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Claas fits Scorpion with new twin motor drive
Peter Thomas Keaveney
Claas has fitted the new Varipower 2 transmission to its Scorpion range of telehandlers, along with other updates such as a longer service life and new camera options.
 
 
Feed prices rise €10/t for December
Feed merchants have increased ration costs for a second time this winter with many putting up prices by €10/t from 1 December.
Minister doubles funding for Land Mobility Service
Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has announced an extra €50,000 in funding for Land Mobility Service.
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Stay safe with electricity this winter
ESB public safety manager Michael Murray is asking all farmers to take some time to read these timely electrical safety tips so that you can be prepared for the winter.
Achieving £5,000 extra output in a 200-ewe flock
At last week’s webinar CAFRE sheep and beef specialist Brian Hanthorn outlined how producing 0.2 lambs extra per ewe has the potential to greatly enhance a farm’s bottom line.
Webinar: Grain market outlook
Stephen Robb and Andy Doyle are joined by industry specialists to discuss the prospects for grain markets over the coming season.
Watch back: winter cattle series – nutrition webinar
Winter cattle nutrition is the theme of this first instalment of the winter cattle series, brought to you by the Irish farmers Journal in association with AXA Insurance.
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41 homebred heifers average over €3,700
There was huge demand for top-quality suckler stock at the timed auction held by Thurles Mart.
Camera at the Mart: success for first rare and minority breed sale
The top-selling sheep were the black-fleeced badger-face Texel and Spotted Dutch, with prices for these sheep ranging from €1,300 to in excess of €3,000.
SheepWatch: greater competition as demand lifts and numbers fall
The mart trade had held relatively strong in spite of recent factory price cuts and has regained any ground lost in the last week to 10 days, with prices up €2 to €4 in cases.
MartBids Database: more bite ringside as numbers get tight
It has been a positive week for prices in marts, with lower numbers forward for sale seeing buyers work a little harder to secure cattle.
Strong prospects for milk price in 2022 – IFA
International dairy markets continue to perform strongly and should be reflected in increasing milk prices now and into 2022, says the IFA.
17 December D-day date for Glanbia
The Glanbia SGM to consider the purchase of the plc’s 40% shareholding will be held online on 17 December.
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The new Claas Trion - fits your farm
The Claas Trion is a completely new range of combines with a multitude of new features. Make choices, not compromises.
Beef Management: autumn bulls, first-calver nutrition and winter webinar
Adam Woods takes a look at keeping under-16-month bulls on target, monitoring first-calver condition and the upcoming winter webinar on animal health.
Winter nutrition webinar – your questions answered
The Irish Farmers Journal beef team answers viewers’ queries from Thursday night’s nutrition webinar.
Five tips for treating cattle for fluke and lice
Healthy cattle are thriving cattle and when it comes to treating for fluke and lice over winter, outlined are five tips.
Poor wages and long working hours among issues facing vets - survey
A survey has shown that working conditions for vets need to be improved for long-term and rural sustainability.
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Moocall: top tips for a stress-free calving season
Here are Moocall's essentials that you will need to have ready for when calving season starts and some other tips that can make life a bit less stressful during a busy calving season.
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Dairy farmer: ‘I looked at other spreaders and this one was the best’
With skyrocketing fertiliser prices and a growing emphasis being put on the environment, having an accurate, high tech spreader is becoming a must have for many farms.
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Reduced SCC and mastitis cases: how this Cork farmer gets cubicle hygiene right
Clean, dry cubicle beds are essential in the fight against mastitis and, according to Eoin O’Carroll from Bennettsbridge Limestone, now is the ideal time to keep the enemy at bay.
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Paving the way for dairy sustainability at Vistamilk SFI Research Centre
With Science Week kicking off, we spoke with Vistamilk post-doctoral researcher Jonathan Herron about the advances being made in the area of farm sustainability and technology.
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Dairy Trends: Ornua index points to higher returns
The Ornua market index continues to rise as commodity dairy markets continue to increase.
