Farmers warned felling licences taking a year to process - IFA
Forestry felling licenses are taking up to a year to process farmers are being warned by the IFA.
Forestry felling licenses are taking up to a year to process farmers are being warned by the IFA.
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An investigation has been launched after a major pollution incident in which 100,000 gallons of slurry inadvertently released into a Co Tyrone river.
Allegations of misappropriation of expenses and voting irregularities and attempts to postpone its elections to determine a new President and national officers have rocked the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA).
After an exceptionally good year in 2017, Irish dairy farmers have come through a difficult few months.
What a welcome boost it is to get some pleasant weather which allows the cows eat their fill of nutritious grass and lie on dry ground while enjoying some occasional sunshine. This is the first time this year that I can say the cows are content.
Bigger farms continue to be the order of the day. In Kilkenny, Ger Walsh of Walter Walsh Estate Agents is handling the sale of a 117ac farm at Earlsgrove, Ballylowra, near Thomastown.
Irish Grain Growers has called for an auditing system to be introduced to track all grain traded in Ireland.
The cousin of a Fermanagh teenager who died in an accident involving farm machinery says everyone thought the world of him.
Early this week saw all factories attempt to crunch spring lamb prices as they dropped their official quotes by 10-20c/kg. The short story is that lamb is now being quoted at €6.60-6.80/kg, while Dawn and the two ICM plants are the only plants officially quoting for hoggets.
Renewed doubts about traceability and sanitary standards in the Brazilian beef industry have been raised in a new report from the European Parliament (EP) Agriculture Committee.
The United States is seeking better access for imports of genetically modified crops into China as part of a trade deal currently under discussion between the two sides, said two people familiar with the matter.
Almost a third of farmers are at retirement age or above, while more than half are over 55.
A radical overhaul of the current CAP payments regime has been proposed by the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee.
A massive hike is reported in the land area sown to maize this year, with some estimates putting the lift in the plantings at over 7,000ha.
Farmers across the country have been forced to adjust their cropping plans this year due to the poor weather in the autumn and the subsequent poor weather in the spring.
One of the biggest estates to come on the market this year is Fortgranite, a 341ac farm with a period house and a range of other accommodation along with an current dairy operation, farm buildings and ancillary buildings in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.
WASTE plastic from farms will no longer be collected by the Farm Relief Service (FRS) in Wicklow because the business does not qualify for the recycling levy.
There were 137,500 farms in Ireland in 2016, of which 137,100 were family farms. This represents a fall in farm numbers by 2,100 since 2013.
This has been an extremely difficult season to date. Grazing conditions and indeed the opportunity for zero grazing have been challenging.
The European Council to adopt the text of the Regulation providing new rules for organic farming clears the final hurdle for the modernisation of the sector and the harmonisation of rules covering organic production both within the European Union and in non-EU countries.
A young man has died in an incident on a farm in Northern Ireland
The Forest Service has issued a status orange fire warning with dry weather and high temperatures forecast for the coming days.
European Union countries cleared the way on Tuesday for the bloc to begin free trade talks with Australia and New Zealand in a drive to forge new alliances as trade tensions with the United States increase.
New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative Group cut its full-year profit and dividend forecasts, sending its shares down 7pc as the company takes longer to pass on higher milk costs to its customers.
This week saw all factories attempt to crunch spring lamb prices as they dropped their official quotes by 10-20c/kg.
Bord Bia has strongly rejected criticism of its Origin Green marketing campaign by Irish MEP, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan.
The income gap between dairy and other farmers continues to widen with new Teagasc figures showing almost one-third of dairy farmers earned more than €100,000 in 2017.
A substantial reward has been offered by a well-known livestock auctioneer in County Tyrone for the recovery of machinery and family valuables stolen from his farm on Sunday night.
We were an odd bunch watching the royal wedding in my kitchen. Myself -the farmer with little in the way of royal leanings; my wife, the unabashed royalist and lover of weddings in general; my vet, a German with strong views on matters military.
A €2,200 difference in April milk returns for the average 90-cow herd has opened up because of wide variation in the prices paid by processors.
In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.
An increase in average incomes on farms last year was almost completely driven by the very large increase in income observed on dairy farms, according to new figures from Teagasc.
