Farmers asked to respond to farm risks as public did to Covid-19 risks

Farmers asked to respond to farm risks as public did to Covid-19 risks

Faced with an overwhelming public health imperative, practices such as physical distancing, coughing etiquette, and hand sanitising, became the norm.

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French research investigates crop production without glyphosate weedkillers

French research investigates crop production without glyphosate weedkillers

No-till is considered among the most environmentally sound methods, improving biodiversity, soil fertility, and carbon sequestration, but would probably be abandoned without access to glyphosate.

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Brendan Dunford and Brigid Barry delighted with Farming for Nature win

Brendan Dunford and Brigid Barry delighted with Farming for Nature win

Farming for Nature is a small start-up initiative which aims to identify, promote and support farmers, and farming practices, that improve farmland biodiversity.

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Small but perfectly formed farms hit the market near Clonmel and Cashel

Small but perfectly formed farms hit the market near Clonmel and Cashel

Clonmel-based auctioneers PF Quirke & Co are currently selling two similar-sized quality roadside grass holdings in South Tipperary, each with its own characteristics to attract very different clients.

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Cattle play crucial role in well-being of planet, says expert

Cattle play crucial role in well-being of planet, says expert

Cattle play a crucial role in the well-being of the planet, the economy, and society, according to a top research scientist and expert in the area of sustainable agriculture who says the anti-meat campaign has not considered the "unintended consequences" of eliminating cattle farming.

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Lack of rain will hit harvest hard

Lack of rain will hit harvest hard

THE weather is the enduring conversation opener, especially among farmers, whose work in cultivating the land for food production largely depends on all its vagaries.

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Stephen Cadogan: Can agricultural pollution be solved by paying farmers to retire?

Stephen Cadogan: Can agricultural pollution be solved by paying farmers to retire?

If farmers feel unwanted, they might welcome opportunities to get out of the business.

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€13.35m back to Ireland as reserve fund money swap from EU to farmers continues for seventh year

€13.35m back to Ireland as reserve fund money swap from EU to farmers continues for seventh year

Since the establishment of the crisis reserve in 2014, it never been used, and the money set aside each year was returned to farmers.

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Flawed report carried by major media  damaged dairy industry

Flawed report carried by major media damaged dairy industry

Dairy also provides for the livelihoods of one billion people, including 133 million female dairy farmers.

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The EU agri-sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic

The EU agri-sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic

The European Commission granted derogations from competition rules, but the flower and plants sector delegation said these are not sufficient to deliver any tangible financial relief to the flower and live plants sector.

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Update: Bayer to pay up to €10 billion to settle bulk of Roundup weedkiller cancer lawsuits

Update: Bayer to pay up to €10 billion to settle bulk of Roundup weedkiller cancer lawsuits

The ruling, which permanently bars California from requiring a cancer warning on glyphosate-based products, is separate from wider litigation over whether Roundup causes a type of blood cancer.

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Penalties mount as BDGP hurdles get higher

Penalties mount as BDGP hurdles get higher

The penalties in 2017 totalled €920,367.

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After 215 years, a Virtual Cork Summer Show

After 215 years, a Virtual Cork Summer Show

Organised by the Munster Agricultural Society, the Cork Summer Show has been running in one form or another for over 200 years, but this will be their first-ever virtual show.

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Covid-19 and college grants: Applications to SUSI can be reassessed

Covid-19 and college grants: Applications to SUSI can be reassessed

For would-be college goers, it is important to consider whether the significant changes in financial circumstances foisted upon many families over the past few months have changed their eligibility for receiving a student grant for the coming academic year.

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Specialists needed to deal with the hairy brigade

Specialists needed to deal with the hairy brigade

As the banning of hair cuts comes to a sharp end, sheep shearers the land over are now in a position to deal with the problem.

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Employer must ensure employees are not subject to bullying or harassment

Employer must ensure employees are not subject to bullying or harassment

A study undertaken by Dr John Cullinan and Dr Margaret Hodgins at NUI Galway found that a total of 1.7 million days are lost due to workplace bullying every year, at a cost of €239m to the economy.

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Bog equipment auction includes more than 90 tractors

Bog equipment auction includes more than 90 tractors

More than 200 lots will be on offer in an online live auction on Wednesday, July 1.

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33 acres of 'typical Golden Vale' land for sale

33 acres of 'typical Golden Vale' land for sale

For sale with the Kilmallock office of GVM Auctioneers, a 33-acre non-residential holding is brand new to the market and sure to attract a good deal of attention both locally and from farther afield.

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Stephen Cadogan: Unmet credit needs of farmers in the EU between €19.8 and €46.6bn

Stephen Cadogan: Unmet credit needs of farmers in the EU between €19.8 and €46.6bn

Having bailed out many banks across the continent since 2008, the EU and taxpayers are more than entitled to demand a better deal for borrowers.