Glanbia outlines voting and resolution moves
This week Glanbia announced it will be holding the special general meeting online and voting will be online.
Brazil pivots towards Russia
Brazil waiting for resumption of beef exports to China but also developing the US and Russia.
Ornua November PPI moves up again
The Ornua dairy price index has moved up again for November as dairy co-op boards will meet over next two weeks to set November milk price.
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Stay safe with electricity this winter
ESB public safety manager Michael Murray is asking all farmers to take some time to read these timely electrical safety tips so that you can be prepared for the winter.
Claas fits Scorpion with new twin motor drive
Claas has fitted the new Varipower 2 transmission to its Scorpion range of telehandlers, along with other updates such as a longer service life and new camera options.
31-year-old Massey Ferguson 50EX sells for €9,700 at Carlow auction
A tidy example of a 1990 built Massey Ferguson 50EX was sold for €9,700 plus commission (no VAT), while a 2007 New Holland T7050 topped Michael Doyle’s monthly auction at €25,000 last week.
Bobcat compact loaders get iPhone remote control
Bobcat loader owners (from J to R-Series) with selectable joystick controls dating as far back as 2004, can now control their loaders remotely via an app, using an iPhone or iPad.
Donegal Texel Breeders white diamonds in-lamb sale
All roads lead to Raphoe Mart on Friday 10 December for the Donegal Texel Club annual sale of pedigree Texel in-lamb ewes.
Exceptional price for coastal Wexford farm
Many land sales have been surpassing their guide price, a circa-28ac residential on the books of Quinn Property came close to doubling its guide price.
€1.9m guide for 124ac south Tipperary farm
This 124ac holding between Fethard and Clonmel is attracting strong interest so far.
45.5ac non-residential farm in the heart of the Kingdom
A 45.5ac (18.4ha) farm near Castleisland is attracting a lot of interest. Excellent land quality and accessibility are combining to draw in potential buyers.
Farming designs: solar-powered water pump with remote monitoring
This month’s time- and labour-saving idea addresses providing a freshwater supply for livestock on an outfarm with no electricity.
Teagasc appoints new director of research
Teagasc said Professor Pat Dillon is internationally recognised as a leading scientist in sustainable, pasture-based livestock production.
30-40% of Europe’s gas consumption could be met with biomethane by 2050
By 2050, 30 to 40 % of Europe’s total gas consumption could be met with biomethane, according to a new report published by the European Biogas Association, writes Stephen Robb.
Operation Hurdle reducing Christmas tree theft in Wicklow
Gardaí in Wicklow are busy keeping theft at bay as a Christmas tree season gets under way in earnest.
Thin early and often – a motto which pays off
Continuous management and regular thinning have produced dividends in one Co Carlow forest.
Bird flu zone in NI after Monaghan outbreak
A 10km control zone is in place around the premises in question
Fat lamb prices rebound after price cuts
There are positive price moves for fat lambs and prime cattle this week as factory agents step up buying activity
Scottish Prices: finished lambs making over £6/kg in Scottish abattoirs
Scottish beef and lamb prices remain strong as we move into December.
Scottish Prices: lamb and beef markets on the up in Scotland
Scottish lamb and beef prices rising in marts and abattoirs.
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Santa, I can absolutely 100% explain...
With a new COVID-19 variant disappointingly raising its head, a little festive cheer is warranted. It might be a long spin to Mayo but worth it for a great Santa experience.
Santa Claus is coming to town
Parents and grandparents on the Irish Country Living and Irish Farmers Journal team share their recent visits to the man in the red hat... Oh, and they brought some kids with them too
Cruising still shining amongst decade-smashing Cavan sales results
Sally Parkyn shares the top lots from last week's lively Cavan Performance Horse and Pony Sale
Michael Slavin: a vet for all seasons
Michael Slavin gets a chat with HSI high-performance vet JP King about his vital work with our top-level sports horses.
Primary school programme Incredible Edibles returns
As an initiative to educate more children about healthy diets and food origin, Incredible Edibles returns for its 14th year, writes Ilka Denker.