France, Germany call for stable EU farm budget post-Brexit
France and Germany want the European Union’s agriculture budget to be maintained at its current level once Britain leaves the bloc, the French and German farm ministers said on Monday.
France and Germany want the European Union’s agriculture budget to be maintained at its current level once Britain leaves the bloc, the French and German farm ministers said on Monday.
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Ireland is famed worldwide for its rugged and seemingly untouched landscape.
Farmers hailed long-overdue rainfall across Ireland as the heatwave ended but Irish Water warned that at least four weeks rainfall is now required to replenish streams, rivers, lake...
A vet found guilty of professional misconduct over allowing his official stamp be used to certify some cattle as fit for export to Morocco - when they were not - has had his registration cancelled by the High Court.
Glanbia Cheese, the Joint Venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods today announces plans to build a new mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise.
Kerry Group base price for June milk supplies is unchanged at 31 cpl vat inclusive.
Farm Safety Week takes place nationwide this week aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially unacceptable.
A farmer in the Mayglass area is appealing to people to be careful with fire and dried foliage following what could have been a catastrophic incident on the railway line just a few yards from his land.
European companies are urging the European Union to accelerate trade negotiations with South America’s Mercosur bloc, in a sign of concern that the 20-year talks could once again fall dormant if they do not reach an accord this week.
Our lambs had an average weight of 30kg at weaning on June the 19 with no major differences evident between the different breeds, though this is something I will look at in more detail in the coming weeks.
THE countdown is on for this year's Tullamore Show on August 12 which is expected to draw over 65,000 visitors for what is now well established as the country's largest one-day agricultural show.
Police have once again appealed for information in connection with the death of Philip Capper.
What an unusual growing season this year has been, a long wet and cold winter followed by little or no spring and straight into summer. This meant the crops this year were stressed most of the growing season, for one reason or another.
Farmers old enough to remember previous droughts say that the ferocity of this year’s heatwave is unprecedented, writes Siobhán English.
The demonisation of dairy produce has gone on too long, according to Dr Marianne Walsh, Senior Nutritionist with the National Dairy Council. The nutritionist pointed to recent research that debunks claims that dairy products are harmful, particularly because of their high saturated-fat content.
The North Cork parish of Boherbue, located about 8km from Kanturk, is home to two impressive residential farms on the market by private treaty.
Kevin Comiskey was delighted with the quality of the hay he was baling at his home farm in north Leitrim last week. It was the best he had seen since 1995 and the heatwave of 1976.
Dairy farmers that produce fresh milk have hit out at unsustainable discounting of milk by Iceland and Aldi in the recent weeks.
I was in South Tipperary last week to see the lovely Landscape Stud on 91ac near the magical village of Kilsheelan. The property is coming to auction with a guide of €1.3m, writes Jim O’Brien.
I drove a Ferguson 35 for the first time in nearly 40 years last week. The machine was the little workhorse of Irish agriculture in the '60s and '70s and was a joy to drive, bringing back many memories.
As a landless young man buying his first pure-bred Hereford, Peter Casey seemed unlikely to have his name carved in the annals of pedigree breeding history.
Farmers could unknowingly be killing tens of thousands of bees by spraying pesticides, according to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations (FIBA).
Thornbrook is a 41ac compact estate at Raheens, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. On the private treaty market, it is guided by Savills at €495,000.
The physicality of farming is a phrase that's regularly voiced in agriculture circles these days. Lifting, pulling and dragging, knocks and kicks are just some of the ordeals that farmers endure on a daily basis, but what if you're a farmer with a chronic disease? How do you cope?
Ireland is liable to become a high-temperature hotspot over the next number of years and droughts may become more common, says Dr Conor Murphy from the Department of Geography at NUI Maynooth.
Ensuring adequate water supply for livestock and planning forward to minimise the expected deficit in fodder supply for the winter are the key priorities now on drought-stricken farms, according to Teagasc.
Glanbia Co-op is to make up to €20 million available in an Extended Credit Scheme to assist milk suppliers overcome the severe drought now affecting the entire Glanbia region.
The generally held perception is that any disposal of land resulting in a capital gains tax at the rate of 33pc.
Rauli-Jan Albert, a livestock farmer in the eastern Finnish village of Valtimo, was almost crushed to death by a young heifer a few years ago as he was guiding his herd through a narrow passageway.