Kilkenny farmers used glasshouses to deliver new season potatoes to Aldi on time as part of a huge €70m deal with the retailer.
The Massey Ferguson offering at Grass & Muck last week in Gurteen included the latest mid to high horsepower S Series tractors, the smaller MF 4700 and 5700 tractors ranging from 75 to 110hp, as well as new round balers and telehandlers.
The European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc could reach a trade agreement this year, the president of the European Council said on Monday, following tensions between the two regional blocs during negotiations last month.
Beef breeders and the ICBF are set for a very public clash today on the value of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), and the operation of the Euro-Star system of measuring animal breeding merit.
Lunchtime in Taipei’s Ximending district is a test of wills and patience as tourists and locals jostle at restaurants and street stalls to choose from steamed and fried dumplings, flat and thin noodles, stuffed pancakes, grills and desserts.
Ongoing monitoring of lead levels in soil, water supplies, animal tissue and farm produce in the Silvermines area of North Tipperary has been recommended by an inter-agency group following an investigation into animal deaths on farms in the area.
The Department of Agriculture has denied that the controversial decision to introduce mandatory electronic tagging (EID) of all sheep from October 1 was prompted by the findings of a major Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) audit of its sheep identification and traceability controls.
A Bangor farmer has been found guilty of stealing five pedigree cows from a neighbouring farm worth £12,250.
THE Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) is facing major questions over its president's salary two years after a row over pay rocked the organisation.
In recent weeks, the UK has moved towards a ban on exporting live animals for slaughter after announcing a major review of laws regulating their transport.
Bathers at one of Ireland’s most stunning beaches have been warned they risk being attacked by a randy bull.
Silage season has really burst into life in the last fortnight, with many farmers already having completed first cut.
A third of Irish bee species are threatened with extinction with bumblebee populations falling year-on-year due to removal of hedgerows and ditches, use of pesticides and insecticides and climate change.
The man was on his knees as far as I could see.
Dublin-listed Donegal Investment Group has put its speciality dairy business, Nomadic, on the block.
Warm, dry weather in the past month has helped European farmers catch up on maize planting but crops could start to suffer unless regular rain returns, analysts said.
The silage season is set to get into full swing later this week with Met Eireann forcasting a sustained period dry weather.
A fine compact residential farm located at Ballinakill in Co Laois sold in lots after auction last week beating its reserve of €500,000.
Three brothers who have feasted for years on their mother’s home-made frozen yoghurt and ice cream have turned her recipes into a family business.
Farmers need to stop allowing their work to cause long-lasting health problems and become a generally healthier people, a conference on farmer health has heard.
A MAJOR talking point in the County Limerick, and indeed, national farming community in the last week has been the result of a court case in Kilmallock.
At last we have the sowing finished.
The south-east continues to supply a steady stream of lovely properties to the market.
In a joint venture at a Wisconsin plant, flour milled from Iowa yellow peas is mixed with water and spun at high speed through stainless steel drums, separating the protein from starch and fiber.
Students from a Belfast grammar school travelled to the Balmoral Show to collect an unusual competition prize - five Aberdeen Angus-cross calves.
China’s purchases of US corn have slowed significantly due to worries the grain might be drawn into the trade spat between the world’s two largest economies, and as Chinese customs keeps the brakes on clearances for cargoes, four traders told Reuters.
Last week I visited a charming 65ac residential farm with a wide range of farm buildings on the Carlow side of the border with Kilkenny. The roadside holding is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €800,000.
Thomas Reid hit the headlines when he took on the might of the IDA over its attempt to compulsory purchase his 72-acre farm in Kildare just yards from tech giant Intel's massive Leixlip campus.
I was driving along (in the sunshine) one day last week when an ad came on the radio that made me say out loud, right there on the spot, "what a good idea!".
Mark Browne used the fleeting few days of warm weather earlier this month to play catch-up on preparing his 200-acre farm in Caim near Enniscorthy.
If a day passes that I do not receive a query on the tax implications of farm succession it's probably because the day is good and farmers are out making the metaphorical hay while the sun shines.
While bigger farms appear to be the order of the day in the current market, smaller parcels are also selling.
Calls have been made for Department of Justice to consider amendments to the scheme introduced to help local communities install CCTV systems to prevent crime.
