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Beef
Beef Management: five jobs for autumn
Kieran Mailey
The grazing season is coming to a close. But before cattle are housed, Kieran Mailey outlines a few management jobs to prioritise in the coming weeks.
 
 
Watch: Tullamore Farm prepares for weaning
Meal feeding, forward creep grazing and perfect autumn conditions on Tullamore Farm are all helping maintain performance in the run-up to weaning. Declan Marren speaks to farm manager Shaun Diver.
Boortmalt to pay €237/t for malting barley
The harvest price for Boortmalt suppliers is €237.67/t and was settled on Wednesday 22 September.
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Always ask yourself: are you sure it’s safe?
As the season changes and as winter conditions approach, Michael Murray, public safety manager with ESB Networks, is asking farmers to remain vigilant around the farm.
In pictures: all the action from the 2021 National Ploughing Championships
The 90th National Ploughing Championships were held in Ratheniska, Co Laois, from 15 to 17 September.
No crowds, great competition, a return to what the ploughing is all about
Siobhán Walsh and Stephen Robb report from the 90th National Ploughing Championships held last week.
Watch: This week in photos - 2021 Ploughing Championships and Moorepark Open Day
All the action from the 2021 National Ploughing Championships in Co Laois, Moorepark '21 Open Day in Co Cork and more!
Watch: Ploughing 2021 comes to a close...here's the action
The rain cleared away for the third and final day of the 90th National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska Co Laois.
Farmers do not own forestry carbon credits – McConalogue
The Minister told an Irish Farmers Journal webinar on Tuesday night that a balance will need to be struck in terms of the public investment in forestry and where credits might go.
McConalogue on nitrates ‘farmers need something flexible that works’
The Minister told the Irish Farmers Journal editor Justin McCarthy, that farmers will have difficulty securing TAMS if they are not compliant with the existing rules.
Limit on national herd not ruled out by McConalogue
Minister McConalogue was speaking on a live webinar hosted by the Irish Farmers Journal on Tuesday night.
PODCASTS
In pictures: Charolais heifer hits €5.69/kg in Tuam
Adam Woods reports from the special Charolais weanling show and sale held in Tuam Mart, Co Galway, on Monday night.
In pictures: bullocks hit €3/kg in Elphin
Elphin Mart held its annual autumn bullock sale on Wednesday and the trade didn’t disappoint.
Camera at the Mart: solid trade at Brockagh Perth Blackface sale
Held on Friday, the sale recorded a top price of €850 for the champion ewe hogget and €920 for the top-priced ewe lamb.
Camera at the Mart: positive sentiment in Sixmilebridge Mart sales
The mart’s weanling show and sale was hot on the heels of a special beef sale held at the end of August to mark 10 years trading as a farmer co-operative.
The Grass Week: achieving good graze outs on heavy covers
Strip-grazing heavy covers helps to achieve target graze-outs while ensuring there is quality grass for the last rotation, writes John Crowe.
Watch: Farm Tech Talk The Livestock Show - episode 79
Catch up with the Irish Farmers Journal livestock team as they discuss the issues of the week and what to watch out for in the coming week.
IFA calls for VAT on vaccines to go
Oral vaccines are VAT free, but pour-ons and injectables are charged 23% VAT.
Reasons to be optimistic about Chinese sheepmeat access
Access to the Chinese market has changed the shape of New Zealand and Australian sheepmeat exports and can also provide a more balanced demand for Irish sheepmeat products.
BSE case found on English farm
A classic BSE case has been found in an animal that died on farm in the southwest of England.
Popular flukicide Trodax ceases production
The product Trodax, which is used for the treatment of mature and late-immature stages of liver fluke, has ceased production.
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Study shows selection using genomics leads to healthier and longer-lived cows
Selecting replacement heifers using the CLARIFIDE® Plus Dairy Wellness Profit (DWP) genomic index leads to healthier and longer-lived cows and calves, data from 1,390 animals has found.
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Maxol Lubricants and the Cork West plough team
To celebrate the start of this year’s Ploughing, we chat with the West Cork plough team, proudly sponsored by Maxol Lubricants, to find out what drives them to compete at this great event each year.
