Osmonds cite regulations and online competition for closure decision
The renowned animal health products manufacturer and supplier, Osmonds, is exiting the business and will cease trading in the spring.
The renowned animal health products manufacturer and supplier, Osmonds, is exiting the business and will cease trading in the spring.
The number of suckler farmers in the south and southeast has fallen by over 20pc since 2010, highlighting the scale of the exodus from beef. Nationally, 9,801 suckler...
Global dairy prices had a slight increase at a fortnightly auction held today which comes on the back of prices rising for the first time in six months recently.
Potato growers are being warned to order and import their seed potatoes ahead of Brexit, amid fears a no-deal Brexit could see Ireland face a huge shortage of potatoes.
A farmer has admitted to injecting cows with a special type of diesel in order to fake TB in their cattle so that they could get compensation.
With calving season only a matter of weeks away, some farmers many be considering whether they should contract rear their heifer calves down the line. Here's some things to consider before deciding whether to send them to be contract rearer or not:
President Donald Trump on Monday said he authorized a second round of payments from an aid package of up to $12 billion designed to help farmers stung by the U.S. trade war with China, billing it as a promise kept to a key constituency.
A special patrol unit is being set up by An Garda Síochána nationally to deal with trespassers who illegally hunt on farm land, said the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA).
The State will not buy famed Luggala House in Wicklow unless the asking price "falls to within a certain range".
A new report by KPMG has said that for Ireland to continue its growth in exports to Asia, it must ensure consumer trust and grow awareness of its 'green' image.
Potato farmers saw their crop yields back over 30pc in some cases this year, as the weather impacted planting and growing conditions.
Producers of Irish cream liqueur have raised concerns over the protection over what they call incidences of Canadian-produced liqueurs being passed-off as ‘Irish cream’.
Discussions are ongoing between the owners of Luggala Estate and Minister for Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan over the possibility of the State purchasing the prestigious estate.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has said that it is expected that the almost €400m budget for a farm building grant scheme will be spent despite a massive underspend to date.
Brazil’s outgoing Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday that South American trade bloc Mercosur is ready to close a trade agreement with the European Union but it is being held up because the Europeans do not want to close a deal.
Approximately 20 per cent of Irish suckler herds operate completely on an autumn calving system, with the remaining 80pc operating a spring calving system or a combination of both.
Storm Deirdre caused festive season misery across the country, with torrential rainfall inflicting damaging floods and high winds leaving thousands without electricity due to fallen power lines.
Gardaí are investigating a dissident link to a violent incident at a house in Co Roscommon which was at the centre of a "heavy-handed" eviction last week.
US farm, automaker and food and beverage groups pressed the Trump administration on Friday to ensure that any new trade talks with the European Union lead to an increase in their access to EU markets with less red tape.
The latest figures around live exports from Ireland show that the number of cattle exported this year is up 33pc.
'Regift' is not a dirty word. Rather, it's time to tag it onto the popular anti-waste motto, 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'.
German pharma giant Bayer has a job to do if it wants to win public trust. Shortly after it completed the purchase of Monsanto, the owner of weed killer Round Up, an American jury ruled that the weed killer had contributed to a man's cancer.
We spoke to farmers at Raphoe Mart about the possible impact of Brexit on their businesses.
The current round of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is due to expire in 2019 but is likely to be rolled over into 2020, 2021 or perhaps 2022 before a new programme is put into place.
An investigation has been launched into an attack at a farmhouse in Roscommon in the early hours.
This year has seen quite a number of Waterford farms on the market and all fetching good prices. This is no surprise as the home of the Déise is also home to a strong farming sector from the mountains to the sea.
The taxation of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements is a continuous source of uncertainty and the basis of many an enquiry that I receive.
As we come to the end of 2018, grass supplies are almost all grazed off now. The next move for our ewes is to either put them inside and feed silage and hay or find another source of feeding for them.
