'Get with the program': US officials press EU to address beef hormones and GMOs in trade talks
US officials on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on the European Union to address longstanding agricultural issues between the two regions
US officials on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on the European Union to address longstanding agricultural issues between the two regions
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The European Commission's decision to...
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Straw prices will continue to top €100/ac for the foreseeable future farm consultants maintain.
While February might not be regarded as the prime time to walk land a compact 60ac residential farm at Davidstown, Rathconrath in Co Westmeath on the private treaty market and guided at €450,000 is well worth a look.
There is an abundance of grass on most farms this spring due to the mild winter which led to almost a doubling of grass growth rates over the closed period. As a result many may be contemplating skipping an early fertiliser application. But is this wise?
With only 20 days before the start of lambing, all ewes to lamb first are housed and on a diet of meal and round baled haylage.
The Government has received EU backing to open the purse strings to help businesses at risk from Brexit.
Former ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock, who stepped down from the role last week, said he needed a break from a position which was taking over his life.
Why would WTO tariffs being imposed by the UK be so significant to Ireland?
Herbicide resistant plants have been identified in every county in the 'tillage triangle' with moves afoot to raise awareness.
It is hard to believe the difference between the weather - and the stress levels - this spring compared to last year.
The high prices being achieved for letting land continued this week with Rathdowney auctioneer William Mansfield reporting a hectic tussle for 44ac of grassland in Ballybrophy, Co Laois.
Some farmers are being exposed to veterinary call-out fees of up to €500, according to the IFA.
Tanaiste Simon Coveney said the EU Commission will bailout out Ireland’s beef industry if a no-deal Brexit sparks an agri-food trade war.
Tanaiste Simon Coveney said the EU Commission will bail out Ireland’s beef industry if a no-deal Brexit sparks an agri-food trade war.
President Michael D Higgins has questioned whether agricultural subsidies have done enough to capture the goodwill of farmers to farm in a manner that benefits the environment.
A dairy co-op on track to become one of the largest processors on the island with 1,500 suppliers locally has said it is Brexit-ready, but anticipates a "considerable volume" of extra work to keep trade flowing.
Philip Byrne of Coonan Property is guiding a price of €1.95m for 39 acres of land at Clonee in west Dublin with long-term residential development potential.
Glanbia has contingency plans to deal with a hard Brexit next month, but said that the impact of such an exit on the group would be marginal.
Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has said that a smooth transition from the current CAP to its successor is essential to avoid creating another group of ‘forgotten young farmers’.
Calf prices have taken a hit this week with shipping-type Friesian bulls dropping back €40-60/hd as the numbers on offer rose sharply.
All sectors of farming are facing ever increasing challenges and uncertainty.
Denis Large is a third-generation beef and tillage farmer outside Urlingford, in Co Tipperary.
European competition authorities carried out a number of unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies involved in farming Atlantic salmon, the Commission announced yesterday.
Britain has upped the ante in the battle over the Brexit backstop, by threatening to favour Brazilian beef over Irish using a system of tariffs and quotas.
The establishment of increased producer groups could strengthen the power of farmers, the Department of Agriculture have said, amidst being slammed by TDs for not doing enough to put pressure on the factories to increase prices.
A man accused of murder rang a family relation and told her that he had hit a 90-year-old man because he would not give him money, a jury has heard.
Czech authorities will inspect all beef imported into the Czech Republic from neighboring Poland following the discovery of salmonella in a 700 kg batch of imported Polish beef, news agency CTK said on Wednesday.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, today announced the early opening of the application process for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Greening Scheme.
It is the time of year to take soil samples if you have not previously done so. It is critical piece of information that is needed to see what the status of your soil is.
The Supreme Court, yesterday dismissed an appeal over An Bord Pleanála’s approval for the planned 138 kilometre north-south electricity interconnector.
The calving date in the dairy herd has been significantly pushed back by several weeks, after farmers faced extreme hardship with weather and fodder difficulties last spring, the latest official figures show.
Glanbia today announced two new members to its board, as independent non-executive directors, as it announced plans to reorganise the composition of its Board of Directors.
A Lisburn farmer has been banned from keeping or owning animals for 16 years for causing unnecessary suffering to cattle.
Dairy firm Arla Foods will dish out all €290m (£252 million) of its annual profit to farmers following last summer’s drought across Europe.
China will deepen reforms of its agriculture sector to promote its rural economy, the government said in its first policy statement of 2019, as it seeks to bolster growth and offset trade challenges.
