Why it's not just about collective bargaining power for sheep farmers in this producer group
It's 8pm on a fine summer's evening in the heart of the midlands.
It's 8pm on a fine summer's evening in the heart of the midlands.
We hear about a labour shortage all the time in the dairy sector but it's safe to say that...
Tighter supplies for spring lamb through the factory gates in Ireland and Britain have seen prices remain steady, with less New Zealand lamb entering the UK market.
Joe Joyce (47) from Shanafaraghaun, near Clonbur, Co Galway, began holding sheepdog demonstrations in 2008 after he was approached to assist in the...
A Portrush man has made his own wooly interpretation of Lidl's no pet rule.
A Wexford farmer has lost more than €20,000 worth of livestock in three separate attacks by dogs on on sheep in Taghmon and Galbally over...
SHEARING will cost farmers in the west at least €1.60/ewe this year as wool prices continue to slide.
Police Officers in Aberdeenshire, Scotland have reminded dog owners and people walking dogs in the countryside to keep their animals under...
Official factory quotes for lamb have slipped back another 15-20c/kg to sit at €5.20-€5.35/kg with various bonuses on top.
A Newry man has called for the public's assistance following a knife attack in which a number of sheep have been stabbed and had their ears cut off.
Shearing is hot on the agenda at the moment.
Latest figures show a significant decline in the numbers of lambs being imported from Northern Ireland for slaughter in the Republic.
The first group of lambs were weaned at Lyons last week at 100 days of age or just slightly over 14 weeks.
FARMERS have been urged to carry out faecal egg counts to assess worm burdens and look at wormer efficacy, as ivermectin resistance has now been identified on sheep farms.
FOR Wexford man John Neville, not being a landowner has been zero deterrent to him becoming one of the most successful Texel sheep breeders...
An elite flock of ewes imported by Teagasc Athenry from New Zealand are delivering higher lamb output than the best of their Irish counterparts.
Breeding ewe numbers have surged by almost a third to 2.6 million, with improved lamb prices and reduced feed costs helping to drive the increase.
Rogue livestock, unsuspecting visitors, falling trees, and road disasters. Operating a farm presents a wide range of risks to even the most experienced of farmers.
THE one constant in business is that the price is dictated by the laws of supply and demand.
CASTRATING lambs makes little difference to meat quality, according to new Teagasc research.
THREE top tips from Ireland’s newest record setter Mark McGeown. One: have ACDC’s back...
THE Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal with potentially important implications for how the ESB and other statutory bodies carry out their...
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed over 400 carcasses of lambs were destroyed after they were found to have a disease that can be transmitted to people.
The Irish Natura and HIll Farmers Association has elected Colm O'Donnell from South Sligo as their first National President at their AGM held last Tuesday.
We're getting finished with some TAMS fencing jobs around the farm and I want to get them done and dusted, get the paperwork in order, and apply for payment.
WHILE sheep prices at New Ross mart this week might have been “on fire”, the factories were also intent on doing some burning.
The problem of out of control dogs attacking sheep and lambs in the north Louth has escalated since the start of the year, with the IFA in Louth...
The 2017 Texel Growvite National Championships will be one of the highlights of the day for sheep farmers when the event takes place at Gorey Agricultural Show on Saturday.
After waiting for the rain to arrive, the big change has obviously been the explosion in grass growth. The trick now is to manage this grass to get the...
Following a number of dog attacks on sheep in the Cooley Peninsula in recent weeks, Louth IFA...
SOMETIMES an afterthought can turn out to be right on the money.
Sheep farmers in the midlands are proving that flocking together is their best defence against a tough financial outlook.
A farmer in Donegal is appealing for information in relation to a dog attack on his sheep on an island of the Donegal coast.
A SHEEP event with a difference takes place in Westport, Co Mayo on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, when four local farmers will...
An All Ireland for Mayo in May! I would like to congratulate Joe Scahill on winning the Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Sheep Farmer of the Year Award. This is a great achievement and I...
THE factories have started to squeeze prices with the news yesterday that they were either pulling their quotes for spring lamb by 30c-40c/kg or were not in a position to quote.
The Lleyn ewe is a medium sized lowland sheep weighing up to 75kg at maturity, renowned for their hardiness, prolificacy, easy lambing, strong mothering instinct, milkiness and easy handling.
Due to the Bank Holiday, I am inclined to think the factory bosses may have decided to get their retaliation on price in first so to speak.
Ewes and lambs are currently grazing silage aftermath in Lyons. This silage was harvested on May 11 and has shown excellent regrowth. This is a new area of ground not previously grazed by sheep.
A swift change in fashion tastes in China, one of the world's major textile buyers, is being blamed as wool prices to farmers have halved to 60c/kg.
An artificial intelligence system designed by researchers at the University of Cambridge is able to detect pain levels in sheep, which could aid...
PRICES continue to be “as solid as a rock” to quote ICSA’S John Brooks.
The lamb market witnessed a further uplift in the lead up to the Ramadan festival, which got under way at the weekend, a Bord Bia analyst said.
I never thought I'd say it but it was great to get the rain. The six-week drought punished my silage ground to the extent that it is not as heavy a crop as I would have liked.
Almost two decades ago, as a university student getting work experience on a farm in Cumbria, Simon Brown came across the Lleyn breed of...
Firefighters rescued a stricken lamb from the aftermath of a wildfire – and helped cool it down with a bottle of water.
THE ‘Ramadan effect’ on the Irish sheep trade gradually increased as last week progressed. It was most noticeable at the marts, where some spring lamb lots were pushed into what John Brooks of...
Despite warnings over the impact of Brexit on the agri-food sector Irish lamb exports to the UK are up significantly this spring, according to latest...
With a deal on Brexit yet to be thrashed out, Donna Deeney hears the concerns of people in Derry and Donegal about how it could radically...
It is hard to believe that we didn't have rain of any quantity for six weeks until last weekend.
AS THE Ramadan festival draws closer, the effect of this major religious event at sheep marts was plain to see.
Tesco has come under fire from farmers for in their view undermining premium spring lamb producers by offloading spring lamb at 'unsustainably' low prices in shops.
Spring lamb prices are being quoted at as high as €6.10/kg this week as increasing numbers of spring lambs continue come on stream.
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