Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Bryan questions Tesco expansion

IFA president John Bryan has questioned the expansion plans by supermarket multiples at a time of over-capacity in the sector after Tesco announced it was to open new stores.

Mr Bryan said producers were not getting fair play in the food supply chain and rather than undertaking unnecessary capital investment, the multiples would be better off fixing this fundamental problem.

The IFA leader said returns to the primary producer were being forced down in order to pay for the excess capacity and capital expenditure by the multiples.

Ballinrobe braced for Silver Jubilee

The Irish Draught Horse Society is to hold its 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee National Show at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Sunday next.

The show will include 31 in-hand and ridden classes and a stallion parade, as well as family attractions such as a vintage display, sheaf throwing, the Garda Mounted Unit, small farm animals, a bouncy castle and face-painting for children.

Every exhibitor will receive a silver commemorative rosette. For further details contact Connie Joyce, show secretary, at 087 313 8145.

Donegal ready for Sheep Racing event

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The third annual Festival of Sheep Racing will take place at Leghowney Hall, 10km from Donegal town on Saturday, July 31.

Starting at 1.30pm, the racing festival consists of five hurdle races.

This year, the events will also include hay-rope making, sheep shearing, wool spinning, creel making and a vintage farm implements display.

Family entertainment, food and refreshments will add to the fun on the day.

Private woodlands boost timber harvest

Private sector woodland is expected to contribute half a million cubic metres of timber to the national harvest this year, according to COFORD.

The group estimates this year's thinning harvest area from private forests to be at 12,300ha.

General felling licence applications for thinning were received for 5,465ha of private woodland by May of this year.

The Irish Timber Growers' Association is encouraging members to apply early for felling licences.

To request a General Felling Licence application form contact Forest Service Felling Licence Section at low call 1890 200 223.

Irish Independent