'Tradition' trumping economics to keep hill farmers on the land
Why would bachelor farmers with no successors continue to fwork difficult hill farms, even when it is uneconomical to do so?
Why would bachelor farmers with no successors continue to fwork difficult hill farms, even when it is uneconomical to do so?
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Beef farmers called off their pickets outside a number of meat processing plants yesterday evening.
The lifting of further blockades over beef prices has been welcomed.
A farmer who appeared in a DUP election broadcast has said he now regrets voting to leave the EU.
A 42ac holding at Assey, Bective, near Navan in Co Meath is what one might call a property with class and charm. It comes for sale by public auction with a guide price of €700,000.
I was born in rural Ireland; I live in rural Ireland; I love rural Ireland. Now I fear for rural Ireland. The pillars on which the social fabric of life in the country was built are fast disappearing, and there is no obvious plan to replace them.
A FATHER-OF-FIVE who raised over €50,000 for a children's hospital has been named the AXA Farm Hero.
BEEF farmers have called off their pickets outside of meat processing ABP Cahir, they confirmed this evening.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that that he is "very worried" for the future of the Irish beef industry and that continuing blockades are "making a bad situation worse".
A farmer whose five in calf cows were electrocuted and killed by fallen cable wires on a farm in Co Clare this week has said he was shocked when he saw the dead animals in his field.
Over €2m of local beef is caught up in illegal blockade at Charleville facility, according to Dawn Meats.
Last week I had a little whinge about feeling overwhelmed with the workload on the farm.
At least 12 meat plants are still blockaded by protesters as they ignore calls by seven farming organisations and a range of politicians to end the ongoing protests.
The 'Hail Mary' has been named Ireland's favourite prayer after a landslide victory.
The Hail Mary has been named Ireland’s favourite prayer after a landslide victory.
Finding love can be difficult for farmers according to love expert Mairéad Loughman, but in the last three years, the Westmeath woman has set up almost 5,000 dates.
IT was second times a charm for the winner of the National Brown Bread Baking competition at the Ploughing Championships.
Liffey Meats has said it has seen no evidence that blockades at its plants are set to cease.
Ireland's agri-food reputation has been damaged by the recent blockades, the Minister for Agriculture has said.
PUNTERS at this year’s National Ploughing Championship have been giving it welly in a record-breaking boot throwing contest for charity.
There are reports a new farming group may form, of the farmers who remain at the picket lines at meat factories.
The killing of an innocent neighbour who appears to have been mistaken for an intruder by his friend, an elderly farmer, is ultimately a tragic consequence of the scourge of rural crime.
A man was shot dead by his friend in a remote townland in Co Mayo after being mistaken for an intruder, gardaí believe.
The ongoing meat factory protests rank among the most widespread, prolonged and bitter disputes that the farm sector has experienced in recent years.
Ireland is currently seen as a tiger economy in the global dairy industry, with one of the fastest growth rates on the planet. Since the lifting of the quota regime the industry has flourished, jumping from producing just over five billion litres of milk in 2015 to surpassing eight billion litres today.
Brexit and poor prices didn't dampen the confidence of beef farmers when, along with the local GAA club, they shared the spoils at the auction of a 216ac Wexford farm recently.
Protesters lifted a blockade at Dawn Meats' Slane plant yesterday, with a statement from the Independent Farmers saying it hoped farmers throughout the country would follow suit.
Today will see a number of ploughing classes take place in the Fenagh fields, including the special horse plough and junior classes.
The mood amongst beef farmers is currently at a low ebb and many are looking at possible alternatives. Could dairying on a small scale be an alternative?
Down at the bandstand, an impromptu hooley had erupted, the crowd rocking and jiving as Derek Ryan sang two firm favourites - 'Wagon Wheel' and the Saw Doctors' hit 'I Useta Love her'.
Kepak Group his this evening issued a stark warning over the implications of any further increase to the backlog of cattle and sheep caused by the prolonged illegal blockades of its processing plants.
FIANNA Fáil has attacked the government's record on helping farmers as the Dáil debated the party's motion aimed at highlighting the crisis in the beef sector.
Protesting farmers lifted a blockade at Dawn Meats’ Slane plant today, with a statement from the Independent Farmers saying they hoped farmers throughout the country at other pickets would follow suit.
The Tanaiste Simon Coveney has reiterated his call for protesting farmers to end their pickets, saying “we need to be really careful this does not split farm families and farm organisations”.
