Analysis: It's time farming leaders stepped up to plate on Johne's disease
Cork vet Bill Cashman has been singing from the rooftops about many of the biosecurity risks that have come to pass over the last few decades,...
Cork vet Bill Cashman has been singing from the rooftops about many of the biosecurity risks that have come to pass over the last few decades,...
Despite all the news about massive solar farms and fantastic opportunities for farmers to become green fuel entrepreneurs, renewable energy has been...
THERE was little to dampen farming spirits at Tullamore show, with the good weather allowing most farmers to be well on with work, and...
You've got to take your hat off to the dairy lobby. Every time they squeak about milk price or on-...
I have always maintained that living a mere 40km from O'Connell Street has been a massive benefit.
Farmers are bad employers. Not in the sense that they are difficult or exploit employees - it's more to do with their unrealistic expectations.
Dairy farmers have a major problem, and most don't realise it yet.
I rang a neighbour last week looking for the loan of a machine. During the conversation he mentioned how annoyed he was with his latest Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) evaluation for his stockbull, which had fallen from a five-star to a two-star bull (across breeds) in the past year.
The headlines around Brexit are invariably gloomy, with various levels of economic Armageddon predicted for Irish business, and agriculture in particular.
What do Kerry Co-op share-holders really want?
It was only "a notion" that resulted in Peter Hynes entering the Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year awards - and it wasn't even his own notion.
Is it just me that has a feeling of déjà vu at the moment? Traffic getting worse in the mornings, the lines of builders queuing for breakfast rolls in...
Beef farmers would probably look at the figures in disbelief.
Many dairy farmers are dicing with burnout as expansion locks them into 90-hour weeks. And there is no way to side-step the peak in work that goes with the spring calving system. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be torture. Darragh McCullough talks to the experts and top operators about how to achieve stress-free dairy farming
Last autumn I got a serious shock when I realised my miserable 60ac of winter barley was not only unprofitable, but that the whole exercise would actually leave a loss amounting to thousands of euro.
Aurivo has made its first move into the field of infant nutrition with the launch of a new range of 'growing-up' milk powder formulations aimed at boosting profit margins for the western co-op by 20pc.
Tesco has confirmed that it has no immediate plans to clamp down on Irish dairy herds that are positive for Johnes despite claims that the disease poses risks to humans.
Peter Whyte started "without a sod of land", as his son Jimmy puts it. "Look around you - he bought every acre of it," says Jimmy of the sprawling North County Dublin farm today before pausing for a second.
Nobody should be surprised by the proposal unveiled by Glanbia last week. Even fewer should be surprised when it sails through the vote in the coming months. This latest step in the long goodbye between the plc and the co-op was always going to happen after the watershed vote in 2012.
Calf prices in the marts have hardened on the back of continuing strong demand from farmers and shippers and the recent reduction in veterinary inspection levies on exports.
Clodagh Cavanagh is a woman on a mission - several missions, in fact. Expecting her second child in August, and juggling crèche duties for her first-born with dad Steve Smyth, it's impressive that the Nenagh woman still finds the time and headspace to manage one of Ireland's most successful machinery manufacturing businesses.
In the scramble to cash in on solar panels, wind turbines, willow and miscanthus plantations, it seems that the millions of tonnes of slurry from our massive livestock industry have been overlooked.
The killer hound that has been on the rampage in the south-east is still at large, despite repeated attempts to hunt him down by expert shooters.
Dairy farmers received a welcome spring boost yesterday when Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII), Kerry Group and Lakeland Dairies all increased their January milk price.
Farmers are facing a battle to hold onto their nitrates derogations as EU officials assess our application for rolling exemptions to phosphorus and nitrogen limits.
Beef processors have backed calls for increased supports for suckler farmers, but stressed that any such payments should not finance a beef-cow cull.
President Trump's clampdown on immigrants has already sent staff in top Irish food companies back home to Ireland.
This is the killer dog that has evaded gun-parties in the southeast for the last three weeks.
The farm organisations are on a collision course over beef sector supports, with the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) arguing for payments to cull suckler cows, while the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has demanded increased payments to retain numbers.
A look at the key questions and challenges which Brexit will pose for our beef industry.
Many beef farms could face a battle for survival if Britain pushes ahead with a hard Brexit, according to some of the country's leading agricultural experts.
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Tighter timeframes for completing works which have been grant approved under TAMS are being considered by the Department of Agriculture.
The IFA has described the EU's fertiliser market as completely dysfunctional and claimed farmers were being held to ransom by Europe's fertiliser industry.
Grain farmers will protest outside the Dáil tomorrow ahead of a private member's motion on emergency aid.
Measures aimed at protecting biodiversity in grassland are not being targeted properly according to a new report by top ecologists.
It's a milestone for the Irish dairy industry, and the culmination of a lifetime's work and dreams. This spring Tom Browne's visions have come true as he calves down 1,046 cows on his Greenhills farm in east Cork. "In a way it just creeps up on you," laughs the ever-genial Tom.