British farmers and food producers must decide whether to proceed with shipments next week because exports could face tariffs if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, a farming leader said on Tuesday.
Arla Foods, one of the world’s biggest dairy companies, has reported revenue of €10.4bn for 2018, compared to €10.3bn in 2017.
Glanbia has reported 9pc growth in adjusted earnings per shares for 2018, according to full year results from the company.
The European Union will not vote on CAP reform files until April which will may delay the implementation of CAP reforms said MEP and Vice President of the EU Parliament Mairead McGuinness.
Politicians have criticised Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture for inspecting farmers and not doing enough to expand markets to help alleviate the current beef crisis price.
Michael Gove's comments illustrate the many contradictions in the pro-Brexit position. It is at odds with the pro-free-trade ideology espoused by many Brexiteers.
Food producers and farmers will see their businesses decimated by tariffs and quotas that the UK is planning in a no-deal Brexit scenario.
The most recent Global Dairy Trade Index (GDT) has seen prices rise by 0.9pc, which is the sixth consecutive increase.
A group of “Fit Farmers” who have come together to beat the bulge say the initiative has improved their physical and mental wellbeing but that they won’t be giving up meat anytime soon.
The UK government is to make an announcement on new UK tariffs in a no deal Brexit scenario - with specific and robust protections for farming shortly, according to its Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove.
Scientists and companies working to grow meat from animal cells will need to minimise energy use and avoid fossil fuels if claims that cultured meat is better for the climate than real meat are to hold true, researchers said.
IFA has described as “highly misleading” and “incorrect” the use of the term “a purely private arrangement” which was used by the Minister for Agriculture to describe the four movement rule or any other specification criteria applied by the meat plants.
A new report highlighted how EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan carried out a “disproportionate” amount of meetings with Irish farm organisations and lobby groups since he began his role in 2014.
A number of dead animals have been found on a farm in north Tipperary.
The heatwave of last summer revealed a hidden treasure trove of ancient monuments across Ireland, satellite pictures reveal.
Britons could face shortages of fresh food, price rises and less variety if the country leaves the European Union next month without agreeing trade terms, food industry officials say.
The British government will use tools including tariffs and quotas to make sure its farmers are not left at a competitive disadvantage by Brexit, environment minister Michael Gove will say today.
Total shareholder return at Kerry Group declined by 6.8pc in 2018, despite the company reporting an increase in revenue and profits.
Lively competition among grass finishers has pushed on prices for stores by €40 to €100/hd, despite the continuing concerns over low prices in the beef trade.
Reduction in stocking rates on intensive livestock farms will not be immediately required to counter falling water quality levels, a senior Department of Agriculture official has said.
For the sheep on Alan Hutton's farm outside Basingstoke, about 50 miles west of London, the outcome of Brexit will mean life or death.
Rural Ireland firmly believes the Government has forgotten about it. While just 12 months ago, the Taoiseach said farmers were the heartbeat of rural Ireland and the lifeblood of the recovered economy, he seems to have forgotten a couple of important things, so it is little wonder he is far from popular among farmers at the moment.
Only 38 days to go. To the continuing amazement of those who clung to the forlorn hope that calm heads and political professionals would come together for the sake of the common good and thrash out some sort of agreement, we are now further away from any sort of rational compromise on Brexit than ever before.
After a slow start to the season for pedigree breeders, the first spring shoots of the year lifted the trade for bulls at the opening official breed society show and sale for 2019 at Tullamore.
A company claims Government assistance for a €26m wind farm project is being jeopardised by a farmer's refusal to comply with an agreement he made to permit cabling work to be carried on his land, the Commercial Court heard.
Walking the farm and keeping it simple are sheep farmer Dan O'Loughlin’s main grassland management tips for reaching the 'magic day' (when grass growth equals demand) on his farm near Monasterevin, Co Kildare.
Gardaí have arrested two suspects after recovering a stolen trailer in Wexford.
A no-deal Brexit will lead "virtually instantaneously" to price rises on popular food products in shops, the head of Birds Eye in the UK has warned.
Agriculture/forestry/fisheries/veterinary graduates have the second lowest pay rates after leaving college, a new survey reveals.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has a new DNA scanning tool to identify the entire DNA content of a food.
Just because I am a bit of a cow doesn't mean that I cannot be someone's pet!
FARMERS with stocks of dried barley are struggling to source buyers for their grain, and there are growing fears that prices could fall by €35/t from the post-harvest high.
Consumers are being asked their views on eating meat from “gene-edited” animals as researchers aim to eradicate livestock disease.