“You swirl the glass, take it in your mouth, swish it and suck in” - that’s the correct way to taste milk, according to the world’s first milk ‘sommelier’.
The backstop is not a ‘makey up’ problem Ireland is using to frustrate Brexit with, the Tanaiste Simon Coveney has said.
I have had occasion to spend a lot of time in west Waterford of late, practically a county in its own right it prides itself in the quality of its land and the progressive nature of its farming. And indeed it has a lot to crow about as the birthplace of Dungarvan Co-op, one of the most progressive in the country that eventually transmogrified into Waterford Foods and Glanbia.
Dawn Meats is considering legal proceedings against Hugh Doyle, Chairman of the Beef Plan movement.
THE hunt is on to find out Ireland's favourite prayer - and there's a frontrunner in the race already.
As Marty Morrissey took to the National Dairy Council stage at the National Ploughing Championships stage for 'Grá Island', a tumultuous roar could be heard across the grounds in Fenagh, Co Carlow.
Fonterra, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, will face off this month with farmer shareholders angry about the New Zealand company’s ill-fated foreign expansion and resulting poor returns.
IFA National Livestock Committee Chairman, Angus Woods, has called for all protests outside beef processing plants to stop to allow the cattle trade normalise and farmers move stock as they need to.
Gardai have been contacted after balaclava-clad protesters gathered outside a meat plant in Kilkenny.
TENS of thousands of farming fans will descend on Ballintrane in Co Carlow for day two of the National Ploughing Championships on Wednesday.
A farmer who was protesting at Bord Bia today at the Ploughing Championships asked how can he ask his son to give up his job to go farming.
It was recently revealed that subsidy cuts over the last decade for Ireland's top third of beef farmers have amounted to over €1/kg.
Payments worth €168.5 million under the 2019 Areas of Natural/Specific Constraints Scheme and Areas of Specific Constraint (Islands) Scheme, have commenced issuing this week to almost 79,000 farmers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself/your background… you grew up on a dairy farm -were your parents also from farms?
Boortmalt has declined to comment on claims that it has imported at least one shipload of malt over the last month.
Agriculture's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are now very much in the spotlight, with the need for a reduction stressed by the Climate Change Advisory Council annual report as well as the Government's Climate Action Plan.
Near-record prices were paid for pedigree Charolais stock at the dispersal sale of the Skidoo Herd on Saturday when leading breeders vied for some elite bloodlines, reports Martin Ryan.
Both Brendan Egan of Castlerea Mart and Maurice Brosnan of Gortatlea feel that the factory protests are starting to have a noticeable effect on the mart trade.
The fields were the place to be - where the golden stubble of corn stalks crunched underfoot and the ploughmen focused on carving smooth, chocolatey furrows through the soil.
The men with factory sheep to sell continue to encounter problems in getting their produce away.
Demand for leasing land is continuing to rise, mainly driven by dairy farmers, according to auctioneers around the country.
Further cuts to farmers' EU subsidy payments could be on the cards as Germany signalled it wants less EU spending.
Beef could soon be off the menu, with restaurants warning they may run out of supplies, as the Taoiseach and Tánaiste both called on protesting farmers to end their pickets.
Protests at meat processing plants are causing “immeasurable damage” to the beef sector and Ireland’s reputation abroad, agriculture minister Michael Creed has warned.
TÁNAISTE Simon Coveney has issued an impassioned plea for beef farmers to end the boycott of factories before they do “irreversible damage to this sector”.
SUPERMAC’S founder Pat McDonagh has said that there has to be a compromise “on both sides” of the beef price debate – even if it means he’s paying more for his burgers.
Knackeries around the country are to temporarily resume operations after talks between the Animal Collectors Association (ACA)and the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appealed to protesting farmers to lift their factory blockades immediately before a strong Irish industry is destroyed.
Exposure to dangerous gases in confined spaces such as in a grain silo, slurry pit or storage tank is a real risk in modern farming.
A group of farmers staged a small protest at the Bord Bia tent, forcing it to shut down to visitors during the incident, at the National Ploughing Championships.
The first day of the 2019 National Ploughing is in full swing as a record crowd is expected through the gates in Fenagh, Co Carlow.
Hundreds of people queued outside the gates of the Ploughing Championships after arriving early to avoid queuing in their cars to get to the Carlow site.
Horse ploughing, livestock and the retail area are among the top picks for this year's National Ploughing Championships, according to the organisers.
