments to address climate change seems to be ramping up by the week.

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€16,000 at auction for Thurles farm

The last auction of the year for Cashel Marts took place last week at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. This concluded their weekly series of auctions.

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Life on farms is shared across the world with digital technology

We are now living in what some people call the digital age.

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Get your ducks in a row for a farm transfer

How does farm transfer affect pension entitlements? Put it on your checklist, writes Karen Walsh

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Comment: Gas Networks’ Graze Gas initiative will cut emissions

Well done to Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) for its plan to deliver renewable gas, much of it likely to come from farms, into the national gas network, via central grid ...

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Christmas presents for farmers in your life that won’t break your bank account

For 11 months of the year, there is a C-word that we dare not mention.

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National Johne’s Disease dairy control in January

Dairy co-ops have welcomed Johne’s Disease control extending to voluntary participation by all dairy farmers on January 1, 2019.

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Feeling effects of four-fold human expansion in 90 years

Does the EU’s Joint Research Centre science and knowledge service know something we don’t, when they predict livestock farming will decline by 2030 in ...

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Do we want sunset at 4pm or 5pm?

Sunset in December at 4pm or 5pm? That’s one of the choices facing us, as the government aims to find out if people want to abandon the current system of changing ...

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Kerry’s dairy role in ‘melt in your mouth’ chocolate

Maltesers, a favourite sweet for more than 80 years, and now available in the USA, includes a key ingredient exclusively supplied by the Kerry Foods Global taste ...

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Denis Lehane: Calves weaned but cats still guzzling

I must start by saying I’m not a cat lover. While hatred would be too strong a word, it’s really not far off the mark, writes Denis Lehane.

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Farm money advice: Climate change clues point to the shape of things to come

It’s clear from information sources ranging from the agri-taxation review to the CAP reform proposals that farmers are going to face significant external pressures ...

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€30,000 plus per acre sought for stud farm near Cashel

A 32-acre farm of very high quality near Cashel in South Tipperary is currently on the books with Clonmel-based auctioneer PF Quirke & Co.

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Most cows need a dry period of at least 42 days

To recoup some of the production costs of the year to date, there may be a temptation to continue milking cows as long as they keep producing milk.

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100-cow dairy farmer puts his faith in homeopathy

After mastitis storm, milk quality award winner went the unconventional route to better herd health and never looked back, writes Denis Lehane.

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Organic farming scheme reopens

After a long delay, the organic farming scheme (OFS) is now open for farmers to sign up, writes Oliver Moore.

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Many have decided to keep weanlings over the winter

This has been a difficult year in terms of farm management.

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How agroforestry will help farms qualify for CAP income support

Agroforestry will help farmers comply with environmental conditionality measures for receiving EU payments, writes Diarmuid Cohalan.

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Finance Bill ‘very costly’ for young farmers

Declan McEvoy, head of tax at the ifac professional services firm, has warned that the current draft of the Finance Bill contains some very costly provisions for ...

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Denis Lehane: Prince Charming horse whisperer

Next weekend my missus and myself will celebrate 18 years of marital bliss, writes Denis Lehane.

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Broadband winners across the EU, paralysis in Ireland

It’s the fourth year of the European Broadband Awards, and once again, Ireland doesn’t figure among the five annual winners.

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Experts warn of soil pesticide residues

Researchers have called for urgent EU action, after finding cocktails of pesticide residues in more than 80% of agricultural soils in 11 member states.

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98% of townlands to retain ANC payments

Townlands eligible up to now for areas of natural constraints (ANC) payments will remain eligible in the new scheme next year in about 98% of cases, said Agriculture ...

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125 acres on offer in two auctions in Tipperary Town

Donovan Auctioneers in Tipperary town will be extra busy next week, with the auction of two separate farms at their offices on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27 ...

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Check maps and boundaries if buying property

A person buying property should always be advised to instruct an engineer to check that the boundaries of the property on the ground match the maps.

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Co-ops maintain milk price despite market pressures

Milk prices paid by the major co-ops for October are unchanged, despite the Ornua Purchase Price Index (PPI) falling from 110.4 to 106.5.

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UFO off Irish coast 'was no alien invasion, only a flying farmer'

The UFO incident over the southwest coast of Ireland on Friday, I’m embarrassed to reveal, was most likely caused by myself, writes Denis Lehane.

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About half a million live with high radon levels

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

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No need for farm families to postpone nursing home decisions

Legislation to end the risk of farm or business assets being decimated by nursing home changes is official Government policy, and it will be backdated when it is ...

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Save fuel and John Deere will pay under new scheme

John Deere has announced the company’s Fuel Guarantee Programme will apply to field as well as road work.

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