'It's my field. I nursed it. I nourished it. I dug the rocks out with my bare hands and made a living thing of it." This quote by Bull McCabe in John B Keane's famous play The Field rings true for all farmers, but perhaps particularly so for upland farmers.
Over 129,700 farmers applied online for their 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in advance of the May 15 deadline.
'Horticulture is not for everyone and I sort of stumbled into it," says Andrea McCann, farm horticulturist for the Amber Springs and Ashdown Park Hotels for the past two years.
A one-month extension to the deadline by which derogation farmers must have 50pc of the their slurry spread, has been announced.
France has taken another step closer to starting beef exports to China’s huge market after Chinese officials last week inspected seven of the European country’s meat plants, a French industry official said.
It's a big jump from serving with the Irish Army to running a food distribution company in Bulgaria, but for Paul Hayles, all the obstacles were cleared last week when his first consignment of Dawn Meat barbecue beef skewers arrived in Sofia.
A 135ac grass farm at Edenderry in Co Offaly with a range of agricultural potential has come on the market to be sold by public auction, writes Jim O’Brien.
A County Cavan herd took home the cream of the rosettes and the prices from the last of the season's Simmental bull sales which was held at Roscommon Mart on Friday evening.
Farmers worldwide are feeling the pinch as fuel costs rise to near four-year highs just as they plant and harvest their fields, eroding agricultural income already hamstrung by depressed crop prices.
Irish beef should be on the market in China by mid-summer - and the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, is challenging the meat companies to maximise its potential.
A 61-year old farmer from the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth has come to the rescue of the herd of wild goats that have been roaming free and upsetting locals in residential areas in Ennis.
Kepak Group has announced that it has signed a five-year distribution contract with China-based Esen Agro Group.
Thirty sustainability advisors will start work with farmers next month as part of a major collaboration between Government and industry to improve water quality across the country.
Independent Senator Michael McDowell has introduced a new bill in the Seanad which aims to reform the law regarding the payment of costs to unsuccessful parties who challenge wills.
In the ongoing cattle game between factories and farmers, it has become obvious even to the most casual observer that things have ratcheted up several gears over the last couple of weeks.
Bellewstown Bridge Farm extending to 41.65ac at Bellewstown in Co Meath sold in recent weeks making €500,000 or around €12,000/ac.
Two local people were injured in Macroom in Cork last week when a runaway bull went on the rampage around the town for more than two hours after he escaped from the mart area, where he was being sold.
AIB has said that family farm homes are not included in its sale of its non performing loans (NPLs) to a consortium lead by Cerberus Capital.
In proposals, announced last month on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which need to be approved by member states, EU countries will have to cap subsidies for large farms — with the Commission suggesting a limit of €60,000.
The much-maligned weedkiller, glyphosate, is back in the news, as MEPs launch a report into its health effects and an inquiry into the EU's overall pesticides authorisation system.
Broadly speaking, prices for hogget, spring lambs and cull ewes remain fixed at last week's levels.
Top animal health company Zoetis Inc will buy Abaxis Inc for $1.9 billion, looking to capture a bigger slice of the fast-growing market for diagnostics services that cater to household pets and farm animals.
France and the Netherlands could gain beef access to China in the coming weeks and months, but the market is big enough for everyone, says Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.
Farmers will be asked to do more to reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions from livestock and fertiliser use in the upcoming overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed, has rowed back from suggestions that an early slaughter premium could be employed to support suckler cow numbers.
A vegan group's "misleading" advert linking cow's milk to cancer has been banned.
A judge has continued orders restraining further felling of trees on lands in Co Offaly amid allegations up to 300 trees in a heritage woodland where trees - some up to 300 years old - have been felled.
One swallow never makes a summer and unfortunately neither did the beautiful four days we got in late April make a spring.
Publicans have called for tax breaks to help boost rural transport services.
The ICMSA are calling on the Department to adopt a common-sense approach to new slurry spreading rules for farmers operating with a nitrates derogation.
The balancing GLAS payments to farmers in the agri-environmental scheme will be paid by this Friday, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confirmed.
Just one third of the potato crop is in the ground in many parts of Cork, as the continuing poor weather plays havoc with plantings.
