Movers at the ready: Met Eireann says dry and settled weather could extend into next week
The silage season is set to get into full swing later this week with Met Eireann forcasting a sustained period dry weather.
The silage season is set to get into full swing later this week with Met Eireann forcasting a sustained period dry weather.
Leinster Farm Sales
A fine compact residential farm located at Ballinakill in Co Laois sold in lots after auction last week beating its reserve of €500,000.
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Leinster Farm Sales
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.
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!".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bellewstown Bridge Farm extending to 41.65ac at Bellewstown in Co Meath sold in recent weeks making €500,000 or around €12,000/ac.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sunday Independent is today publishing a first-of-its-kind Political Rich List.
Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae is ranked second on today's Sunday Independent Political Rich List with an estimated value of €5.4m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As of this year every farmer applying for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will have to complete the application online. With the deadline of May 15 fast approaching, here are some key pieces of advice every farmer should know when filling out the online form.
The Wexford developers behind a 390 acre solar farm planned for the Clongeen area have said a €180,000 annual payment will be made to the local community if the project goes ahead.
Kerry TD Micheal Healy-Rae has slammed the Government's proposed 'drink link' service, which will provide 50 rural transport links in 19 counties on a trial basis.
Farmers and the Department of Agriculture are on a collision course this week following the announcement of compulsory electronic tagging (EID) for all sheep from October 1.
The routes in the 19 counties set to benefit from a new, dedicated rural transport link can be revealed by Independent.ie
Wind farms have boosted local tax bases and generated new revenue as they expand across the United States, especially for rural areas, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report this week.
The main UK farming body, the National Farmers' Union, is leading calls for British farmers to become the number one supplier of choice to the UK market in light of Brexit.
A Limerick councillor said the mooted closure of the Dairygold Co-op store in Cappamore will be fought “tooth and nail”.
There was a very mixed provincial performance for the agricultural land market in 2017, according to a new survey by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department of Teagasc.
Gardai investigating the sudden death of an elderly woman on her farm are probing why her walking aid was discovered in the house and not near where they were told she was fatally hit by a teleporter.
Farm consultants and Teagasc staff will be burning the midnight oil this week as up to 40,000 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications remain to be submitted.
Location, location, location springs to mind when a 183ac farm with an address at Allenswood, Lucan, Co Dublin, comes to the market.
State-funded buses to bring drinkers home from rural pubs will run until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Any farmer looking to get the most out of their grass, when putting cattle out, needs to take these four tips from Teagasc on board.
Tributes have been paid ahead of the funeral today of a young father-of-three who died in a farming accident on Friday.
There are some lovely smaller rural residential properties on the market at the moment that represent real value in comparison to their urban counterparts.
The threat of steep tariffs on soybeans, wheat and corn from an escalating US-China trade dispute may decide the survivor among the two largest real estate funds in the hard-hit US farm sector.
A unique parcel of ground at the heart of Ballycroy National Park in Co Mayo is being sold by the owners in a private sale.
Two Dutch tourists, who were cycling through Cork, got more than they bargained for when one of them stole a farmer's coat in a pub.
The Sainsbury's/Asda merger announcement last week creates a retailing giant that will squeeze Irish suppliers hard.
A new State-subsidised bus service will transport rural residents to and from their local pubs this summer, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Lambing commenced on the Higgins farm on March 1 and was compact for the mature ewe flock with 85pc lambing down to the first cycle.
John Earley is handling the sale of a nice 41ac farm with a yard and cattle-handling facilities near Curraghboy in south Roscommon. The private treaty sale is guided at €325,000.
For many years horse riding has proven to greatly benefit both adults and children suffering from a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.
Neil Young's After The Gold Rush was playing in my head as I drove to visit the Irish Seed Savers Association. The apocalyptic ballad imagines a scene where Earth is doomed and a certain select few are leaving the planet, "flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun".
In spite of the weather the auction season is ploughing ahead in the south-east with David Quinn recording recent successes under the hammer.
The force of this feeling was very evident during the fodder crisis - farmers who were struggling on so many levels were most stressed about not being able to look after their animals as well as they would want to.
A young man has died after an incident at a farm in Co Down.
The Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) have proven to be a very valuable incentive towards farm development since their introduction under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme.
Catching up on ploughing, planting and spraying after such a delayed start to spring has meant for a busy time for man and machine.
John Flynn gave up the commuting lifestyle in farflung destinations to return for good in 2016 to the home farm in Co Galway.
Dashcam footage from Texas police shows a close encounter between a patrol car and an angry cow.
Legislation making CCTV mandatory in all abattoirs in England has come into force from today, with calls for it to be introduced across the UK.
We are nearly finished lambing with just a few late ewes and hoggets left now. As they lamb they are kept inside for a few days. We are still very tight for grass especially on the fields that were grazed first.
One of the largest farms to come on the market in Munster so far this year is a 215ac holding at Ballybane near Liscarroll in north Cork.
Dairy farmers normally achieve 'Magic Day' in early April, but this year some are still buying in fodder and all are concerned as to how to manage grass this year and to have enough fodder for this winter.
Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has hit out at comments that Irish beef should be made a bargaining chip in a Brexit deal.
Packie Donnelly plans to sell his three farms and retire by the time he is 60. And yet, it is going to take something special to push him to make the break and retire from a job that has been more than a means to an end for his entire working life.
Turnout of stock is still ongoing on a daily basis, but after assessing the grass cover and the need to replenish silage stocks for next year I have made the decision to leave in five pens of forward store cattle in a bid to have them factory fit by mid-June.
A spectacular sinkhole the length of two football fields and the depth of a six-storey building has opened up on a New Zealand farm.
The European Union’s decision to ban some widely used insecticides is likely to dent sugar beet production in the trading bloc, farming groups said on Thursday.
On the face of it a Mercedes pickup is an appealing proposition. But like so many Irish tax solutions to Irish problems, there can be a nasty little shock for your pocket if you're not careful.
The SCSI/Teagasc Land Market Review paints a picture of regional disparities in land prices.
Calved dairy heifers are a strong trade and fancy prices are being paid for both pedigree and fancy commercial stock despite the recent milk price cuts.
The price of land powered ahead in Munster in 2017, according to a Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI) and Teagasc Land Market Review published today.
Shares in Kerry Group were down slightly to €85.30 on the Irish Stock Exchange, despite the company reporting a 3.7pc growth in business volumes in the three months to March 31.
A rural Co Donegal community has been left shocked after yet another savage attack on a flock of sheep.
Ireland's top farriers are preparing to pit their skills against the best of their trade across mainland Europe.
THE export lairage yard of Charleville cattle exporter Jerry Casey was a hive of activity last week as he and his handlers prepared a consignment of live Aberdeen Angus maiden heifers for export to Romania.
Earlier this year, the Farm Safety Foundation reported that the suicide rate among UK farm workers is running at more than one a week.
Amid criticism from farming organisation over the introduction of mandatory electronic tagging for the sheep sector, Meat Industry Ireland has said the move is necessary.
The potential impact of Brexit on the Irish economy, particularly on the Irish agri-food sector, has been discussed and debated the length and breadth of the country for the last year and a half and it will continue up to and beyond March 29 next, when the UK leaves the European Union.
Kerry Group has reported a 3.7pc growth in business volumes in the three months to 31 March.
IFA President Joe Healy said the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed on the imposition of compulsorily electronic sheep tagging on all sheep from October 1 is adding insult to injury after the fodder crisis and the financial challenges sheep farmers have had to endure this winter.
The export trade is starting to pick up with shippers again showing interest in bull weanlings under 10 months up to 350kg says Glen Cooper of Mountrath Mart.