It is hard to know where to begin when describing CareBright, a social care enterprise based in rural Limerick employing 250 staff and caring for 800 people, the vast majority of whom live in their own homes.
Sheep Farmer of the Year John Bell sold the home farm when his mother retired and moved to Castletowngeoghegan in Westmeath 28 years ago, because his wife Marese was working in Mullingar.
The current TV advertisements for the Lotto feature a 'winner' seeking to spend some of his new-found fortune on an island shopping spree.
IT has featured topless farmers knitting in a field of sheep, and grimacing donkeys getting their teeth cleaned -the Irish Farmers Calendar is marking 10 years of the best photos through the years.
Football and conversation are among the creative methods used by Irish farmers to ensure a healthy, happy turkey.
A judge has ordered a farmer to appear before the High Court next week over his refusal to comply with an order to vacate 50 acres of land he owns.
When taking out a bank loan, a prominent Leinster auctioneer is advising farmers to only hand over the deeds to the portion of the property necessary to satisfy the lender’s requirements.
There was a festive atmosphere at Raphoe Mart and fatstock cattle sale as hundreds of farmers from all over Donegal and further afield gathered for the finale of the mart's year.
Most of our stock are housed and settling in to their new surroundings for the winter.
An agri show has come under fire for refusing to amend the ‘men-only’ policy they have in place for the show’s award dinner.
At separately held SGMs, the shareholders of North Cork Co-operative Creameries (Kanturk, Co. Cork) and Newtownsandes Co-operative (Moyvane, Co. Kerry) have approved the merger of the two Societies, which had been unanimously recommended to members by their respective Boards.
When I was a kid I had a collection of Britains tractors that would rival Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Toy Show studio.
Glanbia has announced it is holding its price at 32c/L for November milk, by introducing a 'support payment' after cutting its base price.
Factory prices for steers and heifers yet again remained static yesterday at bases of €3.75/kg and €3.85/kg respectively, and with last week’s kill settling at 40,090 you can see why.
Construction of a cubicle shed for cows is a major project requiring significant design and financial planning before construction begins.
The EU sold 60,000t of skimmed milk powder (SMP) this week, for significantly cheaper than it bought the product into intervention.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced that payments have commenced under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme.
A year ago, I wrote about the ridiculous situation I found myself in with the Department of Agriculture.
The trade rode the wave of stronger factory demand for the first half of last week, with reports that up to €5.20/kg was paid in places.
Last month I accompanied two Limerick-based discussion groups on a trip to Sweden. While we have a huge advantage by having a low-cost grass-based system, we have a long way to go to catch up to our Swedish counterparts in terms of herd health.
The CAP budget is coming under more pressure, as eastern European farmers call for increased farm payments.
HIGHER prices for potatoes due to the summer drought and energy price rises contributed to higher costs for consumers last month.
The first lab-grown steak will be available to buy in two years after scientists finally produced meat with the correct appearance, shape and texture of a real slice of beef.
A rural community in Co Antrim has been left devastated after a well-known farmer was killed in an incident involving a bull.
The Minister for Agriculture has told the IFA that his Department will name factories found guilty of excess trim offences from the New Year .
Front-loading of Pillar 1 payments and increased national exchequer backing for Pillar 2 were the primary demands made by the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) at their National Rally held in Westport recently.
The downward trend of foodbourne illnesses has stalled, according to a new European report, and more must be done to push the figures down it says.
Beef farmer, Michael Danagher will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram account today and will giving our readers an insight into his pedigree Charolais farm.
Farmers should stretch the feed now during the dry cow period, rather than during calving time, if they are still seeing a deficit in their winter feed budget, according to Teagasc nutritionist, Brian Garry.
While weather risk is a reality of farming, the multiple extreme weather events of late 2017 and 2018 really stretched farm resources – cash, labour and facilities.
EU ambassadors have endorsed a deal with the European Parliament on new rules for placing fertilising products on the EU market.