A €50m three-year deal between the Larry Goodman-owned ABP group and Asian restaurant chain Wowprime Corporation, to supply beef to its restaurants across China, will secure the Irish meat company from Brexit.
Tributes have been paid to popular and well-known east Clare builder and farmer, Pat O’Connor, who died in a workplace accident.
All roads lead to Gurteen College for the much anticipated FTMTA Grass & Muck Show 2018 this Thursday.
As all roads lead to the Balmoral Show this week, it will be an extra special event for the Ulster Farmers' Union as it celebrates its centenary.
Farming organisations were battling this week for some formula to delay the imposition of electronic (EID) tagging of sheep and to shift the cost of the measure off farmers.
The forgotten sector in Irish agriculture is part-time farming. Over 50pc of the 140,000 farmers in this country farm on a part-time basis: ie, either the farmer or spouse work off-farm to supplement household income.
Larry Goodman's ABP has secured an exclusive three-year agreement valued at €50 million, with Asian restaurant chain Wowprime Corporation, to supply beef to its restaurants across China.
With the weather improving, cattle marts last week saw a continuation of strong numbers and strong prices for good cattle.
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has urged the Irish meat industry "not to drop the ball" if it wants to maintain a good trade relationship with China.
Global dairy prices rose to a nine-month high at a fortnightly auction held early on Wednesday but prices for the key product, whole milk powder, were largely flat.
The majority of gorse fires are caused by farmers, Coillte risk manager Mick Power has claimed.
Farmers have withdrawn access to several walkways on rural mountains in South East Sligo in protest at what they see as unfair penalties for last year's gorse fires.
The post-2020 EU farm policy must be smarter, simpler, fairer and more sustainable, but also well financed and truly common to continue deliver food security throughout the EU.
A national fodder census will be completed this summer to establish winter feed levels on the country's farms.
The Irish Farmers Association has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to reject a claim that a public right of way existed over a landowner’s property in Co. Wicklow.
A Sheep farmer claims he’s being forced off his own land by a man who left a woman paralysed in a savage rape attack 30 years ago.
Gardai have confirmed that an elderly man has died in a workplace accident in Clare.
Conditions have improved somewhat at Lyons since my last article. We had received our total average April rainfall by April 12, but experienced more normal rainfall for the final two weeks of the month.
One of Northern Ireland's most prestigious castles and estates has gone on the market for £2.3m (€2.614m) in what is an "extremely rare" opportunity for developers.
Teagasc have concluded their field study which investigated both the environmental and agronomic impact of a GM potato variety genetically engineered to resist late blight disease, caused by Phytophthora infestans.
IRISH beef will have to stand out in order to break the growing Chinese ecommerce retail store market, according to Bord Bia.
A new pilot, quota-based scheme to address immediate labour shortages in the horticulture, meat processing and dairy sectors has been announced.
The prime ministers of Hungary and Poland, allies in a series of disputes with Brussels, united on Monday in opposing cuts under the European Union’s new budget.
A special operation targeting roaming crime gangs across the country has led to a 43pc drop in burglaries, according to gardaí.
Scores of young farmers who established in their own right between 2010 and 2014 have been shocked by a Government decision which denies them entitlement to a 25pc top up on their annual basic payment which revised EU regulation provides may be paid for a period of up to five years.
Farm consultants and Teagasc advisors are battling to lodge the last of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications before the midnight deadline tonight (May 15).
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre is advising farmers, in particular, to take precautions in order to avoid contracting this disease which is spread by tick bites.
Thousands of miles of Ireland’s dry stone walls may be knocked and replaced with steel fencing as part of a national road upgrade scheme.
Tom Perry wants to be the world champion - but not in football, boxing, snooker or athletics.
A county Limerick farmer has been convicted and fined €300 over his Effin cows’ dung.
Glanbia will pay its Member milk suppliers 31 cent per litre (cpl) including VAT for April manufacturing milk supplies at 3.6pc butterfat and 3.3pc protein.
On the first day of the Trade Mission to China beef Market access was confirmed for a number of additional Irish beef plants.
The proposed merger of ASDA and Sainsbury's could be bad news for Irish beef farmers as the move is like to put significant downward price pressure on suppliers.