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After a drought, you will see which paddocks are worn out and need reseeding

After a drought, you will see which paddocks are worn out and need reseeding

After a mini-drought for many, the very welcome rain in the past week has given a big boost to grass growth rates, albeit that some ground is still stressed, and grass is getting very wiry and heading out early.

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Dairy commodities resilient despite global economy’s deepest recession since the 1930s

Dairy commodities resilient despite global economy’s deepest recession since the 1930s

Dairygold pleased farmers yesterday with a 0.5c milk price increase, “based on some cautious optimism”.

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Steady trade at unchanged prices in beef market this week

Steady trade at unchanged prices in beef market this week

A steady trade at unchanged prices is the general summary of the beef market at factories this week, with supply and demand reasonably balanced.

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Karen Walsh: Employment and equality legislation prohibits discrimination against an employee because they are pregnant

Karen Walsh: Employment and equality legislation prohibits discrimination against an employee because they are pregnant

There was a recent case before the WRC (Workplace Relations Commission), where a pastry chef in Co Kerry, who was dismissed when she became pregnant, was awarded €33,600 from her former employees.

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Lighten Up: Lehane confesses why he doesn't 'unfriend' a dictator's daughter on Facebook

Lighten Up: Lehane confesses why he doesn't 'unfriend' a dictator's daughter on Facebook

Facebook is no substitute for the pub. But in a time of great thirst, and desperate isolation, it’s all we have.

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Irish Examiner View: Who really benefits from beef subsidies?

Irish Examiner View: Who really benefits from beef subsidies?

Irish farming is an almost unique mix of the deepest, in-the-marrow emotions and questionable business.

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€50m to soften Covid-19 blow for beef finishers

€50m to soften Covid-19 blow for beef finishers

The scheme received cabinet approval this week.

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Emergency €50m support scheme for beef farmers

Emergency €50m support scheme for beef farmers

Farming lobby groups have welcomed confirmation by the Cabinet of an emergency €50m support scheme for beef farmers.

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'Cool' video and competition in students' farm safety initiative

'Cool' video and competition in students' farm safety initiative

Farm safety is a "cool" subject at Nenagh CBS, after five transition year students and their teacher put together a practical video to show the risks in farming.

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Normal life may be on hold, but farming life continues

Normal life may be on hold, but farming life continues

John Finucane is a dairy farmer from Askeaton, County Limerick who wanted to develop his farm.

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Microsoft, Accenture working with farmers in Woodland Environmental Fund

Microsoft, Accenture working with farmers in Woodland Environmental Fund

Microsoft and Accenture are availing of the Woodland Environmental Fund (WEF) to partner with the Government and private landowners in creating diverse woodland habitats.

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Farm for sale in North Cork with future residential development potential

Farm for sale in North Cork with future residential development potential

The village of Burnfort isimportant rural heartland, with a high concentration of competitive progressive farming interests, where dairying is the dominant sector.

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Outbuildings including old farmhouse in 21-acre West Cork sale

Outbuildings including old farmhouse in 21-acre West Cork sale

Situated in an almost deceptively central West Cork location between two of the main arteries that connect the farthest reaches of West Cork to Cork City, a strong-quality non-residential farm has just come on the market with Bantry-based selling agents Harrington Estates

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Covid-19 makes farm income forecasting more risky than ever

Covid-19 makes farm income forecasting more risky than ever

A suggested decline of 26% in farm incomes is dramatic.

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Late applications cost 224 farmers their basic payment in 2019

Late applications cost 224 farmers their basic payment in 2019

However, Co Dublin farmers were hardest hit, with 65 of the county’s 609 farmers incurring penalties (10.7% of farmers).

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Succession and partnership at work in a multi-generational farming company

Succession and partnership at work in a multi-generational farming company

ifac has helped many farm families to get succession right, including the Powers of Ballymullala in West Waterford. Their case study is described here.

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‘Huge opportunities’ in locally-produced bioenergy

‘Huge opportunities’ in locally-produced bioenergy

Sustainably-produced bioenergy will play a key role in Ireland’s transition from a fossil-fuel-based economy to a low carbon one.

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Driving home the safety message

Driving home the safety message

A combination of fine weather, silage harvesting and reckless behaviour by a minority of people using machinery for video pranks have added to farm risks, writes Ray Ryan

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Charles Bourns: EU poultry sector in turmoil

Charles Bourns: EU poultry sector in turmoil

The poultry sector, as the rest of the economy, is going through difficult times facing the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. This crisis was not caused by European agriculture, but it is ourresponsibility to maintain the investments already made and ensure our capacity to keep on following the EU standards of production.