Cork University Hospital (CUH) has apologised to the family of a 58-year old farmer who died more than two days after his admission with severe chest pain.
A major update of the Department of Agriculture's land-mapping system that is used to monitor CAP payment schemes will be rolled out in the new year.
After its final board meeting of the year, which was held today, the Directors of Ornua released a statement saying they "recognise governance matters have recently arisen at Board level...all directors have committed themselves..to resolve these matters".
Dog owners are being asked to keep their dogs on a leash at all times after a recent sheep attack left one farmer with a dozen dead sheep and the remaining in risk of aborting.
Mullinalaghta from Longford defied the odds to win the Leinster club senior football final, and the mart trade also defied the odds last week.
The IFA is leading a sit-in protest in the offices of the Minister for Agriculture in Dublin over the refusal of Minister Creed to name the meat factories found guilty of excessively trimming carcases.
Over 800 farmers have yet to submit a nutrient-management plan as part of GLAS 3, with just weeks to the deadline.
IRELAND "needs to step up" its efforts to tackle global warming, the Government has told the UN climate talks.
The impact of intensive farming on Ireland's wildlife will be under the spotlight in a new survey of the country's hare population.
The White House is delaying additional payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China because it expects Beijing to resume buying US soybeans, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
A farmer wants a High Court court order to allow him to sell 46 acres of land so he can pay off his debts to a "vulture fund".
Dairy farmers only got one day off and worked over 12 hour days during the stressful Spring period of 2018, according to a new Teagasc study on labour and stress issues.
Only a fraction of IFA members have signed up to the association’s anti-theft initiative, prompting calls for farmers to get serious about crime prevention measures.
Farmers should take the time to evaluate the quality of the silage they are buying in times of deficits or preferably have a reserve of good quality silage on farm, according to Teagasc Advisor Joe Patton, speaking at the recent National Dairy Conference.
Farmers in Waterford had on average the highest incomes during the period between 2014-2016, according to figures provided by Revenue.
New figures show that 55 agri-food companies have received €12.91m in funding through the Department of Agriculture's Brexit Loan Scheme.
British supermarkets are to start selling food farmed in the UK by robots for the first time in a project led by Waitrose, the Telegraph has learned.
A sharp slide in the value of sterling has piled more pressure on the beef trade this week.
Lakeland Dairies has reduced its milk price by one cent for the month of November.
Gardaí investigating the circumstances of a farm death have arrested a man this morning.
Fonterra said its reduction in farmgate milk price and drop in margin by €14 million for the first quarter of 2018 is due to the surge in global milk supply and adverse weather conditions.
This year's crop of Christmas trees is fuller than normal thanks to our long, hot summer.
A dispute between Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan's department and the county council in his Co Laois constituency is blocking the roll-out of rural community CCTV schemes.
US lawmakers have reached an agreement on the Farm Bill that drops a proposal to tighten food stamps restrictions backed by President Donald Trump, and are looking to vote on it this week, according to congressional staffers.
Average slaughter weights for most cattle are well back this year compared to 2017, confirming the growing impact of increased dairy numbers on the beef sector.
Member States need to address poor rural broadband speed to ensure small to medium-sized farms are allowed to take part in the agri-tech revolution, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
According to research, the categories with the greatest growth potential in the domestic market are fruit and vegetables, and dairy, but insufficient organic cereals is stopping the growth of organic dairy and meat sectors.
New figures from Northern Ireland's Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), show how dependant the UK is on Irish beef, but that it has in 2018 increased the level of beef imports from countries outside the EU including South America and New Zealand.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is currently finalising the draft Threat Response Plan for public consultation on pressures facing populations within Special Protection Areas designated for breeding Hen Harriers.
A farmer whose €350,000 investment dropped to €152,000, after it failed to perform as expected, has lost an appeal over whether he received financial advice before investing.
