In brief: Fodder beet area to fall Sixmilebridge sale approved Fischler eyes UN food role
The area sown to fodder beet could fall by up to 5,000ac this year as growers count the cost of two frost-damaged crops in a row.
Some 20,000ac of fodder beet was grown last year, but this is expected to fall back closer to 15,000ac in the coming year, Teagasc experts have predicted.
Significant losses were incurred by some growers whose crop turned soft and rotten after the sharp frost.
Losses have been recorded in parts of Tipperary, Wexford, Cork and Kilkenny.
However the damage was extremely variable, with some perfect crops reported in the same counties.
Prices of €30-40/t are being paid for top quality fodder beet, depending on the area and demand. Damaged but edible beet is being sold for €20-25/t delivered locally.
Sixmilebridge sale approved
Farmers in east Clare have given approval for the completion of the purchase of the former Golden Vale Mart at Sixmilebridge after the mart board agreed to accept their offer of €300,000.