More than 350 people have been temporarily laid off at the ABP meat-processing plant in Cahir, Co Tipperary.
No government action is going to be able to increase the price of beef to the level farmers want, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned.
Bord Bia has confirmed that additional processors in Northern Ireland have been licenced by the marketing body to use various versions of the Bord Bia quality mark.
Rural Ireland "does not have a future in the 21st century" unless fibre broadband is delivered to every home, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned.
A glut of 70,000 cattle has been created as a result of the marathon beef dispute between farmers and meat protestors.
As the beef dispute looks set to slip into its seventh week, the defiance of some of the protesting farmers appears to be deepening, despite numerous rounds of talks and an agreement in principle over the weekend.
With the harvest complete on my farm, it's almost time to put the combine away for another year, bar a few days cutting beans for local farmers.
AURIVO, one of Ireland's largest milk producers, said yesterday it has completed a €6m investment in Donegal that will double production and slash fossil fuel use at its milk processing plant in Killygordon.
The sun is finally set to shine on the National Ploughing Championships this week.
Co-ops have been slammed over 'cynical' cuts to their milk price for August supplies. Glanbia announced last week a reduction of 1c/l from its July base price to 28c/l including VAT.
The age at which cattle are slaughtered is an important consideration for just one in eight beef consumers, a major survey has found.
No government action is going to increase beef prices to the level farmers want, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned.
An alliance of high profile farming organisations has been formed to promote a positive message about meat and dairy.
Lower than normal conception rates in dairy herds are being blamed on high milk yields off grass this spring.
A critical agreement on the CAP budget post 2020 should be reached by the end of the year, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
The meat industry is set to ramp up pressure on the Government to ask the EU for money to support beef prices.
There were sharp exchanges between farmers at a meeting of Limerick IFA after it was alleged that "prominent IFA members" had broken picket lines placed by beef protesters on meat factories.
A highly successful record as a sales, service and parts dealer for Landini tractors in the west of Ireland has been rewarded with an expansion of the territory covered by Pat Brogan Tractors.
Agriculture Minister Michael creed has told protesting farmers "the future of the Irish Beef Sector is in your hands. Please don't be responsible for its destruction," in an open letter.
ICSA beef chair Edmond Graham has said if the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) scheme is undersubscribed, any unused funds should be directed to increase the compensation for eligible farmers.
WEATHER at this year's National Ploughing Championship will be the polar opposite of last year with temperatures of up to 22C expected during three days of sunshine.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today reopened the online application facility for the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM).
It was a muddy sort of a day when I went to East Cork last year in search of the family of the late Thady Kelleher.
Under the deal, beef producers will benefit from an immediate increase in a range of bonuses, including:
The All Ireland Beef Bullock Championship Strokestown Agricultural Show last weekend was described as "the best in years".
A 170ac portion of a 186ac residential farm at Bohola, Co Mayo sold by public auction last week, making €820,000, well in advance of its guide.
Storm Powell went to Templemore Mart to get farmers' views on the beef protests and forestry planting.
It can take up to 20 years to see results from a rewetted bog so farmers must be patient, a University of Limerick scientist has said.
The second half of the harvest season has been challenging but thankfully the end is in sight in most regions. In the north-east, where winter wheat is the most prominent crop, a lot of fields were lodged and at risk of sprouting.
Banning the use of the splash-plate slurry spreading on derogation farms would cure a lot of agriculture's emission issues, a Teagasc scientist has maintained.
No matter how far we are from our school days, our body clocks seem to follow the academic calendar. I think we are more inclined to look at serious changes to our lives in September than we are in January, the time of year associated with resolutions.
Public Authorities cannot always be blamed when CPO compensation is inadequate or totally lost. Owners are always invited to submit detailed claims for compensation, and the authority must respond.
Representations from groups protesting outside meat factories are attempting to secure beef price rises from individual meat plants it has emerged.
It is still uncertain if protesting farmers will accept a new agreement reached this afternoon between Meat Industry Representatives and farm organisations to resolve a marathon dispute over beef prices.
The Animal Collectors Association (ACA) whose members operate knackeries, says it will attend a meeting with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on Monday.
The rollout of high-speed broadband to rural Ireland has been further delayed, communications minister Richard Bruton has confirmed.
A power outage at the Department of Agriculture created massive upheaval last week. It had nothing to do with talks to end the ongoing row over beef prices, Brexit or climate change.
US President Donald Trump would love nothing more than to announce an end to the trade war with China and relief for his country's farmers, who have been hit especially hard - but history is likely to get in the way.