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Always ask yourself: are you sure it’s safe?
As the season changes and as winter conditions approach, Michael Murray, public safety manager with ESB Networks, is asking farmers to remain vigilant around the farm.
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Challenging times: farmers are under siege
Resilience in the face of continued adversity, farmers always find a way.
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Price rise: where to now for policy and fertiliser plans?
With fertiliser prices at record highs, policy to move to protected nitrogen and improve soil fertility may become harder to implement.
Brazil on knife edge over Chinese export return
This was the week that Brazil hoped to resume beef exports to China, but there has still been no announcement.
Gas prices and dependency are the real climate issue
Gas price increases have serious implications for farmers, food processing and consumer energy use.
Strong retail performance in past year
As COVID-19 restrictions ease, supermarkets are holding on to much of the gains they made during lockdown.
Case IH Optum gets new cab and controls
The Case IH Optum range now has the AFS Connect cab from the larger Magnum range, including the Pro 1200 monitor and a new Multicontroller armrest.
JMC Parts appointed dealer for Scharmüller hitches
Worldwide part suppliers JMC Parts, based in west Cork, has recently been appointed dealers for Scharmüller hitches.
Used tractors imports up 82% in 2021
FTMTA figures show that 2,803 used tractors have been imported and registered in Ireland up to the end of August this year, up by over 82% on 2020 figures.
Check out the pedigree champions on day three of Balmoral 2021
Friday again proved a very busy day in the cattle lawns at Balmoral Show, with the dairy stock getting their first run out and the main beef interbreeds also taking place.
Two dairy farms available on 10-year leases
One is a former dairy farm that supplied liquid milk to Kerry while the other is milking away, supplying Aurivo.
Two non-residential farms in Co Wexford
These two farms are in the north of the county and will be sold at auction, writes Paul Mooney.
Top-class cattle yard on 64ac in Mayo
The holding includes 45ac of good grazing land plus 19.2ac of forestry.
Planning permission trends continue strong resurgence
The number of applications approved followed the typical trend for quarter two of the year with permission granted for an additional 80 new builds.
North Mayo wind farm to supply clean energy to 70,000 homes
A close has been reached on the 83MW north Mayo project which represents an overall investment of €150m.
President Higgins calls for transformation of food systems
Michael D Higgins was speaking at the United Nations Food Systems Summit in New York on Thursday.
Farmers do not own forestry carbon credits – McConalogue
The Minister told an Irish Farmers Journal webinar on Tuesday night that a balance will need to be struck in terms of the public investment in forestry and where credits might go.
Licence approvals dominate Oireachtas committee meeting again
Brendan Gleeson, Department of Agriculture secretary general, told the committee about plans to issue 4,500 forestry licences this year.
Ex DAERA vet wins unfair dismissal case
Seen as a landmark case, the tribunal win could result in a payout estimated at around £1m.
CO2 sorted but labour issues drag on
The UK government has moved to avert a crisis in the supply of CO2 to food companies
Scottish Trends: lamb price cools in Scotland but beef remains firm
Both beef and lamb remain buoyant in Scotland this September.
Scottish Trends: beef and lamb prices remain strong in Scotland
Strong trade continues in Scotland for cattle and sheep. John Sleigh reports.
Life
Netflix: what to watch this weekend
If you’re looking for a series, documentary or movie to watch on Netflix this weekend, look no further
Are politicians fair game to abuse? What about staff, or your kids or you?
If elected representatives are quarry as soon as they are elected? What happens when we can only get people to run for election that have no empathy for their constituents?
Musings by Cormac: Olympic gold- hopes, dreams & inspiration
In the first of a new column, Musings, Cormac Troy, pays tribute to one of the greatest athletes to ever grace an Olympic Games. Not only a great runner but a source of inspiring quotes.
From the Big Apple to a Carlow farm
Natalie Cassells grew up in New York in home surrounded by food, but it wasn’t until she moved to Ireland that she indulged her passion for food in a business capacity.
Katherine O’Leary: it’s all about clover
A visit to Teagasc Moorepark Open Day was just the catalyst to get farmers thinking, talking and planning about how best to be sustainable into the future, writes Katherine O’Leary.