The figures could not be starker. Over 70pc of all organic lamb ends up in conventional channels, mixed in with the rest of the conventially produced stock coming off Irish farms.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed is under pressure to increase the funding available for GLAS following unprecedented demand for the scheme ahead of the deadline for applications this Thursday.
One farmer in Carlow says the infestation of rats in his tillage crop could prove a health and safety issue for local residents.
The opening salvo in the battle to retain payments on lands currently designated as Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) formerly known as 'disadvantaged' was fired in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday evening, with over 300 farmers attending an IFA meeting on the issue.
A new disease eradication scheme will be launched this week as the dairy industry looks to protect the €1.7bn of annual infant milk formula sales from a 'BSE-style' disaster.
Tensions are mounting between the key players in the delivery of the €150m low-interest loan package to farmers.
Dairy incomes are set to hit record levels again next year on the back of rebounding milk prices and increased output, Teagasc has predicted.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has claimed that his department would be 'overwhelmed' if it tried to sort out farmers' allegations of tax abuses by processors.
Senator Ronan Mullen said that he was troubled by Alo Mohan's contention that "he lost out on €25,000 per year because he did not participate in various VAT arrangements".
Are the big corporate interests bullying the common man in County Cavan?" asked Senator Ronan Mullen in the Senate last week.
The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) is facing a funding crisis as farmers opt out of the tag levy in their droves.
Hundreds of Kerry milk suppliers have received Revenue letters demanding the payment of tax arrears on shares farmers received for their loyalty to the global dairy giant.
The manner in which the Department of Agriculture has dealt with farmers awaiting direct payments was "not acceptable" and contravened the Farmers Charter of Rights, the INHFA has claimed.
The IFA has expressed concern that draft environmental requirements for new forestry plantations are too strict and lack flexibility.
Close to 200,000 cows are to be culled over the coming months in the Netherlands in a desperate attempt by Dutch authorities to avoid losing their nitrates derogations.
"It's not fair to me that I have to go to bed tonight knowing that Revenue is due to be paid tomorrow and I don't have the money to pay them."
Late last week I found myself in horsey country in Bruff, Co Limerick. I was there to visit Ballyvoan stud, a neat stud farm located just a short distance from the town.
The poultry sector is the subject of a major tax probe following an investigation by the EU Commission.
Tensions between the Charolais Society and the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) have been strained to breaking point following the exclusion of linear scores for many of the bulls entered into the breed's annual December sale.
It was three years ago when I last wrote about the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU.
The biggest payment date of the year for most farms is right around now. The EU's Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) pumps close to €1.2bn into Irish farmers bank accounts every year.
Following competition approval of his high-profile takeover of Slaney Foods in recent weeks, ABP owner Larry Goodman has signalled that further consolidation is necessary in the Irish beef sector.
Brexit has forced record numbers of Irish food exporters to look for new markets outside the UK at the giant Sial trade fair in France this week.
While most farm organisations were reasonably satisfied with the Budget, the ICMSA will feel that their concerns were ignored.
The measures introduced for farmers in Budget 2017, which include a €150m loan scheme and taxation measures, were made against the backdrop of falling farm incomes.
Agriculture is set to receive a €200m boost to its €1.3bn budget today as improving national finances begin to filter down to individual government departments.
It's hard to be believe that an anti-corruption drive amongst Beijing's political elite would affect a farmer's milk cheque over 8,000km in Ballybay.
Beef farmers have called on the Irish Cattle Breeding Society (ICBF) to speed up the roll-out of measures to tackle the falsification of key breeding data.
Pressures are mounting on the Government to help embattled cereal growers west of the Shannon. With the weather showing no sign of letting up, farmers in the western half of the country are facing the loss of tens of thousands of acres of cereals.
Concerns are mounting in the beef sector as Brexit currency pressures and surging supplies of finished cattle threaten to pull prices.
The biggest grass database in the world has been formed following the merger of Teagasc's PastureBase and privately owned AgriNet.
Irish farmers have proved that they don't need subsidies from the EU to be massively successful in their chosen profession. Some have chosen to leave the payment safety net behind and seek their fortunes, all over the world.
There are not too many foreign ambassadors based in London that are able to discuss the finer points of how Belgian Blues adapt to hilly conditions.
Resistance to antibiotics is a "ticking time bomb" for the agricultural sector as vets encounter more and more cases of animals that cannot be cured by conventional drugs.
The Ploughing Championships kick off again in Tullamore today. In truth, it's really a crossroads where farmers will be matched in number by punters from towns, villages and cities rediscovering their wellied-roots during a day out in the country.
One of the country's richest businessmen, Larry Goodman, tops the Irish Independent's Farm Rich List with an annual EU farm payment of €483,753, despite successive attempts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to make it more equitable.
About 140,000 Irish farmers are in recipient of EU farm payments, with the average annual payment not far off €12,000. While there are myriad subsidies and grants for marketing, environmental measures, and capital investment, the vast majority of the €1.6bn that flows into this country from Brussels comes under the Basic Payment Scheme that pays farmers per hectare. It's better known as the Single Farm Payment.