Glanbia Ireland has today announced the appointment of Janet McCollum as a non-executive Director of the Company.
Around the turn of the year, I heard that some factory bosses had instructed their agents to find out what cattle their clients had in sheds.
One of the five holders of the office of chairman since the Irish Aubrac Breed Society was established two decades ago is Liam Walsh, who has become even better known in recent years for his marketing of Aubrac beef and multi award winning products.
The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys has signed off on changes to Employment Permit Regulations, which will make it easier for certain businesses in the agri-food sector to source workers from outside the EEA.
A farmer from the Coleraine area has died after a tragic quad bike accident on Saturday.
ICSA is to mount a protest in opposition to the mandatory introduction of EID tagging for all sheep.
While every community has its challenges in terms of crime, I was shocked this week to hear the scale of what is happening in many isolated areas around the country on a far too regular basis.
The summer could finally be on its way, according to Met Éireann.
A lot of modelling must be done to ensure the right decision is made in regard to the future funding of the Common Agricultural Policy, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed told the Dáil last week.
Welsh farmer helping fight Alzheimer's by growing high-altitude daffodils which have been proven to help combat the disease.
On a bright spring day with the cattle finally - finally! - out in the fields, the rhododendrons in bloom, and Gerry the robot mowing the front lawn, Co Meath is looking its best and nowhere is it more lush than at Boltown Hall, a fine 19th Century country house with 430 sqm of living space on 102 acres located close to the historic town of Kells.
A barrister has been reprimanded for acting in a case where he ought to have known he had a conflict of interest.
A large delegation of Irish food industry representatives, begin a weeklong trade mission to China and Hong Kong today.
Forage imports from the UK, France, Spain and further afield have been an unfortunate reality during two of the past five years.
Continuous Cover Forestry (or close-to-nature forestry) is the norm in Europe but the exception in Ireland.
Three Fine Gael ministers receive EU-funded farming grants, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae is ranked second on today's Sunday Independent Political Rich List with an estimated value of €5.4m.
The Sunday Independent is today publishing a first-of-its-kind Political Rich List.
Managing deer and rhododendron are the biggest challenges native woodland plantations face, a leading ecologist has warned.
Our resident solicitor tackles this sensitive issue
A “derisory attitude” to small farmers from the general public and even within elements of the farming community has been identified as a major threat to the survival of the country’s high nature value (HNV) holdings.
Parachuting mandatory electronic tagging of factory lambs on top of farmers without first consulting them is a text book way of how not to bring about changes in sheep farming.
Kilkenny land can be hard to come by but when it makes its way to the market there are plenty of potential customers for it.
The Molloy family ran a traditional farm near Holycross in Tipperary for generations, but you won't find cattle and sheep grazing there any more.
This spring has focused attention on the growing dairy industry and the ability of a grass-based model to weather the storms - in some cases literally
Calling quad bikes ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) gives farmers a "false sense of confidence", an Australian safety expert has told a Teagasc safety conference.
The next CAP will be more results-based from an environmental perspective and will have to deliver quantifiable benefits on biodiversity and climate change.
Apart from the weather these past months, few topics have dominated the talk at marts, or anywhere farmers meet up, as much as the future of diesel.
We have become a people of extremes - is it because we can?
IT was lovely to smell the vegetation as the sun warmed the ground and that persistent cold wind eventually took its leave of us.
I never tire of admiring the wonders of the Shannon Estuary and my journeys keep taking me back there. Every time I see that mighty stretch of water rolling quietly to the sea I'm revived and renewed.
James Barrett has spent several months looking in horror at weather forecasts, and the rain was still pouring down outside his dairy in Watergrasshill in Co Cork when we were chatting last week.
More cash incentives are needed to make planting native woodlands more attractive to landowners, according to Greenbelt CEO John O'Reilly.
Approximately €30,000 worth of fencing equipment and a quad bike were stolen this week from a farm in Meath.
Dairy farmers were again to the fore in Munster land sales when a traditional house and yard on 46.185ac at Gortnabarna, Monard, Co Tipperary, sold under the hammer last week.
Continuous cover forestry provides regular income while rejuvenating forests and could be looked as like a suckler beef system but with trees.
Lakeland Dairies has announced its milk price for April supplies - the first of the major processors to do so.
