Damaging pest will spread across China’s grain production within 12 months

China’s food industry has a new problem to contend with, on top of the African swine fever threatening one third of its pork production.

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Australia turns to imports to help offset crop losses

Australia will import 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of wheat from Canada later this year — the first time in 12 years the country will import wheat, but necessary because the worst drought in 116 years has left high-protein wheat in short supply.

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Man dies after being injured by animal on Longford farm

A man in his 60s has died after being injured by an animal on a farm in Longford.

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Kilkenny unveils new digital innovation hub

A new digital innovation hub in Kilkenny can drive the digital transformation of Europe’s agri-food sector.

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Kerry farm with quality grassland to attract plenty of attention

North Kerry land will always get plenty of attention from the market place — especially if it consists of good quality grassland.

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Local interest to test value of 61-acre farm in south Tipperary

Located 10km east of the town of Fethard in South Tipperary, a 61-acre non-residential farm is likely to attract some strong offers in the coming weeks and months.

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Farm on edge of west Cork's Roaringwater Bay for €600,000

A 33-acre residential holding with a large stretch of waterfront in West Cork is priced more with its aesthetic charms in mind rather than its considerable agricultural value.

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Q & A: Discussion groups offer a platform for real progress

There were about 80 Teagasc discussion groups around the country this month.

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Excitement builds for season of agriculture shows

The showing season which has started countrywide will continue for the next six months with close on 140 events being held north and south.

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Huge potential for agri-tourism in south-west counties

The agri-tourism potential of west Limerick and north Kerry is huge, according to Limerick Chamber, which has outlined the opportunities at a seminar in Newcastle West.

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Clarity on stamp duty is welcome, say young farmers

A key issue for Macra na Feirme since Budget 2018 has been received clarity around the state aid rules.

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Legal advice: You need a licence for safe disposal of knotweed or its contaminated soil

Control of invasive plants is governed by European and Irish legislation, writes Karen Walsh.

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Sell-off of imported livestock fodder

Dairygold Co-op has offered farmers who buy 25 tonnes of alfalfa a €1,000 voucher for ruminant compound feed.

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Irish milk not yet affected by lactose market setback

China’s 700 million pigs eat about 400g of lactose each in their lifetime.

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European Commission to give €50m aid package to Ireland's beef farmers

The Government is being urged to match a new €50m EU fund to support the country's beef sector.

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Man, 50s, dies in farming accident in Cork

A man in his early 50s has died in a farming accident in Co Cork.

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China to speed up inspection visits to Irish meat plants

Chinese authorities have agreed an accelerated process for the inspection and registration of more Irish beef plants, due to take place in August.

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Agri Science students gain insights on dairy careers

More than 130 fifth year Agricultural Science students attended a farm walk was held on the farm of Karol Kissane, Ballylongford, Co Kerry.

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Food and farming bodies defend role in climate action

Food and farming bodies have defended their role in climate action and warned it is simplistic to talk of slashing herd numbers or swapping pasture for tillage.

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Farm safety inspections halve despite dangers

The number of farm inspections has almost halved in four years, while just over half of all farms inspected last year received written advice on improvements and more than 100 prohibition notices were issued.

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Farmers seek clarity on EU compensation for beef farming collapse

Beef farmers need clarity on how much compensation they are to receive from Government and the EU to soften Brexit-related beef price cuts incurred since last autumn, said IFA livestock chair Angus Woods.

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World dairy and meat prices rise, reports FAO

World food prices rose 1.5% in April, with a jump in dairy and meat prices offsetting a fall in cereal prices, the Food and Agriculture Organisation reports.

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New Zealand eco bill under attack from environmental lobbies

Farming and environmental lobbies in New Zealand have criticised their government’s introduction of a bill that aims to make the nation mostly carbon neutral by 2050.

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Department clinics as Basic Payment Scheme deadline looms

Farmers have until next Wednesday, May 15, to complete their Basic Payment Scheme application online.

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Minister for Agriculture 'appalled' by treatment of exported calves in recent footage

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has criticised French handlers who were filmed allegedly abusing Irish cattle in Cherbourg.

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Thousands at Kildare open day

More than 2,000 people attended a family day out on the dairy farm of Larry and Karen Hannon in Ballitore, Co Kildare.

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ICSA puts spotlight on Monaghan TB issues

ICSA is hosting a farmers meeting to discuss the TB situation in Monaghan, taking place in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan, from 8pm on May 8.

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Dairy farmers angry at Glanbia’s low milk price

Anger is rapidly building up among Glanbia suppliers following cuts to its milk price in recent months, said IFA dairy chairman Tom Phelan.

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Global success beckons for North Yorkshire fertiliser

The world is waiting for the first deliveries of a multi-nutrient fertiliser from 5,000 feet under the North Yorkshire moors, connected to export facilities at Teeside by a 23-mile tunnel.

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80-acre farm 13km from Cork city centre goes for auction

Although the selling agents, Dick Barry & Sons, reveal nothing more than cautious optimism about a forthcoming auction of an 80-acre farm near Watergrasshill in East Cork, this is surely going to be a major event, when the holding at Coneybeg goes under the hammer at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, on May 29 at 3pm.

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IFA came to rebel Cork ‘to start a farmer rebellion’

IFA warned the Government of a day of reckoning in the European Parliament and local elections on May 24, when the Association's members protested at Cork’s City Hall last Wednesday, when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar chaired a Cabinet meeting.