The restaurant in a Co Westmeath mart was recently served with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland after rodent droppings were found in the kitchen.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced that over 45,000 registered sheep and goat keepers will receive their Annual Sheep and/or Goat Census 2018 forms shortly.
The Department of Agriculture is currently inspecting two further boats for live exports, it has confirmed, as total live export figures for the year are up 30pc.
New tractor sales in November were ahead of those for the same month in the past two years, and overall figures for the year show that tractor sales are up 224 units (13pc), new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.
Rainfall levels are above normal for the past two weeks, the latest figures from Met Eireann, with more cold and wet weather expected in the coming days.
A 77-year-old west Cork man has been sent forward for trial to the next sitting of the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee, on a plea of not guilty, of allegedly stealing cash from a 93-year-old Kenmare man, known locally as Ireland’s oldest drover.
A Co. Limerick farmer has been fined €1,650 after a veterinary inspector found dead calves on land he had rented.
IRELAND has been ranked the worst country in Europe on taking action to tackle climate change for the second year in a row.
Irish agri-food exports to China are currently worth almost €100m, but beef exports for the first eight months of 2018 were only worth €432,000, new figures show.
The Department of Agriculture is at an advanced stage of development to provide a calf birth registration application that will be accessible on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Supermarket specification demands have decimated the trade in live cattle to Northern Ireland with exports down almost 90pc from their peak in 2010.
Viva the Aviva! Last month I wrote I was looking forward to the All Blacks game and the occasion was everything I could have hoped for and more.
The teleporter used as a weapon in the death of a farmer in Co Kerry during a row over a crow banger is to be returned to the killer's family.
If you're looking for a dream property on a compact farm within shouting distance of the capital, then Belfield House on 41ac at Kilpedder in Wicklow could be the place.
The hum of milking parlours will gradually cease for the next six to eight weeks on over 80pc of dairy farms in the south of the country.
A row over post-Brexit import quotas has reared its head again, with the EU fighting battles both internally and internationally.
Case IH's Maxxum 145 Multicontroller tractor has been awarded the title of Tractor of the Year 2019. The tractor also scooped a Best Design 2019 gong at a special award ceremony at EIMA International, the farm equipment show held in Bologna, Italy. The other two tractors that made the three-model finalist line-up this year were McCormick's X7.690 and Zetor's Forterra HSX 140.
This year's hot weather has had a measurable financial impact on John McCormack's dairy enterprise in Mayo.
Development and modernisation is key to business success and a farm is no different.
The Ulster Farmers' Union, in some ways the IFA's counterpart north of the border, is at a very serious crossroads amid this ongoing Brexit crisis.
Patrick Brennan was "totally surprised" to win the Farming Independent/Zurich Insurance Dairy Farmer of the Year 2018 and insists "we are doing nothing out of the ordinary".
Two peat extraction firms have been refused permission to appeal a significant finding their activities are no longer exempt development.
Fantastic sowing conditions this back end have seen a substantial increase in winter plantings particularly winter barley.
With more young people leaving school and heading straight to college, the thoroughbred and sport horse industries are finding it increasingly difficult to find enthusiastic staff to join the pay roll.
The Northern Ireland agricultural industry has had a near miss after a cow carrying a potentially economically devastating disease was stopped at customs.
The long dark nights give me time to reflect on the year and also to attend sheep group meetings and gatherings.
Co Meath was once criss-crossed by railway lines until the arrival of the motor car and bus service put paid to its viability. It may be called back into service sooner than we think.
Bayer AG plans to cut 12,000 jobs and exit its animal health business in an effort to reverse its share price slump since its $63bn takeover of Monsanto Company.
Despite the feeling that the mart trade is starting to wind down for 2018, a number of marts are seeing a mini-surge in buyer numbers.
Dairy farmers are likely to see an increase in the costs paid for Farm Relief Services (FRS) milkings this spring due to labour shortages.
They say every day is a school day. And I think that is certainly the case for us this year when it comes to feeding our suckler cows.
