Farm Ireland

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Macra race on for candidates

The candidates for Macra's leadership elections on April 9 have been announced. Cork are hoping to keep their county at the top of the organisation with Aisling Lewis, from Mitchelstown.

The 25-year-old chemical engineer will be up against part-time barrister and current northwest vice-president, Kieran O'Dowd from Ballymote, Co Sligo.

The incumbent president, Alan Jagoe, will finish his term on May 11.

A two-week-long series of debates commences this evening in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny.

BoI's three new farm advisors

Bank of Ireland has re-invigorated its agri-advisor team with the appointment of three new recruits in the last week.

John Fitzgerald, who was Ulster Bank's agri-advisor in the Limerick area, joins ex-ACC bankers Pat Byrnes from Waterford and Tipperary's Susan Maher.

Their recruitment signals a real intent to get a bigger slice of the action for Bank of Ireland's head of agri-finance, Sean Farrell.

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However, with Cork alone often accounting for up to a third of the agri-loan book, all eyes will be on the Longford man's next move in that farming stronghold.

EU cereal crop predicted rise

The total cereal production of the EU 27 for 2013 is estimated to be 287.6m tonnes, an increase of 5.6pc compared to 2012.

The Commission's predictions contrast sharply with projected yield in Ireland, following a 40pc drop in winter cereal planting.

Teagasc's Jim O'Mahony said that the area under winter cereals would be back by more than 30,000ha in 2013, following very poor planting conditions in the autumn and during winter months.

Irish Independent