Ireland is set to prove warmer than the French Riviera by the weekend as a front of African and Mediterranean weather helps deliver an exceptionally mild spring.
A TEENAGE girl who is taking part in a tractor run in memory of her grandfather is calling on other females to take to the road with her this Easter.
The energy requirement of single, twin and triplet-bearing ewes increase by 40, 60 and 70pc respectively during late pregnancy.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton has announced funding for energy efficient dairy farm equipment.
Should the Government ditch the National Broadband Plan and trust a wireless operator to follow through on a promise to connect 400,000 rural homes and businesses? This is now a big question for Richard Bruton, the Taoiseach and more than a million Irish people in badly-served broadband areas.
Eir says by June of this year some 30,000 farms will have access to high-speed fibre broadband under its fibre to the home rural rollout.
Irish livestock farmers and Chinese steel producers have something in common. Both are successful exporters, both generate substantial greenhouse gas emissions and both are in the firing line in the debate on climate policy.
Q I am a young trained farmer and my father, having reached retirement age, has decided to transfer the family suckler farm to me.
All sheds are cleaned out for lambing and have been disinfected and sprayed with probiotics. I'm gathering up gates around the farm for the lambing pens and making sure I have all the supplies I need for lambing.
Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.
EU agri-food operators are clamouring for extra aid as the clock ticks down to cliff-edge Brexit.
Farming and polocrosse do not exactly go hand in hand, but somehow Arklow-based Stephen Nuzum finds the time to combine his busy workload and his love of the sport.
The spring 2019 calving season is kicking off on a positive note.
Blaney multipurpose wheeled loaders have been designed to be compact to aid manoeuvrability and mobility.
Field work is usually at a minimum in January and February but the mild winter meant that this January was an exception and some sowing and spraying was carried out.
France will be ready to handle border inspections in the event of a no-deal Brexit but fears long tailbacks at the Channel as goods flow between Britain and Europe, its agriculture minister said.
The beef grid system has to go - and while the authorities are dismantling it, they can also scrap the 30-month age limit for selling cattle: that's the verdict of Tim MacRaith, a lifelong beef man from Garryspillane in Co Limerick.
'After 61 years, I've finally become an overnight success' - although Celtic Wind Crops CEO Joe Gavin jokes about the speed at which the hemp oil business he set up six years ago has grown, there is plenty of truth in his statement.
A man who operated a 'chop shop' for stolen parts from luxury cars including BMWs and Audis as well as high-tech tractors has been jailed for two years.
A 91ac residential farm at Blackwater, between Enniscorthy and Wexford, sold under the hammer last week making €1.42m - €420,000 more than its guide price and more than €15,600/ac.
A Northern Ireland Angus breeder outbid strong competition from ringside for the top price pedigree bull at Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday where the overall trade was much improved on the previous week.
We took a leap of faith last week when we bought two Stabiliser bulls.
Komatsu has launched its latest version WA100M Dash 8 compact wheel loader on the market in Ireland
CALVING season is in full swing on Irish farms.
New figures from the Department of Agriculture show that while TB is at historically low levels, progress towards eradication appears to have slowed since 2015.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has rejected call's for full-time farmers to receive higher forestry payments.
Members of IFA in Mayo have shut down their own local branch, but senior IFA officials say it will be re-established.
Over 60pc of Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES) grant aid went to farmers in Munster over the last four years, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.
Research is intensifying on the impact of spreading sewage sludge on farmland in spreading microplastics into watercourses.
A group of residents who are fighting plans to overturn night flights in and out of Dublin Airport are determined not to let it happen.
I think it can be fair to say that beef has not had its best days lately. From the LANCET report linking diets to health and sustainability, to the recent food safety scandal in Poland, the beef sector is once more on the receiving end of news headlines.
The auction season has started with a bang in Co Cork, where a 46.2ac holding with a derelict dwelling and a habitable chalet at Knockadooma, Templemartin near Bandon made €840,000, or €18,181/ac.
A deterioration in the effectiveness of some of the most commonly used animal remedies is spreading at an "alarming" rate, a leading vet has warned.
The Ulster Farmers’ Union says it is frustrated that meat plants in the North have increased direct imports of cattle from the Republic for slaughter.
The EU and its member states must develop a strategy to shift from live animal transport to transport of meat-and-carcass and germinal products, when possible, the European Parliament said on Thursday.
Spring calving programmes have begun on the vast majority of dairy farms. This is an extremely challenging period for farm staff, freshly calved cows and new-born calves. In this column I will look at how these challenges can be addressed.