With Incumbent President of Ireland Michael D Higgins odds-on to retain his position having confirmed he would run for a second term, he could face opposition from an unlikely candidate.
The Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork event in Athenry last weekend had something for all those involved in the sheep industry. Exhibits ranged from commercial trade stands, sheep breed shows, a food village, cooking demonstrations, and a range of technical villages outlining the latest research to support the sheep industry.
Aurivo has declined to comment on reports that it has approached LacPatrick Dairies suppliers in Northern Ireland with a view to switching to the Sligo-based processor.
A group of residents have vowed to continue their protests against plans to develop a €320m runway at Dublin Airport.
Food exports by Enterprise Ireland clients increased by 10pc last year to €11.6bn, with the UK described as a "very strong" market for the sector.
Back in June in 2012, Ned English, the mammoth potato grower, lost four acres of his crop due to flooding - fast forward six years and the present drought has scorched fields, and he is now "praying for rain".
What a challenging farming year we are having. At this stage it looks as if Mother Nature is prepared to throw her full box of tricks at us in 2018.
Variable yields and very low moistures are being reported by growers as harvest activity has spread north over the last few days.
Dairy farmers have hit out at unsustainable discounting of milk by Iceland and Aldi.
Fear of what may lie ahead as regards the continuing drought and fodder shortages is beginning to stalk the thinking of the farming community. The effects of this fear became evident at marts last week where some with cattle to sell appeared to heave a sigh of relief as the hammer finally fell.
Glanbia has announced it will pay its Member milk suppliers 32 cent per litre (cpl) including VAT for June manufacturing milk supplies at 3.6% butterfat and 3.3% protein.
The Irish Grain Growers Group (IGGG) has rejected the revised pricing structure for malting barley which was announced by the IFA and Boortmalt.
Farmland continues to sell in small lots and big farms in spite of drought or pestilence. Thomas Potterton saw no drought of money when he brought a 203ac farm for sale at Garristown in North Dublin.
Water restrictions will be introduced across Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and parts of Meath next week.
Kerrymen are a very exercised bunch at the best of times, but there's a chunk of them down there that are fit to go into orbit at the moment.
June milk prices will have to reflect improved market conditions and tightening supplies across Europe, the ICMSA and IFA have warned.
New measures should be introduced to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the pursuit of more efficient processes on farms, according to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
A new bill introduced to the Dail this week could require planning permission to be obtained for new forestry developments.
Family ties have been crucial in establishing and maintaining the international reputation of a unique livestock improvement society in Carrick-on-Shannon.
A complete revision of the charges which farmers pay for public water supplies is being planned, with a new scale of fees to come into effect next year.
Farmers will need up to 3.5 inches of rainfall to have any hope of salvaging crops and restoring normal dairy and beef production.
Farm safety needs to be linked to CAP payments in order to save lives, a leading farm safety expert has urged.
European wheat futures in Paris fell for a third consecutive session on Tuesday, pressured by a sharp fall in U.S. futures and a cautious mood in Europe as traders awaited news on harvest progress to bring clarity to widely differing crop forecasts.
An equine complex on 364 acres and featuring nine residences, 71 stables and five yards has gone on the market at €9.25m.
The pressure on factory cattle prices continues to mount. Figures from Bord Bia show that at 9,038 for the week ending June 30, the number of cull cows going into the food chain are up almost 20pc on the same week in 2017.
Lakeland Dairies has held the base milk price at 31.78 cents per litre including VAT for June milk supplies.
Given the recent weather conditions there is potential in many areas to sell standing crops of cereals to livestock farmers as whole crop for ensiling.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has been urged to initiate further engagement with stakeholders as a matter of urgency on the introduction of mandatory EID tagging for all sheep.
A hurricane across the Atlantic may “influence” Ireland's hot weather possibly bringing wind and rain next week.
Environment Minister Denis Naughten is to provide €700,000 funding for a number of bring centres across the country to support the recycling of waste tyres, which are typically used to anchor silage pits.
A group of residents are to protest against plans to develop the €320m runway at Dublin Airport during an information meeting in St Margarets GAA club tomorrow.
ICSA sheep chair John Brooks was in top form yesterday with some barbed comments directed at the processing sector as he discussed falling sheep prices.
While hot weather has been welcomed by many, it has meant havoc for fruit growers and, in particular, has had a hugely detrimental effect on a Wexford favourite – the strawberry.