Newly-appointed EU Commissioner Phil Hogan believes inroads could be made as early this week in Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU.
With beef talks scheduled to resume today, Wicklow livestock farmer and IFA’s National Livestock Committee Chairman, Angus Woods, has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to invite Supermac’s boss, Pat McDonagh, and the leadership of McDonalds and Burger King into the talks to set out what they are paying for prime, fresh, high quality Irish beef used as the key ingredient in their burgers.
A hard Brexit tariff scenario would lead to an existential crisis for cross border dairy trade and Northern Irish milk, Dale Farm CEO Nick Whelan has said.
If cows are too fat or too thin, farmers face difficulties at or after calving. It is key to have cows calving down in the right condition.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his ministers are wrapped up in the potential fallout from Brexit on thousands of jobs in the agri-food industry.
Farmers have called for clarity over the importation of beef from the United Kingdom that is certified as Irish and carrying a Bord Bia stamp.
Croke Park is preparing for the disruptive winds of Brexit with a new farm in north Dublin where the association grows everything from the grass to the grub for the stadium.
Organisers for the National Ploughing Championships have said they don't "feel the need" to increase security at this year's event amid the ongoing beef protests.
The National Ploughing Championship 2019 at Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow is now officially in full swing. From traffic, weather, and events, below is everything you need to know.
Farmer, Thomas Reid has been denied the opportunity to have Intel Ireland executives cross-examined over their planned $4bn Leixlip investment at a public planning forum.
Talks aimed at resolving the beef crisis dispute will reopen again on Saturday.
The IFA has moved to clarify its position on the 30-month age rule and other criteria applied by factories for farmers to receive a 12c/kg ‘In-spec’ bonus payment.
Joe Brady has withdrawn from the IFA presidency race.
Mattie White's farm in Bannow Bay has been in the family for more than 200 years, passed down from one generation to the next, the land and the animals upon it cared for, nurtured, season in, season out.
Hauliers are the lifeblood of Irish agri-business, with 37pc of the country's produce going by truck to the UK and another 34pc to Europe, mostly via land bridge through Britain - so what's bad for the lorry driver is usually bad for the farmer too.
Ballybrada House near Cahir in Tipperary was built by the Denny family of Waterford, who made their fortune in the bacon industry with the famous Denny's brand.
A dispute which has gripped the beef industry for several weeks is now set to affect supermarket shelves.
A dispute which has gripped the beef industry for several weeks is now set to impact supermarket shelves. Aldi has become the first major retailer to confirm difficulties in stocking its shelves with Irish beef.
Glanbia has announced has cut its base milk price, for the second time in two months.
Warm sunny spells have been forecast ahead of the National Ploughing Championships next week.
Padraic Joyce has withdrawn his name from the IFA deputy presidency race.
European wheat futures in Parisended lower on Wednesday, with stocks set to climb following a bumper harvest in France, while there remained stiff competitionin export markets from the Black Sea region.
The Minister for Agriculture has been called on to intervene in the nationwide strike by Knackeries which has entered its second day.
A secret Whitehall dossier has outlined the disruption the UK could face in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson has faced renewed pressure to recall UK parliament after the British Prime Minister was forced to reveal that a no-deal Brexit could trigger medical shortages, food price rises and major cross-channel trade delays.
A breakthrough is understood to have been reached last night which may end the protests that have brought the beef processing sector to a halt in recent weeks.
Lithuania-born Loneda Curma said she is "not surviving" financially at the moment after being laid off from her job at a pet food packaging plant due to the beef blockades.
It’s understood a breakthrough was reached last night that might end the protests which have brought the beef-processing sector to a halt in recent weeks.
FARMERS protesting over beef prices escalated their action in Cork by mounting a demonstration outside the distribution centre of supermarket giants, Musgrave.
Licences have been granted for badger culling in 11 new areas as part of efforts to control tuberculosis in cattle, the Government has announced.
A farm holding in Bunclody was told for €3.05m when it went up for auction last week.
China granted export licenses to 25 Brazilian meatpacking plants, Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said on Monday, allowing the country’s fast-growing protein industry to feed more people in the Asian nation where disease has hurt local supply.
The Beef Plan Movement is to protest at Musgraves in Cork today, as the ongoing beef dispute continues.
A 132ac farm at Ballyshonin, Berrings, Co Cork, sold under the hammer recently, making €1.37m, or over €10,300/ac.
