Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

Sheep Ireland targets colleges

Sheep Ireland is targeting agricultural students in an effort to increase awareness of its €urostar rating index for rams.

Students from Clonakilty Agricultural College were the first to be visited by Sheep Ireland personnel but visits are planned to all agricultural colleges over the coming weeks.

"These young students will be the ones most likely to adopt new and exciting developments such as the €urostar [ratings] and indeed flock performance recording on their own farms," said ICBF chief executive Sean Coughlan.

Michelin site is on right track

Tyre manufacturer Michelin has created a dedicated website for farmers and agricultural contractors to consult when choosing tyres for tractors and machinery.

The site, contains technical information on every size of tyre in the Michelin range, as well as advice on recommended pressure settings and load ratings.

An online tyre selection tool helps viewers choose the correct tyre from the Michelin range for tractors, combine harvesters, sprayers, trailers and other items of farm machinery.

Bruton slashes fees for co-ops

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Government fees imposed on co-ops across the country have been reduced by up to 80pc by Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The cost of registering a new co-op with the Registrar of Friendly Societies will fall from €228 to €100 under the new rules, while the cost of amending rules will fall by 70-80pc to €25-100.

Conference on beef production

Teagasc and the ICBF are to host a national conference on suckler beef production in Co Offaly on Thursday.

It will address growing concerns about maternal traits and declining fertility in female beef animals in Ireland, and examine analysis of national and international suckler cow types.

It will take place from 9.15am to 5pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore. For further information contact Sinead Caffrey in Teagasc on 046 9061100.

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