Milk prices look set to remain at 30-32c/l over the coming months, despite Brexit and potential weather volatility, according to Ornua.
The chief executive of a wireless broadband firm will warn the government today that proceeding with state-subsidised broadband for 540,000 rural homes under the National Broadband Plan represents “unnecessary state intervention” and ”could lead to difficulties with state aid approval” in the EU.
Near one of the scores of small border crossings on the island of Ireland, a yellow digger stands as a monument to the lengths communities went to to keep roads open during Northern Ireland's violent "Troubles".
The trade for sheep appears to have levelled off, with factory quotes for lambs remaining unchanged from last week. Dawn, ICM and Kepak held their official base quotes steady at €5.20/kg plus various bonuses.
Farmers need to use more holistic methods of pest control this springtime with important management chemicals in danger of being removed from the marketplace, it has been urged.
Fianna Fail members have written to the chair of the Oireachtais Joint Committee on Agriculture calling for an emergency meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed to address issues that are preventing the current expansion of live exports of calves.
Farmers have said they have been caught in a 'costs-price squeeze' as overheads continue to rise while farmgate prices flatline or fall.
Glanbia Ireland (GI) has launched a new two-year Fixed Milk Price Scheme (Phase 13) offering a milk price of 31.5 cent per litre (cpl) (including VAT).
Lakeland Dairies has held its milk price and will pay 32.06 cent per litre, inclusive of VAT and lactose bonus, for January milk supplies.
Today we're out on the farm of Ed Payne, a dairy farmer in Roscommon who has two herds - one milking the traditional twice a day and the other once a day.
I'm not going to pretend there is any real good news on the factory price front. Bullocks and heifers remain the same price as they have for weeks: €3.75/kg and €3.85/kg respectively.
The IFA set out demands today for a multi-million euro package for ‘the beef sector in case prices plummet in a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.
A hard Brexit would be devastating for the agri-food sector, according to the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar came under pressure in the Dail yesterday over the delivery of a low-cost loan scheme for farmers.
Business men and developers were key figures in auction rooms during the Celtic Tiger years, eager to bolster the small holdings they may have come from, or 'go back to their roots'.
Feeding suckler cows based on their body condition score is essential to reduce feed costs on suckler cow farms where maintaining cows can take up 70pc of the total feed costs, according to UCD Lecturer and Pedigree Beef farmer Alan Kelly speaking at a Teagasc suckler cow conference held in Mayo.
Last week's spat in the Dáil between Agriculture minister Michael Creed and Independent TD Mick Wallace was a foretaste of what is likely to be an increasingly emotive debate about the environmental impact of farming.
McDonald's is the world's largest restaurant chain. Founded in America in the 1940s, it currently serves some 69 million customers a day, across more than 37,000 outlets. Over 150,000 customers a day visit Ireland's 92 McDonald's.
Pesticide use is driving an "alarming" decline in the world's insects that could have a "catastrophic" impact on nature's ecosystems.
Irish production of beef and milk is relatively carbon-efficient on a global scale, although our ranking within the European Union is less clear.
Grass growth is surging ahead, with estimates that early cover could be worth up to €1.5m a day to farmers.
Finishers are finding it extremely difficult to get young bulls killed, with some facing a six-week wait, it has emerged.
Glanbia will pay its Member milk suppliers 32 cent per litre (cpl) including VAT for January manufacturing milk supplies at 3.6pc butterfat and 3.3pc protein.
A convicted sex offender and fraudster was jailed once again this week for conning farmers into handing over tractors.
Donald Trump's main agricultural advisor spent what is thought to be a record breaking $1.5m on an Angus bull in recent days.
Communication between the IFA and its thousands of members countrywide has been brought under the microscope as the organisation conducts a review into the issue.
A judge has expressed "deep concern" about the state of a farm in County Tyrone where carcasses were found lying amongst livestock.
The supply of letting land has hit a record low and prices have climbed as high as €350/ac for grazing and up to €600/ac for potato ground.
Sales of plant-based milks have soared in the last year amid the increasing popularity of vegan diets.
Lively demand and fine prices are reported in early calf sales, despite growing fears that a combination of restricted lairage capacity and shipping schedules could seriously hit the live export trade this spring.
Although agricultural green-house gases (GHGs) are difficult to reduce, it is not impossible and can done by improving efficiencies on farms, according to a recent report by Teagasc.