Seaweed-based feed is no silver bullet for methane reduction in cattle and further research is needed on its viability in Ireland given our island location and emission target challenges, a Teagasc scientist has said.
Students at University College Dublin (UCD) have apologised for making offensive comments during a broadcast on college station Belfield FM.
Management and staff on the industry-backed Greenfield Farm in Kilkenny were not adequately prepared for Storm Emma that left six cattle dead, a new report has found.
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland has confirmed Bluetongue was detected in a heifer imported from France.
Minster of State with responsibility for Organics at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., has announced that 2018 advance payments for farmers in the Organic Farming Scheme will commence this Friday, 7 December.
Advance estimates from the CSO on the output, input and income in agriculture for 2018 show that they had to absorb additional feed costs of €450m this year, have been described by ICMSA as "catastrophic".
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has said that farmers will be notified and compensated in cases of excess carcass trimming by meat plants.
Forecasters have issued two weather alerts ahead of the next 24 hours and warned of a risk of coastal damage.
Global trade in dairy products will grow at a significantly slower pace between now and 2030 than in the past decade, a new outlook report by the European Commission has said.
Suckler herds can reduce their Greenhouse Gas emissions by 10pc over the next 20 years if they use genetics to produce profitable and carbon efficient cows.
The dispute over the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process undertaken by Kerry County Council to progress the controversial South Kerry Greenway project took a new turn this week with local councillors trading blows on the issue.
For continued expansion of our dairy herd, we need to be planting more trees, the head of Teagasc Gerry Boyle has said.
Farmers are set to be hit with a significant increase in fertiliser prices next year, according to researchers at Teagasc.
"As is the general rule of thumb, the livestock trade is dictated by supply and demand. With numbers of sheep on offer remaining small, prices have lifted in response, resulting in many buyers not being able to fill their orders."
Significant cuts in domestic beef production to get supply and demand back into equilibrium is the only solution to the current cattle-price crisis, the ICSA has claimed.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed , has welcomed the progress made on live exports during the Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Egypt.
As 2018 draws to a close, it is good to reflect on a difficult year for many farmers and see what lessons can be learned.
France, reeling from violent protests over the cost of living, said on Wednesday it will delay until early next year minimum food price rises, incurring the wrath of the main farmers group which called on its members to take to the streets next week.
The Macra na Feirme Rural Youth Committee has announced it has begun a nationwide consultation with Macra members to develop a comprehensive overview of issues young people are facing in rural Ireland and how those challenges can be overcome.
Greenhouse gas emissions figures released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that Ireland’s emissions decreased slightly in 2017.
Landowners in Laois insisted they will not back down in their increasingly bitter dispute with Eirgrid over the construction of a major electricity substation near the village of Stradbally.
Global dairy prices rose for the first time in six months at a fortnightly auction held early on Wednesday as lower volumes of key products were offered at the sale.
Factory prices are still being pressurised by high numbers presenting: last week's figure was 39,961.
Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for the entire west coast as stormy conditions are expected to hit most of Ireland over the course of Thursday and Friday.
The Department of Agriculture has refused to be drawn into the controversy around the charges being imposed for the clipping of what factories deem to be dirty sheep.
The UN secretary-general on Tuesday urged world leaders to use a climate change summit he will host in 2019 to explain how they plan to ratchet up their efforts to reverse worsening global warming that is leading to a “very dramatic situation”.
Farmers are one of the largest groups to feature on the on the latest Revenue Defaulters list which details tax defaulters for the cases of failure to file a tax return, failure to remit tax, or delivery of an incorrect return.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in milk, but four times as much of it is produced if the cows are milked during specific points in their sleep cycles, the producers of Lullaby Milk say.
A couple living in a rural village in Bavaria in Germany have sued a local dairy farmer due to the sound coming from her herd's cowbells which they say is keeping them awake and as a result is causing them "depression".