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Scientists develop ‘clean’ technology to replicate curing meat

Scientists develop ‘clean’ technology to replicate curing meat

Scientists have developed a ‘clean’ way to produce popular products like sausages, ham, bacon, and salami, using cutting-edge plasma technology to replicate traditional curing methods in response to growing consumer concern about the potential carcinogenic risks of synthetic curing agents.

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Irish Shows Association launches virtual event

Irish Shows Association launches virtual event

“With most of our 2020 shows and our All-Ireland Championships cancelled for 2020, we want to offer something to our showing community to help keep the spirit of showing alive,” said a spokesperson.

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Legal advice for farmers: Is there legal protection for life partners?

Legal advice for farmers: Is there legal protection for life partners?

It is often said that behind every good man is a good woman.

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Man, 70s, dies following quad bike accident on west Cork farm

Man, 70s, dies following quad bike accident on west Cork farm

This is the fourth farming fatality in Cork this year.

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Waterford Distillery wants ‘terroir’ wine status for whiskey

Waterford Distillery wants ‘terroir’ wine status for whiskey

The famed French principle of ‘terroir’ — that a distinctive flavour is imparted to wine by the natural environment in which it is produced — is being adapted to the production of whiskey by an Irish distillery.

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Drones being used to fight wildfires over the summer

Drones being used to fight wildfires over the summer

Drones are being deployed by Coillte and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to combat the spread of forest and wildfires over the summer.

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Legal Advice with Karen Walsh: Land Registry maps identify properties, not boundaries

Legal Advice with Karen Walsh: Land Registry maps identify properties, not boundaries

There is a wise saying, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do a job, wait until you hire an amateur”.

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Lighten Up with Denis Lehane: Spam saviour for broke farmer

Lighten Up with Denis Lehane: Spam saviour for broke farmer

My success story began when I was going through the junk mail on my computer, for the junk mail was bloating up my computer the way hot gas blows up the belly of a bullock.

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Torsten Hemme: post-pandemic recession may yet hit dairy market hard

Torsten Hemme: post-pandemic recession may yet hit dairy market hard

Early warning indicators point to a delayed Covid-19 milk price crisis, warned the IFCN dairy research network last week.

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‘Flawed’ system gives Ireland a bigger footprint than Los Angeles

‘Flawed’ system gives Ireland a bigger footprint than Los Angeles

It’s because the current greenhouse gas assessment methodologies are flawed, said Dr Frank Mitloehner, at the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience.

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No beef to China due to atypical BSE

No beef to China due to atypical BSE

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the suspension is a technical issue resulting from a case of atypical BSE.

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Work on Farm Sustainability Programme postponed for at least two months

Work on Farm Sustainability Programme postponed for at least two months

A controversial Bord Bia sustainability programme for farmers will be delayed for for at least two months.

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Stephen Cadogan: Improved farming has saved a billion hectares of forest

Stephen Cadogan: Improved farming has saved a billion hectares of forest

There was an eloquent, if perhaps unintended, comment on the EU’s sustainability plans, at an important event in the US last week.

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Farmers get €500,000 for hen harrier breeding success

Farmers get €500,000 for hen harrier breeding success

Almost €500,000 is currently being paid to farmers by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine as a bonus in recognition of their contribution to the successful 2019 hen harrier breeding season.

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Ireland ‘losing golden opportunity to market heather honey’

Ireland ‘losing golden opportunity to market heather honey’

Ireland is losing out on a golden agri-business opportunity, according to an internationally renowned bee expert who believes local heather honey should be sold and marketed similar to New Zealand’s world-renowned Manuka honey.

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Fisheries sector is teetering on the brink

Fisheries sector is teetering on the brink

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage our planet and we assess the ongoing impact in terms of health, employment, lifestyle, and so much more, we do so without knowing what the world will look like six months from now.

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Biodiversity benefits from the Covid-19 crisis

Biodiversity benefits from the Covid-19 crisis

As we seek to build back better from the crisis, we must work together to preserve biodiversity so we can achieve our sustainable development goals, writes Ray Ryan.

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Co-ops say impact of Covid-19 on breweries and distilleries won't affect their malting barley contracts

Co-ops say impact of Covid-19 on breweries and distilleries won't affect their malting barley contracts

Liam O’Flaherty, head of Dairygold agri business, said: “The restrictions currently in place have led to the closure of bars and restaurants and this has adversely impacted the demand from the brewing and distilling industries.

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If you see mould on feed, you should definitely not give it to animals

If you see mould on feed, you should definitely not give it to animals

Veterinary advice from Paul Redmond of the Duntahane Veterinary clinic

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Ag-food exports rose 5.6% in March despite Covid-19

Ag-food exports rose 5.6% in March despite Covid-19

Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures released last week showed a 5.6% increase in agricultural produce exports.

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