Unlike most regions on the western seaboard, north Kerry has a thriving dairy sector and is of course home to the Kerry Group, one of the most successful food companies in the world. The global player began its life in Listowel.
Land sales are slowly cranking into action after the seasonal lull and a selection of good quality small to medium-sized farms are now on the market in Leinster.
With the exception of 90 ewes on a late pregnancy feeding trial, all other ewes and ewe lambs at Lyons are still outdoors.
Cristal Union, France’s second-largest sugar group, said on Monday the “golden age” for European Union sugar producers was over and that it expected significant changes in the EU sugar sector.
The Department of Agriculture, as a result of a recent joint operation with Revenue’s Customs Service, seized illegal meat at Dublin port recently.
It's amazing how year after year farmers pay big money for fertiliser and yet don't bother setting up their spreader properly.
Pedigree Angus bulls met with reasonable demand while prices continued under pressure at the first sale of the year for the breed hosted by the Midland and Western Livestock Improvement Society at Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday.
Spring is set to announce itself this week as temperatures are expected to rise to 15 degrees.
My name is Blackie. I am a female German Shepherd who lives on a farm in Co Waterford.
I could write an article every week on farm succession and I'm not sure I would be able to satisfy the demand for information on this topic. I have dealt with the many aspects of succession in previous articles, but the queries keep on rolling in.
In the last week of January there were 529 prime cattle were exported to Northern Ireland for direct slaughter in local plants which took total imports for January 2019 to 1,398 head.
The Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine recently published the Ireland - One Health Report on Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance.
Concerns have been raised over a proposal to impose a 30-day pre-movement TB test on animals the New EU Animal Health Law.
A lot has happened since our last report from Michael Duffy's farm in October.
For two olive farmers from Syria, integrating into the rural town of Claremorris, Mayo, was not necessarily going to be easy.
Businessman Philip Reynolds, son of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, has sold down his last remaining 15pc stake in the family business, C&D Foods, to beef baron Larry Goodman.
Wildlife poaching by criminal gangs has reached levels not seen since the 1980s, gardaí have warned.
Around this time of the winter, I usually get that "glass half-empty" feeling when I look at my rapidly shrinking silage pit.
In 1997, Oliver Walsh's home farm outside Ballinasloe was on the brink of collapse. "That's how close it got. I was drinking heavily and about to lose everything," he recalls.
The mild weather since Christmas came to an abrupt end last week with the first snow of the winter arriving. Thankfully it didn't last or hang about.
Last week, the nurses of Ireland braved the wintry elements in a strike calling for improved wages and working conditions.
In Ireland, there are effectively only three mainstream banks lending to farmers for long-term agricultural projects such as purchasing land or farm building developments.
MARMALADE was no ordinary hen.
Legal professionals must ensure all cases involving mart accident claims are "fair and rational", a marts spokesman has urged.
Rarely does a farm this quality and size come on the market, according to Quinn Property, who are offering a 246ac residential farm for sale outside Enniscorthy.
Contractors are quoting a 5pc increase on charges in order to meet with the increases in costs of machinery and higher labour costs since the start of 2019.
US farmers are in “relatively stable” financial health despite a bruising trade war between the United States and China that has weakened crop prices, the chief executive of farm supplier Nutrien Ltd said this week.
Veterinary pharmaceutical firm Norbrook Holdings has said it is in the process of stockpiling six months worth of products for its EU customers ahead of Brexit day on March 29.
Poultry farmers are today protesting outside the Kerry Foods plant in Wicklow that produces its Denny slow cooked ‘made in Wicklow’ chicken.
Famers and local business owners are being advised to secure their fuel tanks, after a spate of thefts of diesel from premises.
A North Louth farmer who lost eight pregnant ewes carrying up to 17 lambs in a savage attack by marauding dogs claims many sheep owners aren’t bothering to report kills any more.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has announced that he will make €10 million available in a new round of funding for Local Improvement Schemes (LIS).
Dublin-based machinery distributors Farmhand will have a big presence at this year's FTMTA show at Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare this week.
The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show marks its third anniversary when the sector's flagship event comes to Punchestown from Thursday to Saturday this week.
The President of ICMSA has responded furiously to remarks made in the Dail yesterday by Mick Wallace, TD, when the Wexford independent described Irish dairy and beef sectors as a “short-sighted cash generator” and lumped our farming and food industries in with coal-mining and gas-fracking.
A man who assaulted a store detective after being asked to leave a supermarket where he had taken his pet sheep has spoken of his relief after avoiding jail.
