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Watch: this week in photos - Moiled cattle, ploughing, harvesting and protests
Photo Desk
Our top farming photos from the past week include ploughing in Co Cork, harvesting maize in Co Wicklow, Moiled cattle grazing on Achill Island and farmers rallying in force at IFA protests.
 
 
21% to 30% reduction in agricultural emissions required by 2030
Under the Climate Act a 51% reduction in national emissions is required by 2030.
‘Farmers need to get hot and sweaty to prevent cardiovascular disease’
A recent study found that although farmers are physically active, they need to increase their heart rate to prevent cardiovascular disease
Methane does not need to hit net zero, says scientist
Carbon dioxide will only stop contributing to global warming once emissions reach net zero, whereas methane stops warming when there are relatively small reductions in emissions.
Watch back: Ifac budget webinar – what you need to know
Watch back the webinar in which the ASA, Ifac and Irish Farmers Journal experts analysed the effect of the budget.
Watch back: farm leaders on their plan for your farm
Watch the Irish Farmers Journal debate on the agri policies of the IFA, ICMSA, ICSA, INHFA, the Irish Grain Growers and Macra na Feirme.
PODCASTS
MartBids Database: weanling prices drop as numbers increase
Prices for weanlings have eased on the week, but remain well above previous years’ levels.
In pictures: big money for heifer weanlings in Carrigallen
Adam Woods was in Carrigallen Mart last Saturday for its annual show and sale of heifer weanlings.
Camera at the Mart: store lambs up €10-€15/head on 2020 levels in Carndonagh
The trade is currently buoyant with strong grass supplies inserting more competition in to the trade.
Camera at the Mart: light weanlings on fire in Elphin
Adam Woods was in Elphin Mart on Monday for the biggest show and sale of weanlings in the Roscommon mart so far in 2021.
‘Broad acceptance and adherence needed to closed slurry periods’
“When we have closed periods, we need broad acceptance and broad adherence to those closed periods."
The Grass Week: grazing management in challenging conditions
Be prepared for grazing in challenging conditions this autumn, writes John Crowe.
NI beef caught up in UK BSE ban
Both China and the Philippines have banned UK beef imports following a BSE case in England
Dan Brennan’s farm: Letter in support of an official independent enquiry.
‘It is both disheartening and deeply troubling to see the way this man has been treated.’ - Donagh O’Grady, former chair Askeaton/Ballysteen Animal Health Committee
How to successfully dry off your herd
Michelle McGrath from Animal Health Ireland outlines the steps involved in ensuring a successful drying-off procedure.
Environmental challenges laid bare at dairy walk
Aidan Brennan reports from the Teagasc/Glanbia joint programme farm walk in Kilkenny last week.
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Royal treatment paying dividends for Meath sheep flock
The Clarke sheep flock is achieving a fine output figure of 1.65 lambs weaned per ewe and ewe lamb joined to rams with a strong focus on attention to detail underpinning positive performance.
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Preventing new infection with blanket teat sealant
Blanket antibiotic dry cow therapy is no longer justified, sustainable or responsible in the modern Irish dairy herd.
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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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IFA calls for 10-year term on new Brexit loan scheme
The scheme was announced as part of the measures in Budget 2022 last week.
Brexit: Frost and Sefcovic to chew over protocol possibilities
EU-UK trade deal in the balance as member states want preparations made if UK rejects protocol improvements.
Food price index increases again
Latest increase in the world food price index suggests high global food prices will be here for some time.
Dairy Trends: lower New Zealand milk flows set better market tone
Irish milk processors have this week moved to increase milk price to reflect higher market prices and improved market sentiment.
Drive motor updates for Scorpion models
Claas has updated the hydostatic drive motor in a number of Scorpion models. Select models will now feature the Varipower 2 twin motor from the Jaguar forage harvester range
Carbon tax hike to cost contractors €30m
Contractors warn that the increased carbon tax and diesel prices will result in higher charges to farmers.
Husqvarna unveils latest generation of 90cc chainsaws
Husqvarna has just revealed its latest generation of chainsaws within the professional 90cc segment.
Females hit five figures in Carlisle
Buyers weren’t afraid to splash out for Limousin females in Carlisle this weekend, with eight lots hitting five figures.
Auction results from Westmeath and Meath
Good sales as one farm made €10,666/ac and the other made €12,656/ac.
25ac residential farm for sale in Tipperary
The house on this farm has three bedrooms but needs modernising, while the land is good quality.
63ac with house for auction in Limerick
There are also a range of farm buildings on this farm which is near Herbertstown.
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.
21% to 30% reduction in agricultural emissions required by 2030
Under the Climate Act a 51% reduction in national emissions is required by 2030.
New variety blending tool launched
Mixing varieties are growing in popularity and can help to reduce disease incidence and pesticide usage.
Minister clarifies forest carbon ownership
The State is not trading or seeking to trade the carbon sequestered in farmers’ forests, Minister McConalogue says.
An introduction to the Forest Carbon Tool
Tom Houlihan reports on measuring how much carbon can potentially be removed by forests based on tree species mix.
Poots confirms over £300m of direct payments
The payments will start to issue to NI farmers from Monday 18 October.
Dale Farm increases September milk price
One of Northern Ireland's leading dairy processors, Dale Farm, has announced a price increase on September milk supplies.
Scottish Trends: UK lamb price rockets 22p in a week to £5.22/kg
Lamb is in demand in Scotland, as abattoirs add 10p/kg to the deadweight price.
English cattle herd numbers contract 2%
The English cattle herd and sheep flock has fallen over the last 12 months, Defra statistics show.
Food
Great Taste Awards - who will be named supreme champion?
Anticipation builds for announcement of the supreme champion of the Great Taste Awards plus Wine Wednesdays are back at Ely, writes Ciara Leahy.
Mental health challenges when being ‘the farmer’ is seen as the only option
Research shows an unintended impact of agricultural policy changes are increasing pressure on mental health in farming communities. An escalating pandemic that cannot be ignored.
The Garden Diaries with Mairead Lavery: autumn sets in
It might be October but there’s still plenty of life and colour in the garden, writes Mairead Lavery.
Books: an extract from Food through the Ages
This extract from Food Through The Ages: A Popular History by Mike Gibney, explains the rise of one of Ireland’s most-loved foods, the potato.
Women & Ag: Susan O’Sullivan speaks about her W&A experience
We look forward to the return of our Women & Ag Conference but in the interim we are celebrating some of our amazing past speakers. This week, Janine Kennedy catches up with Susan O’Sullivan who overcame financial strife during the recession to open the popular Farmhouse Cafe in Dublin