A county Antrim farmer was top dog on price with a 6,200gns (€7,365) for a sheep dog at a major UK working dog auction.
There was strong bidding in person and online at the recent sale held by Irish Machinery Auctions in Naas, Co Kildare, reports.
The newly passed Heritage Bill won’t do farmers any favours, a dairy farmer has warned.
AN ELDERLY farmer was killed when he toppled over a cliff while bravely trying to rescue a stranded calf.
The Cabinet has agreed to enable Ireland to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ireland.
A family dispute could collapse the sale of one of the country's few surviving great houses, Castletown Cox in Kilkenny, the Commercial Court heard.
As part of the radical restructuring of the Department of Justice and Equality, Minister Charlie Flanagan T.D., today announced the appointment of a new Secretary General of the Department to lead the transformation process.
The place-name Dungourney is forever emblazoned on my memory, writes Jim O’Brien.
Ulster Bank has announced that it is allocating €15 million through its Weather Agri Fund to support farmers as they face continued challenges due to adverse weather conditions.
A man aged in his 40s has died in a crash between a motorbike and a tractor in Co Antrim.
Wool prices may be low on this side of the border, but a Northern Ireland wool co-op is claiming it is offering above the going rate as it works flat out to meet demand from its Chinese customers.
The collapse in grass growth has cost dairy and drystock farmers close to €360m over the last six months, while the continuing heatwave is causing havoc for vegetable and cereal growers.
As I sit basking in the Kerry sunshine writing this column, I realise there are many of you wishing that this period of dry weather would end.
An illegal slaughterhouse that was deemed a "grave and immediate danger" to human health has been ordered to shut down by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
Euronext wheat fell for a second straight session, easing from last week’s one-month high as investors waited to see the extent of weather damage to harvests in France and elsewhere in Europe.
More than 1,200 extra people were employed on Irish dairy farms between 2010 and 2016, according to new research that will be presented by Teagasc at the International Agricultural Workforce Conference in Cork today.
Claims that CAP budget cuts could be as much as 17pc when inflation is taken in to account have been labelled as "fake news" by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan.
Two farms operated by China’s fourth-biggest pig producer Jiangxi Zhengbang Technology were found to be illegally dumping manure and allowing noxious sewage to seep into farmland, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said.
An ecologist bringing a High Court challenge against extended badger culls claims they risk making the bovine TB epidemic worse.
Paul Flynn is one of the best regarded chefs in Ireland, and he's had mountain lamb from the Comeraghs on the menu at The Tannery in Dungarvan for the last four years.
A farmer passed away over the weekend following an accident involving a tractor.
DNA matching the profile of a man accused of murdering Gareth Hutch was found on items of clothing seized from a car at the scene of the shooting, the Special Criminal Court has heard.
Hay fever season has well and truly taken over one Irish village. Durrow in Co Laois is preparing to host its ninth Scarecrow Festival this year and is hoping once again to attract entries from far and wide.
Behind a row of sealed red incubator doors in a new facility in northern China, about 400,000 chicks are hatched every day, part of the rapidly modernising supply chain in China’s $37 billion egg industry, the world’s biggest.
A drunk farmer who hitched a lift from his son on the back of his tractor exposed his backside after his trousers fell down during a pursuit by Gardai.
An elderly man has died in a suspected farm accident on a farm in Laois over the weekend.
A group of local farmers in Cork came together to help reseed a 40-acre field in Cork that hadn't been reseeded in 40 years.
With the recent spell of good weather, Fleming had their TR14 trailer in action with R Killen & Sons.
A man convicted of involvement in the “horrendous” aggravated burglary, assault and robbery of an 81-year old farmer in rural north Co Dublin has been jailed for 12 years.
Cattle are unable to dissipate their heat load very effectively.
Tinder-dry conditions will continue for the remainder of the week as the heatwave shows no signs of abating, according to Met Éireann.
In Co Westmeath, Willie Coonan of Coonan auctioneers Maynooth sold an 83ac farm on the shores of Lake Derravarragh for €650,000 or just under €8,000/ac.
A dairy farm part-owned by Australia’s biggest electronics chain Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd has been put on the market three years after it bought into it, the real estate agency running the intended sale has said.
A Limerick councillor says there is an epidemic of crows in the county.
The Department of Agriculture is planning to undertake a study to establish the prevalence of M. bovis infection in the national herd.
