CAP effects ‘not significant’ on animal welfare – EU study
Outdoor production systems favour animal welfare and allow animals to express their natural behaviours, a European Commission study has found.
Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity seeks more rural and urban engagement
The assembly will work over a six-month period to deliver a series of recommendations to Government on curbing biodiversity loss.
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Best advice on weed control in grazing pastures
For a growing number of Irish farmers, Forefront T is the product of choice to control weeds such as docks, thistles, nettles and dandelions in grazing pastures.
Opinion: sensible decisions rendered seemingly reckless
The senseless invasion of Ukraine has made forward selling a loss-making operation for farmers, and there are no easy solutions.
Watch: Ukrainian grain lorries waiting up to 30 days at borders
The European Commission has launched an action plan to create “solidarity lanes” for the movement of goods in and out of Ukraine.
Diesel price fluctuation continues as silage season gets under way
As we went to press this week, prices of 1.24c/l to 1.36c/l (VAT inclusive) were being quoted for Marked Gas Oil (MGO), more commonly known as green diesel.
Three Russian agri-food cargo ships granted sanction derogations
Any future applications for derogations from sanctions targeting Russia and Belarus will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, the Department of Enterprise has said.
Sustainability can't be sidelined in response to Ukraine – webinar
A webinar on the topic of food security hosted by Colm Markey MEP discussed food security in the context of Ireland, Ukraine and internationally.
European buyers hungry for organic Irish beef – Bord Bia
EU consumers would be willing buy more organic Irish beef, Bord Bia’s Joe Burke has said.
Organic beef sector ‘losing value’ at the weanling stage
Producing organic beef could be more attractive if the marketing options for organic weanlings were developed, a webinar heard.
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Special entry of 100 forward stores at Nenagh Mart
The special entry of Hereford, Friesian and Charolais cross bullocks are said to be ideal for finishing off grass or transferring to an intensive finishing diet for a quick finish.
Beef prices smashing records as live exports surge
Adam Woods takes a look at some analysis comparing mart prices for factory-fit cattle versus factory returns.
Factory-fit cattle remain a flying trade
Niamh Gunn reports from Cootehill Mart for Wednesday’s sale of heifers, bullocks and cull cows.
In pictures: quality weanlings in demand in Kingscourt Mart
Niamh Gunn reports from Kingscourt Mart’s sale of weanlings and sucklers on Saturday 7 May.
Calf slaughtering up 16% on dairy farms in 2022
Adam Woods takes a look at data that was presented at last Friday’s Department of Agriculture Dairy Calf working group.
Dairy management: Blight warning equals growth warning
Aidan Brennan says that a blight warning for potato farmers is the same as a growth warning for grassland farmers.
TB eradication can’t be ‘done on the cheap’ - ICSA
ICSA animal health and welfare chair Hugh Farrell says that the Government is “penny pinching” in its approach to eradicating TB.
Delay offers a chance to defuse veterinary medicines timebomb
Farmers, vets and merchants all have concerns around the National Veterinary Prescribing System that need to be allayed.
IFA to meet with Ulster Bank to discuss future of account holders
IFA farm business chair Rose Mary McDonagh said the exit of Ulster Bank from the banking market is creating huge uncertainty for many farmers.
Less than a month until vet medicine rules change
The IFA has warned of unpreparedness to the veterinary medicine changes effective from next month.
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Best advice on weed control in grazing pastures
For a growing number of Irish farmers, Forefront T is the product of choice to control weeds such as docks, thistles, nettles and dandelions in grazing pastures.
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Experience boarding life at Glenstal Abbey School - Taster Weekend for fifth class
Boys starting secondary school in September 2023 are invited to stay in the school's Norman castle on the 4-5 June, to learn about boarding life at Glenstal Abbey School in Murroe, Co Limerick.
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Improving profitability through excellent reproductive performance
Compact calving and six-week calving rate is crucial for profitability on your farm.