Handing over €150,000 of taxpayers' money every year to one of the richest sheikhs in the world is yet another example of how bonkers the EU's farm subsidy system has become.
The stud farm owned by the ruler of Dubai and one of the Arab world's richest royals has received more than €300,000 in single farm payments from the EU over the past two years.
THE typical US dairy herd is now at 900 cows as expansion continues in the sector across the Continent.
A 'hard' Brexit will make holding onto our existing British market and border access impossible, according to economist Colm McCarthy.
You're the youngest of 11, with five older brothers, and the family farm well spoken for. Think you've no chance of getting started in farming? Think again.
A second era of genetic engineering is underway in the US, with new gene 'editing' technology opening up a world of possibility at low cost to plant breeders.
A tripling of workload during the spring calving season has made workloads a 'critical issue' on expanding dairy farms.
A dairy farmer from Mayo has been named the FBD Young Farmer of the Year.
Organised crime gangs are routinely 'coaching' animals with feed long before their planned raids, according to the IFA.
In late 1965, then Agriculture Minister Charlie Haughey held a big party up in Government buildings to celebrate the end of a disease that had been the scourge of the country - bovine TB.
In 1990, the country was glued to the exploits of Jack's Army in the World Cup in Italy, Charlie Haughey was Taoiseach, the price of a pint was €1.93, and the average weekly wage was €282. It was a generation ago and Ireland is a very different place now, but what has changed in the sheep sector during the same period? In this first part of a series, Teagasc's Tim Keady and Kevin Hanrahan uncover some shocking facts.
International dairy prices have turned a corner, but market experts warn that the sector "still has a ways to go before sustainable price increases" will be seen at farm level.
A massive fall in tillage area for 2017 is being predicted because of this year's disappointing harvest.
A Tipperary farmer scored a massive win against the Department of Agriculture last week when a judge awarded him over €300,000 in legal costs, a refund of a €124,431 Single Farm Payment, and interest amounting to nearly €10,000.
GardaÍ have smashed a rural crime gang behind hundreds of thefts and identified a farming 'insider' who was supplying information to them.
Another Beef forum has changed little for beef farmers, other than confirm that downward pressure on prices is likely to continue.
Co-ops face a wave of applications from farmers opting for the EU's new voluntary milk supply reduction scheme.
"Every drop of rain that comes into the country seems to come up along those mountains!"
Promenade des Anglais is like Grafton Street. It's the place where dates are arranged, where families go for a stroll, where people go to see and be seen.
It felt like 9/11 all over again. Except rather than watching from thousands of kilometres away, we had missed this terror attack by the slimmest of chances.
Father and son team, Podge and Ian Howard switched from a large mixed cropping enterprise specialising in potatoes five years ago to one that focuses solely on cereals - and they've never looked back.
Agri-businesses have warned of potential job losses and falling profits due to the drop in sterling's value since the Brexit referendum. Simon Cross of Kildare-based Cross Agricultural Engineering said he faced making a quarter of his workforce redundant within months if British sales didn't pick up again.
One of the key messages from Teagasc's Beef open day today is that implementing a simple paddock system has the potential to add thousands to the bottom line in even a modest sized 20 cow suckler herd.
Early results from a massive badger TB vaccine trial covering thousands of farms could bring the mass culling of a protected species to an end.
Only the top 10pc of cereal farmers are likely to break even on their crops this year as prices weaken further.
THE UNCERTAINTY over the impact of the UK's vote to exit the EU has seen up to 10c/kg wiped off beef prices at the factories and over €100/hd for store cattle at some marts.
The UNCERTAINTY over the Brexit move has seen up to 10c/kg wiped off cattle prices at the factories - and over €100/hd ringside - with concerns raised over Ireland's €2bn meat exports to the UK.
IFA president Joe Healy has retained his seat on the board of directors at Farmer Business Developments Plc, the company that owns 26pc of FBD Insurance, along with various hotel and development properties.
The vast majority of Irish dairy farmers are weathering the milk price crash better than 2009 thanks to higher milk volumes, lower borrowings, and better cows.
The uncertainty following the UK's vote to exit the EU has seen farmers feel the first pain of Brexit - as beef prices took a tumble.
The lack of electronic ID (EID) is limiting market access for Irish lamb, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.
A 10-point plan aimed at lifting incomes in hill farming areas was launched by the IFA in Mayo yesterday.
Debate over a potential cattle glut next autumn has intensified as cattle prices dropped for the second week in a row.
Teagasc's education system is set for a 30-year overhaul as a special advisory group assesses the state of the country's agricultural academic sector.
The IFA'S income is down by close to €100,000 per month due to a massive slump in levy collection at marts, meat factories and dairy plants.
Farm payments from Europe could be hit if Britain exits the EU, according to one of Teagasc's top economists.
In the space of two short years, the Northern Irish milk processor Strathroy has amassed a milk pool of close to 80 million litres in the Republic, positioning it to rival long-established co-ops such as Barryroe and Lisavaird in size.
A Donegal farmer is challenging the re-election of the IFA president to the board of Farm Business Developments at next Friday's AGM.