Potato growers right across the country are being forced to irrigate crops in an effort to protect yields.
Tinder-dry conditions will continue all this week as the heatwave continues to show no signs of abating, according to Met Éireann.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must give a top priority to stemming the flight from the land by young people, says Mayo suckler and sheep farmer June Burke.
Now that the showing season is in full swing horse owners across the country are going to great lengths to get their animals in peak condition, but at what cost?
My trip to the Garden County last week put me in mind of Shakespeare, the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, when the second holding I visited was located in a place called Stratford-on-Slaney.
A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of careless driving causing the death of a man in his 20s in Co Down.
Ever spent any time driving in Connemara? If you have, the odds are you've seen the ubiquitous local black-faced mountain sheep up close.
'We should have done it 20 years ago - it has exceeded our expectations" is the considered opinion of Catherine Millerick on the biggest change to the daily routine of running a dairy farm in South Tipperary.
The sunny weather has coincided with a much-needed boost in the land market.
It's hard to believe that I started my article this time last month by welcoming the much-needed sunshine - and now many livestock and crop farmers are suffering from significant moisture deficits.
A 92ac non-residential holding near Bailieborough in Co Cavan is the final part of the 158ac farm owned by the late and legendary NFA and IFA man Phil Reilly. It comes to auction with a guide price of €6,500/ac.
Q We have a farmhouse a short distance from a public road that is used by a few families who live there.
A man who died after a tractor he was travelling in left the road in County Down has been named as Philip Capper from Moira.
Patrick Hickey farms with his wife Elaine and brother John with two dairy farms in the midlands and three other brothers involved in dairying.
Warren Buffet said, "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked".
Last week saw me venture into the depths of South Tipperary to walk land and view some fine properties.
I'm glad I never have to make my mind up. It must be hard for young people. They're presented with so many choices, it must be crippling. I'm sitting in my local with my buddy, the Secret Woman. We're in our usual spot, two stools in front of the taps. And they've installed another new tap since the last time we were in here, this morning.
Theresa May's UK cabinet has released a three-page summary of their proposed Brexit deal with the European Union after a 12-hour meeting in Chequers.
Work-related incidents on Northern Ireland farms have led to the deaths of at least 70 people over the last 10 years, new figures have revealed.
Grassland, breeding, health & safety and environment are among the key topics to be covered during Sheep2018 Farm to Fork at Teagasc, Athenry on Saturday.
Talks on a trade deal between the EU and South American Mercosur bloc are heating up this summer.
Minister for Transport Shane Ross has claimed that the controversial filibustering from a small number of TDs over stricter drink-driving legislation has cost lives.
Center Parcs, which will offer short family breaks in Longford Forest from next year, has agreed contracts worth €5.2m with four Irish food companies.
The water was cut off at Gerry Nolan's farm in Dunbell, Clara, Co Kilkenny last Thursday night, plunging his dairy enterprise into a state of crisis and forcing the 65-year- old farmer to drive his tanker two miles to Bennetsbridge to pump water from the Nore.
The tinder-dry conditions in the current heatwave are putting farms and forests at serious risk of devastating fires, farmers and landowners are being warned, after three major infernos took hold in the county over the past week.
Papers circulated to ministers ahead of today's crunch meeting at Chequers are reported to recommend that the UK should maintain a "common rulebook" with the EU for all goods, including agricultural and food products.
SINN Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called for full transparency on the workings of a private forestry fund which he claims is having a negative impact on Irish farmers.
Much-loved wildflowers from wild strawberry to ragged robin are in decline as a result of widespread loss of meadows and grasslands in the UK, experts have warned.
The United States is due to impose tariffs on $34 billion of goods it imports from China on Friday. Tariffs on an extra $16 billion may come later.
Crisp manufacturers nationwide could be in danger of running out of potato supplies if the drought weather conditions continue, one of Ireland’s leading crisp and potato producer has warned.
The IFA has accused meat factories of 'hijacking drought conditions to cut beef prices and undermine the market, saying that over the past four weeks prices have been cut by up to €80/head.
Tillage and dairy farmers in the south east have been doing deals over the last two weeks for standing crops of winter wheat and winter barley for whole-cropping.
A MASSIVE fire on Slievebloom Mountains has already destroyed hundreds of hectares of forestry and caused millions of euro worth of damage, the head of Coillte’s forestry division has said.