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Farm safely: stay safe by staying clear of overhead electricity wires
ESB Networks public safety manager Michael Murray has some vital advice for farmers and contractors ahead of the busy silage season.
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Cormac Healy to leave Meat Industry Ireland
Cormac Healy has held the top role in Meat Industry Ireland (MII) for seven years, but is now set to move to a role within Ibec for the drinks sector.
Lakeland team looking for a new leader
The success of the dairy industry in the northern half of the country is hand and glove with Lakeland Dairies success as it fuels rural Ireland.
Dairy retirement scheme evolves into a dairy cow reduction scheme
The confidential interim report of the Dairy Vision Group has just been published and we have had a sneak preview of the detail included.
US beef exports soar but Beyond Meat falters
Another strong export performance by US beef but meat substitute company struggles.
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Early season spraying advice from Syngenta
Syngenta’s Billy Cotter and Tom Gartland, outline their best use advice for early season weed and disease control and update growers on the company’s Spray Assist App which was introduced last year.
Case IH upgrades RB 344 fixed chamber baler
Case IH has updated its fixed chamber baler offerings, the RB 344F and RB 344R now benefits from upgraded running gear and more modern side panels.
Steketee introduces self-steering frame option for all mechanical hoes
Lemken has just introduced the Steketee ‘EC-Steer’, a parallel steering frame which converts any existing hoe to joystick or camera-guided steering through being mounted between the tractor and hoe.
Diesel price fluctuation continues as silage season gets under way
As we went to press this week, prices of 1.24c/l to 1.36c/l (VAT inclusive) were being quoted for Marked Gas Oil (MGO), more commonly known as green diesel.
Watch: Balmoral day two results from the cattle lawns
Adam Woods reports from ringside in Balmoral for day two of judging on the cattle lawns.
Field for sale near Kilmuckridge
The field has road frontage and the asking price is €175,000, equal to €18,000/ac.
59ac in Roscommon goes to auction
There is a large quarry across the hedge and this farm has potential to be a quarry too, the auctioneers say.
137ac farm going for auction in Kildare
The holding is in one block, has road frontage and is close to the M7 motorway.
Weekly podcast: shed building costs spiral, fertiliser prices and new Macra CEO
Rising farm building costs, fertiliser prices, the new Macra CEO and IFA member unease over its leadership’s salary increases all feature.
Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity seeks more rural and urban engagement
The assembly will work over a six-month period to deliver a series of recommendations to Government on curbing biodiversity loss.
UK students develop AD plant from shipping containers
The project was one of three low-carbon initiatives jointly funded by a £500,000 grant from the Welsh Government.
‘Deliberative dialogue’ on forestry strategy set for 10 and 14 May
The event will aid the development of a new strategy for how Ireland plants and manages trees for a generation to come, says Minister Pippa Hackett.
Record €422m revenue and €30m State dividend paid by Coillte
The company received record high prices for logs sold to Irish sawmills during the year.
Dale Farm increases April milk price
Dale Farm has announced that its base price for April will increase by 1p/l.
NI news in brief: Balmoral, beef and butter
M&S winners at Balmoral Show, the latest Dutch dairy auction prices and local NI beef trade remains strong.
Average price of estate purchases up 87% at Savills
The average estate sold for £8.8m which was a rise of 87% on the year at Savills.
‘Derisory’ offer from Government to control geese
Crofters frustrated by the level of funding to support goose management.
The great resignation? No! it’s actually the great re-evaluation
Major life decisions are often made as a result of following the lead of peers and parents. A farming career is pretty much dependent on this but will young people re-evaluate?
Take 10 with cookbook editor and publisher Kristin Jensen
Cookbook publisher Kristin Jensen talks to Maria Moynihan about her earliest food memory, setting up Blasta Books, crowd-funding; and her current tipple of choice.
Munster edged out in cruel finale
Toulouse came out on top in an epic Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final to set up a showdown with Leinster, writes Denis Hurley.
TR Dallas is back on the road again
With the arts and entertainment sector back in full swing, TR Dallas speaks to Michael Commins about getting back on the road.