Farm Ireland

Saturday 18 November 2017

RISE gives rural sports new voice

A new organisation has been formed to represent people involved in rural field sports and to fight against legislative restrictions to the sports.

Rural Ireland Says Enough (RISE) is launching a national campaign for a free vote of all deputies on the issue of stag hunting, full consultation on the proposed Animal Health and Welfare Bill and to have hunt kennels exempt from the proposed Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009.

Teagasc visits to assess frost woes

Teagasc advisers are visiting potato and vegetable growers across the country to assess the damage done by recent frosts.

The advisers are monitoring fields to record the amount and type of damage to crops.

Potato growers with an average farm size of 350ac may face losses of €900,000 each.

Dairymen invited to crisis meeting

Dairy farmers are welcome at a public meeting to discuss the crisis facing family dairy farms this Friday, 8.30pm, in Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk, Co Cork.

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Contact Rena Phelan at 087 242 6344.

Poor incomes 'will hurt food security'

Food security cannot and will not be guaranteed unless farmers earn a fair and stable income, MEP Marian Harkin told the European Parliament.

Ms Harkin welcomed moves by the Spanish presidency to improve the functioning of the food supply chain, with the ultimate aim of controlling fluctuation in prices and ensuring equitable distribution of the added value throughout the chain.

Applications for milk quota hit 130

Almost 130 farmers have applied to the milk quota exchange ahead of this Friday's deadline for applications.

A total of 68 buyers and 61 sellers have applied, says the Department of Agriculture.

In previous exchanges, 160 farmers had applied by now for the first phase of the 2010/2011 quota, while 72 applied last year in the 2009-2010 stage two.

Downey demands roads be repaired

IFA deputy president Eddie Downey has called on county councils to ensure that the damage caused to rural roads by the recent severe frost and ice is repaired immediately.

Freezing conditions caused severe surface damage on many secondary roads where surfaces lifted and road margins subsided.

Mr Downey described the roads as very dangerous, insisting that unless the problem was addressed, it would lead to accidents.

Irish Independent