Met Éireann has issued Status Orange and Yellow weather warnings for Ireland as Storm Erik is set to bring gale force winds.
A farmer in Australia has set a high bar for wedding proposals ahead of Valentine’s Day by asking the big question in 70-metre high letters carved into a field of wheat.
THE Health and Safety Authority is currently carrying out an intensive farm safety inspection campaign, where some 250 farms nation wide will be inspected with a focus on the safe management of livestock during calving season, when the risk of injury to farmers increases significantly.
A farmer has revealed how he was attacked and crushed against a wall by a cow trying to protect her calf.
It has been a difficult new year for beef farmers. Poor market conditions have been compounded by continued Brexit uncertainty.
At first glance, the sheep trade continues to push on well, with Kepak Athleague yesterday raising their quote by 15c/kg to €5.20+ 15c/kg QA.
A decade-old lawsuit in which a French farmer with neurological problems accuses Monsanto of not providing adequate safety warnings for a weedkiller returned to court on Wednesday, adding to health claims faced by the Bayer-owned firm.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has responded to criticism of the continued use of references years in formulating farmers' EU farm payments.
Fianna Fail has demanded clarity in the coming days from the Government on what preparations are being made and what farmers can expect in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Bayer said on Wednesday that farmers in France and Germany were digging up thousands of hectares of rapeseed fields after traces of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) banned for cultivation were found in seeds sold by the company.
Both the beef and dairy sector and the gas fracking sector are carbon emitting and have to be scaled back massively, according to Wexford Independent TD, Mick Wallace.
Reports that a technology company has proposed a solution to the Irish border after Brexit have been greeted with scepticism in Northern Ireland.
Prices for bullocks and heifers remain fixed in recent days week at €3.75 and €3.85/kg respectively.
ICSA Animal Health and Welfare chairman Hugh Farrell has said that many farmers who have never had a BVD positive test result in their calves are fed up with a scheme that has gone on for seven years and he said that it is now time to make 2019 the last year of full scale compulsory testing.
A Lauragh farmer was convicted and fined €750 at Kenmare District Court for failing to ensure that livestock manure and other effluent from silage and manure pits was stored properly to prevent run-off or seepage into ground water.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has ruled out fencing off sections of the Killarney National Park alongside public main roads where deer are crossing onto the paths of motorists.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will travel to Brussels today to lobby key EU leaders to pledge major emergency aid for Ireland if the UK crashes out next month.
New research from Teagasc shows that while there is finally some improvement in in terms of pH, Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) levels, our soils are still far from optimum fertility and the requirement for significant investment in fertilisers continues.
Over the last two weeks, Teagasc ran it largest ever nationwide series of Forestry Advisory Clinics.
Just days after being released from hospital with hip replacements, two farmers will appear on this week's Winning Streak after their lucky stars were pulled from the drum.
A 10-20pc drop in cattle numbers in the marts has been reported over the last week as poor factory prices and the continuing Brexit debacle in Britain fuels uncertainty in the trade.
Agricultural courses have always been a big part of education in counties Galway and Clare with courses available in Teagasc Centres and in Mountbellew Agricultural College. Courses are still in demand and intake has been steady over the last number of years in both counties.
Cavan sheep farmer Daphne Scott is asking dog owners to look at the pictures of her dead sheep, after her flock was attacked over the weekend by a dog, leaving eight ewes dead.
Difficulties with ferry schedules and lairage capacity could significantly restrict calf exports this spring, industry sources have warned.
Only 85pc of lambs are all lambs conceived are alive at weaning time. While it’s not possible to save every lamb, a few simple changes can go a long way to reduce lamb mortality on farm. Here are Teagasc's guidelines on how to best prevent lamb deaths:
It's essential for all farming families to take into account all aspects included in farm transfers, now more than ever because of the move towards higher ‘wealth taxes’, according to IFAC Accountants Head of Tax Declan McEvoy.
The President of Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) has warned of “well-insulated executives” against underplaying Brexit as “an economic hiccup”.
Although the Irish climate bestows high yield potential for its primary tillage crops, it also supports the prevalence of many crop diseases, presently controlled using pesticides, according to Ewen Mullins.
The country's largest exporter of dairy products has moved to store over six months of Cheddar cheese in warehousing in the UK as a Brexit buffer.
With the wintry weather, we have plenty of time to get our Nitrates Plan finished and soil samples out. We need to study them for the upcoming season to see what's needed where.
Sometimes it can be easy to grab headlines. Beef barons, sheikhs and Coolmore Stud in one soundbite is enough to catch anyone's eye.