I am frequently asked if it is worthwhile for landowners to resist the construction of electric powerlines across their property. Because the powers held by ESB/ Eirgrid are so strong, based on my experience, I must admit that it is doubtful.
Beef farmers are in the eye of the perfect storm. Brexit, low market prices, poor profitability margins, climate change accusations and beef factory protests all combine to feed the downbeat mood of the beef industry in Ireland.
LEVELS of anxiety over Brexit have doubled in an agri-food industry beset by "increasing pressure on multiple fronts", according to professional services firm Ifac.
Fianna Fáil will seek to veto a €10 increase in the carbon tax in the Budget, Micheál Martin has signalled to his party.
The country's main meat factories shut their doors yesterday, resulting in the temporary lay-off of 3,000 employees, as hundreds of farmers continue protests over beef prices.
Phil Hogan went to Brussels under a cloud this time five years ago. As the author of two unpopular taxes - one of which did not fly at all - he was characterised as a "busted flush" in Irish politics, with speculation he might not retain his Dáil seat in the following election.
The country’s main meat factories shut their doors today, resulting in the temporary lay-off of 3,000 employees, as hundreds of farmers continue protests over beef prices.
Veterinary Ireland has expressed concern over the Government’s lack of preparedness for the provision of veterinary inspection services at our ports and/or borders in the event of Brexit.
Hundreds of workers in the Midlands face being laid off due to the unlawful blockade of a pet food manufacturing plant, the High Court has heard.
The Tanaiste Simon Coveney has warned that farmers not buying into collective leadership and expressing their anger without the structure of farming organisations is dangerous for the sector.
Knackeries around the country have closed their gates this morning according to the chairperson of the Animal Collectors Association, Michael McKeever.
"Collateral damage" was the phrase used by one factory sheep agent yesterday after his factory was targeted and closed by protesting farmers.
The Beef Plan Movement will protest outside several supermarkets this week against a stipulation placed on farmers that beef cattle must be under 30 months when slaughtered.
Close to 90pc of spring cereal crops remain to be cut in Donegal as continuous heavy rains have brought the harvest in the county to a standstill.
One of the few positives that has come from the Brexit debate that continues apace is the realisation of how dependent we are on imports to feed ourselves.
While it's far too early to consider who might have a chance of actually winning the IFA presidency, what is interesting are the activities of the declared and undeclared candidates.
Which is better - a thrifty butterfly mower linked to a 250hp tractor, or a powerful self-propelled mower tailor-made for the job?
I was lucky enough to be part of the action on RTÉ's Big Week on the Farm last week. It was only up the road from me, on the farm of Ivan Curran, who runs a state-of-the-art tillage and potato operation just outside Stamullen, Co Meath.
Pressure is mounting on meat processors and the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to deliver a return for beef farmers from the Chinese market.
The often-criticised EBI is delivering more milk solids and greater profitability at farm level, a breeding expert has said.
Look busy, the Chinese are coming.
Forestry consultants have warned that the approval process for planting and clear-felling plantations is about to "grind to a halt".
An arbitration process which is understood to have ruled in favour of Kerry Co-op suppliers in a milk-price dispute with Kerry Group plc could see farmers receive significant top-up payments.
Clare farmer Patrick Crowe is one of those who have stood outside factory gates in recent weeks in the battle for a fair return from their cattle.
There is a scene in the unholy 1979 movie, Life of Brian, in which the eponymous Brian approaches a small group and asks them if they are the Judean People's Front (JPF).
The battle between beef farmers and the meat processors remains deadlocked after the collapse yesterday of negotiations convened by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to resolve the increasingly bitter dispute.
The absence of any reference to meal feeding in the promotional material for Dairygold's new Pastureland quality mark has raised the hackles of both tillage farmers and environmental activists.
THE likely next Commissioner for Agriculture, Poland's Janusz Wojciechowski, has supported faster levelling of EU subsidies paid to farmers across Europe.
The ongoing factory protests are starting to really bite supplies. Last week's kill was back to just 22,068hd compared to the 38,459 that went through the system this week last year, or the 30,300 two weeks ago.
Spring-calving dairy herds are building a false economy by calving ‘a few’ cows in the autumn, a leading figure on winter milk systems has said
Efforts to resolve the long-running dispute causing turmoil in the beef industry have been struck a further blow as the competition watchdog refuted claims beef prices could be discussed at stakeholder talks.
