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Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to unlock funding for AD
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund thinks it has a central role to play in unlocking investment for the Irish anaerobic digestion sector.
Farm orgs need to come forward with climate plan – CCAC
Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) chair Marie Donnelly says farm organisations need to put forward their own measures to reduce emissions and stop just saying no to plans.
Sustainability credentials a ‘licence to supply’ dairy buyers
Buyers of Irish dairy want to see the metrics from programmes designed to reduce farm emissions.
Farm-level carbon emissions to be measured on new platform
Teagasc, along with the Department, ICBF and Bord Bia, has launched a new platform which will allow for whole-farm sustainability assessments and the counting of carbon emissions and removals.
Sheep price update: stickier trade as factories look to pull prices by 10c/kg
Factory agents have been propagating a more pessimistic prospect for the lamb trade in recent days, with almost all plants moving to try to reduce prices by 10c/kg.
Watch: Bud Startos ET hits €13,500 at Charolais Christmas Cracker
Shanon Kinahan reports from the Charolais Christmas Cracker sale in Elphin Mart, where Charolais bulls were in big demand.
Cow kill hits 20-year high as factories scramble for cattle
Last week’s cow kill was the highest weekly throughput of cows in over 20 years, with numbers boosted by culling in an expanding dairy herd and a continued decline in the suckler herd.
Camera at the Mart: record entries and prices at Kanturk
Kanturk Mart hosted its largest ever fat stock show and sale this week and trade was on fire.
IFA to participate in legal challenge against nitrates action plan
The High Court approved the IFA and four IFA members as notice parties to the court challenge brought by an Taisce.
Dairy management: preparing for a cold spell
Temperatures are set to fall later this week, as the first proper frost of the winter sets in. Aidan Brennan has some advice for farmers to help them prepare.
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Legacy of Transformula evident in second-lactation Ottawa cows
A top-performing Holstein herd is reaping the benefits of its calf rearing programme three years on with heifer replacements now in the milking herd.
Construction starts on €4.8m AgTech Innovation Centre at UCD Lyons Farm
Construction has started on the new €4.8 million AgTech Innovation Centre and Dairy Herd Health Education and Research Hub at UCD’s Lyons Farm in Kildare
Attorney General torpedoes veterinary medicines changes
The legal view has also scuppered the proposed introduction of a national database for fertiliser sales.
ICSA refuses to back new TB testing requirements
ICSA animal health and welfare chair Hugh Farrell has called on Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to clarify who will pay for additional TB testing requirements.
Beef Management: calf creep hygiene and finishing cattle costs
This week’s beef management notes look at the importance of hygiene in the calf creep area while we outline the need for finishing stock to be performing every day during the final feeding phase.
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Investing €750m in Irish Farmland
Cork-based renewable energy developer BayWa r.e is planning to convert over 3,000ac of farmland into solar farms and offering Irish farmers long-term financial confidence in uncertain times.
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Dial before you dig yourself into a hole
14,617km of pipelines transport natural gas to hospitals, schools, homes and businesses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This network of pipelines is hidden underground across the country.
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Tipperary contractor swears by McConnel Power Arm
Paul Farrell is a first-generation agricultural contractor, based near Clerihan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. He started his business in 2008 after many years of working for a local contractor.
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Dial before you dig a must for Kilkenny farmer
Natural gas is highly flammable so damaging a gas pipeline can cause major disruption, property damage, serious injury or even death.
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Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to unlock funding for AD
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund thinks it has a central role to play in unlocking investment for the Irish anaerobic digestion sector.
Farmers can borrow up to €500,000 unsecured in new loan scheme
Loans of between €25,000 and €3m will be made available to farmers in an SBCI loan scheme.
Everything points to a downsizing of the Irish beef industry
A suckler cow cull is just the latest initiative that will lead to fewer suckler cows and reduced beef production in Ireland.
Supermarkets should stock more organic and local produce - CCAC
Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) Marie Donnelly says farmers need to be rewarded more for sustainable production.
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Safety reminders as farm buildings come to the fore
With rapid housing of animals due to inclement weather, ESB Public Safety Manager Michael Murray is asking all farmers to remind themselves risk factors and implement safety checks.
CNH Industrial ceases sale of construction equipment in China
CNH Industrial has just announced that it will cease the sale of its construction equipment in China, effective from 31 December 2022.
Green diesel prices drop by up to 30c/l in three weeks
A reduced demand in China coupled with a strengthening of the euro against the dollar has seen green diesel prices drop by as much as 30c/l in three weeks, write Peter Thomas Keaveney Gary Abbott.
JCB brings competition to the compact telescopic loader market
JCB has added the 514-40 to its Loadall range, its smallest telescopic handler manufactured to date with a height of just 1.8m and width of 1.56m.
Watch: Bud Startos ET hits €13,500 at Charolais Christmas Cracker
Shanon Kinahan reports from the Charolais Christmas Cracker sale in Elphin Mart, where Charolais bulls were in big demand.
34.2ac in Galway for online auction
The land is at Maam East and will be offered in three lots, two suited for grazing, one suited for silage and grazing.
Neighbours team up to buy farm
Laois auctioneer held number of successful farmland auctions in recent weeks.
Former dairy farm for sale in Cavan
This c90ac residential farm is in a traditional dairy area, is in one block and has many good features.
Ramping up soiled water storage for 2023
Storage requirements for soiled water is set to double in the next two to three years.
TAMS to cover solar panel installation up to €90,000
The Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) will be available to farmers to support the installation of solar panels on sheds, farm buildings and the farm dwelling house.
Suckler exit scheme: what has been proposed?
Caitríona Morrissey takes a closer look at the details of the Food Vision beef and sheep report, published this week.
Coillte and Gresham House get Dáil airing
While a tie-up between the State forestry agency and the British investment house has not been officially confirmed by either party, there are plenty of straws in the wind regarding a mooted deal.
Forestry: spoilt for species choice
Close to 40 tree species are grant-aided in Ireland, but forest owners should narrow the list down considerably, advises Donal Magner.
NI round-up: record cattle kill, tier 2 letter and safety risks
Weekly round-up of news from across the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Fat lamb prices rise to 560p/kg
Demand for fat lambs remains solid and prices have increased to 560p/kg for the main run of animals sold direct for slaughter.
NI milk prices 5p/l behind ROI
Official milk prices show that farmers in NI have received significantly less for milk than counterparts in ROI over the last 12 months.
Complications with bird flu vaccine rollout
Vaccinating for bird flu could have implications for international trade as it is unclear how it would affect the UK’s official avian influenza disease status.
Life
Sprinkling magic through the post
The need to connect during COVID provided the catalyst for Laura Dempsey’s Pickled Pom Pom cards; designed with love, care and a sprinkle of magic on a family sheep farm, writes Maria Moynihan
Katherine's Country: women involved in dairying deserve to feel empowered
The inaugural Dairy Women Ireland conference was held last weekend. Katherine O’Leary attended and found that DWI is for absolutely every girl/woman working in dairying.
Five spots to see Santa this Christmas
The main man himself will be making an appearance in various locations around Ireland before delivering presents to the world. Naomi Hamilton-O’Donnell has a roundup of Santa experiences.
From agriculture to aristocracy, meet the "accidental duchess"
Farmer’s daughter turned accidental duchess, Emma Manners, has written a book detailing her extraordinary journey, writes Maria Moynihan.
Entertaining at home: the perfect time to host a holiday brunch
If you're planning to entertain over the festive season, why not host a brunch? Neven Maguire shares some of his favourite eggy recipes for wowing guests.