Irish inputs rise by 26pc
Latest figures from the CSO show that the cost of Irish farm inputs increased by as much as 26pc between June last year and the same month this year.
Fertiliser costs on farms rose by 26pc, while feeding stuff went up by 22pc in the same period. Energy costs rose by 13.3pc.
While output prices also climbed during the same period, the increase was significantly less than the cost of inputs. Cattle, milk and sheep prices increased by 15.3pc, 13.1pc and 9.1pc respectively. However, potato prices suffered a drop of 36.3pc.
Kiwis to host farm events
New Zealand farmers are organising a series of showcase events to impress their Irish counterparts visiting the country for the Rugby World Cup.
The free events will be hosted by New Zealand's top dairy farms, sheep and beef units, an irrigated cropping farm, university and government research organisations, meat works, vineyards and horticultural operations.
The main events will be in Otago, Marlborough, Taranaki, the Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, and the Waikato.
Details of each event are on www.nz2011.govt.nz.