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ICMSA warns co-ops not to cut April milk price

ICMSA dairy chairperson, Ger Quain, said that any move by dairy co-ops to cut their April milk price will cause widespread anger among farmers.

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Pig farmers urged to join efficiency programme

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has unveiled a €500,000 fund for the Lean Principles Programme for pig farmers.

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Walks focus on farmer wellbeing

Farm families are invited to attend a series of nine free forest walks in support of the Green Ribbon campaign to raise mental health awareness during May.

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Old ideas in a changing world: Farming bubble rejects change

We all, to one degree or another, live in a bubble where certain ideas are unchallengeable.

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Agri Aware to host free open farm events for general public

Agri Aware is hosting three simultaneous free open farm events in Cork, Dublin and Kildare on bank holiday Monday, May 6.

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Solar pilot scheme results point to 20% lower dairy farm electricity bills

A Co Kilkenny dairy farmer is showing the way forward to low carbon agriculture, with his own solar farm, on course to reduce his annual dairy farm electricity bill by 20%.

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960 panels on Iverk Produce packhouses generate 208,000kw

Ireland’s largest photovoltaic solar energy installation at the time was installed at O’Shea Farms in Co Kilkenny in October, 2015.

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Robots ready as workers turn away from agri-food

Collecting eggs, packing tomatoes, weeding, checking animal welfare, harvesting fruits, and detecting pests in crops will all be performed by robots in the not-too-distant future, says Erik Pekkeriet, Business Development Manager for the Agro Food Robotics programme in the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, one of the world’s top-ranked universities for agricultural research.

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Ryanair's Michael O'Leary has hosted a cattle sale with a difference

The Gigginstown House bull sale last Saturday scaled new heights, with a purchaser from West Cork, John Applebe, describing the sale as “another step up”.

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Farmers advised to seek help when pressures of the job beat them down

The textbook image of the strong farmer, battling all weathers and all tasks, is not the reality, said Mairead McGuinness, MEP, at last week’s Embrace FARM Resilient Farmer conference.

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Farmers surprised as Kent resigns from ICSA

Patrick Kent has stepped down from his role as ICSA president, having been named by Independents 4 Change South of Ireland MEP candidate Mick Wallace on his replacement list.

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Prospect of EU trade agreement with New Zealand worries dairy farmers

The threat of EU trade agreements harming Ireland’s main farming sectors has doubled, with negotiations with New Zealand moving forward rapidly.

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110-acre Co Kerry farm likely to exceed €1m at auction

The public auction on Tuesday, May 30 of a 110-acre farm located near Killarney should guarantee a sizeable turnout.

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Farmers who sell pet lambs may be in breach of regulations

Farmers who sell pet lambs to unregistered individuals may be in breach of regulations.

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Offal worth up to €800m is exported annually by the meat industry, and farmers want a fair share of the returns

Offal worth up to €800m is exported annually by the meat industry, and farmers want a fair share of the returns.

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Irish Wildlife Trust wants changes after a week of wildfires devastated upland habitats

The Irish Wildlife Trust called this week for radical transformation of uplands management, after a week of wildfires which devastated habitats across Ireland.

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IFA urges meat factories to match increases across EU markets

Irish meat factories are lagging behind the pigmeat prices being offered across Europe in recent weeks, said IFA pigs chairman Tom Hogan.

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April 30 deadline to get involved in latest local EIP scheme

EIP funding in the current Rural Development Programme is raising the profile of how farmers can help biodiversity around the country.

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ASSAP bid to improve water quality under way

Meetings with farmers and communities are going on around the country as part of the Agricultural Sustainability Support and

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Scheme pays farmers to work with nature and the freshwater pearl mussel

Glenbeg Lake in Co Cork’s Beara peninsula, has one of the country’s largest identified remaining Pearl Mussel populations.

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Cormac MacConnell: Elastic band-driven tractor bounces back

Steady yourselves now, for ye are about to encounter a world exclusive scoop in this earthy space.

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Irish pig farmers hope to benefit as ASF leaves global customers scrambling to secure long-term protein supplies

African swine fever in China has become a major world food markets event, with the Chinese loss in pork production now estimated at nearly 30%, larger than the US annual pork production, or equivalent to the EU’s annual pork supply.

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Angry dairy farmers react to milk price cuts at co-ops

The Dairygold Co-op board has maintained the March milk price at the February level of 31.19 cent per litre (cpl), including VAT, and a 0.65cpl quality and sustainability bonus.

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Macra: Processor bonus key to future of beef

A bonus to young farmers from processors and access to training can be crucial in creating a viable future for the beef sector, says Macra na Feirme president James Healy.

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China approves imports from 12th meat plant

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said a further Irish beef plant has been approved by the Chinese authorities and listed by GACC, the Chinese General Administration of Customs.

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Stay sober and check your tyres

Going through the village of Ballineen the other night, I was stopped by the guards.

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IFA warns that Ireland's imports of non-EU maize are undermining Origin Green credentials

IFA grain chairman, Mark Browne, said that Irish tillage farmers are furious about the continued failure of many animal feed merchants to use local barley.

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Newly rebranded dairy body prioritises drive to reduce antibiotic usage

Legislation due to prohibit the blanket use of antibiotics on dairy farms by 2022 is a priority issue for the newly rebranded Milk Quality Ireland.

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Macra President Thomas Duffy highlights farmers’ Brexit plight

The Brexit plight of intensive pig, poultry and mushroom farmers has been raised by Thomas Duffy from Virginia, Cavan, who was last week declared the 37th Macra na Feirme National President.

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