A targeted payment aimed at halting the decline of the crops sector will have to be a key element of Ireland's national approach in the next CAP, the Irish Grain Growers Group (IGGG) has insisted.
Over 9,800 farmers have a TAMS II approval for which they have not yet submitted a payment claim, the Department of Agriculture has said in its latest update.
The current EU Commission proposals on the CAP Budget would have a devastating impact on Irish farm families, reducing real incomes by €3,000 on average each year, IFA President Joe Healy has said.
The son of former IFA President and renowned Meath dairy farmer Tom Clinton bought a neighbouring 105ac farm last week for €960,000 or just over €9,000/ac. The sale price beat the pre-auction guide by €110,000.
The heatwave, which follows an extremely wet April, has played havoc with the production of spuds.
New restrictions on viewing at marts could cause serious issues for farmers, the head of the one of the country's top mart groups has warned.
A bullock is using his special talent to keep cool this summer.
A man allegedly used republican paramilitaries in attempts to menace his brother into signing over a family farm, the High Court heard today.
IF you thought the two-week heatwave was nearing an end, think again – temperatures are set to hit 28C this weekend.
IRISH Water has announced a national hosepipe ban as demand for water exceeds available supply.
THE assembly facility at Fullwood Packo in Kanturk will close with the loss of 24 jobs which will put the "majority of employees at risk of redundancy."
Meat prices will fall to historic lows over the next decade and other foods should also become cheaper as population growth slows and farms become more efficient.
A legal action over the conduct of elections for the Irish Country Women's Association's national executive has been fixed for hearing next week after efforts to mediate the dispute failed.
Trading under the Origin Green brand may not be possible in the future if Irish agriculture doesn’t step up its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan has claimed.
As the country continues to bask in sunshine, farmers with drought conditions face mounting feed bills as grass growth remains severely curtailed.
When I headed to Spain in May for a break I had no idea that I would be taking the weather back with me.
With no rain coming from above, a Co Down farming family have had to go underground to keep their animals watered.
AXA has announced details of its new farm insurance products, promising new customers a no claims discounts of up to 30pc of the cost of the premium.
Global dairy prices fell at the biggest pace this year at a fortnightly auction held early on Wednesday, as strong supply muted what buyers were willing to pay for key products.
Many of the very late sown spring barley crops are suffering from drought stress, and are quite poor, according to Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc
Teagasc has set up a helpline for farmers who want to speak to an advisor regarding options for feeding stock given the continuing decline in grass growth rates throughout the country.
While sheep prices are not exactly melting like an unguarded ice cream in the sun, yesterday morning saw factories again turn up the heat on prices.
Gardai have advised farmers in particular to be vigilant of their personal property after two farmers were robbed in separated incidents in Co Limerick.
The controversial Heritage Bill was back in the Dail for debate this week with key elements of the new legislation continuing to be divisive.
Parts of the country has experienced its driest June in nearly 80 years, with the scorching weather set to continue into next week.
Cattle prices have taken a serious hit in the marts and factories this week as farmers with parched fields and tight grass supplies continue to offload stock.
A 75ac residential dairy farm at Balgarrett, Rathconrath in Co Westmeath, was withdrawn from auction last week and sold immediately afterwards.
Animal welfare concerns have been raised by the Irish Sheep Shearers Association due to a severe shortage of shearers across the country.
A man in his 70s who died following a tragic farming accident in Co Monaghan has been named locally as Owen Thornton.
Shares in FBD Holdings slumped by more than 3pc yesterday as the insurer's internal inquiry into CEO Fiona Muldoon continues to cast a pall over the stock.
A Co Monaghan community is in shock after a "well-known and popular" man died following a tragic farming accident on Tuesday afternoon.
While they may be more accustomed to donning mucky wellies and overalls, a record number of 11 young farmers will be getting suited and booted as Rose of Tralee escorts for the August festival.
A farmer, who lost the sight in one eye in a farming accident in recent weeks, has highlighted how gruelling farm workloads are impacting on farm safety.
The latest Global Dairy Trade event, which took place today, has seen most prices slump, with the overall index price down 5pc.
Some dairy farmers are earning thousands of euros less than others, based on the base milk price paid by the main eight processors.
Poor countries could have to pay up to $168 billion more in interest over the next decade as extreme weather events brought on by climate change affect their credit ratings, a study said on Monday.
SEVERAL farms that came to auction recently were withdrawn but sold immediately afterwards for undisclosed amounts.