It was the early 1990s when a number of breeders, mainly from the south of the country travelled to the homeland of the breed in France and subsequently imported the first embryos at a cost of around £800 each.
Featuring the new PowrSpray solution system, a larger 5000-litre capacity spray tank and an ultra-lightweight but extremely strong carbon fibre boom, John Deere’s R4050i self-propelled sprayer will be demonstrated for the first time in the Sprays & Sprayers arena at Cereals 2018 in June.
Winter crops in general have enjoyed the spring - about the only living organisms that have.
Rainfall was an unprecedented 144ml for the month of April in our part of Kerry, so last weekend's turn in the weather was a long overdue boost to both dairy prospects and farmers' morale.
The IFA has called on the Department of Agriculture to carry out a full review of veterinary services to address increasing concerns about the shortage of vets in many parts of the country.
The former owner of a Lifford meat plant, which had been occupied for several months in a dispute with a bank-appointed receiver in 2016, is back working there as manager.
The Ornua PPI stabilising for the first time since last October is a clear indication that Irish co-ops have seen the worst of dairy returns, according to IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan.
When it comes to high-powered tractors and other big self-propelled farm machines like combine harvesters, we are still years off finding credible alternatives to diesel power.
One of Ireland's leading animal charities has had to stop taking in animals after a freak accident.
A female farmer from Donegal has been named the Milk Supplier of the Year with Aurivo, the first in the history of the awards.
Contractors have called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to establish a dedicated fund to help farmers pay outstanding debts.
Their video has gained over 20 million views since it was posted on Facebook last month - and it doesn't seem like stopping.
A Co Donegal farmer has described how he was knocked unconscious after one of his own cows turned on him.
The message from the marts last week was one of "measured fluctuations", especially among the prices for bullocks and heifers.
I've been a contracts negotiator for the past 25 years. For the last six years I was a contracts manager for the company's transportation department.
China has ramped up inspections of pork shipped from the US, importers and industry sources said, the latest American product to be hit by a potentially costly slowdown at Chinese ports in the past couple of weeks.
The pushback against the EU's post-2020 budget has begun, with France, Hungary, the Netherlands and even Ireland having a go, although for very different reasons.
The Government has committed to eradicate bovine TB from the national herd by 2030, FarmIreland.ie can reveal.
There will be no U-turn on the decision to introduce compulsory electronic tagging (EID) for all sheep from October 1, Agriculture Minister Creed has said.
A High Court dispute over the valuable Co Louth estate of the late and legendary amateur jockey Bunny Cox has been resolved.
LacPatrick will be back in the spotlight this week as dairies announce their April milk prices.
THE Dáil was brought to a standstill today after Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae was involved in a blazing row about new ‘drink-link’ buses to help rural people have access to towns and villages across Ireland.
Ireland can expect at least 40 sunny days this summer, according to New Zealand weather forecaster Ken Ring.
A Llama in Limerick city has been taken into foster care after hundreds of social media users expressed concern for its wellbeing over the Bank Holiday weekend.
This spring has tested the mental resolve of farmers up and down the country. It has been a huge battle to ensure that our cattle have had enough feed in front of them and for many, the battle continues.
If the latest tetraploid grass seeds are able to withstand the impact of stampeding football players, there's no reason why they can't cope with the footfall of cows.
An Australian farmer had made a desperate plea as drought conditions sweep the area - by asking people to 'adopt' a cow on his farm.
The UK's environment secretary has snubbed a meeting with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed for the second time.
More low-cost loans need to be introduced to help farmers deal with the financial fall-out of the fodder crisis, members of the Oireachtas Agricultural Committee have urged.
An elderly farmer who was prosecuted for neglecting the welfare of his cattle will be able to keep his herd after a neighbour gave an undertaking to continue to help him on his farm.
If you were to believe what you hear from some processors, the trade is "not altogether great" right now.
The "honeymoon is well and truly over" for dairy farmers, who are now facing a very challenging period, IFA National Dairy Committee chairman Tom Phelan has warned.
New figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) show the 2017 Irish beef cow population figures across the country.
Finance Ireland, supported by funding from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and Rabobank, has announced that it plans to make the MilkFlex loan product available through participating Co-Ops across Ireland.