13 more pilot digital initiatives announced

Precision farming is one of the areas to benefit from the Digital Innovation Programme, which has announced funding of €6,000 towards design of a precision ...

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Auditors’ setback for Hogan CAP plan

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has picked a number of holes in the Common Agricultural Policy reform proposals advanced by Commissioner for Agriculture and ...

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EU milk price rise slows down

European milk prices increased for the fifth consecutive month in September, but the increase has begun to level off, according to the monitoring by the Dutch LTO ...

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1,100/month use COW service from Herdplus

More than 1,100 herdowners used ICBF’s COW (Cow’s Own Worth) service in September, the latest month for which statistics are available.

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Farms causing climate change doesn’t add up

Climate change has been in the news headlines much of late, and farming is taking a beating from many angles, with the finger being pointed at farmers for not doing ...

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€1.25m for 61 acres with quarrying

Located just 3km from Castleisland in North Kerry and listed jointly with Killarney-based auctioneer Tom Spillane and Mike O’Sullivan of Tralee-based agents ...

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The rural organisation that gets up to 120,000 online hits per post

As the world moves more and more towards online communication, Macra makes big digital strides ahead

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Biosecurity only way to stop ASF

There is no treatment or vaccine for African swine fever (ASF), the only way to keep the virus out of your herd is with strict biosecurity measures, especially external ...

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Legal tips for buying property from a receiver

Receivers are appointed by a bank, pursuant to a bank’s mortgage over a property.

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Asia trade boost for Irish food exports

An estimated €110m annual boost for the Irish dairy industry was welcomed this week in the form of the Memorandum of Understanding with Wyeth China signed by ...

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Comment: How the new presidente of Brazil can help EU farmers

The treaty talks between the EU and Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) were already at a standstill, with agricultural quotas among the main stumbling ...

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Science helps Ireland meet greenhouse gas goals

Informed science-based decisions on cattle breeding and fertiliser choices can help Irish agriculture meet its environmental targets, said Minister for Agriculture ...

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Q&A: Brexit loans to keep food exporters on right track

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, has said the Brexit loan scheme launched last March is working, and people are applying for the ...

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Public meetings begin for River Basin Management Plan for Ireland

Public meetings have started in priority areas for action in the River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Ireland 2018–2021.

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Farm View: North, South share interest in retaining agri-food relations

British and Irish authorities are both working towards their shared interest in limiting Brexit-related damage to the North-South trade of agricultural goods.

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Farm Money Advice: Revenue details on VAT relief for farm investments

Revenue have issued notification that their VAT58 procedure is now going online effective from January 1, 2019.

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East Cork holding seeks €8-€10,000/acre

The property is located in the townland of Ballycroneen — just 14km from the market town of Midleton and 7km from the famous village of Cloyne.

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Curlew task force is on a mission to restore threatened wader bird

Amy Lewis Drainage, farm intensification, upland burning, land abandonment, afforestation have decimated curlews

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Top tips when buying farmland for the first time

Auctions can be a very efficient way of purchasing property for farmland

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32,990 acres of farmland sold in Ireland in 2017

In 2017, a total of 32,990 acres of farmland sold in Ireland, for €161.1m, according to the Central Statistics Office.

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Better milk from our 96% grass fed Irish cows

Only 10% of global milk production originates from grazing-based systems.

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Comment: Unfortunate that UTP proposal and Brexit coincide

The enormity of the challenge taken on by EU agriculture and rural development commissioner Phil Hogan, to help farmers and others by ending unfair trading practices ...

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Medicine records scanner wins innovation award at National Dairy Show

Herdwatch was the big winners in the 2018 version of the National Dairy Innovation Awards, which were sponsored by Carbery Group.

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Limerick hurlers win the National Dairy Show supreme championship

Attendance estimated at over 4,500 at Millstreet showcase of Ireland’s pedigree dairy breeding and trade exhibition

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Budget small print revealed in Finance Bill

The Finance Bill was published last week.

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More Cashel Marts auction excitement ahead

Cashel Marts in South Tipperary presided over some of the best sales in Munster this year, including 75 acres at Thurlesbeg, Cashel, auctioned for nearly €21,000/acre, ...

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End of an era as the doors close at Dairygold Co-op’s Muskerry branch

In October 2017, Dairygold Co-Op announced a store investment plan for a modern retail business.

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Reference costs changed for 32 items in TAMS II

The rate for direct work carried out by farmers themselves will increase from €12.40 per hour to €13.50 per hour, an increase of €1.10, writes Stephen ...

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Farmers send 4,253 tyres for recycling

Farmers recycled the equivalent of half a million car tyres over the last month, through a €700,000 government-funded initiative.

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Slow uptake of €300m Brexit loans

Only €8.5m of a €300m Brexit loan scheme launched last March has been sanctioned.

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Impact of planning law on farmers

When people consider planning laws and planning permission, they normally associate it with building residential houses and commercial buildings.

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Rural crime progress claimed by gardaí

There has been a reduction of 9% in the value of objects stolen from farms in the past year, and animal theft has decreased by 3%, according to Pat Leahy, An Garda ...

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Comment: Beef farmers urged to join together and help themselves

In Spain, five regionally organised beef farmer-owned producer organisations, each with their individual brand, work with six processors/traders in the Provacuno ...

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92% of farming women say it’s a good way of life

A survey by Skibbereen and Bandon Credit Union of more than 200 women in agriculture in West Cork shows 61% saying financial pressure is the biggest stress factor ...

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Watch for stress warning signs on the farm

Every person has a different reaction to stress

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Badger removal to be cut to less than 1,000 a year

It is anticipated that badger removal will reduce from the current 6,000 badgers per year to less than 1,000 in four or five years’ time, said Agriculture ...

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Creed pledges to maximise BEEP €40 for the farmer

With calves born to beef breed dams in the year to July down from 727,571 in 2017 to 701,833 this year, the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) scheme in ...

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Many Airbnb hosts likely to pay up to 52% taxes on income arising from hosting

Revenue has been writing to about 12,000 Airbnb hosts over the past couple of weeks, reminding them of their obligation to file a tax return.

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Unsecured 8-10 year loans in 2019 at less than 5% for capital investment

The low-cost loan scheme in 2019 will bring previously unavailable 8-10 year unsecured investment finance to the market at competitive interest rates, said Agriculture ...

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Public auction to decide who will be king of Kedragh Castle

Public auction to decide who will be King of Kedrah Castle

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The changes we need to feed 10bn sustainably in 2050

Study coincides with UN climate report calling for rapid and far-reaching transitions

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