In brief: Donohue takes on Agri Aware post
BERNARD Donohue has been elected as the new chairman of Agri Aware. Mr Donohue will replace Mairead Lavery as head of the agri-food educational body. Bernard and his wife Mary, and three young sons, run a beef farms in Co Roscommon and is a former county chairman of Roscommon IFA.
Congratulating Mr Donohue on his appointment, Ms Lavery said her successor had been an enthusiastic, energetic and progressive presence on the Agri Aware board. .
Prices down across the produce board
Prices for cereals, pigs, poultry, potatoes, cattle and vegetables fell in the 12 months from June 2009 to June 2010, new figures have revealed. Cereal prices fell by 28.9pc between June last year and June 2010, while pig prices dropped by 4pc. Poultry, potatoes, cattle and vegtable prices fell by 2.8pc, 2.8pc, 1.3pc and 1pc respectively. Milk and sheep prices rose by 37.3pc and 10.1pc in the same period.
Prices also fell from inputs such as seeds (-9.3pc), feeding stuffs (-8.5pc), fertilisers (-7.2pc) and plant protection products (-0.8pc). However energy and veterinary expenses increased by 11.1pc and 0.1pc in the same period.
Slight increase in population of pigs
The number of pigs in Ireland has increased slightly to 1,485,315, according to the latest CSO pig survey.
Pig numbers increased by 1.2pc between June 2009 and June 2010, driven by a 1pc rise in the number of breeding pigs and a 1.2pc rise in non-breeding pigs. Between June 2009 and June 2010, the number of gilts not yet served in the Irish herd fell by almost 25pc, while the number of other sows for breeding rose by 18.3pc.