Quality farm seeking final offers

An exceptional 19-acre property in East Cork is due to take final offers on Thursday, August 30.

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Q&A: €2.75m tillage measure to alleviate fodder shortfall

The Department of Agriculture has issued full details of the incentive measure of up to €2.75 million for tillage farmers to produce additional feed this autumn. ...

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All farmers having to plant some trees not worst option

You can lead a farmer to water but you can’t make him drink.

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Knowing neighbours ‘binds communities’

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour initiative has been launched as a survey of members reveals rural crime and rural isolation remain the key issues facing ...

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Dairy farms must become sought-after places to work

A sustained multi-faceted campaign is needed to change the view of dairy farming from one of long hours, physically demanding work, and poor pay, to that of a modern, ...

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Carbon tax crunch on the horizon as budget is sure to go green

The forthcoming budget is likely to see a major shift towards so-called environmental taxes.

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Bord Bia sees opportunity rising in Qatar

Bord Bia sees widespread opportunity for Irish farmers stemming from the newly announced market access to Qatar for boneless beef, sheepmeat, and poultry.

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Wide regional range in average debt per cow

The average debt per cow ranges from €368 to €1,337 across the different dairy expansion categories, according to analysis of the Teagasc National Farm ...

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Rural life falls into the lower leagues

Dublin’s footballers will win Sam Maguire in Croke Park again for a fourth successive time in just a couple of weeks.

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Essential jobs for autumn on the farm

As the evenings begin to close in the mind invariably turns to winter.

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VIDEO: Crowds from around the country gather for Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show

Thousands of visitors have been pouring into Butterfield Estate today to attend the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show.

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Farm Focus With FBD: Five things you need to know about the Tullamore Show

It has attracted an average attendance of 60,000 in recent years to experience its array of 700 trade stands and more than 1,000 competitions, with a total prize ...

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Farm Focus With FBD: Podcast - Tullamore Show Special looks ahead to Ireland's biggest one-day agri event

In the latest Irish Examiner Farming Podcast with Noel Baker, we preview the country’s largest one-day agri event, Tullamore Show - speaking to organisers, ...

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Tullamore Show secretary: ‘My role here with the show has now become my career’

Freda Kinnarney is grounded in farming.

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60,000 expected at Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show

The show that returned in 1991 after a 52-year absence and moved house in 2009 goes from strength to strength, writes Denis Lehane

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Will the beef cattle supply fall from November onwards?

There has been significant downward price pressure at the beef factories lately, and all indications point to a difficult few months ahead.

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European milk prices ‘turn the corner’

European milk prices have turned the corner, with the first monthly increase since last November seen for June milk, in the monitoring by the Dutch LTO farmer organisation ...

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Why EU and Irish pig farmers need help urgently

It’s a long hard summer for pig farmers.

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Dropwort is deadly if hungry cattle eat its roots

I got a phone call from Donal recently. He had a cow that he found dead out in the field. I went out to look at her and her surroundings.

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Peat, slats and mats best alternatives to straw for bedding

It costs €1.19 to bed a 200kg suckler calf for a week, using straw priced at €25 for a 150kg bale. Woodchip costs €1.07, and peat is a fairly trouble-free ...

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75 South Tipp acres expected to sell for €11,000 per acre

Cashel Livestock and Property Sales have seen some very strong auction sales over the last two years.

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IFA rejects minister’s changes in proposed system of mandatory electronic identification of sheep

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has increased financial support to assist farms in the change to mandatory electronic identification of sheep, and has extended ...

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Grass growth rates nearly doubled in past week

Teagasc advisers say grass growth rates have increased over the last week, with very high growth rates of 80-100kg of dry matter per hectare per day on some heavy ...

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€2.75m fodder incentive for tillage farmers

An extra 23,000 hectares of catch crops is the aim of the €100-155 per hectare incentive for tillage farmers announced last week by the government.

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Never forget that your workplace is the most dangerous

It is important that awareness about safety is increased amongst farmers, through initiatives such as the recent Farm Safety Week.

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New award for farmers doing extra for nature

Who are the farmers who manage their land and livestock in a way that benefits nature?

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SuperValu aids vegetable growers hit by costly heat wave

Farmers and the government have praised SuperValu for putting financial supports in place for growers of their vegetables, to offset their increased heat wave costs. ...

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Straw is the new gold. Hay cannot replace it in dry cow diets

It has been a really difficult year for all Irish dairy producers.

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175 arable acres for sale near Mullinahone in Co Tipperary

South Tipperary has seen some of the strongest sales in the country already this year, as well as late last year.

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Fairer Deal for farm families in nursing homes

After years of lobbying from farming bodies, who claimed that the existing Fair Deal system was far from fair for farming families, and was a major obstacle to young ...

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Many dairy farmers say this summer is better than rainy 2012

Agricultural consultant and land agent Michael Brady puts drought in perspective for dairy farmers, writes Eoin McCarthy.

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Q&A: 700 free heart checks for Glanbia Ireland farmers

Glanbia Ireland has officially launched free heart health checks for farmers in the Glanbia catchment area.

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Forage warning: Mineral uptake in ensiled grass may be very poor

I am sure, like me, you are all more than a little frustrated with the weather we have been having this summer.

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Things can only get better. But what about Brexit?

The farming business is punch-drunk even before the Brexit bout begins.

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Ireland’s top 10 in 2018 Great Taste

Food from the Cork-Limerick borderlands is in line for one of the most world’s most prestigious awards.

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Can’t have too many boot wash points on the farm

It was one of those really nice sunny days recently, that I went out to Tommy, to do the second year of his Knowledge Transfer Farm Improvement Plan.

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Growth slumps to 21kg of grass in Munster

Teagasc warned farmers this week that handling the mental pressure is one of their hardest tasks in the unprecedented drought of 2018.

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Urgent action needed ahead of EU-wide fodder shortage

Urgent action is needed to help dairy and beef farmers, not least because the drought afflicting them has also hit much of northern Europe, and several countries ...

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Third lowest grain production since 1985

Teagasc estimated early this week that 5-10% of winter wheat has been whole cropped, in farm-to-farm trading between tillage farmers and livestock farmers trying ...

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Ornua to vigorously defend against Kerrygold claims in US

Ornua says its products are marketed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, and they will vigorously defend claims which propose otherwise, in response ...

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Energy from farm waste tipped for grant aid

Using farm and food waste as a source of renewable energy was one of the opportunities suggested by Communications, Climate Action and Environment Minister Denis ...

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5,000t of extra Irish beef go to the UK in 2018

The latest UK beef import statistics indicate a growing share for Ireland of an increasing trade.

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€12,000 per acre price tag for 124 acres at Castlelyons

Over the last few years, prices for holdings of all sizes in East Cork have been very strong.

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Westerwolds on neighbour's tillage field is fodder option

The last few weeks have been a disaster for grass growth, especially in the south and east.

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Dairy start-up courses will start in the autumn

The decision to convert your farm to milk production is a big one.

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Strep uberis plays both sides of the field

A client of mine called Ciaran was on the phone recently.

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Property map errors more common than you might think

If a property map error cannot be rectified by consent with your neighbour, you may need to bring court proceedings, which would be considerably more expensive, ...

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Simmental best in the county at Carbery after break of 26 years

Best of the breeds after gap of more than quarter of a century in Carbery’s Cork Beef Bull Championship

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