Arising from current prolonged high pressure weather patterns, high temperatures and effective drought conditions, the Forest Service has said an extreme fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.
Limerick City Fire and Rescue battled a fire on a Limerick farm for several hours overnight.
AXA Insurance looks set to shake up the farm insurance market with the launch of a new farm insurance division.
The searing temperatures of the last 10 days are set to continue for another week, with little respite from the hot and dry conditions for farmers.
Milk producer Fonterra said on Tuesday that its total New Zealand milk production increased 6pc in May, helped by favourable autumn weather conditions.
President of ICMSA and dairy farmer Pat McCormack has said that onus to come up with feasible supply options is squarely on Irish Water.
Consumers face increasing potato prices as the weather causes havoc with this year’s crop.
Large crowds and a record turnout of livestock formed the backdrop to Newry Agricultural Show's 150th anniversary.
A man who was killed in a farm accident on Saturday has been named locally.
Parlour-fed concentrate will form a major part of daily feed allowance in drought conditions, according to Teagasc.
The launch of an internal investigation into FBD's high-profile chief executive, Fiona Muldoon, has thrust the resurgent insurer into the headlines and will re-ignite speculation about possible takeover action.
Shares in FBD yo-yoed yesterday as the market attempted to digest a statement from the company late on Friday that its chief executive is the subject of an internal inquiry.
Exceptional winter barley yields, serious concerns for late-sown spring crops, and a collapse in straw volumes, is the mixed forecast for this year's harvest.
Aurivo has today announced the expansion of its feed manufacturing site in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, with construction already underway.
The competition details were launched today by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle.
Here's key advice from Teagasc on how to manage drought conditions on your farm
The Government and farmers are pinning their hopes of averting a national fodder crisis on a change in the weather.
Almost 100,000 farmers are set to receive a refund that was deducted from their 2016 Basic Payment.
New figures about the national forest estate show that the national forest estate is expanding and has now reached 11pc of the total land area.
A little over 171m hectares of land in the European Union (EU) were used for agricultural production in 2016 – about 40pc of the EU's total land area. This supported about 10.3m farms and farm managers.
Qatar has opened its doors to Irish meat and meat products, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced.
Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president, Victor Chestnutt has warned that a possible amagalmation of border milk processors LacPatrick Dairies and Lakeland Dairies must not impact on competition in the industry.
Retaining a national championship in the pedigree world is the challenge of every breeder, but quadruple success in this sphere is achieved by very few - unless you're the Mileys from Roscommon.
Skin cancer now accounts for nearly one in three forms of the disease diagnosed in men annually – in many cases as a result of sun exposure linked to their outdoor jobs in farming and construction.
The decision to introduce electronic tagging (EID) of sheep has been defended by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.
A 91.6ac Tipperary tillage farm with extensive road frontage on the outskirts of Cahir made a headline price at auction last week. It sold under the hammer for €2.125m making over €23,000/ac.
The Revenue Commissioners have recently provided clarification on certain aspects of paying wages to family members. The main thrust of the clarification is that the wages paid must be genuinely earned on the farm.
Norwegian meat processors are targeting skilled Eastern European workers employed by Irish slaughter plants in a move which threatens to exacerbate labour shortages in the industry.
A 91ac grassland farm at Clarkville, just outside Edenderry in Co Offaly sold at auction last week making €1.115m or €12,250/ac.
"I don't use the word sustainable anymore because it means nothing because the word has been so over used" was the comment from a young Hungarian organic vegetable grower at the EUFRAS (European Forum for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services) conference held in Hungary last week.
Cotter Agri Contractors Ltd is a family run outfit with 52 years' experience based in Cappoquinn, Co Waterford. The business was originally set up by John Cotter, and John's son Kieran is now managing the operation. They employ up to 10 staff during peak season.
In a bid to save money on his electricity bills Kilkenny dairy farmer Cathal Moran recently took the innovative step to install a 10kWp solar installation
Kieran McDermott is spreading fertiliser, anticipating the midweek rain at the home farm in Co Monaghan when I mention the 'B' word - and he just sighs and quietly replies:"Don't melt my brains."
A man has died following a tragic farm accident this morning.
Two recent episodes reminded me of the diverse faces of generosity.
The momentum against cuts to the EU's farm budget is growing, with advocacy groups, MEPs and a majority of national governments now actively campaigning against the Commission.