Farm incomes were severely hit by the weather in 2018, with incomes estimated by Teagasc to be down across most sectors.
The Department of the Environment and other authorities receive complaints specifically over the use of crow bangers especially by people living in rural areas - however there is no legislation specifically to deal with the bird scarers, as they are also referred to.
Operating profit at Greencore's continuing operations grew 1.7pc in the last year as the company said its rise in revenue has it well positioned to further grow its core UK market.
Australian livestock exporters have today written to Western Australian sheep producers, advising of a new three-month moratorium in sheep shipments to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere summer.
Limerick pair John and Olivia McNamara have been named Grassland Farmers of the Year.
China will need to drop steep tariffs it imposed on a range of American farm products earlier this year before it can fulfill its pledge to buy substantial volumes of U.S. goods, said Chinese traders on Monday.
Brexit and fluctuating farm incomes are expected to be the main topics of discussion at the Teagasc Outlook event today.
A Game of Thrones actor, a TV chef and a duchess were among those who posed with a fancy dress pig outside Parliament to protest against the opening of a new farm.
Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for three counties but wet and windy conditions are set to hit most counties over the coming week.
Eye in the sky satellite surveillance with the precision to read livestock tag numbers is set to replace the physical inspection of farms for EU compliance.
Health Minister Simon Harris is being urged to address claims that blood samples went missing during a State animal health investigation in the late 1990s.
Proposals that would publicly identify animals from herds categorised as high risk for TB infection would stigmatise farmers and devalue stock, Department of Agriculture officials have been warned.
AN Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to Aughinish Alumina to begin blasting and extracting rock close to the mud ponds at the Askeaton plant.
Broadband should be coming to a rural home near you. Just not any time soon. Peter Smyth's report published last week found that former Communications Minister Denis Naughten had not sought to influence the procurement process around the National Broadband Plan by having private meetings with the sole remaining bidder.
There has been a major positive shift in the lamb trade this week with numbers tightening and prices rising, according to IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy.
A Co Kerry farmer who killed his neighbour with a teleporter has been jailed for five years.
Butchers chain Crawshaw has been sold to meat entrepreneur Tom Cribbin for £1.4 million, securing 240 jobs.
New Holland has patented a new Trailer Brake System onto its T7 and T6 tractors.
A judge in the UK has warned of the grave consequences of inadequate safety on farms after a young woman died, having caught her hair in a piece of machinery from the 1940’s which did not meet modern standards.
The Charolais Society held their Christmas Cracker Show and Sale of bulls at Elphin Mart on Saturday for which 101 bulls were catalogued.
UK cattle prices slipped further last week on the back high supplies.
EBI evaluations are to undergo a fundamental change to their publication dates and their frequency with effect from the beginning of 2019.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that he has no immediate plans to change the law regarding trespass on farmland.
On a whistle-stop tour of Newtownards late last week, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley swept into Lakeland Dairies' factory, which bosses say exports 99.9pc of its produce outside Northern Ireland, and where chief executive Michael Hanley said that it would be the company's preference "that there was no Brexit."
Leinster House is in total wind down ahead of the Christmas break, which is still more than a fortnight away.
Sean Kilkenny is not a man to mince his words, and his message to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed is simple: get out and meet the real farmers and find out if they are making ends meet.
Diet feeders are made to work hard at this time of year. As the winter kicks off proper, some TLC in the form of machine maintenance can save costly breakdowns.
Making money from under-utilised land makes sense but there are various reasons farmers hold back, asks Martin O'Sullivan.
The Deeps is the intriguing name given to a regency villa located near Crossabeg in Wexford, between Enniscorthy and Wexford town. Set on 48ac of grassland and woodland, and with frontage on to the tidal end of the Slaney, the renovated villa is for sale by private treaty. Selling agents Savills are guiding the price at €850,000.
There has been a dramatic ramping up of interest in climate policy in the past two months. At the beginning of October, the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report underlined the acute nature of climate change, calling for immediate action.
