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Sheep Trends: supply and demand dynamics finely balanced
Darren Carty
Last week's kill increased again, leaving factories under no real pressure to alter lamb prices in order to secure supplies.
 
 
Strong interest sees Tipperary farm put up for auction
The farm has good quality land, all in grass, plus a three bedroomed farmhouse.
War costs Ukraine's farm sector €34bn over seven months
Ukrainian farmers are also receiving less for their grain, given the higher costs and heightened risks associated with getting grain out of the country this year.
Easyjet drops carbon offset scheme
The international airline has confirmed that it will focus on technologies that lower emissions within its own business.
Sinn Féin would not cut national herd to reduce emissions
Sinn Féin commented that it would be unfair to place the burden of emissions reductions on individual farmers or even on specific sectors within the industry.
Beef and sheep farmers can’t ‘carry the load’ on climate action – ICSA
The ICSA has outlined a series of demands for beef farmers when it comes to proposals on how they might support emissions reduction measures.
Blue weanlings break €5.00/kg in Carnew
Barry Murphy reports from Carnew mart's second weanling show and sale of the year.
Camera at the Mart: plainer cattle an easier trade in Carrigallen
Adam Woods reports from Carriagllen Mart’s Monday night general cattle sale.
Sheep mart watch: little change as numbers ease back
The trade for well-fleshed lambs is solid, while some mart managers report lambs lacking significant flesh meeting a stickier trade.
Camera at the Mart: buyers crossing the border to Ballina Mart
Northern Ireland and Scottish buyers were present around the ring at Mayo-Sligo Mart where competition to source stock was stiff.
Cow permit proposals would force some farmers out - MEP
MEP Billy Kelleher's comments come less than a week after Ireland joined many other member states in calling on the Commission to change its plan at the EU's council of farm ministers.
Exempt farm environmental improvements from Mica levy – ICMSA
The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association said Government needs to “get their policy ducks in a row” when it comes to on-farm environmental improvements.
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Farmers locked up with TB to buy in cattle with ‘veterinary guidance’
The Department of Agriculture has made a series of proposals to farm organisations on how it plans to eradicate TB.
Virtually no limits for MSD
The announcement will combine nicely with their Sensehub collars, which are gaining traction in the dairy sector of late.
Sheep Management: ram breeding concerns, health risks and SWS tasks
Breeding is around the corner for many flocks, and plans should now be at an advanced stage including the flock breeding policy.
‘Compromise’ to see over 170,000 cattle to be TB tested twice yearly
The change is to see cattle over the age of 36 months which have not been tested within the six months prior to sale needing a test before leaving the farm or within a month of transfer.
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Watch: moving towards a more responsible approach to parasite control
Pre-housing protection from post-housing welfare issues with Norbrook.
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Small businesses in Ireland will have a chance to promote themselves at the Ploughing
The National Ploughing Championships, which run from 20 to 22 September in Ratheniska, will feature the Local Enterprise Village, designed for small businesses to gain new customers and grow their enterprise.
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Beef demand falls in Britain but rises in China
Retail demand in Britain falls due to consumer price inflation and return to normal in the hospitality and catering sectors.
Aldi ‘extremely disappointed’ with protesting egg producers
IFA poultry committee vice-chair Brendan Soden says retailers “dictate what everybody else gets down the supply chain” and warned that the protests will continue through the night.
‘Substantial’ job losses facing rural co-ops – ICOS
The Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society has called for a legal solution to allow co-ops to continue to prescribe of antiparasitic veterinary medicines.
Dairy Trends: production down in New Zealand
With less milk in New Zealand and Europe, international dairy markets are absorbing extra production from the US.
M-Tec Engineering unveils livestock trailer range
Cavan manufacturer M-Tec Engineering unveiled its livestock trailer range as part of this year’s Innovation Arena at the Ploughing.
Kubota opens new European Parts Centre in France
Kubota recently officially opened a new European Parts Centre in Thionville, a city located in the French department of Moselle.
Budget 2023: no VRT increase and extension of excise duties on fuel
The minister has extended the excise reductions on fuel until 28 February 2023, while there will be no changes to VRT for cars or commercial vehicles.
New interim chief for Irish Limousin Cattle Society
The former CEO of Munster Bovine is to lead the Irish Limousin Cattle Society on an interim basis.
Meath land comes with planning for new house
The holding amounts to 51.69ac and is located close to the expanding town of Navan.
29.5ac farm for sale in Offaly
This holding has a bungalow in need of repair plus a small farmyard.
Fine Georgian house on 90ac of good land in Carlow
The historic house is in very nice condition. The land is in a mix of tillage and grass.
Labour-saving technology at this year’s Ploughing
The National Ploughing Championships is a great way for farmers to market labour-saving products to farmers, with some fantastic technology on show at this year’s event.
Exempt farm environmental improvements from Mica levy – ICMSA
The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association said Government needs to “get their policy ducks in a row” when it comes to on-farm environmental improvements.
€53m for National Parks and Wildlife Service in budget
The additional funding to the National Parks and Wildlife Service will see conservation ranger numbers almost double by the end of 2023.
Forestry allocation increased to €112m in budget
"We are currently finalising a new forest strategy and a new forestry programme for Ireland," Minister Hackett said.
Assessing forestry and the public mood
Two surveys show that a clear majority of people believe forestry in Ireland is beneficial to community, landscape, recreation, biodiversity and carbon storage, writes Donal Magner.
Countryside Services to deliver Tier 1 grant
The Dungannon-based company has delivered all previous tranches of the scheme on behalf of DAERA.
Tier 1 grant rates increase by 11%
Like previous tranches, if the scheme is oversubscribed, applications will be ranked on points-based selection criteria.
News in-brief: dairy study, YFCU CEO and beef and sheep events
Round-up of weekly news in-brief from across the agri-food industry in NI.
Poots confirms new independent panel for appeals
Under the previous appeals regime, DAERA could chose not to accept recommendations made by the panel.
Speaking up and out about the 'silent treatment'
Psychotherapist Claire Lyons Forde explores the concept of ‘the silent marriage’; and how to change the conversation.
Life on Knockfierna Hill, Co Limerick
Local historian and auctioneer, Pat O’Donovan, discusses the history of Knockfierna Hill in Co Limerick. In conversation with Anne O’Donoghue.
You can go your own way - why cruises are a good option for travelling solo
Travelling solo has become more popular recently, with many holidaymakers deciding go it alone.
Ann Devine: ‘Would you put me on a gun carriage?’
Ann Devine finds herself on unofficial commentary duty as she tunes into the Queen’s funeral with her mother.