'In five years parts of these mountains will be unsuitable for walkers," says farmer Willie Drohan on the impact that a ban on burning in recent years has had on the Comeragh Mountains which lie on his back door in Co Waterford.
The bigger farms have been a feature of much of the farm property market of late.
A “Serious fish kill” in County Limerick this summer started in County Cork.
High Court proceedings brought against several protesters outside a beef processing plant in Co Wexford have been struck out following an agreement between the parties.
Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has said it is adjourning its participation in today's beef talks, as protests continue at 20 meat factories around the country.
A post-Brexit proposal for agrifood has been dismissed as insufficient to replace the backstop by Ireland's finance minister ahead of a meeting between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar.
To go from Dublin into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, you journey along the Old Military Road from the foothills of Rathfarnham and within minutes you are in a place so wild and remote it is scarcely believable that the city is just around the corner, out of sight.
Parts of rural Ireland will be plunged into recession by a no-deal Brexit, but urban areas will continue to grow.
As autumn draws in, 2019 will be marked in my memory as one of the greatest years for grass growth.
Ireland's agri-food industry is hoping that events in Westminster this week will lead to a more sensible resolution to cross-Border trade post-Brexit.
A 171ac residential farm at Ballyconlore and Coolnagloose, Inch in Co Wexford exceeded its €2m guide by almost €260,000 when it sold in six separate lots for a total of €2.26m making an average price of €13,210/ac.
Eamon Sheehan firmly believes farmers aren't getting enough credit for the effort they put in to looking after the environment while contending with weather and market challenges.
Danone Dairy Ireland has won accreditation from B Labs, a US non-profit that promotes social and environmental responsibility, in recognition of its commitment to green causes and progressive labour practices.
The Beef Plan Movement has begun protesting outside distribution centres owned by supermarkets, despite distancing itself from ongoing demonstrations at meat factories.
The Beef Plan Movement, which has distanced itself from the ongoing protests at factories, is to protest at a number of retailer distribution centres tomorrow.
The last place picketing beef farmers would expect to find support is from an environmentalist millionaire businessman who thinks we should move away from the cow and look to vegetables, solar power and green technology to protect Ireland's future.
It's understood the new farming body, Independent Farmers, which represents farmers still protesting at factory gates won't be attending talks between farming organisations and the meat factories on Monday.
Food waste should be tackled with the same kind of urgency as the Amazonian forest clearance. While recent climate change reports have targeted the reduction of livestock numbers, slashing food waste could have a very significant and faster impact.
Summer is drawing to a close so preparation for the breeding season should be well under way. Management decisions between now until mating in mid-October will have a big influence on a successful lambing next spring.
After a week that saw claims of workers being blackmailed in a "menacing email" which hinted at exposing an alleged sexual affair and threats of violence, the disputing parties in the ongoing beef row now have agreed to sit down together on Monday.
Doubt has been cast on Monday's talks to end a long-running beef dispute as Meat Industry Ireland (MII) claimed this evening (Friday) that an increased number of meat plants are being blockaded.
IRELAND’S nominee to the European Commission, Phil Hogan, appears set to secure the powerful trade portfolio next week.
High Court proceedings that could have resulted in the imprisonment of persons protesting outside two beef processing plants have been struck out following an agreement between the factory owners and the protesters.
Ireland's own partridge family is celebrating a new release that could make the record books.
The end of an era in pedigree Charolais breeding has arrived for one of the largest and longest-established herds in the country with the dispersal of the well known Skidoo herd in Co Dublin.
The late Ian Paisley's 'Irish cows' could hold the "germ" of a solution to the border backstop, Boris Johnson has suggested.
China and the United States on Thursday agreed to hold high-level talks in early October in Washington, cheering investors hoping for a trade war thaw as new U.S. tariffs on Chinese consumer goods chip away at global growth.
Close to 90pc of spring cereal crops remain to be cut in Donegal as continuous heavy rains have brought the harvest in the county to a standstill.
Two weeks ago I wrote about the issues the main asset-owning spouse should consider when faced with a family law case. In my experience over the past 30 years, in virtually all such cases, one side wanted to part with as little as possible while the other side wanted to extract as much as possible.
While August is traditionally quiet, it has been a busy month in the auction rooms for some auctioneers, including Meath-based Raymond Potterton.
Farm loan delinquencies rose to a record high in June at Wisconsin’s community banks, data showed on Thursday, a sign President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts with China and other countries are hitting farmers hard in a state that could be crucial for his chances of re-election in 2020.