Two in every three Limousin bulls on offer at the Limousin Society Show and Sale at Tullow Mart found a new home, with the sale returns recording an average of €2,620.
At Carhue, 5km from Bandon, Ernest Forde is handling the sale of a 42ac residential farm with a range of dated but useful outbuildings.
What is the price of good service? What I'm really asking, is what is the value of having good back-up when you need it?
It was raining with a vengeance as I made my way up across the country to Delvin in Westmeath. As they would say, it was a day for the fire and the last thing a fella would want to be doing is walking land. Even a 103ac farm wouldn't be sufficient to entice one to put on the wellies and fog up the specs.
As likely candidates for the accolade of Farmer of the Year go, Gillian O'Sullivan wasn't always a front runner. To start with, she started her career far from her family's Dungarvan farm, as a vet caring for small animals in Bray. And then there is the fact that only for a family tragedy, O'Sullivan and her husband Neil might not have gotten involved in farming at all.
It's been a very busy second half of the year in land sales for John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde, Clonakilty.
The Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 6,500 Farm Assist recipients next week (commencing Monday 3 December), with payments totalling €1.3m being to farmers in the Scheme.
Dairy farmers made the most of high prices and fair weather increasing milk production in October by over 20pc.
Ireland and Libya has agreed veterinary health certificates for the export of cattle to Libya, removing the need for individual boat-by-boat certification.
More than 40pc of groundwater sources that provide drinking water for two million people are contaminated with the dangerous bug E.coli, found in human and animal faeces.
For a number of years with the arrival of winter, a large brown thrush takes possession of a berry-laden Cotoneaster shrub which grows outside our kitchen window.
The Ulster Farmers' Union leadership team has said it would consider another option to the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement from the EU - if there was one on the table.
The Boards of North Cork Co-operative Creameries (Kanturk, Co. Cork) and Newtownsandes Co-operative (Moyvane, Co. Kerry) have unanimously agreed to recommend the merger of the two Societies to their respective memberships.
An 80-year-old man has died after his tractor struck a ditch in Co Leitrim on Thursday.
The Minister for Agriculture has won his appeal over an order requiring him to pay €124,453, plus interest, to a farmer who had overstated the area of his lands eligible under the Single Payment Scheme.
The routine tail-docking of pigs by farmers must be stopped, the EU Commission has insisted.
The recent cold weather has sent grass growth down to single-digit figures on the sheep platform at Lyons Farm in UCD, and the focus on the farm is now on finalising the 2018 grazing season. Ewes will finish grazing on December 10 and will then move on to redstart.
This time three years ago most of us had never heard the term 'Brexit'.
Gas Networks Ireland has confirmed that a project to inject large volumes of renewable gas onto the natural gas network, has been shortlisted for €8m of funding under The Climate Action Fund.
Pedigree breed societies have catalogued in excess of 200 bulls for the end-of-season shows and sales to be held over the next two week-ends, which traditionally have been among the most successful of the autumn run for the vendors.
A sack of drowned puppies has caused widespread distress among animal lovers following the horrific discovery of six dead collie pups near the shoreline at Reenagross in Kenmare, Co Kerry last week
Environment MEPs will today vote on a new food law that changes how pesticides, GMOs and food additives are licensed for use within the bloc as legislators up the ante on agri-chemicals.
A dairy farmer’s workshy son who "hated the herd" and "made cows nervous" will be thrown out of his home after losing a High Court claim to inherit his parents’ £1million farm.
Dublin-listed Donegal Investment Group has reported revenue of €76.2m for the 12 months to the 31 August 2018, a decrease of €200,000 on the same period last year.
Irish milk prices were almost 2.5c/l below the average paid by 17 of Europe's top dairies for September supplies.
The classification of peatlands and wetlands as 'carbon rich soils' under the current CAP proposals will have serious implications for farmers working this ground, the INHFA has warned.