Farm Ireland

Saturday 25 November 2017

Munster AI pulls out of Ploughing

Munster AI has confirmed that the company will not have a stand at this month's National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare.

The company is traditionally represented at the event with Progressive Genetics under the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC) banner, since both are shareholders in the enterprise.

A Munster AI source said the company would save up to €20,000 by giving the Ploughing a miss.

The decision was influenced by the fact that late September is not a good time of the year to sell to spring-calving herds, which make up the bulk of Munster's clientele.

Athy is also viewed as being outside Munster's area of operations.

There is also the belief that the company got a better response from demonstrations at marts for suckler farmers.

It is understood that Progressive Genetics will be represented with a smaller stand at the Athy showpiece, which takes place in two weeks' time.

French favouring halal over organic

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The halal food market in France is now worth more than double that for organic produce.

With more than five million Muslims living in France, Etude Solis, a research firm which specialises in ethnic marketing, has forecast that by the end of this year, the halal food market will be worth €4.5bn.

This figure has grown 20-fold in the past five years and, during this time, leading French brands such as Fleury Michon, Herta, Liebig and Maggi have launched halal ranges.

The major multiples have also followed suit, Casino's private label halal range retails under the Wassila house brand and Carrefour's range is sold under the Sabrina house brand in selected stores.

Bryan out to stop pig sector losses

IFA president John Bryan last week visited several farms in Cavan and Monaghan to meet with pig, poultry and dairy producers to discuss their growing concerns in relation to the ongoing review of the Nitrates Regulations.

"I am using this opportunity to highlight the serious job losses that will occur in the region should the Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith and his Government colleagues fail to address the concerns of pig and poultry producers in the Nitrates Review," Mr Bryan said.

"Pig and poultry producers in the Cavan/Monaghan region employ hundreds of people directly and indirectly and it is critical for the area that the Nitrates Review does not impact negatively on their business."

Irish Independent